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Rebate Time

November 28th, 2006 at 06:08 am

I know many people don't bother with MIR (mail-in rebates) but I have faith that "the system" returns my money about 99% of the time- as long as I follow instructions to a T. For whatever reason, I woke up this morning and suddenly remembered I should send out my rebate form for Comcast cable services. Their "free modem/router" promotion is due November 30th. I had to wait on mailing it because they required copies of two months cable bills, and I'd only ordered service September. Judging from some reactions to Comcast, I am a bit apprehensive they'll mess this rebate up, so I made copies of everything....but I'll try to stay optimistic.

I'm lucky I remembered this rebate. Do people have systems for tracking rebates? I do keep open rebates in a folder; my mom will write it on her calendar. Other people actually put together spreadsheets in Excel. And what do people generally do if the rebate doesn't arrive?

5 Responses to “Rebate Time”

  1. monkeymama Says:

    I generally take the rebate forms to work and photocopy them, staple it all together, highlight the delivery estimate and note the day it is mailed. I have a spot for my list of rebates and just glance at them ever so often and throw away the copies when they arrives.

    Someone at work told me they didn't do rebates because they are just a scam or something. Are you kidding me????? We usually receive on average $30/month in rebates. Never missed one - I would say 100% effective myself. There is always stuff at Frys FREE after rebates. Since cutting the budget we haven't been getting as many rebates because we haven't spent much.

    If a rebate didn't arrive I would call I guess. I have all the copies!

  2. Aleta Says:

    Whenever they say expected delivery time, I note it on the large calender.
    If it says 6-8 weeks. I go to the 8th week from the day I sent it and write in let's say Hanes rebate due. If I don't receive it, I call or Email the company. I did that recently for free Kerasol socks. If you buy Kerasol, you can receive free socks. They are great and expedite the process of the ointment. They said they would get back with me and when they didn't , I Emailed again and reminded them that they said they would look into it. I received the socks within the week. Also, I copy everything too and put it in a folder labeled PENDING REBATES. When it comes in, I throw out the stuff in the folder and cross it off the calender. Hope that this helps.

  3. Bookie Says:

    I will not purchase anything that requires a mail-in rebate. Period.

    The frustration of dealing with their nonsense outweighs any monetary benefit in my opinion.

  4. snakeflake Says:

    When I bought my laptop last year, I let them talk me into their offers of free merchandise and software after rebate. I ended up getting about half of it back (mainly because I am so unorganized). Some of the merchandise I just returned. I do not think I want to deal with that kind of hassle again, at least on that scale. I may buy one item at a time and send in for the rebate, I think I can keep up with one at a time. I do like to save money!

  5. monkeymama Says:

    Maybe rebates only work for organized people - hehe. I Don't know. I guess I just don't see what the big deal is - it is the easiest money I ever save to me. Haven't come across any bad experiences I guess. (knocking on wood furiously). I generally cash in at least 1 rebate a month - old hat I guess.

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