Mail-In Rebate forms; Do you ever bother with them?

@yparson (582)
United States
August 29, 2009 11:52pm CST
I would rather get my rebate at the check-out counter or get another brand. It so tedious when you have to ask for the rebate form, save the receipt, read and follow the instructions "carefully" cuz if you don't, you'll never get your rebate. You have to make sure you circle the price, circle the date on some of them. Keep copies for your self and then wait six to eight weeks. Why bother with it-but; I always do? LOL!
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• United States
31 Aug 09
I always send in rebate forms. Rebates are enticing to consumers, but companies make it a several step process so people get too busy and forget to complete the form or mail it in, etc. I don't let them catch me in their game, however! I make sure to complete rebate forms right away so as not to forget. Then after the six to eight weeks that it usually takes, I end up with a check I tend to have forgotten I was going to receive! It's great!
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@o0Tora0o (356)
• United States
31 Aug 09
I bother with them, but only if they come with a product that I was meaning to buy anyway. If it saves me money, even if I have to wait several weeks to get it back, why not? It just takes a little time and patience. Sometimes it seems like the mail-in rebates are just a scheme to get consumers to buy products they wouldn't otherwise consider. As long as you keep that in mind and don't go overboard just because it comes with a rebate, it's worth it.
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@maezee (34485)
• United States
30 Aug 09
I always "bother with them", too. It's free money, pretty much, so why not? You're really only paying for the postage of sending it out (and even sometimes that's free!) I agree with you, they are definitely a hassle..And sometimes you never actually end up getting the money..But it's still a good idea to send them in and give it a whirl, if you ask me.
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@sk66rc (4261)
• United States
12 Oct 10
I work for a retail company & I deal with mail-in rebates all the time. If I go out & buy something with mail-in rebates, I will always fill them out & mail it in. Thing I don't like about it is, takes way too long for them to send out a rebate check. Once, I have gotten a rebate check about 6 month after I sent the form in. I almost forgot I had a check coming to me. It was only for $75 but still, $75 is a lot of money to me. It was a nice surprise when I got it.
@Shellyann36 (11257)
• United States
29 Oct 09
Yes I do bother with them. That is one of the ways I try to save a mush money as possible on the items I shop for. Nothing better than getting money back for something that you are going to buy anyway! I treat it like a game. I make a game out of clipping coupons and hitting sales as well. I try to spend the least amount of money possible for my items!
@callarse1 (4793)
• United States
7 Sep 09
I always do it, too. I try NOT to get a product that has rebate but if I do I always follow the instructions to a T. I always print neatly, make copies of EVERYTHING. Some companies (such as Staples) even have some rebates that you can do completely on-line, those are the best! I even had ones where you fax in the information (way easier too!). Cheers! P
• Canada
4 Sep 09
Why bother with them? Because if you don't bother with them, you get nothing!!!! If I can get money back on something I am going to buy anyway, then I will do what I think I need to do in order to get the rebate which I am owed. It's always nice to get a little extra money in the mail long after it's been forgotten. LOL