The good old days of rebates are over...

By Row1 ยท 9 replies
May 9, 2006
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  1. OK everyone- so I saw a good deal on ram from Tiger Direct - 1gb $100 then $40 rebate. Cool.
    Well, it turns out that somehow the rebate process has been greatly improved: instead of just mailing in the typical form, upc core, and receipt, I had to do all of this online stuff - registering and entering, etc., with something called "onsite."
    I thought it was an online submission versus mail-in. I thought, how cool. They took my order number, etc.
    Then, at the end of this process, they tell me I have successfully registered. And the next step is - you guessed it - print out the form, mail it in with the upc code and the receipt. Wow.

    Here is the good part, though: if I want to pay a $4.50 fee, they can instantly submit my rebate to my paypal.

    So the good old days of rebates are officially over. Now, I bet I will be peppered with junk mail daily because I "registered" with I-don't know-who, some serivce called "onsite" or something.

    Rebates had been great for a while there. I actually received every one I submitted, starting back in 1996 when I started messign with computers. Not any more.

    Does this bug anyone else? Has anyone esle done this? Do yuo get a bunch of email because you registered?
  2. JMMD

    JMMD TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 854

    I've done this before with Seagate rebates. I don't think I've ever gotten any spam based on registering online.

    I would be leary of Tiger Direct rebates anyway. They've had serious issues in the past.
  3. VcBoy87

    VcBoy87 TS Rookie Posts: 20

    What about manufactuer rebates (like logitech rebates, etc.) on Those are still okay right? Cause they're handled by the manufactuers; not some third-party rebate center like
  4. Row1

    Row1 TS Guru Topic Starter Posts: 343   +13

    onrebate sending updates...

    I just got a message saying that everything is in order and the rebate is getting mailed.

    So far, I have not seen junk mail from this. Hopefully it will all work out well.
  5. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,002   +15

    I suggest you use a disposable email account like hotmail or yahoo for business transactions to avoid spamming your personal email acounts.

    Also rebates can be a huge scam. This is heavily investigated by the federal trade commisson because of the excessive fraud.
  6. VcBoy87

    VcBoy87 TS Rookie Posts: 20

    But what about rebates that are promoted by the manufactuer? Are those just fake rebates; scams used by online stores?
  7. Row1

    Row1 TS Guru Topic Starter Posts: 343   +13

    Onrebate received; 1 month

    Yes! i just received the onrebate. it tool abt a month may 8 to jun 10.

    like i said, very similar to the old days, but with the extra steps.

    i have been getting a lot more junk email this past month (like 8/day versus zero), but I don't know where these spammers have gotten my email.

    vcboy: as far as rebates from oter places, I would just search techspot or the web for "rebate" and whatever else, like "tigerdirect." the scams will show up.
  8. N3051M

    N3051M TS Evangelist Posts: 2,115

    And do make sure that the company is a legit and/or well known one, as well as an extra precaution of if you are using the online registration forms that it is not being phished..
  9. VcBoy87

    VcBoy87 TS Rookie Posts: 20

    Okie Dokie

    Thanks guys!
  10. Row1

    Row1 TS Guru Topic Starter Posts: 343   +13

    Update: CompUSA has started doing online rebates, with a site called erebate: the process is actually easier on us than the old mail-in style.

    I just got a hard drive with a rebate. Instructions came with the receipt. I went to the erebate website, entered specific info from the receipt (time of purchase, etc.), and submitted. I didn't have to mail anything in.

    They say they wait 21 days because you might decide to return the item. I will see how quick it goes, and how much spam I get from 'joining' erebate, but registering and applying for the rebate was very easy.

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