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Scott Francis Baker


October 26th, 2001

Pee for enjoyment, not for employment @ 09:50 pm

What's the deal with mail in rebates? I'm seeing them more and more and on almost every imaginable product. I'm sure it helps drive up sales for a particular item, but do the manufacturers really recover their costs? There are some items that have a pretty hefty rebate, sometimes upwards of 50% of the purchase price. So they drive up sale a little I'm sure. So do the manufacturers just bank on the fact that you'll buy a product with a rebate and then never fill it out. I wonder what percentage of purchases with rebates are ever actually claimed. Does it really drive up sales that much? Or is all just some marketing ploy I don't understand.
 
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From:brad
Date:October 26th, 2001 09:51 pm (UTC)
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You understand it perfectly.
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From:themabbi
Date:October 26th, 2001 10:29 pm (UTC)
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Aye, people are lazy...most won't bother sending in the rebate, or they'll lose the reciept, or screw something up.

I know I'm lazy going in, so I tend to avoid going in on a deal with a rebate involved. Unless the price before rebate is a good deal by itself, of corse.
From:bigj
Date:October 27th, 2001 08:47 am (UTC)
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That is very true. I've never sent in the mail in rebate unless the store did it for me.
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From:muerte
Date:October 27th, 2001 10:08 am (UTC)
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Oh really? See I've always done it. I got some killer deals mailing in rebates. I guess I didn't understand why you wouldn't. It's pretty easy and you can save a boatload of money.
From:bigj
Date:October 27th, 2001 11:31 am (UTC)
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Ben brings up the lazyness factor. Thats pretty much what it is. Why would I want to get my ass up off the couch and fill out a form then have to write my return address and buy a stamp and then walk all the way out to the mail box when I can just sit on my ass and play Counter Strike.
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From:muerte
Date:October 27th, 2001 01:53 pm (UTC)
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I just do it on company time :)

Scott Francis Baker