dealswd my passport 1tb hard drive (after rebate) for…

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You have to put out $100 and wait for your $70 rebate. I hate rebates!

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Combine with 10(or 15)% off from BOA cash-back deals.

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If I remember correctly, to get the software rebate (and make this deal remotely close to worthwhile) you need to actually activate the software. Activation requires you give them you credit card info. They say you can cancel at any time, but if you forget you're up for an $80/annual charge. So careful.

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The Hard Drive is fantastic, but the software is totally crap. I spent 3 hours on the phone with the software tech support, My name is "Bob" in Benghazi, trying to install it. 2 hours and 45 minutes of which was spent trying to shill me a $400 a year computer repair service. I never did install the crap, thankfully. I got my rebate this week and immediately cancelled the yearly re-up on my credit card. Worst of all, I wrote a review on Tiger Direct that was similar, yet watered down from the "OFFENSIVE" nature of this post. And, Tiger Direct did not publish it.

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You have to install Total Defense (and setup recurring payments on your CC) to get the rebate.
You do NOT want this software on any machine, ever!
Install it to a junk machine to activate, then immediately wipe the machine.

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i hate mail in rebates i refuse to buy anything that requires it.
1) you usually never get it or
2) they deny it because you didnt include the right bar code or the bar code is has 1mm missing on the bottom.

if they are going to give it then give it.

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Bleh...Not giving out my CC #, I know I'll forget and have to pay. Guess I didn't want one anyway.

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@xavier909: Thank you. Having to activate and give them my credit card number makes it a no deal for me

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Slightly off topic, but for something that threatens to renew every year whether you want it or not, you may want to get a card that lets you generate temporary card numbers. Bank of America and Citi have this feature; I don't know if other cards do. You can set time and $$$ limits on the temp numbers, and only one merchant can use any given number, so it's useless to someone who manages to steal the number (unless they can convince the issuer that they are the merchant to whom you originally gave the card number, not likely). If you don't trust a merchant to stop charging you if you cancel, set a short lifetime on the temp number so it expires well before the renewal date, and then they can't rip you off.

Not crazy about this deal, though. Too many strings, so attractive as the bait is (a whole terabyte you can put in your pocket, for THIRTY BUCKS! hard to imagine at any price, just a few years ago), I'm not nibbling on this one.

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What a terrible rebate scheme. Just no. A thousand times, NO.

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@fossilsaurus: Or you can use a prepaid card and just use up the balance before it renews. It a bit dishonest, but certainly less so than what the software people are doing.

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@jimfett: ME ALSO I Hate Rebates and I HATE 8

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@hayedid: You're welcome. My parents tried a similar deal from Tiger Direct for a 2TB hard drive. They struggled with trying to get the software activated, dealt with hard-to-understand tech support, and had difficultly with most of the process. If you can put up with the hassle, it can be worth it, but I've yet to hear a positive review on one of these experiences. Happy holidays!

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Fossilsaurus - I tried that one time with a temporary card number, and company did not cancel but simply sent me past due notices and threat of collections.... If you don't actually cancel, there may still be significant hassle.

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I guess I won't be taking part in this promotion!

The software is only PC/Windows compatible and though I have one PC it never goes online… only my Macs go online - guess I won't be able to discover the joy of working with "Bob" in trying to installing this crapware!

Just arrived the other day from amazon - 2TB WD My Passport ULTRA - and it is very nice so far… fingers crossed.

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Don't do it. The rebate company denied all 3 of my proof of purchase rquirements even though the pdf file they sent me clearly showed I met the criteria. After 2-3 months of waiting I called and the women was rude as hell. She said they'd send it and they never did. I then called them back- this is 5 months now, and they gave me a bunch of paperwork to send. Forget it.

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@dermsp, sorry if I wasn't clear. I didn't mean to suggest that one shouldn't bother canceling, but I have read of cases where someone cancels a subscription, and the company pretends they didn't and keeps trying to charge the card. In a case like that, an expired temp number might be an extra layer of protection. And @sinner3k, thanks for suggesting prepaid cards, an option I hadn't considered. Those certainly limit the damage if a card number is stolen or a cancellation notice is ignored.

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I agree with "Don't Do Rebates." This one sounds like an especially catchy one. BTW, I recently bought a 1.5 TB Seagate Freeagent DESK in WalMart for $60. The only "catch" is that it is USB2.0, but, I find it suits my needs. And, I didn't have to worry about rebates and shipping.

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This is telling me it's $39 after rebate ($99 w/ $60 MIR)..

Is this a case of my poor reading-comprehension or did they flip the deal around on us?

$29 is a great deal though (if you have $100 to invest for x weeks - and trust yourself enough to actually remember to do it).

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@drchops: I suspect the deal must have changed. I am pretty sure it was $29.99 when I posted it. But there's no way to be sure. I will go ahead and retire the deal since the posted price is no longer available.