questionshow many rebates that you send in do you actually…

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I tend to read the comments to see if others received the rebate before I decide to even bother with it. Chances are, if they do it often enough you'll get the rebate eventually.

Of the ones I have tried, I've gotten 2 out of 3 so far.

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I've completed and mailed in 2 rebate applications in the past year; for the first one, I had to contact the company 3 months later and argue with them that I sent everything in (they sent me my rebate check within a week). Still have not received the second rebate (which I mailed in December). So far my experiences with rebate offers have been terrible, and it's hard for me to trust them even if they're listed on reputable sites like Newegg.

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I've always received MIRs. At this point, I'm like 20 for 20. I only initiate my process if it passes the deadline (the 4-6 weeks thing). I will call every day until I get someone (read: a non pre-recorded human voice) to tell me when my MIR is coming in. If they say anything like "3-6 more weeks" I tell them it is not good enough and want it in my mailbox by the end of the week or within the next 3 days.

I expect companies to honor all promotions and if they do not, multiple complaints start getting sent to the company. Once you threaten to write bad reviews and send complaints to BBB and the like, they start paying attention. You have to be very forceful with huge companies and patient enough to wait a long time being on hold.

I'm not saying be rude to the people who answer the phones or emails--they aren't the problem. You just need to have a very serious and professional tone and use precise and forceful language when dealing with companies refusing to honor a deal.

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I sent in a rebate to Allergan the first week in May and have already received my rebate check AND a coupon towards the products in the future.

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i have recieved every one i send in. i keep a list of what i am expecting, all email correspondences and i scan in copies of everything that has to be manually mailed in (really wish certain companies would start accepting email submissions). i have had issues with a couple, but after raising a little stink everything showed up.

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I always get them.
Eventually.

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Out of the ones I have actually sent in I have received all of them. Problem is I tend to procrastinate and or forget about them sometimes so, I guess the companies love people like me. After hearing others stories I have started keeping meticulous records of every submission though.

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When I built computers I'd say that I would get back 90% of the rebates I sent in. The others I didn't get were usually an error on my part (sent past deadline). I rarely, if ever buy something that has a MIR anymore, except for items at Menards, as I always get the rebates back, even if they are only in-store credit checks... I always need something for a home improvement project from there anyway, so why not?

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I always seem to get rebates when I complete the paperwork properly. The only times I recall a problem were when I made a mistake.

The best rebate system by far is Staples. You can complete everything online very easily by entering a couple of numbers from your receipt. There is no filling out forms, mailing in UPC codes, etc. You can also track the progress very easily. They are also comparatively fast. I love Staples rebates and will do them more than any other.

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I've received all but the last one, which was accepted by TMobile (I got an email) and I expect to receive within two or three weeks.

I haven't kept track, but that is at least 50 and maybe over 100 of them over the years... most are $5 or more, though I've done a few $2 ro $3 ones on things like beer.

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It really depends upon whom I'm working with. I've had good luck with SanDisk and most other electronics manufacturers. Never, ever, ever buy a cell phone with a MIR. ATT and Verizon are the worst. I got ripped off for $100: sent in everything they wanted and they initially came back with "wrong IMEI" (BS: I sent the correct IMEI, and the little form from the box with it on it) then "time for rebate submission expired".

I really wonder how many times these people have just systematically rejected a certain fraction of rebates in bad faith, knowing that most of us are going to just give up (besides: how can you resubit when the original proof or purchase is required, and you already sent that in)

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When they first got popular with Black Friday deals I would get about 75% of them back, now it's a lot better but I'm also a lot pickier. I use MIRs for only two things now:

1) A tie breaker between two equally good buying choices
2) An incentive to buy something now that I expect I will purchase in the next year or so

This keeps me from getting burned and makes sure that I don't waste money on something that I don't really need just because it might be a good deal if I get the check back.

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I guess I've been lucky, I would say I've received 99% of them. Recently, they seem to be arriving a lot sooner than the 6-8 week time frames as well.

What I don't like is the trend towards prepaid cards. If you hold them too long, usually more than a month or two, they start charging fees. And since most sites don't allow you to use multiple cards to make purchases, you end up not being able to use either all the money or it at all. I do find that aspect of rebates very annoying and I have not made purchases I would have a few years ago because of that.

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I think I've been pretty lucky and have received all the rebates I've sent out but I haven't really sent out many. I'll say definitely less than 20. I don't really see MIRs too often anymore. A lot of things are instant rebates now.

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i don't think I've ever been shafted but I don't send in that many rebates. My last one was from TigerDirect a couple of months ago. I "payed" a $1 to get the faster processing since the rebate actually exceeded the cost of the product (HDMI cable).

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I have never not gotten a rebate. In fact, one time from ZipZoomFly.com, I called and reported a missing rebate and they sent me a new check that day. The following week, I got 2 checks in the mail. When I called to report the duplicate, they said to keep it.

I think the biggest thing is to stay on top of them. If it says to send in a UPC and there are two... just send both. Also, make photo copies of EVERYTHING before you send it. Also, photocopy the envelope, so you can verify you sent it to the right address too.

You can never be too throrough. After all, that's all you have to fall back on if they try to screw you over.

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I get almost all of them. I copy down any tracking numbers and links if there are any. Then, I add it to my calendar. If it says 8-10 weeks, I put a reminder on my calendar at 8 weeks. At 8 weeks, I move the reminder to 10 weeks. If nothing after that, I have a copy of everything I need to know to inquire about the rebate stored inside the calendar entry.

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Gotten all mine back in the last few years. No problems.

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I've only ever missed on one; I purchased online for in-store pickup; rebate applied to online and in-store purchases. I sent all the proper documentation. The day before the deadline, I get a letter saying I had not sent a receipt (I had sent an initialed-in-the-store-as-picked-up online receipt).

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I've never had a problem.... I am batting 100 so far.

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In the last year, I have received all but one. I put in 40-60 rebates a year, so it quickly adds up. The one I did not receive was rejected because I did not enter the information correctly, not the companies fault.

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The last MIR check I received had a 45-day window to be cashed. It sat for a 2 weeks after it was cut before the it was put in an envelope and ran through a post machine. It didn't even hit the post office for another 3 weeks. By the time I received it I had 3 days to cash it before it was no good. Needless to say I didn't wait at all before cashing it.

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I don't let a rebate, unless it's one of the instant varieties, influence my purchasing decisions anymore. There is too much hit and miss but it seems that certain manufacturers/suppliers are more reliable with rebates then others. Those that I have had good experiences with in the past I will still consider.

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There are some that I think I am missing but for the life of me I can't remember what they were for. Also, there are times where I think I did not get one (such as Staples) but the website shows the check being cashed. I guess I know take a viewpoint of if I get the rebate and remember it then great, but if not at least I did not let it be the sole driving factor in the product purchase.

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I follow the procedure outlined by @capguncowboy and have never had a problem, though I don't do a lot of mail=in rebates.

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all. I keep copies of everything, mailing receipts, and a calendar specifically to note expected dates of checks.