Are mail-in rebates too much work?

first_img Put a value on your time. “I just got the last two of five rebates,” one reader wrote. “I had to make three trips back to the computer store, use loads of my own ink to copy everything, waste about a day on useless phone calls, and in general experience so much frustration I almost threw the printer out. Never again!” My recommendation: Determine whether you’re being “paid” enough for the time spent to claim the rebate. On my average pay, I would have made more money writing. Calculate your true savings. From the advertised rebate amount, subtract the costs you incur for postage, envelopes, printing and copying. And don’t forget sales tax. “One of the worst things about rebates is that you have to pay sales tax on money not actually spent on the product,” a reader wrote. (The tax is typically levied on the full purchase price, before the rebate is applied.) You are put off, put out and for the most part thoroughly disgusted. Some of you fight back. And a few – I hand it to you – seem to have licked the system and offer smart tips. I’m talking about the labyrinth of mail-in rebates, the often mind-numbing chore of finding, cutting out, putting together and mailing the required universal product codes, proofs of purchase and sales receipts, then waiting weeks, if not months, for rebate checks to start trickling in. And that’s without having to deal with claims you did not send a form you did submit, when it becomes your word against theirs. I wrote in January about my own rebate hassles on a computer purchase. In response, I’ve received upward of 200 e-mails from readers, most with their own horror stories. From these e-mails – more than on any other subject in years – I’ve gleaned the following observations and suggestions: Know the rules. “I’ve been notified several times that an original UPC (universal product code) was not included with my submission,” a reader wrote. “But this was not one of the terms.” This reader, who knew that the rules required only a copy, had the rebates validated on the spot over the phone. Ask about store policy on receipts before you part with originals. “I bought a cookware set, which included a mail-in rebate for $20,” a reader wrote. “One stipulation was to include the original receipt. I did get the rebate, but then two of the pots’ handles cracked. You guessed it. I couldn’t return the set because I didn’t have the original receipt.” If you must submit the original of anything, get written confirmation of when and to whom you sent it, and keep a copy. Several readers told me that, thanks to their documentation, they received rebates denied at first. But not everybody succeeds. “My rebate was refused because they said I did not send in the original receipt,” a reader wrote. “I knew I had, but they refused the copies. I gave up and just let the $60 go on a printer. I found that if you can wait and watch for sales, you may actually save some money” without a rebate. Complain all the way up. “I didn’t know whom to turn to after my rebate request was rejected and the representative at the toll-free number could give me only scripted answers,” a reader wrote. “I went directly to the retailer that sold me the product. The situation was resolved, but I still had lingering feelings so I went on to make a complaint to my State Attorney General’s office.” Well done. If you are getting the runaround on rebates, the Federal Trade Commission recommends you complain to the state Attorney General’s Office, local Better Business Bureau or the FTC. For more information on consumer issues, go to the FTC Web site www.ftc.gov or call toll-free, 877-FTC-HELP (877-382-4357).160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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SOCCER NEWS: CAPPRY EARN SUPER WIN OVER SWILLY ROVERS

first_imgCAPPRY ROVERS NOTES  15/02/2016 CAPPRY ROVERS LOTTO Last weeks Lotto took place in the Roadhouse Bar on Saturday night.The numbers drawn in last week’s draw were 1, 2, 7, 11.There was no jackpot winner.The winner of the €50 lucky ticket was Ruth Reilly, Cappry.Next weeks jackpot is €4450.Remember if you’re not in, you can’t win!!! CAPPRY ROVERS Cappry Rovers pulled out all the stops to shock Ulster League side Swilly Rovers in the Knockalla Cup in Cappry Park by three goals to one. The game was reversed to Cappry when Swilly Park was deemed unplayable.Cappry created the chances in the opening stages and forced a number of corners in quick succession but couldn’t find the net. Swilly opened the scoring in the 36th minute against the run of play when Marty McDaid got his head to the ball to score to the top corner of the net.Cappry got back on level terms in the 39th minute when Darren O’Leary got his foot to the ball to score from an acute angle. Cappry kept pressing for the lead goal but to no avail.Halftime 1-1.Cappry took the lead in the 46th minute when Kyle O’Meara pounced to score when the Swilly keeper failed to clear his lines. Conor McBride made a number of good saves in the Cappry goal to keep the home team in front.Cappry went further in front in the 63rd minute when Darren O’Learys shot hit the post and the ball went across the goal line without going into the net and Colm Melaugh won the ball from the rebound and he was fouled and the referee pointed to the spot and Darren O’Leary scored from the resulting penalty to put Cappry in the driving seat. Swilly put the pressure on but Cappry held firm.The Swilly keeper made a few good saves after that as did the Cappry keeper.Final Score 3-1.Team Performance From Cappry with youngster Kyle O’Meara being exceptional.Marty Mc Daid was Swilly’s best player.Free weekend this weekend. Training as usual.CAPPRY ROVERS RESERVES Cappry Rovers Reserves were due to play Milford at the weekend but it was called off due to unfortunate circumstances. They have a free weekend. Training as usual this week.CAPPRY CRUSADERS U16’s On Sunday afternoon Cappry Crusaders played Ballyraine Celtic in the Finn Valley. Cappry started very brightly and created a number of half chances but couldn’t convert. Ballyraine created a couple of chances of their own but the Cappry defence dealt well with everything until the 20th minute when Ballyraine scored a scrappy goal. They were to get another goal on the half hour mark after a mix up in the Cappry defence when the ball wasn’t cleared properly. Cappry had the ball in the net when Shane Carlin took a shot that the keeper could only push into the path of Philip Boyle who tapped in at the back post only for the referee to harshly rule it out for offside. Conor McCormack also saw a free kick from outside the box which had the keeper well beaten but hit the crossbar and went out for a goal kick. Cappry went in 2 down at halftime. In the 2nd half Cappry started brightly again and scored following a free kick when Shane Rowan hammered the ball to the top of the net. This was as good as it got for Cappry as they had a few players who got injured and had only 1 sub. Even after a few more goals went against Cappry, they never give up and showed a lot of heart. 3 of the 12 players in the squad that day were under 14’s. Final score was 5-1. Team performance from both teams.CAPPRY ROVERS U14’s Cappry Rovers welcomed Convoy Arsenal to Cappry Park this evening and ran out comfortable winners on a 7-0 scoreline. Cody Laverty (2), Jamie Murray (2), Daniel Gordon, Kieran Thompson and Thomas McMenamin scoring the goals for Cappry.CAPPRY ROVERS U12’s On Saturday afternoon Cappry played Lagan Harps at the Finn Valley. Lagan are always tough opposition and it’s always a game where if the boys don’t perform they know they won’t get anything out of the game. Fortunately, the lads clicked on the day and recorded an impressive 5-0 win to leave them 2 points clear at the top of the league with a game in hand. Andrew Murray (2), Daniel Marley, Kevin McCormack and Oisin McGlinchey scored the Cappry goals.CAPPRY COLTS U12’s The Colts made the long trip to Manor on Saturday to play Lagan in the 1st division. The Colts got off to a good start with Sean Lyons scoring the Colts 1st goal after 15 minutes. Shaun Ryan scored the Colts 2nd to send them in 2-0 up at the break. In the 2nd half Lagan came out and put the Colts under a bit of pressure and pulled 1 back 10 minutes in. Cappry kept them at bay for most of the 2nd half while creating a couple of chances of their own which they couldn’t capitalise on. Disaster struck 2 minutes from time when the give away a soft goal and allow Lagan a share of the spoils. Final score 2-2.CAPPRY CRUSADERS U12’s Cappry Crusaders were away to the Ballybofey United Colts on Saturday afternoon at the Finn Valley and came away with a very good 4-0 win with Martin Mbuli scoring all 4 goals. He scored 2 goals in each half. Only for the performance of the Ballybofey keeper, this could have been a bigger scoreline as he made numerous good saves.  All the lads played very well and never took their foot of the gas all game. This result leaves them joint top of the league with a game in hand. They are due to play Castlefin tomorrow evening (Tuesday) in Cappry Park with a 7pm kick off.LAST MAN STANDING COMPETITION Cappry are going to run another Last Man Standing competition which will run from the 27th February. If you would like to take part and be in with a chance to win €300 and at the same time support your local team, please get a form from any of our under age coaches or call Danny 087 7797581.SOCCER NEWS: CAPPRY EARN SUPER WIN OVER SWILLY ROVERS was last modified: February 16th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:CapprysoccerSportlast_img read more

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Google Is Planning a Huge 1 Billion Campus in New York

first_img –shares Google is plotting a major expansion in New York City. This story originally appeared on Business Insider December 17, 2018 Contributing Writer Google Is Planning a Huge $1 Billion Campus in New York Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Google will build a new campus in New York City, the tech giant announced in a blog post on Monday.Google plans to spend $1 billion to create a 1.7-million-square-foot campus in Manhattan’s West Village neighborhood, it said in the post by Google’s chief financial officer, Ruth Porat. The new campus will be called “Google Hudson Square.”Related: What’s Happening on The Entrepreneur Index Right NowGoogle said it locked down three properties as part of the expansion:550 Washington St.315 Hudson St.345 Hudson St.Google said it planned to start moving into the Hudson Street buildings in 2020 and the Washington Street building, called the St. John’s Terminal, in 2022. Google Hudson Square will be the head of Google’s “Global Business Organization,” the company said.All the locations announced on Monday are within walking distance of each other.Image credit: Google MapsGoogle, which already has a massive office with 7,000 employees at 111 8th Ave., said the expansion would allow it to support at least another 7,000 employees in the city. Google has also paid $2.4 billion to purchase the Chelsea Market, across the street.The announcement caps off a busy quarter in tech expansion.Related: Apple Threw Shade on Amazon With the Stealthy Selection of Its Very Own HQ2Last month, Amazon announced that it would move as many as 50,000 employees into new office complexes in Queens, New York, and Arlington, Virginia, while Apple said it would expand its footprint in Austin, Texas. 2 min read Google says the expansion will enable it to add 7,000 employees in New York, in what it is calling its “Global Business Organization.” Add to Queue Kif Leswing Image credit: Cookfox Architects via BI Google Next Article Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Register Now »last_img read more

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