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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KILMACRENNAN 5K – PICTURE SPECIAL

first_imgThere was a huge turnout on Tuesday evening to the Kilmacrennan 5k road race and walk which took over 800 participants to its village.The weather faired early which made the event a pleasure for everyone. Johnny Patton led the 285 runners and arrived home in a time of 16:00, to break last year’s course record. Irene McFadden led the women’s race to finish in a time of 20:02.A big thank you to all our sponsors and to all participants who supported the event. Race was started by Danny Mc Daid and Noreen Mc Gettigan Organiser presented the prizes.   KILMACRENNAN 5K – PICTURE SPECIAL was last modified: May 15th, 2013 by StephenShare 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:Kilmacrennan 5Kpictureslast_img read more

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Tottenham understood to have finally made Grealish move

first_img Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade no dice gameday Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card John Terry quit Villa after the heart-breaking play-off final defeat, and Grealish could be set to follow him out of the door How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes TOTTENHAM NEWS possible standings ALTERED However, as Sir Alex Ferguson has previously explained, it can be painful dealing with the White Hart Lane chief.Steve Bruce, the Championship club’s manager, naturally does not want to sell his best player.“You can’t replace him, it’s as simple as that,” he said after the club’s 3-1 win at Hull on Monday night where the away fans clapped him off and sang ‘we want you to stay’.“We understand the human side of him. He wants to play in the Premier League, in Europe, in the Champions League,” Bruce added.“It’s all natural, but he’s an Aston Villa fan, his family are Aston Villa through and through — they were probably in the away end tonight — so it’s an emotional thing for him but he’s young and ambitious.“I’m sure it will be a fraught two or three days before the window closes but the owners have been clear they want him to stay and that’s what we will try and do. At the moment there is no decision to be made because the figures that are being talked about, the owners aren’t even blinking.”Had Villa made it to the Premier League last season, there is a belief that Grealish would have remained with his boyhood club, but Fulham triumphed in the play-off final at Wembley, reducing him to tears. Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? REVEALED Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT punished Tottenham have made a late move to finally seal the transfer of Jack Grealish.The 22-year-old midfielder has been linked with the club all summer and is understood to be keen to make the step up to the Premier League.According to the Telegraph, Spurs have tabled a £25million offer and chairman Daniel Levy will now wait to see if Villa’s new owners, the billionaire duo of Nassef Sawiris and Wes Edens, will take it or try and extract more for their main asset. smart causal REVEALED 1 gameday cracker targets Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Tottenham issue immediate ban to supporter who threw cup at Kepa Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener last_img read more

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