Rebates have become increasingly popular in recent years a large number of items and certainly on electronic items and computers. Discounts of $ 20, $ 50 or $ 100 are not uncommon.

I’ve even seen items advertised as “free after rebate”. Do these rebates under the heading of “too good to be true”? Some of them do, and not “grab” to take into account, but if you are careful, rebates can help you get some really good deals.

The way a rebate works is that you pay the quoted price for an item then mail in a form and the bar code from the manufacturer and send you a refund thus reducing the price of what you paid for the item except with a time delay for several weeks.

Rule # 1. Discounts reputable companies are usually very good.

You can be sure to get the promised refund from Best Buy, Amazon or Dell, but probably should not count on getting one from a company you’ve never heard of. If you really want the product and are OK with paying the price and buy, but do not count on getting the refund.

Rule # 2. Check the expiration dates of repayment.

Many times products will stay on the store shelf after the date for submission of the rebate offer has expired so check that date carefully.

Rule # 3. Make sure you have all required forms to request a refund before you leave the store.

Refunds will almost always require a form to be filled, a receipt for the purchase and a barcode.

Rule # 4. Back up your claim.

Make copies of everything you send to receive your rebate including the bar code. Things that are lost in the mail all the time and if the discount is $ 50 worth to make a copy of your claim.


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