May 22 2008

Just a friendly reminder to keep tabs on your mail-in rebates!

Back in January when I bought a Wahl clipper set, I sent away for a $5 mail-in rebate. I took a high-resolution photo of all of my rebate materials first.

A few weeks later, I received a letter stating my purchase didn’t qualify. Hmm. I knew for a fact that it did indeed qualify for the rebate.

I contacted the customer service folks, sent them the photo of my materials, and today I received notification that my rebate was approved.

No matter the price, if you want to make sure you get your rebate, take a photo or scan your receipts/UPC/forms/whatever. People who are really organized might even keep a spreadsheet or a list to keep track of when they submitted their rebate, and when it arrived.

9 Responses to “Just a friendly reminder to keep tabs on your mail-in rebates!”

  1. thanks for the reminder. When I went to give the dogs their heartworm last week, I noticed the rebate page still taped to the box. Of course, I already threw away the receipt that was needed. B/c of this post, I called the vet and they just faxed me a duplicate receipt. Now I can send in for my $5! Judy

  2. Google Calendar is helpful too with keeping track on rebates. Try setting it for at least 2 weeks before the expiration date(I still procrastinate) and a week after you sent in your rebate.

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  3. I’m glad you got your rebate! Especially because I learned of the rebate through your post and got my own a while back!

    @Laura – I love the Google Calendar tip – must remember that one!

  4. What a great idea! And then you can call the photo or scan something relavent and file it on your computer. Easy to find and no piles…

  5. Great ideas! I try and set a reminder in my Outlook calendar to remind me to submit the rebate, then I keep track of the submission with Rebate!Rebate! software.

    Of course, I scan everything I send in, too!

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  6. I always have trouble with the Walgreens rebate system. I have learned the hard way to photocopy every rebate that I send away for. You never know when you will need it and many times I wouldn’t have bought the item at that price if it weren’t for the rebate, so it is very frustrating when the company doesn’t honor their end of the bargain.

  7. I’m with Jeniffer. no easy rebate system actually.

  8. There was recently an article at The Consumerist site about rebates- it seems that the companies that send you your rebate are instructed to “fail” a certain amount of rebate applications- even if they are valid. They’re counting on the fact that most people won’t bother fighting it. Good thing you photo’ed the stuff before sending that in, people should do that every time (even though it’s a bother) to ensure that they’ll actually get the rebate.

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