Rebate-Tracker.com: Making Evil Work for You

If you’ve got a few minutes to burn, this Slashdot thread is full of great information about the pitfalls of the rebate machine—despite the linked blog post on ComputerWorld that attempts to apologize for the fell retail process.

We know that rebates are an unnecessary pitfall of the modern consumer adventure, so we won’t go into all the reasons why companies are so fond of them (forced registration of the product which allows companies to avoid the ‘no junk mail’ regulations is just one example). But we did discover the potentially handy Rebate-Tracker.com, a site much in the vein of the Backpack shophack that we offered just a couple days back.

We signed up for the site but have not used it for any rebates yet, so your mileage may vary.

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  1. I’m not so sure about rebate-tracker.com, if you can’t remember to look for a check in the mail, then maybe you didn’t really need the rebate in the first place. I like to think of it as a stupid tax. It’s true that not all rebates get redeemed, but I think the 5% statistic may be a little misleading.

    Larger rebates matter more and can be an effective marketing tool. I bet a lot more then 5% of cell phone buyers have ended up with their rebate. That statistic doesn’t truly reflect the amount of money consumers are giving up, but rather the sheer number of worthless rebates that are out there.

  2. medalian1 says:

    There is another one that emails you when they can find updated information on the status of your rebates (automatically). If I can find it, I’ll post it.