I received this email from Adam last night, in reference to my article about rebate “scams.” I’ve reprinted the email with permission:
I really enjoyed your Rebate Scams article. Five to six years ago, I used to buy items with rebates all the time. I never had a problem. It seems like it’s a recent phenomenon, within the last couple of years, where I suddenly now worry every time I submit one. Every time, I follow the directions to the letter, and still they get rejected. I don’t see how this is legal.
I’ve gotten so frustrated that I’m trying to build up some sort of public movement against rebates. I think this could be accomplished by 1) totaling amounts owed to people (which would be staggering) and 2) making a lot of noise about it by sending reports to the offices of relevant officials.
The web serves as the perfect vehicle for this kind of thing, so I’ve created a website. It’s in a beta state right now. If you have a few minutes to browse, I would love to hear your opinion about the site.
At first glance, Where The Hell Is My Rebate looks like a great way to track rebates. Before you purchase an item for which a company is offering a rebate, you could conceivably check their track record. Thanks for the great tool! With any community-based website, as more people use the service, the more useful it becomes.
Updated July 16, 2010 and originally published March 8, 2006. If you enjoyed this article, subscribe to the RSS feed or receive daily emails. Follow @ConsumerismComm on Twitter and visit our Facebook page for more updates.