Kingston Complaint - Arbitrary Rebate Amount

Review by cmsb705 on 2007-11-21
Ok, everyone hates rebates. They are pure evil. Companies do everything in their power to prevent you from getting your rebate.

But my friends at Kingston have come up with a new twist on the rebate war. I purchased a 512MB flash drive for $27, with a $27 rebate. I promptly sent in all of the paperwork. The claim was denied, after 5 weeks, because they lost one of the items I sent in. I sent the item in again. 4 weeks later, I called to check in. They said it was approved, and they are sending me a check for $9. I said "Excuse me, the rebate is for $27". Apparently their thorough analysis concluded that my paperwork qualified for $9. As annoyed as I was when rebates were just evil - now I need to further cope with the fact that they are evil AND arbitrary.

All I can envision is a room full of monkeys wearing little Kingston hats, throwing darts at a board to determine an amount to send for my rebate. Or some intern sitting at a desk, crossing out numbers and writing smaller ones until a supervisor nods yes.

Another day, another reason to hate rebates.
Comments:2 Replies - Latest reply on 2007-11-21
Posted by tnchuck100 on 2007-11-21:
What you are stating does not sound right. Unless this $27 item was in connection with something else in this deal. Why would any manufacture rebate the total amount paid? There is something you are not telling us.

Personally, if something has a rebate attached to it I won't buy it. There is just too much hassle involved.
Posted by S. on 2007-11-21:
Chuck, I'll make a purchase if a rebate is involved--provided it's worth the hassle. However, that won't be the main reason for my purchase. If I can't afford the regular retail price, I just don't buy it. If I receive a rebate, that's all to the good. If I don't receive the rebate (which has never happened), I was planning to buy it to begin with so nothing is lost.

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