I visited the Futureshop website today to take a look at the Labour Day sales. I got an email from them a few days ago informing me of the sale. I wanted to buy a few things but my timing wasn’t good enough. I got there a bit too late to buy an item that was on sale. But I really didn’t need it though.
When I buy stuff from Futureshop or BestBuy, I make sure that I buy them on sale and not with a rebate. I am still waiting for the rebate to come in for an item I bought a couple of years ago. They’re really tricky with rebates because they charge you the full price now and make you send in for the rebate.
For the past week, I had my eye on an item that I wanted to buy for my brother’s birthday. It was rather expensive but there was a sale on so that brought the price down a bit. This week, the store is having their Labour Day sale so I was expecting the price to go down a bit more. I went to go check the website and the price is $50 higher! What kind of sale makes the price goes up? That’s not right. Sales don’t work like that. When there’s a sale, the prices usually drop. I was a little disappointed that I didn’t get the item earlier. So now, if I really want to take it, I’ll have to pay the extra $50 for it. I couldn’t find anything else on the site that came close to the specifications of this item so I don’t have much of a choice left. I’m a little short on time too.
Futureshop’s rebate program doesn’t work that well which is why I don’t want to buy things that are cheaper after rebate. The last time I bought an item that was cheap after rebate, I never got that rebate. I bought a Logitech optical mouse that came to be $9.99 after a $20 rebate. I mailed in the rebate form along with the receipt and the UPC barcode. I think I start that out a couple years ago when optical mouses were just coming out. I still haven’t received that rebate yet.
Another time I bought some item, I think it was a wireless PCI card for my computer. That was a $30 rebate which made the card $9.99 afterwards. I bought this card during a Boxing Day sale and the rebate was only valid for purchases made from December 23rd to December 27th. I filled out the online form that I printed and included the receipt and the UPC barcode. I got a reply stating that I did not qualify for a rebate because the item was purchase outside of the rebate date.Ã‚ This reply came so long after I first mailed it out, that I didn’t have a copy of the original receipt no more so I couldn’t check the dates. But I was positive that I made the purchase between the valid dates. So there goes another rebate that didn’t work out.
Because of situations like that, I refuse to buy items that have a mail-in rebate. The fine print says that it can take up to six weeks for the rebate to be approved. That’s a long time to be processing a rebate. I don’t see why it should take so long to approve it because all the required information was included in the mail. The original receipt, the rebate form and the UPC barcode. But I’ve heard stories that if anything is not right, they can deny you the rebate. One small piece of information like the wrong postal code and no rebate for you. From now on, if you buy anything on sale, make sure it’s one of those instant discounts. It will save you the trouble of having to waste your time and postage fee.