you should double check your sources before posting wrong information...I did the comp upgrade (09-100022) back on 12-8..
Wow, you are right. They are gunning for some coal in their stocking this year. I did the same offer number (09-100022) back in October. Obviously it had some different dates on at that point. I think that it is really slimy when they do that, too. I know that offering rebates is mostly about figuring out how to get as few people as possible to successfuly claim the $$. However, when they change the dates but keep the same offer number, that crosses the line into cheating.
When you go to the store, and spend more than the amount on the Visa, if you tell the cashier how much is on the Visa Debit Card, they can charge that amount to the card and then you can pay the balance of what you owe via another method. Then I just have them pitch the dead rebated debit card so it doesn't mix in with other cards of value in my wallet. I do this at the grocery store every time I get one of these babies as a rebate. Otherwise, they are a PIA IMHO.
I would prefer a check as well. When you do several of these rebates it becomes a pain to keep track of all the cards.
Some stores will allow you to do just the balance - say your total comes to $40 and you have a $25 card, you can pay $25 on the one card, but then some stores (some gas stations I've tried it at) won't let you use more than one card - so the rest has to be in cash. Most online stores will not let you pay part of the balance on one card and the rest on another.
I use most of my cards paying my Time Warner Cable bill - I can do the full amount. I've tried using it on Verizon, but they do the $1 pre-authorization charge, so you'd have to do it for $1 less. Same thing with trying to buy an Amazon.com GC.
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