- I install and activate the software (uninstalling the previous installation first if required)
- I use a unique email address for each activation. This keeps it simple in terms of managing the software account and avoids any possible issues with multiple activations, which I don't think are a problem anyway. - I generate a virtual credit card number (available from BofA, Discover, Citibank and possibly others) with a maximum value of $5. There is a $1 temp charge that gets applied to the account when you activate. I will close the card after I have canceled the renewal. They have no possible way of charging me for a renewal. - I register the rebate online using the email address I used to activate the software
- I print out the activation email which proves I activated the software to include in the rebate
- I include the UPC and invoice, sign the form etc and make copies. If the rebate processor doesn't get the rebate before the cutoff date, I ring up so I can resubmit the copies.
I offering rep points for the virtual credit card number tip alone.
I think bb182 and satanslover have the angles down....they have done many of these bundle rebates recently and should be able to help steer you thru this. The software package comes w/ instructions for installing the software but the wiki instructions are straightforward and I would follow them. At the end of the process, you will have a Total Defense account that shows your software subscription(s) and gives you the option to change/cancel auto-enrollments. For my most recent activation rebates, I waited to terminate the renewal option until my rebates were approved (prior to that, I cancelled almost immediately). As far as payment method, I tried using a number of pre-paid Amex cards that I received thru Tiger deals (and maybe even a Serve card) and none of them worked (they had varying balances ranging from zero to $20 or $25). After these failed efforts, I used a credit card which sailed right thru. I don't know whether there's a problem using Amex rebate cards or rebate/debit cards in general or whether it was just a glitch I encountered. Satanslover suggested I use a virtual CC but I'd want to investigate whether those are fullproof enough to avoid potential billing issues and whether other (non-Amex) pre-paid cards like Visa from a Staples or Newegg rebate deal work. As far as your rebate getting stuck pending validation, it's a manageable problem -- make sure you have proof of activation (whether an email or screenshot) and give the rebate company a call if the rebate doesn't progress from received to approval status w/i 4-6 weeks -- it took several phone calls on my part (the first time I called, they put me on hold and spoke to Total Defense who alerted them there was a glitch in the validation process that would be straightened out w/i 72 hours; it wasn't - I called back 2 wks later and was told there was a backlog and it would be approved in 48 hrs; it wasn't and I called back and was told there was a glitch; my last call was w/ a supervisor about 1 month after my 1st call who apologized and took care of it). The process others are describing indicates improvements have been made. Just stay on top of things.
For the love of God, insert a page break once in a blue moon.
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