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Links to NeweggFlash - are NF deals valid for rebates?
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Links to NeweggFlash - are NF deals valid for rebates?
Yes, all rebates that are valid for Newegg.com are also valid for NeweggFlash.com.

It's just a sub-domain with special daily deals.
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these were $3 no rebate earlier this week from amazon. they are worth that but they are not worth risking a $10 rebate
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these were $3 no rebate earlier this week from amazon. they are worth that but they are not worth risking a $10 rebate
Different company and there is no risk if you can follow instructions. Pretty easy rebate process.
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mail-in rebates are the suck
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mail-in rebates are the suck
Why do people hate mail in rebates? I don't get it.
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Why do people hate mail in rebates? I don't get it.
Because they file them in incorrectly and blame the company for canceling them for a "small" mistake. And then there's others that claim to have filed them correctly and that supposedly the company uses an excuse to cancel them. But in my many rebates I haven't gone through any of that.
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Different company and there is no risk if you can follow instructions. Pretty easy rebate process.
youve never heard of rebrands AND you think rebates always come.
thats a double n00b combo, congrats.


oh and the amazon deal had a much much better cell
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Why I hate Mail in rebate:
item is hypothetically $100 with $100 mail in = FREE right? or so you think...
Here is the math:
my state tax is 10%, meaning at check out I am paying $100+$10 tax =$110
then I file mail in rebate - based on your hour rate - may be another 10 - 20 bucks in lost productivity (meaning instead of working you are wasting time filling in paper work)
+dollar for a postage... and another for gas to go to post office to send it... and may be few more if you send it proffered etc, based on your risk assessment..

so at the end your FREE item costs you 20-30 bucks... Plus taking the risk the rebate gets lost etc. And this is not even taking into account discounted value of the money, because you are technically credit them for 2 months...

So question is is really this item worth the hassle ? For some items mail in are worth...

For this particular one - IMO if you filing $10 mail in on under $10 item, if you make more than 15-20 bucks a hour - totally not worthed, but everyone can do the math for himself
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Nice work Big Grin
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youve never heard of rebrands AND you think rebates always come.
thats a double n00b combo, congrats.


oh and the amazon deal had a much much better cell
A) Yes, I've heard of re-brands. They aren't re-branded, they are two entirely different companies with different manufacturing OEMs. I posted the other EC Technology deal you are referencing and it actually was a clearance sale, not exactly something you're going to see again. Lipstick chargers like this are usually $6 to $9 on sale.

B) 100% of my rebates have come and I guarantee I do a lot more than you do. If you file them on time, follow directions, and track them in a spreadsheet or some organized manner, you will get them. If you don't, usually it's user error unless it's an in-house rebate by a shady company (i.e. Nova Development), which this is not. Even then, following up with the retailer is likely to get you reimbursed. Persistence pays off.

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Why I hate Mail in rebate:
item is hypothetically $100 with $100 mail in = FREE right? or so you think...
Here is the math:
my state tax is 10%, meaning at check out I am paying $100+$10 tax =$110
then I file mail in rebate - based on your hour rate - may be another 10 - 20 bucks in lost productivity (meaning instead of working you are wasting time filling in paper work)
+dollar for a postage... and another for gas to go to post office to send it... and may be few more if you send it proffered etc, based on your risk assessment..

so at the end your FREE item costs you 20-30 bucks... Plus taking the risk the rebate gets lost etc. And this is not even taking into account discounted value of the money, because you are technically credit them for 2 months...

So question is is really this item worth the hassle ? For some items mail in are worth...

For this particular one - IMO if you filing $10 mail in on under $10 item, if you make more than 15-20 bucks a hour - totally not worthed, but everyone can do the math for himself
Your math is skewed and not really accurate.
First, not everyone gets taxed so that is a personal consideration, entirely separate from this deal. Newegg only charges sales tax in CA, NJ, TN, and IN. That leaves 46 of the states with 0% taxation.

You also don't mention Cashback. I get 2% Cashback on every purchase this year with my Discover IT Card. If I go through TCB, I also get another 2% CB through their portal. That's 4% CB on $12.00 = $0.48 per unit.

So, hypothetically, if I bought the maximum amount allowable (3), I'd put out $36.00, and receive a $30.00 Mail-In Rebate (Visa Prepaid Card) + $1.44 in Cashback. Net Cost: $4.56 + $0.49 Postage = $5.05 for 3 Power Banks / 3 = $1.68 per unit

Your other "costs" are only how much you value your time. Considering this rebate is done online, it takes less than 5 minutes to complete... so I think you're way off-base. The only time it would take outside of registering is printing the form, Invoice, envelope, and clipping the UPCs. No more than 15 to 20 min max. You don't have to pay for gas or go to the post-office. I put them in my box and the mail-man takes them.

Mail-in rebates definitely aren't for everyone. Some people would rather have an "instant" discount. However, the prices you pay for items without rebates are almost always higher than those without them. Retailers are able to offer a lower net-price because they factor in that some people will inevitably:
1) Forget to mail in their documentation.
2) Not follow the requirements or re-submit in time.
3) Eligible participants may mail in their claims and they could get lost in the mail. If the rebate is not tracked or followed up on within a reasonable time, the offer will be closed and they will not get their money.

If you leverage rebates properly, you can score some sick deals. I've gotten 5 TB HDDs for less than $50 by taking advantage of rebates, coupons, CB and Credit Card Price Protection.
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A) Yes, I've heard of re-brands. They aren't re-branded, they are two entirely different companies with different manufacturing OEMs. I posted the other EC Technology deal you are referencing and it actually was a clearance sale, not exactly something you're going to see again. Lipstick chargers like this are usually $6 to $9 on sale.
Im looking at the amazon ones right now. They are exactly the same. Except of course for the crappier cells on this one.

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B) 100% of my rebates have come and I guarantee I do a lot more than you do. If you file them on time, follow directions, and track them in a spreadsheet or some organized manner, you will get them. If you don't, usually it's user error unless it's an in-house rebate by a shady company (i.e. Nova Development), which this is not. Even then, following up with the retailer is likely to get you reimbursed. Persistence pays off.
you need to learn about logic. Your limited anecdotal evidence does not represent the whole. Rebates are not under any circumstances guaranteed.
Not to mention your time and effort is worth something, and even if the money does come, its been tied up for a couple months and there is opportunity cost in that.

its cool that you are defending "your" deal and all, but this is a bad one by any standard, let it go.
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Im looking at the amazon ones right now. They are exactly the same. Except of course for the crappier cells on this one.


you need to learn about logic. Your limited anecdotal evidence does not represent the whole. Rebates are not under any circumstances guaranteed.
Not to mention your time and effort is worth something, and even if the money does come, its been tied up for a couple months and there is opportunity cost in that.

its cool that you are defending "your" deal and all, but this is a bad one by any standard, let it go.
They are the exact same because they look the same? How do you figure? Did you take them apart and compare components? All lipstick chargers look the same, that doesn't mean the internal components are the same. If by crappier, you mean it has less mAh... yes, it does. 2,000 mAh versus 2,600 mAh. However...

A) As I already said, that was an EC Technology clearance deal. It was being sold below cost. They probably made no money after factoring in pick & ship and seller's fees. It is not a normal sale price and probably never coming back, so using it as a frame of reference is stupid. Every other deal for RAVPower or other companies lipstick chargers have been $6 or $7+ each time and they made the FP at that price. Example, Example
B) You truthfully have no idea if the cells are better unless you took it apart. If the EC Technology one used Chinese Cells and this one had Samsung/LG inside... then it's quite possible it could have been over-rated on mAh as a marketing tactic.

As for your comment about rebates, that's nonsense. It's not my "limited anecdotal evidence". If you want to see how many people are successful with them on here, go to the Rebates Anonymous thread and ask people how many rebates they've ever been denied or rejected on. Your answer will probably be 5% or less. If the rebate is from an established center, such as 4MyRebate (WorldwideRebates), VelocityCX, or Parago/RebatesHQ... then you have about a 99% chance of success if you follow the instructions and mail it on time. I rarely have issues with any of them. Maybe 5 or less "lost" submissions in over 4 years of rebating heavily. Even then, they allowed me to submit copies of my documentation and I got paid in full. This rebate is fulfilled by VelocityCX, which is super reliable.

Yes, rebates do take time and energy, but so do most things in life worthwhile. Yes, there is opportunity cost involved and if you don't have the capital to do it, you could be scrounging for a while until you get it back. However, if you have the money to throw around, you can get a lot of cool things for dirt cheap or free. In turn, you could re-sell them at a profit and end up ahead. I wouldn't think I need to defend getting a $2 item that sells for $10 everywhere, but I guess people surprise me. Even the cheapest lipstick chargers on Amazon now are $5 Shipped (probably from China).
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Dang missed out
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