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How to deal with verifying that rebates are paid?

dougmc 81 29 August 29, 2016 at 09:29 AM
So I've been buying loss-leader stuff for years now, and keeping track of what I've sent and what I've got back in a spreadsheet, which makes it pretty easy to tell when somebody has "lost' my stuff and I need to follow up with it.

(I also keep photocopies of everything, of course.)

I'm not really fond of this switch to credit cards instead of checks, but so be it. And now it seems that they've mostly switched from credit cards to debit cards, which I guess doesn't matter much either.

However, it seems that over time the cards and their letters have less and less information on them, and the newest batch of rebate cards I've received aren't very good at telling me what they cover at all.

(Side note: most of my purchases with rebates were made at Fry's and a few at Newegg.)

So, for example, I've just gone through the most recent batch of rebate payouts. I've got six debit cards here, for $5-$25. Three say "Asus Republic of Gamers", one says Antec, one says Patriot and one really doesn't say anything.

So, looking at my recent sent rebates ... I was able to match about half of them to what I sent them in for, and the rest ... I can't. The dollar figures match several rebates and I can't really narrow it down, so I can't tell who paid me and who didn't.

I suspect that this is intentional on their part -- more uncertainty makes it harder to follow up on unpaid rebates -- but there's not much I can do about it now.

But I'm wondering if I can do something about it when I'm filling things out.

I'm wondering what people think of these ideas --

-- I live in a house. I could add unique apartment numbers to my address each rebate I send in.

-- I could come up with unique first names, or maybe add a number to my name -- Doug1, Doug2, Doug3, etc.

Anybody have problems with this? The rebate processors thinking I'm trying to play games with/scam them? (To be clear, I'm not.) The post office being upset with apartments that don't exist?

I don't seem to recall many rebate forms having space for a "c/o whatever" field to the address, but maybe I could do that too.

Anybody else run into the same problem and come up with something that works and doesn't cause any problems?



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I think I'm going to start with variations and mispellings of my first name -- that seems very unlikely to cause problems.

Doug, Douglas, Douglass, Dougie, Dougy, Dough, Dong, Dorg, Dog, Dug, Duog, etc.

Especially if I type in my information into a web form they won't be corrected by any humans, and there should be no problems with the name not still being me.

If I just cycle through a list of names, and keep track of which name I used, that should be enough.
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