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No More Rebates

77 18 May 4, 2020 at 07:32 AM
Has everyone noticed that there are not that many Free After Rebate items any longer from 2019?
No more hardware or software for free.
Does anyone know the reason?

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Has everyone noticed that there are not that many Free After Rebate items any longer from 2019?
No more hardware or software for free.
Does anyone know the reason?
I've certainly noticed that too. Newegg ended their rebate program a while back, and Staples Easy Rebates no longer exist. I remember the "good ol days" where there were boatloads of free after rebate offers from Newegg, Staples, Fry's, CompUSA, etc.

As for the reason, I'm guessing it's a matter of economics, and the stores can't afford to "give away" expensive merchandise any more.
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I noticed it to. Thanks for posting this maybe a community member can turn us on to another rebate type fix to keep our endorphins flowing.
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What was some of the best free after rebate products?
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Depends on what you needed then, Computer cases, power supplies, USB storage and and other accessories, medicines like antacids, many food items, cosmetics, etc. My most favorite was a 256GB USB drive that was bundled with something I can't remember now. Frequently got antivirus SW at Fry's and sold on Ebay for making pocket change to buy similar stuff from Ebay.
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What was some of the best free after rebate products?
Reams of paper from Staples, anti-virus software from Staples & Fry's, lots of Rosewill products from Newegg, just to name a few.
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I've had some good FARs over the years. Newegg had some good ones for a while (haven't shopped with them since they ratted me out to the state DRS) and I remember a SlickDeal post for a FAR soundbar from TigerDirect. It was refurb, but it was still a good soundbar.
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I really miss the rebate days. My first rebate was in 1996 when I was 22 years old at the computer super store CompUSA. I have been hooked ever since. Those days are long gone and never to return. We had a good run. It was fun. Made lots of money selling FAR stuff. Still have dozens of 18 gallon totes filled with FAR stuff. Have lots of stories to tell. Best was when a call center supervisor sent me cash (claimed from his own pocket) to STOP CALLING everyday as the vendor would not pay the rebate.

But my best story of all is that after thousands of rebates submitted. I never missed a single payment. Blood, sweat and tears went into getting paid for all those rebates.
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I really miss the rebate days. My first rebate was in 1996 when I was 22 years old at the computer super store CompUSA. I have been hooked ever since. Those days are long gone and never to return. We had a good run. It was fun. Made lots of money selling FAR stuff. Still have dozens of 18 gallon totes filled with FAR stuff. Have lots of stories to tell. Best was when a call center supervisor sent me cash (claimed from his own pocket) to STOP CALLING everyday as the vendor would not pay the rebate.

But my best story of all is that after thousands of rebates submitted. I never missed a single payment. Blood, sweat and tears went into getting paid for all those rebates.
I remember when CompUSA had a long list of FAR software every week, it seemed.

And I remember getting tons of FAR McAfee, Norton & Computer Associates (CA) software from Staples. With the CA deals from Staples, there were often overlapping rebates that made them big moneymakers.
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Newegg stopped doing a lot of rebates after the Chinese bought them out. They also stopped being very competitive on prices imo.

TigerDirect went out of business for all intents and purposes.

Staples has been garbage for awhile after being sold off. It now is using the high price with coupons that make the price roughly the same as the competition model. Rebates sort of went out the door with it. How they stay in business is anyone's guess.

As to Norton and other AV companies, they basically decided they could make more money selling their products with either limited rebates or sale on subscriptions and use the that subscription model to sucker people too lazy to shop around ahead of time to get them to pay full price when their subscription expires.
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Newegg stopped doing a lot of rebates after the Chinese bought them out. They also stopped being very competitive on prices imo.

TigerDirect went out of business for all intents and purposes.

Staples has been garbage for awhile after being sold off. It now is using the high price with coupons that make the price roughly the same as the competition model. Rebates sort of went out the door with it. How they stay in business is anyone's guess.

As to Norton and other AV companies, they basically decided they could make more money selling their products with either limited rebates or sale on subscriptions and use the that subscription model to sucker people too lazy to shop around ahead of time to get them to pay full price when their subscription expires.
1 year subscriptions of many software were FAR on FRY's, too till 2018.
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1 year subscriptions of many software were FAR on FRY's, too till 2018.

Yes...Supposedly Frys has been in financial trouble\near bankruptcy for awhile.
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