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  1. #1
    Earl Needham
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    "Earl Needham" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:...
    > "Notan" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:[email protected]
    > > Earl Needham wrote:
    > > >
    > > > Bought a new Sanyo 7300, Sprint promised $150 off. Just checked

    the web
    > > > page and find they are denying the rebate because "they claim" there

    was no
    > > > new Advantage Agreement along with this new phone.
    > > >
    > > > Now what? Guess I have to call CS and wait on hold and then

    argue, or
    > > > what?

    > >
    > > A new contract is usually the only time Sprint woould offer that type of

    discount.
    > >
    > > Are you sure you didn't read the contract or weren't paying attention?

    >
    > Nope, they've been hounding me for several years, telling me that I
    > qualify for an "upgrade". That's what I was trying to get, the thing they
    > had been trying to push on me for 3 years. (I kept my old Time Port/Star
    > Tac all that time...)


    Just to followup, I'm STILL fighting Sprint for my $150. I never would
    have bought a new phone if they hadn't promised me the $150 rebate.

    Earl

    --
    Earl Needham
    Clovis, New Mexico USA





    See More: Those darned rebates!




  2. #2

    Re: Those darned rebates!

    I never buy anything based on the rebate price. I only consider the
    pre-rebate price when making decisions.

    Rebates are a crap shoot. I get about 50% of them.

    All else being equal, I boycott rebate products.

    If they wanted you to have the product at a particular price, they
    would sell it to you at that price.

    Obviously, the fact that they do not do this is a tip-off that they are
    not going to make it easy for you to collect.

    Rebates are billion dollar scams.

    The above 100 IQ rule of thumb: If you wouldn't buy something if it
    didn't have a rebate, don't buy it because it does have a rebate.




  3. #3
    Earl Needham
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    Re: Those darned rebates!


    <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]
    > I never buy anything based on the rebate price. I only consider the
    > pre-rebate price when making decisions.
    >
    > Rebates are a crap shoot. I get about 50% of them.
    >
    > All else being equal, I boycott rebate products.
    >
    > If they wanted you to have the product at a particular price, they
    > would sell it to you at that price.
    >
    > Obviously, the fact that they do not do this is a tip-off that they are
    > not going to make it easy for you to collect.
    >
    > Rebates are billion dollar scams.
    >
    > The above 100 IQ rule of thumb: If you wouldn't buy something if it
    > didn't have a rebate, don't buy it because it does have a rebate.


    Yep, I'm taking this as a lesson I needed to learn.

    In August, a CSR called me -- said he was from "the Sprint rebate
    department" or similar wording. Said my new Advantage Agreement hadn't been
    entered, and if I would allow him to enter it, my rebate would be
    forthcoming. So of course, I agreed, and we both seemed to think it was
    fixed.

    Yesterday, I finally got a human being on teh phone at the rebate phone
    number. Found that my area code had bneen entered incorrectly and the rep
    fixed it. So now I have yet another chance at getting my $150. Geez, this
    is worse than the Las Vegas strip!

    So how the h#$% could the rep have called me in August if my area code
    was in the system wrong? Something smells fishy here and I'm about certain
    this is the "beginning of the end" for me and Sprint. Oh, I won't cancel
    early, but I think I'll probably cancel when my Agreement runs out.

    Earl
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    Earl Needham
    Clovis, New Mexico USA





  4. #4
    FWIW
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    Re: Those darned rebates!

    It wasn't a mistake. This is the way Sprint treats you. If you let
    them.

    You shouldn't have agreed to anything. They just re-aged your two year
    contract (you probably also agreed to some terrible clause) and they
    used your rebate as "bait".

    They can't contact you if they don't have your correct area code.

    Never count on rebates, and never agree to ANYTHING solicited to you by
    an incoming call.




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