12-20-2011, 08:39 PM
| | Re: Black Friday's "Deals"
> On Fri, 25 Nov 2011 15:44:35 -0800, Cameo wrote:
>> "Steve Sobol" <sjsobol@JustThe.net> wrote:
>>>> They don't look that different from the Magenta Saturday deals we've
>>>> just seen. What I don't get is why they still insist on those mail-in
>>>> rebates when one buys the phone at a T-Mobile store. Don't those
>>>> forms also go to T-Mobile?
>>> I doubt it. In many such situations, third-party fulfillment houses
>>> handle the rebates.
>> Yes, for T-Mobile. But the point is that T-Mo is at both end, so the
>> originating T-Mo store could handle the rebate right on spot instead of
>> using a middle man. But I think tlvp made the point for this very well.
> Thanks :-) . And sometimes an unscrupulous such "third-party fulfillment
> house" will agree to add to the 'friction' a customer encounters when
> trying to get a rebate honored, further helping shield the original vendor
> from the obligation to make good on that rebate :-) .
> FWIW, btw, a Staples manager once confided to me that, in her experience,
> only half the customers who have rebate rights actually ever submit their
> rebate materials within the allotted window of opportunity :-) .
> Cheers, -- tlvp
As I recall from many, many years ago, S&H green stamps made their money
on the 15% of users who never turned in their stamps.