Belkin 802.11b Router Free after rebates (not spam, LOL) :)

Discussion in 'Buying Tips, Advice and Discussion (archive)' started by SteveC, Feb 14, 2005.

  1. SteveC macrumors 6502

    Jul 7, 2003
  2. Hemingray macrumors 68030


    Jan 9, 2002
    Ha ha haaa!
    Wow... I was skeptical at first, but after reading the rebate forms it seems to be legit. How/why do they do this? They don't seem to be making any money off of it...
  3. topgunn macrumors 65816


    Nov 5, 2004
    Have you ever filled out a mail-in rebate form? I think you need to be a lawyer to fill out some of them. According to the Washington Post, 15% of mail-in rebates are never turned in and of the ones that get submitted, I am sure that a good number get rejected for one reason or another. After you successfully jump through all of their hoops, it still takes them 10-12 weeks to get you your rebate. They make money holding your money, albeit not much on your $50 for 3 months with current interest rates but when they are holding 3,000 peoples $50 for 3 months, it can start to add up. You can find all sorts of places on the internet to get things "free" after rebate. Many sights are devoted to such things and they all make money or they wouldn't be around any more.
  4. SteveC thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jul 7, 2003
    I know what you mean... I wondered the same thing. I have personally made out well on "free after rebate" deals. I probably have $300-400 worth of free stuff I've bought and got the money back on. In fact, about 2 weeks ago I bought a Free After Rebate iPod speaker "thing..." lol from MacConnection. This:

    I saw both deals here:

    It's easy to go nuts and spend a lot of $ on shipping for things you don't NEED though... so be disciplined. Don't be stupid. ;)

    If you need it, or the shipping is free, go for it. If not, don't. ;)
  5. SteveC thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jul 7, 2003
  6. DanTekGeek macrumors 6502

    Nov 11, 2004
    Denver, CO
    I have this router, and it's crap. I am constantly having to re-set it. I know it is not my connetcion, because I have had 2 different ISP's and 3 different cable/dsl modems. I gues it would be ok for a small apartment, but otherwise, the range on this thing is abysmal.
  7. combatcolin macrumors 68020


    Oct 24, 2004
    Northants, UK
    Yes i've used a rebate before AND WILL NEVER DO SO AGAIN!!

    Way too much hassle - Apple you should be ashamed of yourself, so called customer service.

    Took me ages to get my money.
  8. SteveC thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jul 7, 2003
    Is that why it's free? ;) hehe

    Is there something wrong with the one you got? My friend has one and it works fine.

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