Amazon Rebate Pulled

Discussion in 'MacRumors News Discussion (archive)' started by arn, Aug 1, 2002.

  1. arn macrumors god


    Staff Member

    Apr 9, 2001
    MacMinute reports that the $50 Amazon Rebate has been pulled due to overwhelming demand.

    Fortunately the rebate will be honored for those customers who placed an order up until 19:00 PT yesterday (July 31, 2002).
  2. eric_n_dfw macrumors 68000


    Jan 2, 2002
    DFW, TX, USA

    Oh well, guess I'll just have to pirate it then! ;)
  3. eric_n_dfw macrumors 68000


    Jan 2, 2002
    DFW, TX, USA
    Just kidding

    BTW: For those of you who missed the piracy thread here and my views on it - I WAS JUST KIDDING!
  4. jelloshotsrule macrumors G3


    Feb 7, 2002
    what a freaking joke

    if you offer a promotion, of course it will get people to buy it more. be prepared for that.... ahh. that's just dumb.
  5. nero007 macrumors regular

    Feb 25, 2002
    SON OF A !!!!!

    I guess that's what I get for waiting! GAHHHH! :mad:
  6. #Johnny5 macrumors newbie

    Nov 3, 2001
    False Advertising...?

    Can we sue for this crap? I mean, if they said the rebate was good until the end of next month, then shouldn't they have to stick to that?

    I guess we're no worse off than we were last week before the rebate came out. I just have less faith in Amazon now.

    I'm gonna go kick myself in the ass right now.
  7. trilogic macrumors member

    Dec 31, 2001
    one could have expected that amazon wouldn't be able to keep that promo up for ever.

    I wonder how many copies have been preordered?
  8. ZxCv macrumors newbie

    Jul 22, 2002
    What if you printed it already...

    I printed the coupon out a couple days ago and saved it to my desktop. The coupon says that the product must be ordered between 7/29 and 9/3, and I got the coupon well befored they "pulled it", so I would raise one major stink with Amazon if they renigged on this.

    Something tells me, however, that the missing link to the rebate was a mistake. The actual form is still available here: I also read somewhere else (MacNN i think) that someone else received a reply from Amazon stating that it was just that--a mistake. But I guess we'll see in the next day or so.
  9. bbarnhart macrumors 6502a


    Jan 16, 2002
    I got my pre-order in already. Good think I didn't wait. But still, there is a rebate form with the dates 07/29/02 and 09/03/02. So, we will see what happens.
  10. ponyboy macrumors regular

    Jan 27, 2002
    SLC UT/Italy
    Re: False Advertising...?

    In my opinion this is everything that is wrong with this country!
  11. MacArtist macrumors member

    Jul 24, 2002
    Re: False Advertising...?

    Unfortunately, anyone offering a promo reserves the right to pull it at any time. Therefore, to answer your question. No.

    I agree that it sucks. I was going to pick it up next month, but guess I'll check elsewhere.
  12. lazyrighteye macrumors 68000


    Jan 16, 2002
    Denver, CO

    I printed out the form as well... so am I screwed for not sending it in yet?

    Why does everything have to be so difficult? I mean, life can be so simple, so sweet... if you let it.

    ****'s ****ed up...

    I hate words filters. That's fukked up too.
  13. esome macrumors member

    Apr 2, 2002
    Re: What if you printed it already...

    I'm in essentially the same boat. Printed the rebate on 7/24 and ordered Jaguar last night (7/31) at about 8:30 PST. Amazon didn't have the link to the rebate when I ordered. None the less, I'm pretty sure amazon will honor this rebate as it does say it covers orders during this period. So it may still be safe to use. And, DealsOnTheWeb has a discount code for $10 off purchases at Amazon over $100 that can be used here as well. So, I should (fingers crossed) be getting Jaguar for $69. :)

    Amazon listed the etimated ship date as August 30. So my only worry now is can I wait that long ;)
  14. bretm macrumors 68000

    Apr 12, 2002
    Re: False Advertising...?

    Sure. You can sue anybody in America for anything. So let's see... your damages are what again? :)

    I'd argue mental anguish, but I think that's apple's fault.
  15. bretm macrumors 68000

    Apr 12, 2002
    Re: Re: False Advertising...?

    The suing? Or Amazon pulling it's offer? Close call.
  16. mdman macrumors newbie

    Jun 4, 2002
    Orange County
    Amazon Rebate?

    Did anyone email amazon customer support? I was unable to find anything on their site that stated the rebate was off. I sent them an email and asked if it the rebate was still valid.

    I have no idea how long it will take them to reply, but if/when they do, I'll be sure to share the info! :)


  17. ryan macrumors 6502

    May 17, 2002
    Denver, CO
    Re: What if you printed it already...

    Look at the coupon form, it requires the Amazon packing slip and copy of your receipt, neither of which you couldn't possibly have already so don't worry about not having sent in the coupon yet.
  18. King Cobra macrumors 603

    Mar 2, 2002
    [>(lazyrighteye) ****'s ****ed up...

    I hate words filters. That's fukked up too.]

    Tough ****. You got ****ed from some ****ty rebate. You know ****ing well that it's not the **** end of the world, ya *****. :D :D :D :D

    I don't see what the big deal is here. Things are meant to happen like this. Life isn't always supposed to be fair. But as long as you are here on Earth, deal with it.

    If you guys are still upset over the overpriced Jaguar deal, buy a PowerMac now so you can upgrade to $20, or you can voice your opinion by signing the petition somewhere on
  19. cyberfunk macrumors regular

    Jan 23, 2002
    Come on...

    Come on guys.. This was a promo offer to attract attention, and they obviously did... a little to much. I bet they're taking a loss on the promo, why ELSE would they cancel it ? (except possibly @ Apple's request, but it's really none of Apple's buisness what their resellers do w/ pricing)

    Plain and simple: They miscalculated response, and decided they didnt want to take the huge loss that financing all these people getting Jaguar on the cheap would cost them.
  20. lazyrighteye macrumors 68000


    Jan 16, 2002
    Denver, CO
    Daaargh, the wicked venom of the King Cobra... well said on all counts.

    At any rate, I just emailed Amazon, requesting more info. I'll post any "news."

  21. cgmpowers macrumors regular

    Mar 21, 2002
    Rebate laws

    I was actually wondering that too, it probably depends a lot on not only your states laws but the laws of the state where Amazon is headquartered.

    I would actually think this is something that they could be sued for. In fact, I know that both Best Buy and CompUSA have been sued (and successfully in some cases) regarding the way they handle (or mishandle) rebates.

    Christopher Powers

  22. TechLarry macrumors regular

    Feb 21, 2002
    Re: Amazon Rebate?

    I have. No response yet.

    I also emailed them BEFORE it was taken away, and have Email proof from them that the Rebate WAS valid. Even has a link to the proper coupon.

    I ordered before the reported cut-off time, so I _should_ be safe.

    But... The changed their minds once. Nothing saying they won't do it again. Corporations have no fear in the current political environment.

  23. mnkeybsness macrumors 68030


    Jun 25, 2001
    Moneyapolis, Minnesota
    Re: Come on...

    life's a bitch and then you die...or else you could all just stop yer damn crying about this and get over it already
  24. Rocketman macrumors 603


    Re: False Advertising...?

    The answer is yes you can sue, perhaps even successfully for your full damages of $50. And it will only take 2-3 years and cost >$200,000.

    I find it downright interesting that this offer was removed due to "excess demand" on a product which has not eveb shipped yet. This means by definition they were not sellig limited inventory and they certainly have the opportunity to purchase as many more copies as they choose to meet essentially unlimited demand.

    If this was not a loss leader it makes sense to blow thm out fast and hard.

    I am not sure with my own imperfect knowledge I can determine if they were making a profit at that price, but assuming they were, and Amazon is on a profit warpath these days, this change must be Apple compelled.

    That might very well be a legal issue.

  25. Mac o' sex macrumors newbie

    Jan 28, 2002

    My guess is that anyone that sends in the rebate form will get the rebate, it just is not offering the rebate to anyone else.

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