Ok...What's the deal with the ipod Touch Rebate?

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  1. MB98XJ macrumors member

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    So I bought a MacBook Pro and the ipod touch "for free."

    You have to remove the sticker off of the MacBook Pro box with all the labels and info like serial numbers on it. Wtf? I might need it on the box later for repairs or applecare or something. Can I just scan it and send a printed copy of the scan?

    Also, for the ipod touch part. I got the ipod touch because i thought i could sell it. You have to open up the box and take the UPC label off of the inside and send it? So basically you have to open it, rendering it not NIB anymore, just to send in a freakin label? Can I scan this one also?

    What are your experiences on this matter? I'm considering just returning the ipod. seeing as I have two iphones and a 2nd generation white brick ipod. I didn't need the touch in the first place.
     
  2. BaronvdB macrumors 6502

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    Not that this helps now but for future reference if you buy at apple.com instead of the store you don't have to send in anything or do any ppwk whatsoever...I got my printer and ipod rebate without any hassle and sold them both.
     
  3. duky macrumors 6502

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    Did you buy it from an Apple Retail Store? It doesn't sound like you did because you should only have to mail anything in if you bought it from a Campus Store..

    Buying from Apple.com or an Apple Retail Store means you can just do everything online..
     
  4. MB98XJ thread starter macrumors member

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    Well it was Tax Free weekend and I bought it from the Campus bookstore.

    I'm just going to return the ipod. I'm still within the 14 day return for the computer also, what's the restocking fee if i've already taken it out of the box?

    Also, if i just returned everything and bought it online. I would have to pay tax which is a lot. (the reason i waited until tax free weekend)
     
  5. MB98XJ thread starter macrumors member

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    any other opinions on this?? not sure what to do
     
  6. cwhite16 macrumors newbie

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    I wouldn't return it. Sure you have to sell it as out of the box, but whatever you sell it for is basically free money. Especially since you bought it on the tax free weekend.
     
  7. mr_matalino macrumors 6502a

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    Serious? You're going to return a free ipod because you have to open it up? So what if it's opened? You lose like $10 in the resell value...
     
  8. MB98XJ thread starter macrumors member

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    They had to tax the iPod.
     
  9. Ivan P macrumors 68030

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    But once you apply for the rebate you get the money for the iPod back anyway, so I don't understand what the problem with that is... ?
     
  10. MB98XJ thread starter macrumors member

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    Waiting like 4 weeks for that money to come back. College is expensive. Taking the UPC label off my MBP box.. Maybe its just me but I don't feel comfortable with that. Also, taking the chance of sending my original receipt... What if it gets lost in the mail? Then I'm screwed. I scanned it and saved a copy to my computer but its still not the original. What if I have repair issues and they need the original receipt?

    Dealing with the hassle of selling the iPod that I don't even need. I don't know if I should do it. I leave for college in a week. I keep asking myself, is it really worth the hassle?
     
  11. SnowLeopard2008 macrumors 604

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    What is all this bs? You don't send in receipts. Or any sort of paperwork. You fill out an online form with your receipt ID number (it's a long number found on the receipt) and you click submit. Wait a few weeks and it will arrive in your mailbox. Simple and easy. No UPC codes, no ripping off labels, no sending in receipts. And if you need a repair, you don't need a receipt. This is one of the many reasons why I love Apple, they actually are green. Not some company putting random bs out of their behinds.
     
  12. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604

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    They have gotten better environmentally, but they aren't saving the world. The process you describe I believe was the method two-ish years ago.
     
  13. allmIne macrumors 6502a

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    It's still the process in the UK :mad:

    And OP; yep, I'm fairly sure it's just you who wouldn't be comfortable with taking a label off a box, lol.
     
  14. nomad01 macrumors 68000

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    I can't speak for the US Store but I've done this at a UK Apple Store and the online store and both ways you have to mail in the rebate form.

    It's pretty easy to peel off the labels and it doesn't affect your warranty. Apple scan your serial number for repairs and they can pull up your info from that. Plus I've still got a good resale on my iPod even though it's been opened to remove the barcode.
     
  15. BaronvdB macrumors 6502

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    FYI: If you have a discovercard (or get one) you can get 5% cashback when ordering online from apple which would offset a fair amount of the tax.
     
  16. sab150 macrumors regular

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    i completly undersatnd what the problem is!

    i too live in the uk and want the free ipod deal but not 100% comfortable taking the stickers off the side of the box and like the guy said what happens if i need the macbook pro repairing in the future and have to send the original receipt?? ..cant you just send a copy?

    i know its probably not a problem but im thinking is the potential hassle worth 100pounds (or whatever the ipod touch will sell for?)

    is it possible to submit the rebate online if you buy instore in the uk?
     
  17. nomad01 macrumors 68000

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    I don't think it is, no. You can start it online but then you have to print out a form and mail it.

    Apple don't ask for your original receipt for repairs. They know when you bought the computer from them or when you registered it. Sending your receipt in for this offer won't invalidate your warranty.
     
  18. sab150 macrumors regular

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    thanks for that! think id still want to keep hold of the reciept for piece of mind! what about activating apple care.. will i need it for that?

    sorry to jump on this thread but im in the exact same dilemma

    so my reciept will have:

    macbook pro
    23 led dsiplay
    time capsule
    ipod touch
    keyboard
    mouse
    afew programs
    apple care

    and they want me to send the reciept for all of that? and never see it again? what happens if anything goes wrong with any of the other stuff on the list!?

    grr dilemma.. makes waiting for the october refresh abit more tempting does this happen every year and will the 13macbook pro be refreshed by then??

    thanks
     
  19. sirjpbear macrumors newbie

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    Process for Apple.com Store?

    Hey,
    I want to re-gift the iPod Touch, and wonder if anyone has actually gone through the process for the iPod Touch rebate online. If the entire process is online, do you still need to remove stickers/UPC's and physically mail them in to Apple... or will info/scans still work? What does removing stickers or UPC bar codes do to the warranty and repair process?
    -Thanks!
     
  20. mr_matalino macrumors 6502a

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    Apple doesn't ask you to send in the box for warranty repairs. You can throw away the box as long as you register the computer/ipod with Apple and keep a copy of the receipt. It's a box after all...
     
  21. mdgolom macrumors 6502

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    I'm just curious where you bought your MBP? I bought mine at an Apple Store in the US and just had to submit my rebate via Apple's website and I was done. Nothing to cut off or remove to send in. I got my rebate checks (iPod and printer) in the mail within three weeks.

    I realize you have to put the money out at first, but even with tax, you still stand to make $175-$200 by selling it. That a lot of money for beer, oops, I mean text books.

    As for the receipt, you don't need the original. Apple seems to prefer e-mailing receipts these days than printing them out in the store. I've never had to present the receipt in order to get service on a Mac.
     
  22. LTX macrumors regular

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    Can you do the online rebate in Canada? When I bought my Macbook and iPod Touch in July 2008, I had to mail the rebates (or maybe I just didn't notice an online option if there was one). Anyone have a link?

     
  23. duky macrumors 6502

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    Again, it's only if you buy from a Campus Store in the US that you have to mail in the docs. I don't know about other countries. OP if you're so worried about documents getting lost in the mail (which they won't) then do what I did and scan them before sending. You'll have a copy of everything on hand if you need them for some absurd reason.

    The UPC label comes off the box very cleanly (you don't have to cut into it--trust me I understand your worries with having an ugly looking box but you'll be fine) and as for the iPod touch, I ended up selling mine for $160 even though it had been opened (the guy couldn't even tell it was opened---you can seal it up very easily and if you make sure to cut carefully only someone who has bought multiple iPod touches for some reason can tell).

    Just get the iPod touch and get your free money and rest..
     
  24. MB98XJ thread starter macrumors member

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    Can I go ahead and sell the iPod touch before getting the rebate? Because whoever I sell it to won't get the UPC label. Which will be weird...
     
  25. nissan.gtp macrumors 6502

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    got my rebate check in about 3 weeks.

    read, submit, $

    easy :cool:
     

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