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How long do mail in Rebates take?

post #1 of 9
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I did a bunch of rebates back toward the beginning of January. HOw long does it take to get teh cash from them? I have never done them before so I'm not sure how long I'm supposed to wait.

I did the $5 rebate if you buy Rayovac Batteries and POTC2 DvD, and I also did a Sirius radio rebate from Radio Shack. I should be getting $30 from that one. But I'm still waiting. How long should I wait?
post #2 of 9
The ones I've had before usually take 6-8 weeks. I think it depends on the company.
post #3 of 9
Yup, 8 weeks isn't unusual. The rebate usually lists a time frame as well. One thing I like to do is either record when they were mailed, or put the expected due date on the calendar. Make sure you keep record of the contact info and # of the rebate so if you need to call them. I have heard before that rebates don't always come, unless you follow up.
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Originally Posted by Missystuy View Post

I did a bunch of rebates back toward the beginning of January. HOw long does it take to get teh cash from them? I have never done them before so I'm not sure how long I'm supposed to wait.

Usually 6-8 weeks is standard, but the rebate forms should have had something about the time frame and how to contact them if you don't hear from them in that time frame. We just got the last rebate check from the Staples after-Thanksgiving deals, so that was closer to 10 weeks, but we submitted those online and could check the status online as well.

Did you keep a copy or scan of the forms? I've never had to use it, but I always either scan the forms & envelope, or lately take a digital photo of it (since our scanner died), just in case. I also keep track of when I mailed the rebate, and when the maximum time frame is up.
post #5 of 9
I've had rebates from my cell phone take 8-10 weeks, seems like forever!!
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Originally Posted by Dejaeeyore View Post

or lately take a digital photo of it (since our scanner died), just in case. .

That is such a great idea. I never keep records unless it's a really big rebate because it's such a pain to get copies of everything. Now I'll keep records of everything- this is great.
post #7 of 9
It depends on the comapny- I usually get my Walgreens rebates within 4 weeks, but I had a rebate from Kmart take 4 months. I think 8-10 weeks in normal.
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That is such a great idea. I never keep records unless it's a really big rebate because it's such a pain to get copies of everything. Now I'll keep records of everything- this is great.

Glad to help. We keep scans of rebates & mail order stuff, just in case of problems, and I had the digital photo idea after the scanner died last fall. It's definitely cheaper than going to the library or somewhere for copies, but copies work better than photos for some things (crochet patterns, for example).
post #9 of 9

Usually, it takes two months. However, I also want to share what I have heard about an enterprising PhD student at Auburn University, Jonathan Hood, has been able to effectively pay his tuition using mail in rebates, along with other strategies. The refunds can add up in the best circumstances, though many individuals never cash them in.

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