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Retailer Guide on Returns, Rebates & Refunds
Rebates in the tech world have become just about as popular as touchscreens on phones. So here’s the age-old question when giving a gift: How do you handle the rebate—with grace?
First, determine what the rebate is giving you back. Whether it’s cash, store credit
, or an accessory, make sure it’s something you or the gift receiver can actually use.
Second, how easy is it for you to reclaim your cash? Look for instant rebates instead of mail-in ones. Manufacturers such as a Dell, HP, and Lenovo often feature instant rebates or “instant savings” above and beyond typical percentage markdowns, putting many systems that might be just beyond your budget back into range.