I was wondering if other people consider store credits like ExtraCare Bucks (CVS) and Register Rewards (Walgeens) to be the same as rebates. I don't think they are, and I'd like to ask your opinions, because I think this type of promotion is becoming more common. Gymboree, Toys 'R' Us and Kohl's offer a similar credit.
Here are a couple of recent deals to consider, where the amount of the store credit against a future purchase is equivalent to the cost of the item. In using the product category, they had to be presented as "Free After Rebate."
I consider a "rebate" as this
CVS - http://www.buxr.com/deal/phili.....-cvs_60309
Walgreens - http://www.buxr.com/deal/irwin.....tore_60310
- you buy an item and get instant cash back; or fill out a form online or to mail, and get back a cash refund or gift card that can be used anywhere. If the amount of the rebate equals the cost of the item, it's truly free after rebate.
I think of the ECBs and RRs as "in-store credits" because
- you have to purchase the item, and then you get a printed credit from the sale that you can spend in the same store on a future purchase. Sometimes, these credits are very short-dated. So although the item you bought is being advertised by the store as "like
you got it free," I don't think it's the same as a true rebate. This is the store's promotion to encourage you to shop there again, in the very near future.
What I'm asking is this
Does anyone think that Buxr deals should differentiate between true rebates versus store credits?
If you think there's a difference, how best to express it?
What should be in the rebate field when there's no form to link? What kind of explanation does the promise of store credit need? The deals are unique to the specific store, and yet the item would be posted as a product, without the store name in the title. Do you think that's a problem?
Since items being advertised with these "store credits" are increasing, I thought maybe a poll would help to get a consensus. Please take a moment to vote in the poll or add your thoughts. No topic vote is necessary, I just want to know what you think.