Best Buy, Radio Shack Offer Instant Pre Rebate

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The reason BBY can do it is because they are immediately reimbursed that $100 by their main financial backer: HSBC. Then, HSBC and BBY together go after the manufacturer for the rebate, allowing them to get it much quicker.

In some markets this doesn't happen, and BBY just has to package all the rebates together in one "pay me now" bill to the manufacturer.

Sprint, on the other hand (it seems), doesn't have a bank behind it that would immediately go after the manufacturer and pay for the rebates. It could also be that Sprint doesn't WANT people to get the rebates, hence offering them.
 

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[citation][nom]scryer_360[/nom]The reason BBY can do it is because they are immediately reimbursed that $100 by their main financial backer: HSBC. Then, HSBC and BBY together go after the manufacturer for the rebate, allowing them to get it much quicker. In some markets this doesn't happen, and BBY just has to package all the rebates together in one "pay me now" bill to the manufacturer. Sprint, on the other hand (it seems), doesn't have a bank behind it that would immediately go after the manufacturer and pay for the rebates. It could also be that Sprint doesn't WANT people to get the rebates, hence offering them.[/citation]
I don't think Jane was asking how BestBuy manages to provide the discount at the register but more or less shedding light on the fact that it can (and hence, since its possible, it seems silly for Sprint not to pursue a similar arrangement to accomplish the same end goal so as to not be at a competitive disadvantage). After all, the average consumer won't care about how a discount was obtained, just that they got it.

I read my comment back and it has the potential to sound rude. If it comes off that way please know that I meant it in a friendly way.
 

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Doing instant rebates is one of the reasons Best Buy is still standing in an online dominated world (that, and instant gratification of buying in-store versus waiting a few days to a couple of weeks).

Why don't the others use "instant off"? Up until a couple of years ago, I did fine with rebates. Then the return rate dropped off. Claims of no original UPC included and I need to send it (which, of course, I can't, because I already SENT them the original - all I have is a hole in a box and no rebate). Then there is the "not received by the proper date".

Then there are the time I actually forgot to send it off. :(

Basically, a company plans on a certain (significant) percentage of rebates not to be sent in. However, it is legal to advertise the price after rebate instead of the out-of-pocket cost. Essentially, they count on intentionally deceiving you by claiming things weren't done exactly right and/or counting on you to screw up.
 

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[citation][nom]dman3k[/nom]Sprint lacks common sense when it comes to customer service
. I thought that was a known scientific fact.[/citation]

+1

God forbid sprint does anything to make life easier, no no no, lets sit on the phone arguing about whether a mail in rebate was received or not for 2 hours.
 

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The problem with automatically giving customers the rebate is that it probably really pisses off the manufacturer. Given that only around 30% (I think) of people actually send the rebates in normally, if BestBuy files them automatically the manufacturer's cost for those rebates is tripled. I.E. instead of paying an average of $30 out per phone in rebates, they now pay $100. This is why they have rebates instead of just lowering the price.
 

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it's all about the fact that the majority of consumers are not intelligent shoppers. most won't bother to check if someone offers the same rebates instantly and others would just rather not deal with 3rd parties or dorks trying to upsell them cheap holsters, cases or chargers. the hassle of most mail-in rebates is another and as others have pointed out, you pretty much give up your warranty when you give them your official UPC, which few of them will tell you about till you actually need to return the phone. gotcha!
 

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My question is: would I still be eligible for the end-of-contract phone upgrade discount if I go anywhere other than the Sprint Store?
 

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I'd be willing to buy an iPhone for my ATT GoPhone plan. Perhaps it will come down in price at the end of this year.
 
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I bought mine at Best Buy, used my Sprint upgrade, got it for $199 but then was charged almost $70 tax. They said they charge tax on the list time. I call bullshit.
 
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