Friday Poll: Reflections on mail-in rebates

While the jury is still out on the reliability of mail-in rebates, we'd like to know how our gadget-attentive Crave readers feel. Vote in our poll.

CNET News Poll

Rebate reflections
How do you feel about mail-in rebates these days?

Love 'em; they're a win-win
They're a hassle, but I like saving money
They're useless and not worth the effort
They're a total scam!
I prefer coupon codes



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Mail-in rebates are a pain in the neck. I'd stop short of calling them a scam, but I really don't like the fact that they seem to rely on consumers' forgetfulness and/or laziness.

And there doesn't seem to be any oversight--as far as I can tell, there's nobody watching to see if a company happens to "lose" a few rebate forms.

But I also know people who've had incredible luck with mail-in rebates and save money often. I even know one person who filled out one rebate form and got two checks back from Acer a couple of years back!

CNET blogger Rick Broida asked a good question in a post Thursday. Has the reliability of mail-in rebates improved? While the jury is still out on that one, we'd like to know how our gadget-attentive Crave readers feel. Which statement best describes your current thinking on mail-in rebates?

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    With more than 15 years experience testing hardware (and being obsessed with it), Crave freelance writer Matt Hickey can tell the good gadgets from the great. He also has a keen eye for future technology trends. Matt has blogged for publications including TechCrunch, CrunchGear, and most recently, Gizmodo. Matt is a member of the CNET Blog Network and is not an employee of CBS Interactive. E-mail Matt.

     

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