- Product Cost: $5
- Tax: $.40
- Envelope: $.01
- Stamp: $42
- Rebate: -$5
So for your FREE after rebate item, you will actually pay $.83! Now you have to decide if that item is worth all the work and the $.83. There is also the issue of timing. Mail in rebates have deadlines. If you miss the deadline, you will not receive your money back. So you are stuck with a product that you have now spent $5.83 and may or may not use.
One upside to mail in rebate offers is that you can use a coupon for the product when you purchase it. Say you buy a $5 scrubber. You use a $1/1 MFG for the scrubber. You will turn in the rebate for the total $5 amount (try to buy at least one other item in that same transaction or you may get the money back less the coupon). After using the $1/1 MFG, your item is truly FREE. In fact, you will make $.17 after all is said and done. That is really the key. If I do not have a coupon for a MIR item, I will probably not purchase it unless I know I will use it.
Hopefully you now have a greater understanding of what is really involved in requesting samples and rebates. If you have any thoughts or questions on the matter, please leave a comment here! Come back later for Part E: Combining Coupons.