The afternoon before I left to go on my vacation, I decided I needed an SD card for my camera which would hold more photos, so I stopped by Fry’s Electronics. I found they had the Polaroid 16 GB SDHC Class 4 Flash Memory Card for $39.99 with a $15 rebate. It would end up costing me $28.71 after tax, and $1.80 per GB. Sweet.
I knew it was a gamble since things were going to be a little crazy for the next two weeks; getting ready to leave that night, being out of state, coming back and trying to get caught up.
So last night I was vegging out for a few minutes, not even thinking about writing a blog post or doing anything at all. Something kept nagging at me, and I sat there thinking for a few minutes, and then it hit me! The rebate!! Oh!! I didn’t want to lose fifteen dollars because I forgot to send in a rebate!
I started looking for the receipt first… oh boy, not in my purse in that pocket where I usually keep receipts, not in that pile on my desk, not in that other pile, not in that box. Darn! I had just about exhausted all the places I could look when I found it! YES!
I told Mr. A I found the receipt, now I just had to locate the packaging. Oh dear… where could that be. And then, I found it on my dresser!! AWESOME!
But then… OH NO. The receipt says EXP DATE 9/02/10. OH NO. I think I just lost fifteen dollars.
I went in and told Mr. A that I think I just messed up and forgot to send in a fifteen dollar rebate. He says, “You bought it before we left on vacation? It has been pretty hectic since then. Don’t stress about it.”
Then I went to ask AJ if he’s done any Fry’s Electronic rebates. I showed him the receipt and he got this big grin on his face, you know the one that clearly means he’s thinking, “Mom messed up and didn’t send in a rebate, wowee!!” He gleefully told me the rebate had to be postmarked by that date.
It sure seemed that way.
I went back into our bedroom and I told Mr. A I just felt terrible about losing fifteen dollars. Then I decided to just have a look-see at the actual rebate form.
I went to the website on the receipt… and… YES!! It says it must be postmarked within 30 days of the purchase! So I have more than enough time to get it in and get my fifteen dollars back.
Fry’s Electronics receipts are kind of confusing the way they show the expiration date; usually there is more information like there is on the rebate form itself, which says “Offer Valid for Purchase Dates August 17, 2010 to September 2, 2010”. But since the receipt simply said EXP DATE 9/2/10 without any additional information. It really looked as if my time was up, although that didn’t seem right. I’m glad I didn’t give up that easily.
I’m usually very good at getting rebates turned in. What about you? Any near misses?