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    Air Filter rebates!

    I bought an AC-Delco filter for my Altima a few weeks ago. Included with the filter was a coupon for a $10 rebate.

    Went to the AC-Delco website link, filled out the info, and the rebate was confirmed.

    Just got an email that I should receive the rebate within ten days. But the rebate will be a $10 debit card.

    To activate the card, I'd have to register it online with the issuing bank. Personal info, etc., and establish a PIN number.

    Issuing bank says using the card may require a temporary charge against the card of $100.00, which will be removed when the charge is verified by the issuing bank.

    Bank also says that any charge over the card's limit ($10) will result in the card's cancellation and a negative report to credit bureaus.

    Good grief - how the heck do you use a $10 debit card?

    (This is one of many "rebate" offers I've seen that results in a debit card, not a check.)
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    Re: Air Filter rebates!

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    Re: Air Filter rebates!

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    Re: Air Filter rebates!

    Quote Originally Posted by NutmegCT View Post
    Good grief - how the heck do you use a $10 debit card?
    Human cashiers can usually check the available balance on the card, and only charge that much against it. I've not tried it with an automated cashier yet, but I wouldn't be surprised if it will work there, too. Then you either keep the remaining card balance for next time, or pay the balance of your purchase through some other means.

    Watch out for the expiration date, too. Unlike paid gift cards, rebate cards can go Poof and you don't get the value.
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    Re: Air Filter rebates!

    Thanks for the ideas. Thousands of years ago, the rebate was a check. You cash it at the store, or you deposit it at your bank.

    Now the rebate requires you to activate a new prepaid debit card through the issuing bank. Not sure I want to do that ...

    Interesting that the last two "debit card rebates" I received warn me that after 12 months, there's a monthly service fee. And if I don't want to add to the account after I've used the prepaid balance, there's a service fee to close the account. Jeeeeeeezzzzzz

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    Re: Air Filter rebates!

    Just had one from the phone company....gave it away!
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    Re: Air Filter rebates!

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    Re: Air Filter rebates!

    Seems that most rebates are debit cards these days. Years ago I got a refund (not a rebate) from the phone company for some obscure overcharge. The refund was in the form of a check (before the debit card days) in the amount of $0.13. That's right 13 cents. I still have it somewhere. Just not worth taking it to the bank.
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    Re: Air Filter rebates!

    I got a check for something like .02 cents.I got a call asking about it.
    I told them that it wasn't worth wasting the time cashing it.
    They issued me a replacement one for the same amount.
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    Re: Air Filter rebates!

    This is beginning to remind me of a few weeks ago at the air museum. Several teens bought Cokes from one of our vending machines. One can of Coke costs $1.75, so they inserted two one-dollar bills.

    They'd get the Coke, but I noticed they never pulled the change from the change outlet.

    I asked if they'd forgotten the quarters, and each one said "it's not worth the trouble".

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    Re: Air Filter rebates!

    That reminds me of a similar one. Back before the "turn of the century" in 1986 I was in a sailboat race from Galveston to Vera Cruz. We met with a Mexican consulate representative to get some info on what to expect and how to act in Mexico. One thing he told us was, "When you buy something you will get a lot of coins in change. Just drop them on the ground because they aren't worth carrying." The exchange rate at the time was 348 pesos to the dollar and changing hourly or sooner, usually down.
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