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    2005 Linkshare Golden Link Award Winner  ecomcity's Avatar
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    Thumbs down Pitfalls of dealing with Rebate merchants like Inphonic
    Linkshare has an affiliate program for InPhonic and many other merchants offering what appears to be Rebate rippoffs. Appears the internet and brick-n-mortar scam artists have jumped upon mail-in deferred rebates as their biggest con game and Ponzi scheme.

    Background to see how the executives try to deflect the Bad PR from disgruntled consumers with typical smoke and mirror tactics.... read
    http://rohitbhargava.typepad.com/web...ycom_mast.html
    Google "Deferred Rebate scams" or "Cashback America" or Cash Back America" to see the underbelly of these rebate perps and their merchant partners.
    http://www.cashbackamericasucks.com/

    Questions: Is it good practice to promote these rebate merchant when they all try to keep from paying the promised rebates? How many sales are also cancelled unfairly as a result of pissed buyers red flagging sales transactions in Rebate disputes.

    Wirefly -BestBuys -Costco -Staples etc... etc... all run the pay full retail and pray for rebate scams. http://www.sharkjumping.com/2006/01/...phonicwir.html and the Google list just keeps on getting into the underbelly of Rebate ripoffs. Nice to see some long awaited Class action suits aginst these Adwhore middlemen using the rebate incentive to overcharge consumers... http://www.lawgarcia.com/news.php?id=21

    Sluething behind the scenes I see Continental Promotion Group Inc is the main perp http://www.cpginc.com/ with well over 500 merchants victimizing consumers with their incentive offerings.
    Last edited by ecomcity; September 13th, 2006 at 08:21 PM.
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    What's the word? Rhia7's Avatar
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    I usually associate rebates with rip-offs (in general) anyway -- so your summary doesn't surprise me, but thanks for the interesting write-up
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    Rebates are a great way for merchants to attract buyers, Then 4-6 months later, when it does'nt show up in the mailbox (and if the customer still remembers) ...they can say 'is not my problem'!

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    OK, someone clue me in....... What does PERP mean? Maybe I'll do up a post sometime that's acronym and abbreviation rich and maybe offer a cash prize to the person who most accurately decodes it.
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    Perp applies if your read all the Class action legal complaint.. http://www.lawgarcia.com/files/1152661793.pdf
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