I felt obligated to write and weigh in on this. I just purchased a computer from Tigerdirect.com. It was advertised for $359.00 but when I looked closer i see there is a $75 mail in rebate. I read other people's problems about rebates but like a moron I bought it anyways.
Let me start off by saying that I was MORE than pleased with my experience at the tigerdirect website. I ordered the computer on Tuesday Night and it was shipped out on wednesday and I received the system Thursday afternoon!! Great email invoices and tracking notification and it only took 48 hours for my computer to arrive at my home, even though I only paid for UPS Ground.
Trying to get my rebate has been another story. I am not saying they are purposefully ripping people off, but it has been ridiculously tedious and difficult to even try to get the rebate process started. First I go to the website and fill out my information. They say they have sent a confirmation email. It never arrives. I repeatedly tried to resend it to no avail. I sent the email to the address they provided if you didn't get a confirmation email. I got an automated response so I know there is no problem with my ISP or email blocking their mails .
I also contacted Tiger Direct since their websites both reside on the same server and i figure it's the same people. Then I got an email from someone at tigerdirect giving me an alternate address to go to. (http://188.8.131.52/). I tried to go through the steps at this address and it did not work either.
Finally someone got back to me from onrebate.com and was very nice and provided me with my code to confirm my email address and start applying for my rebate. I go to the site and enter in the number they gave me + my email address and it goes through, but then it brings up ANOTHER STEP asking me to enter in the quantity of rebates I h ave for each product covered. I enter a 1 next to my purchased product and click submit. All that happens is the page reloads and says "There was an error please try again." I have tried this at the domain name and the ip address and its the same both places. I have yet to hear back from them.
I find it a little funny that they say their goal is to make it easier on consumers to get their rebates and yet it is obvious that this system is causing people alot of headaches. I am unaware if it is the same person responsible for both sites and I wasn't going to include Tiger Direct in this report but if they are going to offer the rebates on their website they should make sure their "3rd Party Company" is reliable. Also, if onrebate.com cannot even provide a functional, working website then they need to offer alternative methods to claim your rebate.