rebate offers online
As my buddy Ken would say, "It's nuts." Here's
the scenario: both the black and color ink
cartridges on my old StyleWriter color printer were
empty, and it was going to cost $60 or more to
replace them. Then I come across a deal online for
a new Epson Stylus 740 color printer for $50. As
they say, it was a "no-brainer."
Yes, I do like the Internet, where you can find
deals that help you buy a new printer for less than
the cost of replacing the cartridges on your old
one. In this case, the deal was courtesy of
printer was listed for $120, but DealMac told about
a $20-off coupon at Buy.Com and about a $50
manufacturer rebate--making the final cost $50.
Each day DealMac lists the best deals to be
found nationwide--mostly contributed by readers.
And some of these offers aren't obvious. For
example, when I went to Buy.Com to order the
computer, I couldn't find the $20 off coupon and
had to go back to DealMac to follow the link.
Similarly, when the printer came, there was no
rebate offer inside. I was scared, thinking I'd
have to pay the regular price. But then I went back
to DealMac, followed the link, and sure enough, the
Epson web site had a rebate offer that I printed
out and mailed in.
DealMac offers information about the best deals
on Macintosh systems, storage, peripherals,
upgrades, and software. A related site called
information about general computer peripherals as
well as other products. Almost every day both sites
offer "Buying Tips" that alert you to online
coupons, such as $20 off at Barnes & Noble.
takes a different approach. They simply alert you
to the special sales and rebate offers available in
your area instead of being a middleman. If you're
going out shopping, you can use their directory to
tell you what products currently have rebates in
categories such as computers, electronics,
appliances, and cameras. They also have a link just
for products that are currently being offered for
free after a rebate. When I visited, Microsoft's
Encarta Encyclopedia in CD-ROM was free, along with
a range of lotions and shampoos.
There are probably hundreds of sites devoted to
directing you to special offers, and you can find a
good selection of them at the excellent Freebies
site at About.Com.
Click on the link that says Coupon Sites.
© 2000 by Jim Karpen, Ph.D.