Somewhere, a Radio Shack employee is laughing at a lazy customer.
He’s laughing because the customer thought his 1 GB SanDisk memory card cost $14.99. That’s how much the price tag said. But really, the customer needed to shell out $24.99. That extra $10 would soon enter a black hole of bills—a whirlpool of wealth that belongs to no one. A purgatory of prosperity where all cash is up for grabs.
The world of the rebate.
Radio Shack employee: Is it fair to make people sell their souls in order to stop $10 from being robbed from their pockets? Is it fair to bank on customers’ laziness, forgetfulness or stupidity? Is it fair that you can afford the $10 extra to upgrade your lunch from Burger King to Panera because of a customer’s busy work schedule? I’ve got questions. Do you have answers?
It’s as if I bought a Chocolate Iced Kreme Filled Krispy Kreme doughnut that was advertised as being 250 calories. The fine print: The doughnut is 250 calories after you go to the gym and work off the extra 100 calories on the elliptical machine.
I was planning on not filling out my rebate form. I was going to write about how Radio Shack stole my money because I did not have time to undergo the arduous process. I was going to begin this blog entry by saying, “A Radio Shack employee stole my money.”
But that would be letting the rebate terrorists win.
I am taking a stand. I am filling out the rebate form. I will get my $10 back. And then I will spend it at Best Buy, just to kind of kick Radio Shack when they’re down. Wait…you say Best Buy does rebates, too? What is this world coming to?
In the amount of time it took me to write this blog entry, fill out the form, cut out the bar code, find an envelope and stamp and find a mailbox, I probably could have earned three times the amount of my rebate at my job. But that’s not the point. It’s the principle.
If the Radio Shack employees and the SanDisk manufacturers think they can cheat me out of my hard-earned cash, then they are mistaken.
An envelope with my rebate form, receipt and product bar code must be postmarked by 4/30/07 and mailed to Young America, Minn, according to my rebate form.
Oh, Radio Shack—you thought you fooled me, but at the last minute, I pulled through.