By Louis DeNicola, Cheapism.com
Read the small print on Black Friday offers for 2013 and you'll find that some of the low prices reflect mail-in rebates (MIRs). The rebate process can be a bit of a pain, and too many consumers seduced by the potential savings never realize the lower price. One widely cited academic study from 2003 reported that shoppers never got around to redeeming about 6 in 10 consumer electronics rebates. An industry consultant quoted in The Wall Street Journal in 2006 put the number for all rebates at 4 in 10. Regardless whether those redemption rates hold true today, they call into question the value of a Black Friday offer that hinges on a mail-in rebate.Laptop Computer
Making a habit of checking prices for the same product at a variety of stores may net you a deal that doesn't require a rebate. Take, for example, a Black Friday offer for a KitchenAid Classic Plus Stand Mixer, whichRead More »from Are Black Friday Rebates Worth the Hassle?