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Samsung HDTV Rebate on Amazon Not For Cash Rebate

Rebate Too Good to Be True? Always Read the Fine Print!

I was helping a friend investigate buying a new HDTV as her gadget guru, and we thought we'd found the perfect one: A 40-inch 1080p LCD flat screen by Samsung, which had just gone down in price to about $1,080 — and to sweeten the deal, there was a new $200 rebate (not surprising considering Samsung is rumored to be slashing prices to clear out old stock), bringing the total down to about $880.

My friend added the TV to her cart, had her credit card ready to go when I said "Wait!" and insisted she figure out what exactly the details of the rebate were, just in case. Turned out it was the right move: After downloading the $200 rebate to fill out and return, the rebate form revealed that it's not actually a $200 savings — it's a $200 gift certificate to "NFL Mounted Memories".

I called Amazon customer service to verify what I was thinking — that the total would still be $1,080 and this $200 rebate check would actually be a certificate for something I wasn't interested in. To hear what happened, just

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The rep confirmed that the rebate was not a check for cash, and reported it was Samsung's rebate and that Amazon automatically updates the "price" if the manufacturer adds one — hence, the $880 price tag we were excited about.

In the end, my friend decided to wait a little longer for a TV, defeated by what we both agree is a pretty misleading listing. Lesson learned: Always read the fine print on big electronics purchases!

Update: the adjusted, $200-off price display (pictured in my screenshot above) disappeared last night, though the rebate is still listed at the bottom. I'd like to think my call had something to do with it!

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kcwebgirl kcwebgirl 8 years
you should have called the attorney general and reported them for deceptive advertising. i certainly would have. in fact, i always do. you'd be amazed at the "extras" you get for calling businesses on their deceptive ads.
suziryder suziryder 8 years
Way to go, Geek! That's some tricky, deceptive marketing they've got going on. Seriously, NFL Mounted Memories??? Who would want that??
caroline_1 caroline_1 8 years
go geek, gettin amazon to change things :)
chub0t chub0t 8 years
I had been waiting to pick up my Samsung 7 Series 46in, and I thought that the deal was too good to be true, maybe NFL Mounted Memories was just the name of the promotion...Oh well, I bought it last night and hopefully the certificate will provide me a few Xmas gifts.....
chub0t chub0t 8 years
I had been waiting to pick up my Samsung 7 Series 46in, and I thought that the deal was too good to be true, maybe NFL Mounted Memories was just the name of the promotion... Oh well, I bought it last night and hopefully the certificate will provide me a few Xmas gifts.....
cal1 cal1 8 years
The fact that it's legal doesn't make it ethical. Typical Republican's thinking.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i HATE when manufacturers or sites do things like that - it's really shadey! it's luring you in to get a product thinking that you'll get more money off but in reality you're either paying full price or getting something that you don't care for. i'm glad that you talked to them about it and there was some impact. i'm sure that you're not the only person who saw that - since amazon isn't known for changing things based on just one complaint, but it does show that you can make a difference and you shouldn't be shy about saying what you're feeling if someone's been in the wrong. i hope that your friend gets a TV soon though - it's frustrating to think that you were so close to a great deal and have it not be what you wanted.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i HATE when manufacturers or sites do things like that - it's really shadey! it's luring you in to get a product thinking that you'll get more money off but in reality you're either paying full price or getting something that you don't care for. i'm glad that you talked to them about it and there was some impact. i'm sure that you're not the only person who saw that - since amazon isn't known for changing things based on just one complaint, but it does show that you can make a difference and you shouldn't be shy about saying what you're feeling if someone's been in the wrong. i hope that your friend gets a TV soon though - it's frustrating to think that you were so close to a great deal and have it not be what you wanted.
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