Hewlett-Packard (HP) Rebate

On 23 January 2009 I purchased a Hewlett-Packard HP Photosmart B8550 Inkjet Photo Printer from Amazon.com. I was enticed into buying this printer by a $25 mail-in rebate from HP.

When the printer arrived I gathered together all the items required to meet the conditions of the rebate and sent them off to Hewlett-Packard. And I waited, and waited, and waited...

Finally, I got a letter from HP stating that they needed the serial number (which I'd sent with the initial shipment of info) before my rebate could be processed. So I checked the serial number, again, and sent it to them, again. And I waited, and waited, and waited...

Finally, on 22 May 2009 I went to the HP web page to check up the status of my rebate. Guess what it said? It said that the rebate check had been processed on 21 May 2009 and that I should wait up to 30 more days for it to arrive here. I wonder what the date that the check was processed would have been if I'd checked up on it on 5 May or 6 June!

Guess what? The $25 rebate check arrived on 3 June 2009 - only eighteen and a half weeks since I mailed in my request. Good thing I didn't need the money.

So, if you are being enticed into buying a Hewlett-Packard product by a generous rebate offer, do you really think that's such a good idea?