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CompUSA Maxtor 200GB drive rebate question

I just received the 200GB Maxtor drive the I ordered online last week during CompUSA's "$100 after rebate" sale and I have a question about the rebate form.

The fine print has all the normal "must be purchased during the time window specified and have receipt to prove it" and "must be mailed by a certain date" stuff, but there is a short sentence in there that I haven't seen before with any Staples /Office Depot/Office Max rebates:

"Postage and sales tax required for mail-in rebate".

I am applying for a mail-in rebate. I did pay sales tax on the order (there are CompUSA retail stores in my state). And I did pay a shipping fee, albeit only one cent.

Am I OK here? I don't want to get tripped up by some obscure requirement...

Other than the normal triple-check all instructions and keep copies of everything (and, given that it is a $60 rebate, perhaps even send the rebate in certified return-receipt), is CompUSA famous for any shenanigans I need to be aware of before mailing?

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I think what they mean is that you have to pay postage to apply for the rebate, and that you are charged sales tax on the pre-rebate price. Strange way of putting it, though.

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I think what they mean is that you have to pay postage to apply for the rebate, and that you are charged sales tax on the pre-rebate price. Strange way of putting it, though.

I'm not sure how I would get the mail-in rebate to the fulfillment house without paying for the postage on the envelope. Are they attempting to block people from sending it postage-due?

And since I have already purchased the drive (a necessary requirement for obtaining the sales receipt!) and paid tax on the full amount (as is the case with every other rebate item I've ever seen), I'm simply at a loss as to what legal scenario they are attempting to define.

I'm up for any humorous twisted situation that folks can conjure up (what ARE those lawyers thinking about anyways), but I'm always mindful that rebate fine-print is there to catch you, not help you...

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I'm up for any humorous twisted situation that folks can conjure up (what ARE those lawyers thinking about anyways), but I'm always mindful that rebate fine-print is there to catch you, not help you...


I think they're protecting themselves against people who will complain that the item was advertised as "$100 after rebate", so they shouln't have to pay tax, or for the stamp.

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I think they're protecting themselves against people who will complain that the item was advertised as "$100 after rebate", so they shouln't have to pay tax, or for the stamp.
Works for me.

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Some states have laws that require that all the expenses be spelled out.

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