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Re: [vox] Hard Drives are cheap...
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Re: [vox] Hard Drives are cheap...

Dunno about that... the scam I've seen works more like this:

Manufacturer offers rebate.  Rebates are processed by a third
party specializing in that business.  Third party has strong
incentives to avoid paying off rebates.  Third party not only
uses any excuse to accomplish this, but also hires sufficiently
inept staff and implements business practices whereby rebate
forms are often "accidentally" lost or denied.  Rebate denial
notifications don't offer a reasonable means of dispute.

-- Rod

Patrick B. Lickiss said:
> The scam is very simple...Western Digital makes some of the least reliable drives
> I've ever used.  I, for one, would much rather pay the extra money and get something
> that's not going to make a rather unpleasant clunking noise when I turn the computer
> on after having used the drive for 3 months. I've actually lost three WD drives to
> this same problem, all different sizes and different models.  Not only to their
> drives suck, but their customer service is laughable.  In short, I think people are
> figuring this out finally and that's why WD has such huge rebates, to try and drum up
> new business.
> Patrick
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Joel Baumert" <kender@geeksource.net>
> To: <vox@franz.mother.com>
> Sent: Thursday, October 25, 2001 2:08 PM
> Subject: Re: [vox] Hard Drives are cheap...
>> I'm not sure how it could be a scam.  It has both Fry's
>> name and Western Digital's name on it.  I'm not sure
>> what Fry's motivation would be to advertise a $100,
>> rebate give me documenation about where to go for the
>> rebate and not have it payed.
>> I could see it if it were $10 or $20 because most
>> people wouldn't pursue it, but for $100, I think that
>> most people would not let that slide...
>> At any rate, I have copies of everything.  If they try
>> to rip me off, I'll see if one of the local news
>> station's fraud people would be interested in the story.
>> Joel
>> On Thu, Oct 25, 2001 at 01:34:05PM -0700, Rod Roark wrote:
>> > Yes, hard drives are cheap.  But in my experience rebates
>> > are OFTEN out-and-out scams... especially if an outside
>> > service is handling them.
>> >
>> > Why do you suppose they don't just lower the price?
>> >
>> > -- Rod
>> >    http://www.sunsetsystems.com/
>> >
>> > Joel Baumert said:
>> > > I went to Fry's last night to get a hard drive and
>> > > they had a Western Digital 80GB drive for $229 with
>> > > a $100 manufacturer rebate...
>> > >
>> > > Let me see... 80 GB would be 20-30 movies... that
>> > > is about $5 a movie (if you were pirating them). Less
>> > > if you compressed the movies at a lower quality.
>> > >
>> > > No wonder the MPAA has been so agressive... A new
>> > > hard drive is cheaper than the movies it could store.
>> > >
>> > > Joel.

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