i agree that dishonest business practices are deplorable etc.
but you see my point - if the price is high, don't buy the item.
that's the situation for all of us out of the US where there are no (or very little?) rebates.
and to look at it another way:
you guys are trying to eat the cake and keep it.
i'm sure that the scanner Cowboy bought cost more that $15 to develop, design, manufacture, transport etc. etc.
so what gives?
like Wedge said, they're hoping not everyone will send for (or get) the rebate money.
so all the times you don't get your rebate, kind of evens out all the times you got a GREAT deal through rebates, a deal that is othewise economically impossible for the manufacturere/distributer/reseller/whatever.
but once again, i agree that dishonest business practices are deplorable etc.
(hope that pacifies you guys, no intention to piss anyone off
One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them,
One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them
In the land of Mordor, where the Shadows lie
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