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It's the Archduke!

I bought a bottle of SKYY vodka today. It came with a mail-in slip for a $5 rebate.

Has anyone else noticed how difficult companies make it to get a rebate?

This rebate slip has lines ranging in width from two-and-a-quarter inches to one-and-three-quarter inches for me to provide my name, street address, city, state, ZIP code, birth date, telephone number (area code included) and email address. The lines to write this information on are an eighth of an inch apart. The city, state and ZIP code are supposed to fit on a single line. The same goes for birth date and phone number.

I'm not sure I have a pen with a point fine enough to work in that space.

But there are more hurdles between me and my $5, of course. Let's consider the program number, which I must include in the mailing address: SKYYVDA42. The last time I saw a combination of letters like that was during an eye examination. The post office box—426020—contains probably the maximum number of digits allowed by the Postal Service. And, of course, the ZIP code is nine digits: 78842-6020. I know those numbers are correct, because I had to use a magnifying glass to be sure.

I have to wonder how many rebates are refused for a technicality like, say, having a missing letter or wrong number on the slip. And I can't help but think that people whose rebates are refused probably won't buy that particular product again.

Fortunately for SKYY, they own the country's only vokda distillery. And my father was Archduke Franz Ferdinand.


( 7 comments — Leave a comment )
Jun. 22nd, 2015 11:56 am (UTC)
If the rebate thing goes afoul try Tito's Vodka. The best Vodka and Tonic I've had in ages...
Jun. 22nd, 2015 12:37 pm (UTC)
Will do.
Jun. 22nd, 2015 09:08 pm (UTC)
The program number is almost as bad as those CAPTCHAs on websites. Almost.
Jun. 23rd, 2015 12:58 am (UTC)
Just another way for them to mess with our heads. I think frustrating potential customers is a great marketing ploy—don't you?
Jun. 22nd, 2015 10:25 pm (UTC)
I keep a magnifying glass in my desk drawer for the sole purpose of completing rebate forms. Seriously - they can't use a bigger piece of paper?
Jun. 23rd, 2015 12:57 am (UTC)
I can't read half of them. Which is their plan, obviously.
Jun. 23rd, 2015 01:49 am (UTC)
Rebates piss me off. I sent one in once with all the i's dotted and t's crossed... and the company actually wasted the postage and paper to send me a letter saying I left something out and thus they would not be sending me my rebate. WTF? It's trickery to get you to pay full price. Bah! t.c.
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