[mythtv-users] Re: The OfficeMax hard drives we all talked about

Garry garry at sneakyninja.net
Fri Mar 26 18:54:55 EST 2004

Garry wrote:

> Lol Grant wrote:
>> > From: Tony Maro <tony at maro.net>
>> >
>> >Did anyone else buy one on a raincheck and have all the rebates 
>> rejected
>> > for being outside the "rebate period"?
>> >
>> > I'm about to go down to OfficeMax for a refund of the HD.
>> Well, I did wonder about this myself. I asked at OfficeMax when I
>> picked up the rainchecked disk and they told me that the rebate period
>> had been extended (of course, they also gave me the wrong month's
>> rebate book, so I didn't want to necessarily take them at their word).
>> Anyway I called both rebate
>> companies (this was a $79.99 disk with two separate $30 rebates), 
>> explained
>> the situation, and after some delay while they consulted who knows
>> whom, both rebate companies said the same thing: the rebate *would* be
>> honored, but they recommended that I include an explanatory letter
>> along with the rebate submission detailing the exceptional
>> situation. So that's what I did, along with a copy of the raincheck
>> itself. I haven't been able to check the rebate status as yet.
>> I haven't knowingly lost a rebate yet (except for some Kbyte memory 
>> sticks
>> when I didn't notice it said only one per household, and I'd bought 
>> two),
>> but I am getting pretty sick of all the paperwork involved.  Maybe 
>> I'm just
>> beginning to value my time more that I used to. Must be getting old...
>> I may just start to avoid buying rebated items. This week, I
>> bought a KVM switch at Fry's and didn't even realise it came with a
>> rebate till they gave me the form at the checkout.
>> Dang. My first posting to myth-users and it's a rant...
>> __
>> Lol
>> For those of you who like to know about these things, my mythtv system
>> is running on an old HP-7975/AsusTek P4B-LA OEM Intel chipset mobo/
>> 2GHz P4 CPU, because that' s what was spare when I got fed up with 
>> not being
>> able to predict exactly what my replaytv unit was actually going to 
>> record at any time.
>> I added a Zalman CNPS7000A-Cu, 512M PC2100, 450GB of disk,
>> GeForce4 MX 420 and PVR-250 + AVerMedia M179 (both from ebay).
>> I mostly watch recorded TV in a small mplayer window while writing
>> code, so that means I almost never run mythfrontend, just mythweb and 
>> mplayer, and it's very stable.
>> My main regret at this point is that the TV programming in general 
>> just isn't
>> getting any better...
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> As a guy from England, I have no idea what this rebate thing is all 
> about! (Well, ok, I can guess)
> Sounds like a lot of hassle. Is it just a scam to get lazy people to 
> pay more? Not looking for a flaming, just curious as we have nothing 
> like that over here... But then again, I pay more for my goodies.
> -Garry
Thanks for the explaination guys....

It's a shame we don't have large PC component shops here. The only large 
one, where you can pop in and browse is PC world, but they charge WAY 
over the top for components. For example;

40gb Western Digital  7200 drive. Normal ATA.... 79.99 ($145)

256mb 133mhz SODIMM  59.99  ($108)

Yeah, we can get cheaper by buying online, but come on... :-)


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