As to the quoted except above; exactly my point. Create a sentence that if read in a casual way sounds great. Wow, 20%! Then once you drill down and jump through all the hoops you find out what the real discount is.
In the case of your film purchase and your tripods (nice stuff by the way) it turns out to be 20%. But I did a little experiment and searched for a few other film/chemistry related purchases and they were often in the 1% to 3% range. Not even enough to cover shipping and handling charges.
Yes, money is money but I'd rather not be Microsoft's banker and loan them money for 60 days and they only pay me 1% or 3% or some other pittance. They get to use the 60 day float to try and make up the cost of the rebate by selling you other stuff and collecting fees for the slew of directed advertising. I'm going to be monitoring the spam logs on the email account I used for the sign-up. To satisfy my curiosity of course.
I do fill out the little rebate forms and I keep photo copies and mark a calendar X days into the future. And now that lots of mail-in rebates also have a web site for "tracking" the status I ping those too.
For the most part, rebates work and I will in all honesty use live search but only in an attempt to save a little money. But not as a primary search method.
If you get your rebate before the 60 days, will you use it to buy us all a box of donuts?