A concerned reader sent in this message. I thought it was worthwhile to mention to you all.
I received an email offer from NeilMed in February 2013, stating that Nasamist Saline Spray was 100% free with rebate between February 11-25, 2013 – if purchased at Shoppers Drug Mart. You could purchase up to 6 items and rebates would arrive within 30 days.
I purchased 3 items and submitted my claim on February 23rd, 2013. I waited until early April and followed up on my claim. I received an email on April 4th saying “We have processed your rebate request and you should receive your check by April-May, 2013.” The following day, I received an email saying “Your rebate has been successfully processed. You will get an update on your rebate check status soon.”
I also received another email saying that my cheque would be mailed on the 12th of April. Nothing arrived. I followed up again on May 15th and they said “We apologize for any inconvenience caused to you. We will forward your complaint to the accounts team and ensure you receive your check ASAP.” I followed up again on May 27th and was told again “You can be rest assured you will receive your rebate check soon.”
I emailed again on June 7th and had not received a reply. So, tonight I called and talked to “Shaun”. He told me that my claim for $40.47 had been processed but that they were “running short on cheques”, and so it would still be a couple of weeks to get my cheque.
Every time I contact this company I am fobbed off and given stalling tactics. This latest excuse of running short on cheques sounds preposterous.”
I am in no way saying that this Neilmed scam is real, but after doing a bit of research myself, I’ve found that there are LOTS of people who are claiming that they have also not received their rebates.
I truly hope that Neilmed steps up and does what is right, by providing consumers with their rebates in a timely fashion.
Have you had problems receiving rebates from Neilmed?
Today, I just wanted to show you exactly how to send in a mail-in rebate offer.
What are mail-in rebate offers?
A mail-in rebate is when a manufacturer offers you cash back or a gift card for the full price (usually) of an item.
Here is an example of a form for a mail-in rebate:
This one here is for the Veet EasyWax Electrical Roll-On Kit. As you can see, it is for $15 – so it’s not a full price mail-in rebate, but that would be crazy because this item is about $30 (that’d be nice!). $15 is still good because you can combine this rebate with a coupon and get even better savings.
So, this is the form, and you want to make sure that the very first thing that you do is you read through the small print. Make sure that you are always reading the small print, because it is very important.
Sometimes, you are not allowed to use other discounts with the rebate, such as coupons (most of the time you’re okay to use coupons to get even better savings, and sometimes make money if it’s a full-price rebate, but sometimes you’re not allowed).
So, for this one, what you want to do is print it off, fill in your information, and read through the fine print to find out what else they need.
For this particular mail-in rebate, I need, of course, my envelope (sometimes, manufacturers will ask you to send a self-addressed stamped envelope – so make sure you read the fine print for that, because if you don’t send one, you don’t get your rebate. For this one, thankfully, I don’t need to send one), and I will also need my receipt.
Combine coupons + rebates for better savings
I purchased this item from Shoppers Drug Mart for $23.99. I used a $10 coupon on it, and I’ll be getting $15 back – so that is a money-maker of just over $1 for me (not including taxes).
Receipts and UPC codes
You want to make sure you circle the item on your receipt. I always use a big black marker, just because it’s much easier to see than if I were to use a pen or pencil (and sometimes manufacturers tell you not to use a highlighter – some of them allow it, some of them don’t – I don’t use one at all, just in case). I always use a big black marker to make it easy to see.
Now, some mail-in rebate offers will request that you send in the physical UPC for the product. This Veet mail-in rebate does not ask for that. However, they do need the UPC, so they asked that I write it on the receipt – so I have it right at the very top.
If you need to send in the physical UPC, you have to cut it out from the package (so that’s another thing you really need to read this small print for – to find out whether you need the actual, physical UPC or you just need a hand-written UPC).
So, that’s pretty much it for this offer. I have my form, I have my receipt with the UPC, and I have my envelope. Put it all together, mail it off, and in 6-8 weeks, I’ll get my mail-in rebate offer in the mail (with my cash back).
What is the last mail-in rebate offer you participated in?
The photograph of the receipt must show the retailer’s name and/or logo as well as the date and time and the total amount of the purchase. The uploaded receipt must be a maximum of 2 MB in size and in jpeg or png format.
Limit of 1 request per email address/mobile number.
Limit of 1 Spa Cash Card per household address.