By JLP | June 30, 2009
I made a boo boo.
AT&T mailed me one of those Visa Rebate Cards for my BlackBerry Curve. I think it was originally for $99 or so. I used the card a couple of months ago but still had a balance of $8.19. I tried using it again but got the remaining balance wrong, thinking it was $8.91 so the transaction didn’t go through. I called to get the correct balance and found out it was $8.19. I put the card in my closet and sort of forgot about it until this morning.
I pulled it out and tried to use it only to find out that it expired on the last day of May!
I’m a little surprised at how quickly the card expired. I don’t remember for sure when I got the card but I think I received it after the first of the year. It seems like the expiration date would be longer than a few months.
Now, had it been a paper check, I would have deposited it into my bank account and the money would have been mine free and clear. I never liked paper checks. I thought the rebate card would make things easier but I found it to be a hassle—especially if it takes more than one transaction to use up the card.
Anyway, LEARN FROM JLP. Use those rebate cards quickly. Don’t allow the companies to keep your money!
UPDATE: I guess I’m not the only one complaining about the AT&T Visa Rebate Card.