One of the things about rebates, they are handled by third party companies. These companies won't even pay the rebates until the original companies have paid them. So, it isn't until weeks after the purchase that they are even thinking about paying the consumer. I try to avoid them as much as you can. Some, especially DVD box sets, are especially annoying. To get the rebate, you have to often send the UPC from the DVD box. Now, is it really worth $5 to have a box set with a hole in the side of the box where the UPC used to be? Or a hole in the outside cover of a DVD. I often don't do it. I have gotten the postcards too. Didn't even look like a check, but the bank accepts them.