I guess I'll start with the back story. I bought a TV from a local dealer and had a problem with the screen. For weeks, the guy kept saying he was going to replace it. Also, for weeks, I've been bugging him for the $100 rebate that is supposed to come with the tv (which he still hasn't delivered) After realizing that he can't easily replace the screen without taking the tv back to the shop, he replaced the entire tv with a new one. The thing is, he didn't have my model in stock, so he gave me the next model up (Bonus for me ). Now since the new TV is worth $700 more than the other one, I figured I wouldn't bug him about the rebate. I told this to my dad and he said "Why not, it's a rebate, what does he care." - Then I thought, where does the money come from? I assumed it came out of the pockets of the people who sell you the item??? Am I wrong? If it doesn't, doesn't it seem odd that a place can sell you a $100 item and the company then has to pay you the rebate? Sounds like a nice chunk of change for the store that sells the items. I mean, I bought one of those chair mats (for my computer desk) and it was like $40 at Staples. I know they're usually on sale for $19, but there was a $20 rebate, so it ended up being the same price as if it were on sale, but with the rebate, did Staples make the full $40??? or do they have to then pay the company the $20 I got back in the rebate check? Anyone know how this works? If the store owner has to pay for the rebate, I won't bug him for it, but if not, then I'll definitely ask for the reabte slip.