Ever thought about how hard it is to collect the money from a rebate? You usually have to fill out a form. Sometimes you have to make a copy of the receipt. (The original receipt will not do.) Then you have to send your documents in and wait eight to ten weeks. Other times you open the box that your purchase came in and search in vain to find any “literature” describing how to collect the rebate that was advertised in the store (which induced you to buy that particular item in the first place). So you look for a toll-free number, an e-mail address, or a website. You either get no help from these, or you get a different offer altogether. I have a sneaking suspicion that these rebate-happy companies don’t really want us to get our money. (They mainly want our names and addresses.) And if we do, they exact their pound of flesh for the privilege. Just give us the discount and be done with it.

About Stan Guthrie

Stan Guthrie is an editor at large for Christianity Today magazine and for the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview. His latest book is God's Story in 66 Verses. He also is author of All that Jesus Asks: How His Questions Can Teach and Transform Us, Missions in the Third Millennium: 21 Key Trends for the 21st Century, and A Concise Guide to Bible Prophecy. He is co-author of The Sacrament of Evangelism. Besides authoring, writing, and editing books, Stan is a literary agent, bringing together good authors, good books, and good publishers. Stan writes the monthly Priorities colum for He has appeared on National Public Radio's €œTell Me More,€ WGN's Milt Rosenberg program, and many Christian shows, including The Eric Metaxas Show and Moody Radio'€™s €œNew Day Florida.€ A licensed minister and an inspirational speaker, he served as moderator for the Christian Book Expo panel discussion, Does the God of Christianity Exist, and What Difference Does It Make?
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