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LM1689

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$100 gas rebate
« on: October 14, 2008, 09:00:47 AM »
I recently visited my local pro shop to purchase the first of a few balls for the new season.  I was considering the Cell or a Dimension.  The pro shop operator suggested those were great balls and said they have a great deal on the Twisted Fury Solid.  I was told of a $100 gas card rebate that Brunswick was offering.  

I have used many Brunswick balls with success in the past, but I have heard of problems with some of the equipment since the factory move to Mexico.  I was assured that those problems were worked out and decided to purchase the ball solely on the $100 rebate offer.  I was told the rebate card would be mailed out very soon after the purchase, I bought the ball.

I filled out the rebate form and submitted the pro shop receipt and the label from the box and within a week received my gas card.  However, when I opened the envelope there was no gas card good for the $100, but a registration form from a rebate company.  Much to my surprise there were 19 rules and regulations regarding the use of the rebate "vouchers."  Long story short, I have to send in the rebate to the company and in return they send me 10 vouchers in return.  When I purchase gas I have seven days from the purchase to send a voucher to the rebate company.  After that they will send me a $10 check in the mail within 8 to 10 weeks.  Futhermore, I can only use one voucher in a thirty day period.  I expect to recieve my $100 gas rebate in $10 increments within the next 80 to 100 weeks.

In my opinion this is an abomination by Brunswick to try to sell bowling equipment in hopes that the hoops the consumer has to jump through will stop them from obtaining the rebate.  This deal sounded too good to be true from the start and my first instinct should have taken over.  Instead I was duped by the ball company into thinking a rebate card was what I thought it was.  This won't happen again!  There are plenty of quality ball manufacturers out there with great equipment.  I will not be back regardless of how great the equipment may be.

 

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Re: $100 gas rebate
« Reply #16 on: October 15, 2008, 06:42:18 AM »
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I don't see any other manufacturer doing ANYTHING like this to entice consumers
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I should have clarified my statement saying that no other company is offering ALL consumers an incentive to purchase. The above incentives are for a drawing or you have to perform. The Brunswick offer is for everyone who purchases a high performance product instead of being the "lucky" few or be the first one to roll a 300 with one particular ball. All good programs, but luck is involved.
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Re: $100 gas rebate
« Reply #17 on: October 15, 2008, 08:27:31 AM »
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Ok your ad says "receive a $100 gas rebate card"

Whats the process for getting a single card like it says ?

http://brunswick.losasso.com/gas/

Your ad says "card", tell me how I can get a $100 gas rebate card please. Not $10 vouchers, but a card as stated in the ad ?




Hey 302...not to be picky...but my wife got her's in the mail...and it is a card, that I mail in to get her signed up for the program...

Brunswick didn't say a gas debit card or any form of a debit card, it says a $100 gas card...

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Re: $100 gas rebate
« Reply #18 on: October 15, 2008, 10:44:53 AM »
I hate to say it, but this is just like any other company offering a rebate.  Rebates are offered as a way to drum up business knowing the company will not have to pay out very much in return.  Companies know that in most cases there will only be from 10% to 25% of people who actually redeem the rebate offered.  Do some research, it is true.  The larger the rebate, the higher number of people who will redeem.  Numbers also show the less time someone has to redeem the rebate, the higher the numbers are that indeed redeem the rebate.  The longer time required to fully redeem the rebate, the lower the number.  

Now, to address the Brunswick rebate.  One hundred dollars seems as though it might be a higher return rebate.  However, it will not be at all.  Consumers see $10 at a time and equate that to being duped, getting ripped off, etc.  Those people will not even try to redeem the rebate at all.  Then, there will be the people who don't want to jump through the hoops of sending in ten different receipts to get the $100.  This is done on purpose by Brunswick, or the company handling the rebates, as a way to lower the number of people who redeem the rebate.  Then of course there will be many people who just forget altogether.  This will get the numbers down to 10% to 25% of the people who actually follow all the rules to get their $100.  In actuality, it won't cost very much to Brunswick at all to offer this rebate incentive comparatively to what it would if one $100 card was offered.  Just the facts based upon rebate research.  

I am a long time Brunswick supporter, but I was very disappointed in how this rebate program was put together.  Not in regards to me, but in regards to my customers, who to fully redeem this rebate would be a pain.  I have had several people just say forget it, it isn't worth it.  It is a business decision as to how this rebate program was handled.  If you one that follows through on the entire rebate rules, I applaud you, however know that you will be one of the minority who actually do.
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Re: $100 gas rebate
« Reply #19 on: October 15, 2008, 11:06:20 AM »
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I agree it sounds misleading...


If it sounds misleading, then it is misleading...
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Re: $100 gas rebate
« Reply #20 on: October 15, 2008, 12:40:15 PM »
Give me $10 off on gas once a month and I will gladly pay 42 cents to get it.

My wild guess, the people bashing this offer drink $5 coffee from Star Bucks.

Give it a rest already.

The info is on the form,  maybe they should have read the fine print.  Or did they just buy the ball thinking that they would make a fast $100 bucks.

Global has a new deal starting,  buy a new Bounty and shoot a 300 and win a share of $25,000.   Oh boy, I'll bet the Star Buck crowd won't like this either.

Cause you have to shot a 300 with the ball and fill out the paper work.
They just don't send you $25 grand.

Some people are unbelievable.


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Re: $100 gas rebate
« Reply #21 on: October 15, 2008, 03:20:25 PM »
Did I or did I not say this would happen????????


Here are a few quotes I posted in the other thread on this topic:

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So you have to send in 10 different receipts, each one 30 days apart, and basically have to wait 10 months to redeem the entire rebate?

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Something is better than nothing, but this seems like a large pain to redeem. I'll be shocked if more than 25% of buyers actually redeem all their vouchers. Or is that the point?

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Sorry, but this is the single most difficult to redeem rebate that I've ever seen


My biggest problem is the fact that you have to send in 10 receipts, separately and 30 days apart, and get the money $10 at a time. I'm sure a lot of people will forget to send them in after the first month or two. Others will send them in all at once, and they will be declared null and void.

I just hate having to read fine print and feel like I've been mislead. The headline on the flyer doesn't say:

"Buy a Brunswick ball and get up to (10) $10 checks, once a month, if and only if you send us a gas receipt and follow a bunch of other rules"



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Re: $100 gas rebate
« Reply #22 on: October 15, 2008, 03:47:43 PM »
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Give me $10 off on gas once a month and I will gladly pay 42 cents to get it.

Shoot me an offer and you are welcome to have my Gas Rebate card.
Way too much work for me

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Re: $100 gas rebate
« Reply #23 on: October 17, 2008, 06:09:54 PM »
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I hate to say it, but this is just like any other company offering a rebate.  Rebates are offered as a way to drum up business knowing the company will not have to pay out very much in return.  Companies know that in most cases there will only be from 10% to 25% of people who actually redeem the rebate offered.  Do some research, it is true.  The larger the rebate, the higher number of people who will redeem.  Numbers also show the less time someone has to redeem the rebate, the higher the numbers are that indeed redeem the rebate.  The longer time required to fully redeem the rebate, the lower the number.  

Now, to address the Brunswick rebate.  One hundred dollars seems as though it might be a higher return rebate.  However, it will not be at all.  Consumers see $10 at a time and equate that to being duped, getting ripped off, etc.  Those people will not even try to redeem the rebate at all.  Then, there will be the people who don't want to jump through the hoops of sending in ten different receipts to get the $100.  This is done on purpose by Brunswick, or the company handling the rebates, as a way to lower the number of people who redeem the rebate.  Then of course there will be many people who just forget altogether.  This will get the numbers down to 10% to 25% of the people who actually follow all the rules to get their $100.  In actuality, it won't cost very much to Brunswick at all to offer this rebate incentive comparatively to what it would if one $100 card was offered.  Just the facts based upon rebate research.  

I am a long time Brunswick supporter, but I was very disappointed in how this rebate program was put together.  Not in regards to me, but in regards to my customers, who to fully redeem this rebate would be a pain.  I have had several people just say forget it, it isn't worth it.  It is a business decision as to how this rebate program was handled.  If you one that follows through on the entire rebate rules, I applaud you, however know that you will be one of the minority who actually do.
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That about sums it up.  I like it when someone tells it like it really is.  Only problem is, now you're on the Brunswick DieHard Fans Hitlist.  Watch your back.

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Re: $100 gas rebate
« Reply #24 on: October 20, 2008, 11:04:21 PM »
Keep in mind that we could offer a $100 Gas Rebate program that works the way it does (through a promotional company), or we could do as we did with the Twisted Fury rebate where the consumer got back $15 or $20 direct from Brunswick. We wanted something more substantial, and it is if the consumer chooses to follow through. I'm not sure I see the problem with this if the consumer gets the choice to do with it as they so choose. Our only intent was to offer back something with more value than any rebate ever done for purchasing a bowling ball. Many, many shops have complimented the program and stated that it boosted sales during a usually slow time for shops, and their customers were made aware of how the rebate works. That's it. That's what Brunswick wanted out of this.

Also, there is no reason to "watch your back" from the Brunswick Diehards Fanlist. LOL. You choose to either participate and offer it to your customers, or you don't and do business as usual. There's no reason for the Brunswick loyalists on here to attack those that don't like the program. We stepped outside the box for a change and this is what we tried. Overall so far, ranks as a success.

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Re: $100 gas rebate
« Reply #25 on: October 21, 2008, 07:41:43 AM »
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I hate to say it, but this is just like any other company offering a rebate.  Rebates are offered as a way to drum up business knowing the company will not have to pay out very much in return.  Companies know that in most cases there will only be from 10% to 25% of people who actually redeem the rebate offered.  Do some research, it is true.  The larger the rebate, the higher number of people who will redeem.  Numbers also show the less time someone has to redeem the rebate, the higher the numbers are that indeed redeem the rebate.  The longer time required to fully redeem the rebate, the lower the number.
I'm quoting this just to make sure more people see it.  Have you ever seen a rebate system that was actually easy and quick?  Of course you haven't!  That defeats the entire purpose of the rebate system.  The company wants you to buy the item believing you'll get money back, but then you don't follow throw with the rebate system and they don't have to pay you back.  It gives the company the benefits of an outright reduced-price sale in terms of pushing more product while letting them keep more money since so few people actually follow through with rebates.  This is the kind of stuff you learn in Marketing 101 in college.

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Re: $100 gas rebate
« Reply #26 on: October 21, 2008, 08:01:12 AM »
Brunswick doing this gas deal should just show everyone how bad they are hurting to try and sell balls.

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Re: $100 gas rebate
« Reply #27 on: October 21, 2008, 10:32:16 AM »
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Brunswick doing this gas deal should just show everyone how bad they are hurting to try and sell balls.


So...are you also saying that 900Global is hurting with their "Bounty" promotion??? Is your local grocery store/supermarket hurting to sell their products since they have coupons in your Sunday newspaper???

It is an incentive...most major retailers use incentives to entice consumers to purchase their products...
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