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Amazon offers $50 rebate on OS X 10.2 Jaguar! System
Although this isn't "normal" Mac OS X Hints content, I thought some of you might find it of interest! Amazon.com is now offering (with help from Apple, I'm assuming!) a $50 rebate on OS X 10.2 Jaguar! I first heard of this last week on MacNN (they published a link to the actual rebate coupon), but there was no info on Amazon's Jaguar order page about the promotion, so I didn't actually believe it was true. As of today, however, the promotion is announced and active!

This page contains ordering information on Jaguar and the image of the rebate coupon you'll need to submit in order to get your $50 back. Reading the fine print on the coupon, here are the requirements:
  • The product must be purchased no later than September 3rd
  • Requests must be postmarked by October 3rd
  • Must be 18 years old and a legal US resident
  • Allow eight to ten weeks for processing
So it appears that (in the US, at least; hopefully a global version is coming soon?) you can now buy Jaguar for $79. This certainly takes some of the sting out of the upgrade pricing ... as a result, Amazon now has my Jaguar upgrade order!

NOTE: As noted in the comments, the rebate form linked above does not actually mention Jaguar! I'm assuming this is an oversight on Amazon's part, because this rebate form does include Jaguar -- looks like Amazon might have used an incorrect URL in its rebate form link?
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Federal gov. employees can get Jag for $64.50
Authored by: sjonke on Jul 29, '02 09:59:58AM
Actually, and probably so can anyone else who can click a button that says a "I Accept" at the Apple federal employees store. YMMV.

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Discounts...
Authored by: robg on Jul 29, '02 11:22:59AM

You could also probably figure out a way to get it at the student price, which is even cheaper, I believe. I'm more interested in finding a way to get a license that's valid based on my qualifications (non-student, non-government) at the lowest possible cost :-).

-rob.



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Sanctioned by Apple?
Authored by: sjonke on Jul 29, '02 01:52:49PM

FYI, and this is no joke, an Apple rep that came to work to talk, among other things about the iPod (when it was new) actually said, "we don't check" with regard to that I Accept button. He was saying this in the context of being able to get an iPod at a (slightly) lower price. Yep, an official Apple representative suggested it, and not just to me, to an entire audience. Mostly federal employees, mind you, but not all.



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Don't try cheating...Apple checks your qualifications
Authored by: Felix on Jul 29, '02 03:09:26PM

I wouldn't try this lie if you don't qualify. Apple has a policy of checking a percentage of the orders by making you fax or mail in a copy of the applicable documentation proving you qualify. I don't know what the percentage is but I've been challenged on one of three orders. Since Apple has your true name, address, phone number, e-mail address, etc., it wouldn't be to your advantage to get blackballed by Apple. They could, and likely would, deny any and all warranty claims on all your Apple equipment if you get caught. Just not worth it if you don't qualify. Cheating never pays!!



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Don't try cheating...Apple checks your qualifications
Authored by: rennsport on Jul 30, '02 11:48:42AM

Yes cheating does not pay, but, how would they know I bought 10.2 from a uni if I paid cash for it?


Just curious,

Robert



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Careful...
Authored by: cwooster on Jul 29, '02 10:59:55AM

Deal-mac notes that the Amazon rebate coupon itself actually doesn't list Jaguar... print the coupon, then what? I'd wait this out until the coupon is updated or verified since the "discount' is only a mail-in. If it gets pulled, you're still on the hook for list price.



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Use this form instead
Authored by: robg on Jul 29, '02 11:20:30AM
This rebate form does include Jaguar in the list of qualifying purchases, so it looks legit. This is the URL that MacNN originally published last week. I've updated the main story with this link as well... -rob.

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Jaguar Listed on Amazon Rebate Coupon
Authored by: Anonymous on Jul 29, '02 10:07:08PM

Hi,

I verified the Amazon coupon does indeed list "Mac OS X 10.2: Jaguar."


Regards



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Discount for education
Authored by: John Derwent on Jul 29, '02 11:42:43AM

Just a reminder that those in education can order Jaguar from the Apple Store for $69.95.



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What about non-US?
Authored by: ibook on Jul 29, '02 01:16:44PM

What about us brits? No rebate here. Jaguar costs the equivalent of $150 as well -- perhaps we are covering the cost of the US rebates? ;)



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What about non-US?
Authored by: cwooster on Jul 29, '02 01:36:00PM

Might be time to move to the states ;-)



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Non-US rebates...
Authored by: robg on Jul 29, '02 03:33:53PM

Going back a few years in my job experience, I dealt with setting up rebate programs. It's non-trivial, even within the US. Why? Because banks are involved. You have to basically give access to a large amount of money to a third-party (the company administering the rebates). So you have to have good controls in place, and usually a separate bank account that the rebate company has the rights to withdraw funds from, etc. In short, it's a relatively complex process.

I have no idea what would be involved in setting it up globally, but ideally, there would be one third-party company that Apple could use for global rebate management. If this isn't the case, then they would have to establish agreements with multiple companies in multiple countries, including multiple banking relationships. I can forsee that being complex enough that they would choose to bail on it.

This is all conjecture on my part, of course ... maybe Apple just decided this was a US-only promotion.

I forsee some creative individual purcashing a large number of copies and trying to find a way to sell them in non-US locations at $40 off plus shipping ;-).

-rob.



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Non-US rebates...
Authored by: ibook on Jul 29, '02 08:11:49PM

Where as I'm happy for you guys the more I think about it the more this is winding me up. Not only have we been made to pay full price for 10.2 and $99 for our mac.com email, now you lot are getting 10.2 for a big discount... if Apple starts offering .Mac for $10 to US customers I'll stop buying American products. Brrrrp, starting with Coke. ;-)



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just cuz you can...
Authored by: lukemelia on Jul 29, '02 01:57:27PM

<high-horse>...doesn't mean you should. Even if you don't get caught shoplifting, it's still not the right thing to do.</high-horse>



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Amazon link corrected
Authored by: Anonymous on Jul 29, '02 03:15:44PM
I don't know if it was me, but I sent Amazon.com E-mail regarding this apparent error, and when I just checked, it has been corrected where the rebate form now has Mac OS X 10.2 Jaguar listed.

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POOF! It's Gone ...
Authored by: Anonymous on Aug 01, '02 12:24:08PM

And today, the rebate mysteriously disappeared ...



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anyone have the rebate form?
Authored by: C@Work on Aug 14, '02 12:43:33PM
Amazon appears to have killed the rebate. ARRG!!!
did anyone save the rebate form?


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anyone have the rebate form?
Authored by: conundrum on Aug 14, '02 05:46:33PM

I have it on my desktop here. But will they still honour it? I don't want to order it and then find out they won't rebate $50 back. I know MacMall has a rebate going though.



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I guess I have to consider this bait and switch...
Authored by: C@Work on Aug 15, '02 03:32:10PM

-----Original Message-----
From: home-orders@amazon.com [mailto:home-orders@amazon.com]
Sent: Thursday, August 15, 2002 2:57 PM
To:
Subject: Your Amazon.com Inquiry

Thank you for writing to us at Amazon.com regarding this issue.

We recently offered a $50.00 promotional rebate for "Mac OS X 10.2
Jaguar." This item is currently available for pre-order on our web
site. Due to the overwhelming response to this promotional offer, we
are unable to continue offering the rebate at this time.

We will be honoring rebate offers for pre-orders of this product that
were placed on or before July 31, 2002.

We appreciate your understanding in this matter, and look forward to
serving you in the future.

Thank you for shopping at Amazon.com.


Best regards,

Honorius G.
Amazon.com
Earth's Biggest Selection
http://www.amazon.com
=====================

We would appreciate your feedback on our customer service. Follow the
link below if you would like to let us know how we are doing - your
input is invaluable!
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/cs-experience-survey/-/uthyzng

>Date: Wed Aug 14 09:54:24 PDT 2002
>Subject: Other Questions & Comments
>To: form-info@amazon.com
>From:

>---------------
>08/14/02 09:54:21
>NAME: Craig
>COMMENTS: good day,
>The item
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00006F7S2/ref=pd_rhf_p_1/104-
1255519-0420722
>(Mac os X) had a rebate associated with it for 50.00. is that rebate
still available? what about people who already have the rebate form
specifying this rebate?
>
>If this rebate is still available I am going to order this.
Otherwise I will consider this to be a simple bait and switch tactic.
>
>Thanks
>Craig



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