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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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