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Old May 7, 2003, 9:42 AM   #1
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Default Nikon Coolpix 5000 Rebate problem

I am interested in purchasing the coolpix 5000, and noticed that Nikon is offering a $200.00 rebate on it until july.

I located it at a good price online from a vendor called Butterfly Photo, but I am concerned that Nikon may not honor the rebate if purchased from an online vendor.

In the rebate terms, it says that the camera must be purchased from a Nikon authorized dealer.

Does anyone have any experience with this kind of thing?

Seeking to get the most bang for my buck.

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Old May 7, 2003, 10:11 AM   #2
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The rebate form should state what needs to be turned in with the rebate. Normally rebate forms required a copy of the sales receipt, upc code off the box. Nikon can not limit the source of purchase unless it is specified in the rebate form. Examples would be rebate forms from Office Depot, Circuit City, etc that are processed through the resellers store.
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Old May 7, 2003, 10:19 AM   #3
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Ask the vendor if the camera includes the Nikon USA warranty card and if the UPC bar code is still on the box. If it's gray market they won't have the warranty and if they've already cut off the UPC bar code to get the rebate they won't have it. If in doubt then check them out at:

http://www.resellerratings.com/index.html

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Old May 7, 2003, 7:54 PM   #4
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I have had a lot of problems with my 4500- lots of places that advertised the rebate that, when I called Nikon, said weren't authorized dealers- thus, Nikon doesn't have to honor the rebate... Call Nikon if you are in any doubt... I just ordered mine from Walmart (also, large chains aren't necessarily authorized... one chain around here said they were, Nikon said they weren't)

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Old May 7, 2003, 8:36 PM   #5
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I purchased a 995 several years ago and it took Nikon over a year to honor the $100 rebate offer. This is after they admitted sending it to the WRONG STATE in the first place so they claimed? My opinion is that these rebates (???) usually preceed a price drop. Wait for a better deal.
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Old May 7, 2003, 8:51 PM   #6
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Just bought a 4500
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Old May 8, 2003, 1:33 PM   #7
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Wow...a year?! That's a long time. Here's a good rebate story though. Last year I bought something from Best Buy that had a $50 mail in rebate. I sent everything in and got the check from Best Buy six months later. Knowing how long these rebates can take, the timing was not an issue. The weird thing was that the check was made out to my dad but was sent to my home address. How that got screwed up is beyond me. And, yes, we have completely different first names.
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