The online tracking page for my upgrade $30 mail-in rebate shows the status as “invalid”, with the explanation “Missing Original Proof of Purchase”. I’m 99% certain I followed the rebate instructions exactly.
Interestingly enough this is far from the first time I’ve been denied a rebate. It’s easy to see what’s going on. Mail-in rebates capitalize on people’s laziness and/or incompetence, either of which lead to the rebate not having to be paid out. But just to line their pockets further, they deny a certain number of rebates whose filings were perfectly valid, because the consumer has no evidence to the contrary. It’s a total scam, and the reason why I usually steer clear of mail-in rebates (other than the hassle).
McAfee and the rest of the mail-in-rebate scammers seriously need to have their business practices investigated.