Greg M wrote in post #16513488
You can rationalize any behavior you want. That's what rationalization is! Call Canon and tell them that you have bought 3 of the same item and you're submitting 3 separate rebates from different addresses but they're all to be paid to the same person. If you're right then they'll say OK. I bet not one person will do that because you know what your answer will be.
Interestingly, rationalization works both ways, ie. to fill in your own views of intent and opinion of stated guidelines and holding others accountable to those views. In the end, your view or mine don't matter, the exact rules and regulations matter.
Canon's rules are clear, rebates are per address per rebate period, and those should be observed. If I needed to use the rebate twice, I would have no issue in calling Canon and letting them know my wife would like a camera upgrade, as would I, for our respective businesses, and they would allow me to buy those items under those business addresses. If their intent was one per person, they could very well add that to the rebate rules, like many other places do.
For example, here is a contact lens rebate program. This company's expectations and intent are quite clear. We would have no room for rationalization, from either perspective.
Please note: Rebate submissions must be postmarked within 60 days of lens purchase. Contact lenses must be purchased within 90 days of your eye exam, and all receipts must be from the same eye care practitioner who prescribed your contacts, or from a location affiliated with that practitioner. One rebate per person per twelve (12) month period and five rebates per address per twelve (12) month period. Monthly maintenance fee for rebate prepaid gift card waived for first 6 months after issuance. If a check is issued, it will expire and be null and void if not cashed within 60 days of issue.