I got a $50 rebate in the mail recently from Cricket for a wireless internet adapter. It came in the form of a debit card instead of a check. That was sort of ok, although I certainly would have preferred a check.
Now that I have used it, though, I am livid. Every time I use the card I am charged a ridiculous fee by whomever issued the card. A $30 meal at a restaurant cost me over $36. A second charge of about $6 cost me over $8!
This is ridiculous. How can they call something a $50 rebate if it's really only about a $45 card?
I think I know what's happening here. The merchant offering the rebate can probably do it for cheap because whatever company issues the cards is making out like a bandit. Makes sense, but that doesn't make it right.