Big rebate processor goes under

We make no effort to hide our distaste for mail-in rebates, but they have become an integral part of computer hardware shopping, both online and off. Unfortunately for holiday shoppers, Slickdeals writes that Continental Promotion Group—a "relatively large rebate processor"—has filed for bankruptcy, potentially jeopardizing rebates for a large cross-section of products.

According to Slickdeals, companies that recently used CPG's services include Antec, BFG Tech, Canon, Fujitsu, HIS, Logitech, Motorola, Newegg, PriceGrabber, Samsung, Westinghouse, XFX, and a number of others. Check the site's blog post for a full list.

How do you find out if this affects you? Reportedly, consumers must often mail CPG rebates to PO boxes 52900 or 52911 in Phoenix, Arizona (ZIP code 85072-2900), and CPG uses the domain "" to provide status updates. Slickdeals suggests that folks who've already received a CPG check not cash it, since it will most likely bounce. Those who haven't sent their rebate forms yet may want to try asking their retailers for a refund, too. (Thanks to TR reader Jim for the heads-up.)

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