Appliance rebates go fast; waiting li...

Appliance rebates go fast; waiting list underway

There are 36 comments on the TwinCities.com story from Mar 2, 2010, titled Appliance rebates go fast; waiting list underway. In it, TwinCities.com reports that:

You can't claim an appliance rebate in Minnesota anymore. All the funds are spoken for.

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Becky

Minneapolis, MN

#21 Mar 2, 2010
We were able to get our rebate reserved after a lot of frustration and hours of trying.

I think that providing rebates to 27,000 people is plenty. Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose.

I do think the better way to handle the program would have been for the rebates to have been handled at the point of sale. A lot of these rebates probably won't be used - issuing the paperwork and reservations at the point of sale would have eliminated canceling and re-issuing the rebates. Vendors could have logged in to the system and there would have been far fewer people trying to access the site and the technical issues may not have occurred.

JP: You can get a new dishwasher for less than $300. If your dishwasher really is 33 years old and draws so much power that it dims your lights, maybe you should just buck up and pay for one! The water and energy savings would probably pay for it in a year or two.
Pablo Rodriguez

New York, NY

#22 Mar 2, 2010
Appliance rebates are yet another attempt by the government to manipulate
the economy. They cost the taxpayers money to administer so taxpayers lose more
money than the rebatees receive. Then the administration of these programs
are poorly implemented. Please remember this at election time and vote
the incumbents out.
Annoyed

Fairmont, MN

#23 Mar 2, 2010
This is just like a U2 concert ticket

You aren't entitled to it- first come first served.

This program did exactly what it was suppose to do.
Get over the entitlement of expecting you'd get a rebate, they never said it was for everybody. If you couldn't get in, too bad, obviously thousands of others did.
Bob The Bilderberg

Saint Paul, MN

#24 Mar 2, 2010
It would be interesting to know how many of these people were from the "No more Taxes!" and "Abolish welfare and free handouts!" crowd. hehe!!
Janns and Sven Anderson

Saint Paul, MN

#25 Mar 2, 2010
Pablo Rodriguez wrote:
Appliance rebates are yet another attempt by the government to manipulate
the economy. They cost the taxpayers money to administer so taxpayers lose more
money than the rebatees receive. Then the administration of these programs
are poorly implemented. Please remember this at election time and vote
the incumbents out.
How many of losers who scarfed up the freebies are republican??

Since: Mar 09

Saint Paul, MN

#26 Mar 2, 2010
JP - St Paul wrote:
What is frustrating is that some people were using this to replace a relatively modern, working appliance. I have a 33 year old washer that practically dims the lights when it turns on. That is the kind of appliance this rebate was intended for. They should have had a better criteria for who qualifies. This was like trying to be the 10th caller to win a radio contest.
How do you know who was replacing what model equipment, Im sure you are not the only person who has an old antiquated appliance....

Since: Mar 09

Saint Paul, MN

#27 Mar 2, 2010
Janns and Sven Anderson wrote:
<quoted text>
How many of losers who scarfed up the freebies are republican??
probably not to many, they are too busy at work to have time to sit on the phone.

see anyone can make stupid comments....
Sad state

Minneapolis, MN

#28 Mar 2, 2010
It's a very sad state of affairs when the words "hard work" and "government handout" are uttered in the same sentence. "I had to work too HARD for my government handout!"
Had Enough

Burnsville, MN

#29 Mar 2, 2010
Jean Francois de Kerry wrote:
Money borrowed from China given to Minnesotans so they can buy product manufactured in Mexico, China or South Korea so that in the end, we save a couple of kilowatts. Brilliant.
And all this foolish debt gets piled on our children and grandchildren. Are we EVER going to learn?
No thanks

Minneapolis, MN

#30 Mar 2, 2010
A neighbor bought a new washer and dryer recently. As soon as they took delivery, they wanted their old ones back. They didn't work worth a lick.

The "green" movement has manufacturers bragging about "70 percent less water used" and "20 percent less electricity." Fine and dandy. But, they don't tell you that your clothes will also be 90 percent less clean as my neighbor soon found out.

We get to go to work to pay taxes, so we can get that money back in rebates, and then buy cheaply made Chinese junk with said money and "rebates." All while CEO's make BILLIONS selling this high-profit cheap CRAP. Hooray for freedom! Work harder for less every day.(Or don't work at all and expect the GuvMint to save you.)
How much

Minneapolis, MN

#31 Mar 2, 2010
How much was the vendor contract for the non-working
website? How much was the phone bank? Who the heck
reports any facts, not the Pi-Press.

I would guess they could have had a lot of money for
the rebates if they just had you fill in a post card
printed from a web site instead of a complex web site that did not work.

Since: Apr 08

Black River Falls, WI

#32 Mar 2, 2010
More free money down the rat hole. And gee our great great grandchildren will get the privilege of paying back for you.
Poor idea_NOT

Saint Paul, MN

#33 Mar 2, 2010
Sad state wrote:
It's a very sad state of affairs when the words "hard work" and "government handout" are uttered in the same sentence. "I had to work too HARD for my government handout!"
What government handout? I paid over $5k in federal taxes. To stimulate the economy by moving durable goods, they were willing to rebate $200 of MY money back to me.
I got access to the website around 9pm last night and got a rebate reservation. We'll replace a 14 year old clothes washer which saves water, saves electricity and won't pulverize our clothes so badly when washed.
The model we've selected is nearly $800. I'll get $200 of MY tax dollars back but am still out $600 in order to save some non-renewable resources, add a bit to the state coffers, keep some factory workers, sales and delivery employees employed - all who will pay their share of taxes.
What is different about this program vs. a local gov't agency offering tax incentives to lure a revenue-producing business to locate within their taxing district?
Charlies

Saint Paul, MN

#34 Mar 3, 2010
Jean Francois de Kerry wrote:
Money borrowed from China given to Minnesotans so they can buy product manufactured in Mexico, China or South Korea so that in the end, we save a couple of kilowatts. Brilliant.
This comment bears repeat!
I totally agree, well said!
Fishing_guy

Saint Paul, MN

#35 Mar 3, 2010
How much wrote:
How much was the vendor contract for the non-working
website? How much was the phone bank? Who the heck
reports any facts, not the Pi-Press.
I would guess they could have had a lot of money for
the rebates if they just had you fill in a post card
printed from a web site instead of a complex web site that did not work.
The website wasn't that complex. In fact, it was stripped down to just the basics when I was able to get in at 10:00 P.M. the night it started. Seeing as this company did several state's sites(MI, Iowa, ours) they should have had no problems. But our's and Iowa's did, while Michigan's works flawlessly.
Fishing_guy

Saint Paul, MN

#36 Mar 3, 2010
Poor idea_NOT wrote:
<quoted text>
What government handout?
What is different about this program vs. a local gov't agency offering tax incentives to lure a revenue-producing business to locate within their taxing district?
There isn't any. Do you realize you just rationalized getting money back because of the amount of taxes you pay? How about just cutting the taxes and NOT giving us any back?

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