I just went to check the sales on goods at a retailer and there are things I want to buy, especially RAM and PSU's. All the deals have MIR's. I'm done with this, I won't buy an MIR product again. These opinions are my own and this is a rant I freely admit that. Feel free to toss out a counterpoint.
- MIR's are a way to get the consumer to finance some of the volatility in the parts market INSTEAD of putting stock management and pricing back on the channel and the manufacturer where it belongs. You want a loan? Hit the bank, I'm not financing your stock management out of my wallet.
- Every MIR rejected because of a simple mistake by some poor slob is cash in the pocket of manufacturers and a bonus to the clearinghouse.
-MIR clearing houses INTENTIONALLY drag out the duration of payouts in order to reap as much interest off your money as possible. Their process is structured for this.
-I say some clearinghouses artificially raise their reject rates to increase their profits. No one has been taken to court yet but it's only a matter of time.
- "only one rebate per household" - I rarely want ONE of anything. Maybe that's atypical, but I usually want to have extra stuff around. Give me an honest sale price so I can buy a couple PSU's without getting rooked.
- every forum I hit has MIR gone wrong threads. I don't care if you are putting the blame on the consumer filling out the forms wrong, how long until it's me that forgets to dot an *i* that worth 70 dollars?
You want to give me a deal and put an item on sale? Then do it. I'm sick of this whole concept of having to keep track of where MY money is and why it hasn't been sent to me.
The worst offenders this week were Mushkin, OCZ and Patriot. OCZ had some stuff I would have really like to have purchased except for the MIR. GSkill had sales on with NO MIR. Guess what I picked.
Absolutely no offense to the support guys here that I know, but you are in a really awkward position defending corporate policy on MIR's and forwarding complaints instead of doing your real job of helping guys squeeze cycles and get good customer service. You marketing types who think this is great for your numbers just suck.
I'm so steamed about the entire MIR process and how down right crooked it seems to be I've started firing off hand written letters to every consumer affairs official I can find and have included the privacy commissioner as I feel that what I buy is my business, not something to be stockpiled in Mushkins stats.