|Well, when I use this card to pay for lunch, at least the server|
will know what brand of toothbrush I'll be using afterward.
(Yes, I intentionally covered the number. Sorry.)
Based on past experience, I expected to mail in the required information, and, a few weeks later, receive a check. It didn't work that way this time. Instead, I got a debit card loaded with the rebate amount — and this was no ordinary debit card. It had Oral-B's logo displayed prominently on the front.
Advertising ploy? Of course. Great way for me to pretend that I'm the guru of all things toothbrush at Procter & Gamble? Absolutely.
But there's another reason they sent me a card instead of a check this time (even though the latter seems like it would be much easier for them). Checks are simple. You get them in the mail, head over to the bank, and deposit them in their full amount. That's the last time you have to think about them. Your money is safe — and it's yours, for good. The payer can't take it back.