Nope.. you pay the $196. After which you fill out some paperwork, cut a piece of the box your card came in.. mail it to XFX.. and then wait 6-8 weeks for them to send you a check or a prepaid American Express card worth $30.
Totally agree with this ! Another reason many companies use them is to cut down on returns since once the UPC symbol is cut from the box you can no longer return the item for a refund. Figure it gives the manufacturer several things 1 - cuts down on customers that change their mind and return the item for a refund after a couple weeks, 2 - provides them with a lot of $ in the bank that can be used for 2-3 months before the rebate is actually returned to the buyer ($30 x each card sold adds up !), 3 - many buyers will fail to send in all of the needed info in a timely manner to get the refund meaning they get to keep that extra $30, 4 - even after sending the refund a good percentage of those that get the refund will fail to cash the check or lose it before cashing giving them even more $ they can keep, 5 - Let's them advertise a lower price than they are actually selling the card for to attract buyers that would buy another brand instead if the rebate were not included (even though a good percentage will never actually get the refund).
so what i do since i live in "Egypt"
find a card with no mail-in rebate ?
You'll also need to find a site that ships to Egypt while you are at it -- IIRC Newegg only ships within the US. - they also have a Canadian location (newegg.ca) but I believe it only ships to Canada as well !