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Video cards and mail in rebates - why so common?

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a b U Graphics card
November 15, 2011 3:27:20 AM

When browsing Newegg for most any other component outside video cards, there aren't much in the way of mail-in rebates available. However, when looking at video cards, it seems that almost every one of them has a mail-in-rebate available. My question is simple: why? Video cards also seem to come with free games as well, whereas other hardware components otherwise don't have anything that come with them.
a c 109 U Graphics card
November 15, 2011 5:09:57 AM

Getting ready for the new stuff, I guess they are going to get rid of their inventory. But there are rebates on everything else, mobo ram etc.
a b U Graphics card
November 15, 2011 5:36:04 AM

I see it with video cards far more than any other hardware. I see this with old and new cards alike. Motherboards, RAM, CPUs, HDDs, PSUs, monitors, input devices, and other such hardware rarely seem to have these freebies or rebates. They do, yes, but it's far less common than GPUs.

Note: I'm referring to Newegg.
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a b U Graphics card
November 15, 2011 6:07:21 AM

As an incentive to buy a GPU. Most rebates are like just a tease though, it sounds like great savings, but in reality you never actually get your rebate, or you have to wait so long you forget about it.

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a b U Graphics card
November 15, 2011 6:14:09 AM
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I guess coz the GPU is the most commonly changed part in a PC. Other than some small stuff. Most people stick with a processor RAM motherboard for much longer than GPU. Frankly chips are so advanced these days that they can do well in games for the next 3 years at least. And since gaming is mostly dependent on GPU, people upgrade to the next best thing pretty quick!
a c 104 U Graphics card
November 15, 2011 7:00:02 AM

In Holland there are no rebates or whatever on nothing.
a c 88 U Graphics card
November 15, 2011 7:14:03 AM

Yeah same here in Australia.
a b U Graphics card
November 15, 2011 7:14:04 AM

In India too. On top of that higher prices and lower warranty!

Here buying a PC is more or less a 5 year plan. Get one now and stick with it for 5 years, good or bad!
a c 88 U Graphics card
November 15, 2011 7:16:53 AM

We pay so much more here for everything , it annoys me when I look at what they go for on newegg.
a b U Graphics card
November 15, 2011 7:19:17 AM

Yeah, I heard you guys have to pay over $100 USD for many new games, ouch.
a c 104 U Graphics card
November 15, 2011 7:23:40 AM

Yep, USA is very cheap ; i pay something like 30 - 60 dollar more and have also less warrenty.
Maybe because of lower tax rates or bigger market. Anyway ; NOT FAIR !
a b U Graphics card
November 15, 2011 7:24:38 AM

Something which sells for $50 on newegg. Goes for something around $80 here. GTX580 is something around $500 in US. For me it is around $620!
a b U Graphics card
November 15, 2011 7:29:18 AM

Value(lol) Added Tax probably has something to do with it. We don't have VAT in the US...yet.
a c 104 U Graphics card
November 15, 2011 7:32:35 AM

Obama ; do your job, VAT them ! :lol: 
a c 88 U Graphics card
November 15, 2011 7:51:05 AM

Yup we pay 100 USD for a game!
a b U Graphics card
November 16, 2011 3:13:14 AM

Best answer selected by ulillillia.
a b U Graphics card
November 16, 2011 3:14:20 AM

The video card is probably my least updated component. Then again, I don't play games much so that likely has a strong effect. I do just fine on a 7600 GT... until I start getting into HD video playback. Thanks for the answers though.
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