vaio-p-rebateThe Sony Vaio P costs too much. Sure, it’s got excellent build quality, a good keyboard, and an 8 inch display with a ridiculously high 1600 x 768 pixel resolution. But it’s hard to justify paying $899 and up for a device with an Intel Atom processor when you can buy a netbook with similar specs for under $500.

But there are a few things that make the Vaio P stand out. It has built in GPS, for one thing. But it’s also got a built in 3G modem which can be used with the Verizon Wireless high speed mobile network in the US. And if you sign up for a 2 year service contract before March 31st, Verizon will send you a $200 rebate card

So what do you think? Would you be more likely to buy a Sony Vaio P if you could get one for $699 after rebate? Or is that still too expensive. Keep in mind, you’ll wind up paying hundred, or even thousands of dollars  for that Verizon Wireless service over the two or more years of your contract as well.

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5 replies on “Verizon offers $200 rebate on Sony Vaio P with service contract”

  1. REBATE ROULETTE!!! You may get it, but is it worth it?

    First, let’s get this straight… Verizon does not process rebates – they outsource this to a bottom-of-the-barrel company in El Paso, Texas. I have been told that these companies get to keep the rebates that somehow never find there way to customers. Don’t act so surprised! Did you really think that Verizon doesn’t know exactly which customer bought every phone they sell under what promotion and exactly for how much and when and where they bought it? Of course they do – they’re not idiots. So why is the rebate process so convoluted and fraught with missteps?

    Bought two Droids on the 2-for-1 offer (subject to a 2-year contract of course). When you dig deeper you find that each phone cost $200 with a $100 rebate per phone if you buy both phones and fill out the rebate forms and include the original UPC sticker cut from the box. Is it just me, or does this already sound unnecessarily complicated?

    They gave us one rebate ($100) on a debit card (?) but they said that they never received the other submission. This means that they lost it since we sent both rebate requests via certified mail and we have the delivery receipts. Yeah, yeah yeah – I know they get tens-of-thousands of rebate requests every week: Then why do they use such an archaic method for processing them?

    The rebate offer states unequivocally that it must include the UPC label from the box, and they will absolutely NOT accept COPIES of the UPC label, so we mailed in the UPC label from the box. Now they say that we have to re-submit the rebate form and UPC label… So, I ask them, where am I supposed to get a UPC label from if I mailed them the original which they lost? They replied that only ORIGINAL submissions require the original UPC code label. Re-submissions may use a COPY of the UPC label. Ahhhhhhhhhh! You actually can’t find that out unless you have this particular complaint as it’s not posted anywhere. Also, I asked Verizon about this, and a representative said that copies are definitely not acceptable. So, if I mailed the original UPC label, where do I get a copy of it? You mean that you didn’t make a copy of the UPC label?!!! Well, no, actually I didn’t because the UPC label doesn’t tell you anything unique about the phone that can’t simply be written out. I did copy, by hand, the MEIN and SN of the phone off of the label, but what good would a copy of the label be if you state that you won’t accept it?

    This went on and on ad nauseum – I couldn’t afford to spend any more time on it: they won. The constant sing-song of blaming me for not being prepared for their incompetence stands as strong as a wall around the castle bailey – the last line of defense. It’s as Schiller stated: “Against stupidity, the Gods themselves contend in vain.”

    BOTTOM LINE: NEVER fall for a rebate offer. If they can’t give you the discount up front, then evaluate the opportunity at the face price without the rebate because there’s a very good chance that you’ll never see it, and a better chance that the final cost in terms of your time and aggravation will far exceed the value of the rebate.

  2. Where can i get a netbook with similar specs for 500$?? Remember that specs are also size and weight!
    I personaly thinks that what justifies the price of the Vaio P, is that it is a lot smaller and lighter than the typically netbook – Halfe the weight of my HP 2133, for example! I would categorize the Vaio P as a “Sub-netbook”, and I think it justifies the price, just like “Sub-notebooks” costs a lot more than larger and heavier notebooks.

  3. Still too expensive in my mind . . .
    But I like the direction taken – Given time and other co-offers . . .

  4. If it were Sprint rather than Verizon it would sweeten the deal for me personally.

    But I think that having a better GPU in my netbook would matter more. I would like to see an Ion based netbook. $900 is too much to pay for Intel integrated graphics IMO.

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