I have determined that my current severe allergy attack is due to the fact we canceled the professional house cleaners when martes lost her job. Well, the cat dander has been building up for two months and it resulted in my not being able to breathe. The house looks moderately dirty, but what's causing the problem would not be visible in a completely clean looking house.
So, I'm getting a new cleaning service to come in on a one time basis to completely clean everything. In addition, I'm going to a whole new allergy doctor and will probably have to go through a series of desensitization shots again. Giving up the cat is not an option, indeed, the homeowners association allows 3 pets, so we will be getting TWO additional cats as soon as I can get the drywall repaired. It still has holes from the repipe, and the prospect of having a kitten get lost inside the walls of the house is not something I want to think about.
Now I know why they do them.
1. The customer thinks they are getting a better deal.
2. The government makes out as taxes are paid on the pre-rebate price.
3. Businesses like them as they write off the purchase price and don't declare the rebate, which is then free money.
4. The manufacturer really likes them as about half are never sent in, many are refused as being too late or incomplete, or are just never sent until the customer complains,and they take so long most people just forget about them.
I now have over $200 floating out there in the form of 4 different rebates I have to track and folow up on when they don't show up. One is overdue already. More irritation for me.