I recently bought a couple of new accessories for my PC and both were sold with the added attraction of mail-in rebates. In both cases, to comply with the rebate instructions, I had to cut off part of the original box to send in with the rebate and I ahd to do it within 30 days after the purchase.
Since these are fairly big ticket items, I normally keep the box on hand for a while in case I have trouble and need to return the item to the store.
The question is, have I effectively made a return impossible by mutilating the original box, i.e. cutting off the proof-of-purchase section? Will the store still (a reputable major chain) take the item back normally if I experience a problem down he road? Or are rebates just a marketing tactic intended to dissuade returns?