Your Money: Snuggie rebate check

August 27, 2009 5:54:48 AM PDT
Who doesn't love the Snuggie? It's the blanket with sleeves.

One reason some people are not so fond of the Snuggie is because of a rebate check that comes in the mail with the blanket. The rebate is for a small amount but if consumers aren't careful, that rebate can make the Snuggie a lot more expensive.

"By endorsing this [rebate check], you are allowing us to use the credit card we have on file -- either charged with a one-time fee of $150 or a monthly fee [debited from your account]," explained Beverly Baskin, president and CEO of the Better Business Bureau of Eastern North Carolina.

Baskin told Eyewitness News one of her colleagues received a Snuggie rebate check after purchasing the blanket.

She said when you buy certain products on TV like the Snuggie or the Aqua Globe, your information gets sold to a company called the Affinion Group. That company then sends rebates checks to consumers who purchased the products.

Affinion operates under the name of 70 different businesses, offering all kinds of products and services.

"Read the back of the check before you endorse it cause it's all spelled out there," Baskin said.

Baskin confirmed the company can take the money because when you endorse the check, you agree to it.

One way to avoid the marketing scheme is to shop at places like the "As Seen on TV" store in Raleigh's Crabtree Valley Mall.

"I've been doing this for about two years and we get calls all the time [from people] thinking we're the ones charging them and we're not," store owner Brian Allen said.

Allen also said when you buy from him, there are no hidden charges, no shipping and handling and no waiting six weeks for your item. You pay for your item and that's it.

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