The thread on Verb DLs mentioned that NewEgg is good about listing prices before rebates, and while I think this is laudable, I think it’s also because they don’t want to run afoul of Connecticut’s rebate law. That state has outlawed the advertising of prices that are not the in-store prices, and I think it’s not a bad idea for people in other states to write their representatives and suggest similar legislation.
I did this a few weeks ago with both of my Oregon representatives, giving them this link http://www.ct.gov/ag/cwp/view.asp?A=1949&Q=306984 to the CT AG’s opinion on Black Friday sales.
If lawmakers see an example of a law that has already passed and works, they may be more inclined to support similar legislation locally. Both my senator and my representative got back to me within a week saying they’d consider the idea. Now, whether it goes anywhere is another story, but I’d like to think enough people pushing for such mandates could change laws in enough states that MIR crap would go away.
As a side note, the CT law does not outlaw MIRs, simply advertising them in pricing, so the business lobby’s argument that they’re being deprived of a key competetive advantage is moot.
I suspect this thread will get moved, but bargain hunters are certainly the sort who want to see MIRs gone, and it would be cool to see what a few determined people could do.
Best of luck!