All good things come to an end. Or, in this case, time and technology have greatly reduced the need for paper documents and, by extension, the venerable inkjet printer has faded in importance. Well, perhaps. As is often the case, Apple is once again way out front in cutting a product it’s deemed irrelevant — the free printer with new (or refurbished) Mac purchase rebate program is no more.
Effective Tuesday, January 17, the printer rebate will no longer be offered.
Monday, January 16 will be the last day customers can get a rebate on a qualifying printer when purchased with a Mac. Customers will have 90 days from the date of purchase to submit rebate claims. An additional 30 days will be given to correct invalid claims.
The Apple Retail Store and the Apple Online Store will continue to sell printers, albeit without a rebate offer.
US and CA only: Wednesday, May 16 is the last day the online Apple Rebate Tool will be available to submit rebates. Customers should submit their claims according to the terms of the promotion.
Yes, you can still pay full retail for a printer at the Apple Store.
That said, I’ve cut the cost of my refurbished Mac purchases by selling the free after rebate printer. I’ve never gotten $100 for one, but getting $40 to $60 back was always nice.
Alas, even this one slim gimme from Apple is no more…
What’s your take?