I got this awesome e-mail today from Microcenter. Apparently the economic downturn will make rebates even more vile than normal. The most insidious part is that I sent my original UPC before the 12/22 deadline, which makes it impossible to return the item. On 12/23, they sent me this:
Dear Valued Customer,
Thank you for your recent purchase of TRENDnet products from Micro Center. We value your business and your confidence in the TRENDnet brand.
Please note that the fulfillment company that handles your TRENDnet
mail-in-rebate check has recently declared bankruptcy. This bankruptcy
may affect the mail-in-rebate check request that you have submitted.
If you have sent in a TRENDnet mail-in rebate request, and have not yet
received your check, please use the link below to determine the status
of your rebate.