Rebate #1:The bolded part has not been my experience. I received the first email, but have not yet received an update as to the status. Submitted Feb 18.
Emailed in submission 1/22 12:06 PM EST.
Got a email back 12:18 PM EST stating I forgot attachments of the invoice and UPC. Derp.
Resent with attachments 12:54 PM EST
Got another auto system email at 12:54 PM EST stating my submission was received and processing and to allow 2-3 days.
Got an email same day (1/22) 1:04 PM EST that my submission was accepted and to allow 4-6 weeks for delivery.
Total less than 1hr even with my fuck up.
Emailed in submission 1/22 2:19 PM EST. A Friday none the less, didn't forget attachments this time.
Got the same auto system email at 2:20 PM EST stating it was received and processing and to allow 2-3 days.
Got another email at 2:33 PM EST that my submission was accepted and to allow 4-6 weeks for delivery.
So the first took just under and hour to be entered, processed, and accepted including the time missed due to my error. The second took 14 minutes from start to finish. Ohh and this was during SHOT show week too, Leupold is on top of their shit. This was also very early on in the rebate so I'm sure they have more submissions to go through now, but they also have the website working now so that should help them.
Both Kestrels were shipped out 2/5 in separate shipments.
A lot of companies make rebates an absolute pain in the ass to submit, then take forever processing them, and usually the cash rebates are sent so that they look like junk mail which I think it on purpose in hopes that people will just throw them out. The only other rebate that I've ever done that was this painless and quick was the rebate S&B did for free tenebrax caps and a sunshade.