Not too late: appliance rebate waiting list still taking names

By Juan Carlos Fanjul - bio | email

WEST PALM BEACH, FL (WFLX) - On Friday alone the BrandsMart located near Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard and I-95 sold more than $750,000 worth of appliances thanks to the state's appliance rebate program.

"The more you can save, especially if you have a need for something, it's absolutely a great incentive," said shopper Elliot Weiner.

With 20 percent of the purchase price returned, the rebate was such a hit the program ran out of money in less than 48 hours.

William Barbre of Palm Springs was looking for a stainless steel fridge on Monday still hoping to snag the rebate. "I was actually working on Friday, and I didn't get to come out then."

Despite the depleted funds, there is still hope for him to snag a coveted rebate. "I don't have a purchase yet, so I am looking to see if I can find something, get on the waiting list and hopefully get the rebate."

That waiting list may be a saving grace for customers who didn't make it out by Saturday when the money ran out.

Robert Johnson, the store manager of the West Palm Beach BrandsMart, says shoppers mistakes may be a treasure for others like Barbre. "If people sent in the wrong information, like not proper documentation or inaccurate serial numbers, they will fall out. People on the waiting list will be moved up to receive their rebate from the state."

Shoppers have until April 25 to get on the waiting list.