If you're like us, you've signed up for a rebate offer (cough, cough, Verizon) and later received said rebate in the mail in the form of a rebate card. Supposedly, these cards function just like cash and shouldn't make a difference to the consumer, but many of them come with unattractive drawbacks and are difficult to use. The scheme behind the idea is that the company offering the rebate has roped you into a card agreement--and has simultaneously made you less likely to use up your rebate.
Well, no longer. At least, in one state. Sears, Staples, and T-Mobile have improved their rebate policies after an outcry in Massachusetts. Read the full article on WalletPop.