On June 13, 2007, I started a number of offer programs with RewardsParade.com. There was a $1000 gift card and $250 gift card involved. After much persistence and unrelenting nagging, I finally got the $1000 card in September, 2008 (over 1yr-4months later). It was suppose to be a $1000 Visa gift card, it ended up being two $500 American Express cards. There are fewer places that allow you to use an Amex card, than Visa. Also Visa allows you to take ATM withdrawals, Amex does not. BUT, I was very glad to get it. On the other hand, the $250 gift card was started earlier and fulfilled sooner. But two of the vendor offers would not report. After the required 45 day waiting period and unrelenting nagging, it took an additional 7 months for it to post to my account. It finally posted and said, “Approved to ship” on March 17th, 2008, nearly nine months after the program started. Since then I have heard every cockamamie story you could imagine. i.e. The list is too long and we are running behind on getting the cards made. We have an overwhelming response to this gift offer and are experiencing delays in getting the cards made. It is always the card makers fault for not getting them out. We all know that’s crap as the government can put out how many million refund checks within a 4 month period. I, on my handy dandy typewriter could make 10, 000+ of these things a month without any problems. I highly doubt that they had that large of a list. Anyway, I continued to wait. Nothing, Nothing, Nothing.
After I received word that they were about to pay, in January, 2009, I received a letter from mPell stating that they were handling getting the gift cards paid. What I was to do was buy an item or a gift card up to $250 and send them the receipt and they would reimburse the amount up to the receipt value. Here is another deal breaker… I had 30 days to respond or all gift cards were null and void. I went out and bought a $250 gift card and sent them the receipt. About 3 weeks later, they said that a lot of fraud evidently occurred and they were going to audit the entire program. Meanwhile, I am out the gift card and the reimbursement for the gift card (granted I have the gift card I bought.) It is such a crock that I have to buy my own card and send them the receipt to get a check back.) Anyway, here I sit …waiting, waiting, waiting and nothing. I believe that they did say that the audit is nearly complete. But here it is over 2 years after I started the program and I had to buy my own card and am waiting for the reimbursement check to be sent. I have done everything that they have requested and have it all documented. I have been removed from their list as expired a few times as well. Each time I have had to complain to get added back onto the list. I am wondering if they have run out of money and pay only those that they can afford. Anybody else’s option??
Name withheld as I could eventually get the card. I will post after I finally get it.