Consumers Use Toll Free To Get Rebates

Consumers rejected for appliance rebates are still trying to understand why their Energy Star model numbers were listed as invalid. Officials say that some of the people who got those error messages shouldn’t have. Officials estimate that about 20 percent of the thousands who have applied for rebates since the program began on March 26 have received postcards saying their paperwork was invalid or incomplete. Others were returned for not sending in an original receipt or a proof-of-recycling form. For valid rebate info, call the toll free rebate hotline: 1-888-686-8896.

Marketing Experts Recommend Toll Free in Tough Economy

With the economy rallying slowly, economists are advising business owners to shift their marketing tactics to direct response—including using toll free phone numbers to attract consumers and sustain relationships with existing customers. Toll free is a proven marketing strategy that marketing experts say is a necessity in these days of staunch competition for every consumer dollar.

Why Is It So Difficult To Get An 800 Phone Number?

With the fixed amount of available 800 numbers shrinking fast, subscribers who waited to secure toll free service are now learning why it is so difficult to obtain a number.

Industry insiders say the soaring popularity of toll free service combined with the failure of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to release additional numbers have created a tight supply of 800 numbers in heavy demand.

Once used primarily by big businesses, 800, 888, 877, and 866 toll free numbers are now popular with small businesses, charities, churches, and for personal use. Toll free service has become a staple of all successful businesses. Demand has grown quickly but the supply of numbers has remained stagnant.

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