Microsoft sweetens the deal on the newly $299 Xbox 360, offering a $50 rebate on all Elite consoles purchased between now and October 5th.

It's 14 days of savings! Simply purchase an Xbox 360 Elite at the regular price, visit (once it goes live), jump through whatever hoops they require you to jump through in order to qualify, and BAM! - eventually you'll receive a $50 check in the mail, which you'll probably accidentally throw away!


Can you tell I don't have much faith in the rebate system? It's a mechanic based on the fact that many people won't take advantage of the offer, or won't follow instructions properly. Perhaps I am just bitter that my own instruction-following skills are so lacking. Perhaps I just hate checks.