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"Expired" rebate check...am I screwed?

PingSpike

Lifer
Feb 25, 2004
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I got a couple rebate checks back...I dunno around Christmas time I guess. I put them on my desk intending to take them to the bank that I hardly ever go to and forgot about them. I found them yesterday and they both have expiration dates that have passed. One yesterday, the other maybe a month ago.

Am I screwed here? If I try to cash them I'm not risking some bullshit fee am I?
 

gorcorps

aka Brandon
Jul 18, 2004
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The worse thing I think that would happen is they wouldn't go through. Might as well try it as you have nothing to lose.
 

ss284

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Most banks charge money for bounced checks, like $15 to $30. What you should do is call the rebate company and say you never got the check. They will verify the check hasn't been cached, and reissue a new one while voiding the old one.
 

mugs

Lifer
Apr 29, 2003
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Deposit it. There is a specific legal definition of what constitutes a valid check. Writing "void" on a check does not invalidate the check, so I suspect that "Void after <date>" does not invalidate the check either.

You do run the risk of having your bank charge a fee if it's sent back; whether you're in the right or not (I believe you would be), getting your bank to waive that fee would be a bitch and probably wouldn't happen. But if you get it past the teller, I doubt it would be sent back.
 
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hope this wasnt an expensive lesson

maybe could contact rebate house and see if they will reissue? mugs may be onto something also, cant really think of a good legal reason why it should expire.
 

PingSpike

Lifer
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Originally posted by: HardcoreRobot
hope this wasnt an expensive lesson

maybe could contact rebate house and see if they will reissue? mugs may be onto something also, cant really think of a good legal reason why it should expire.
Checks are $10 and $40 so not really. Enough to piss me off, but not enough that I would load a car up with fertilizer and crash it into a building or anything.
 

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