Most remember NTIA Answer 326 thanks to MosquitoCan I redeem a coupon if I cannot immediately deliver a CECB to the consumer?
I think Provantage is able to do this because of NTIA Answer 327What if a consumer presents a coupon which is about to expire, and I do not have a CECB in stock and cannot predictably and assuredly deliver a CECB in the future?This rule gives retailers two options:
Looks like Solid Signal and FreeDTVShop are choosing this first option
First, the retailer can decline to redeem the coupon, and the consumer can identify another retailer.
(Note that if the consumer's card expires, it cannot be reissued).
Provantage is using the second option and absolutely certain that they can deliver the DTVPal within 60 days.
Second, one coupon redemption alternative allows the consumer's coupon to be authorized immediately, but not redeemed for up to 60 days. Sales Detail Reporting (SDR) allows the coupon to be authorized, but redemption and payment processing does not occur until the retailer presents a Sales Detail Report containing the UPC of the CECB sold. Retailers using SDR can wait up to 60 days after authorizing the coupon before they deliver the CECB to the consumer and the UPC via the SDR for payment. Note that payment will not be processed if the UPC is provided more than 60 days after authorization, and a consumer's card will be unusable for another purchase.
The critical thing is that retailers using SDR to delay their request for payment when out-of-stock, be absolutely certain that they can deliver the CECB to the consumer within 60 days.
I also don't know how this rule would apply to the MaxMedia box's sometime in June statement.
As far as I can tell they started to accept coupons on 03-21-08 and 60 days from then would be 05-20-08.