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DSI Speeds Dealer Rebate Claims

Dallas – DSI Systems, a leading national
distributor of HDTVs, satellite equipment and accessories, has a program in
place that addresses lengthy reimbursement wait-times for consumer instant

DSI’s online rebate-claim
process, developed in 2009, allows dealers to make their rebate-reimbursement
claim directly through the distributor rather than the manufacturer. The
process allows a dealer to receive the reimbursement at the end of the rebate
program, instead of the typical waiting period of weeks or even months.

Instant rebates have
proven popular with consumers, and manufacturers are increasingly utilizing the
programs to drive sales. But the lag time for dealer reimbursements â€” due,
vendors said, to the complicated nature of the programs â€” has created a cash
drain for retailers that has proven insurmountable for some. Jon Myer, former president/CEO
of MyerEmco, said his 55-year-old business failed in part due to repayment delays
that, in a sense, forced the chain to finance manufacturers.

DSI president Doug
Robison said several of the distributor’s largest TV manufacturers are
currently participating in the program, and that DSI is continuing to work with
manufacturers to expand participation.

“DSI Systems
continually looks for ways to increase profitability and efficiency for our
dealers so that they can spend their time selling to consumers,” Robison said.

To utilize DSI’s
online rebate-claim process, dealers need to be authorized to sell the
participating manufacturers’ lines, must purchase eligible models from DSI, and
have a DSI Web site log-in.

For more
information, call (800) 888-8876 or visit