If the idea was to promote good will, there's far more cost effective, and better, ways to do it than a rebate program.
There, fixed that for you.
Either way, someone from wizards already commented that it might be a good idea. They appear to be in damage control mode. Like I said I am not in the publishing industry, but I think a one week rebate offer that translates into something like 5$ off, is going to get alot more sales than they might otherwise have. In fact I am sure many people will not take them up on the offer. They will just feel satisfied that wizards made a gesture of this kind and go ahead and buy the books. Otherwise they might hold out just to spite the company.
Besides, Amazon is taking preorders on the new PHB for $20 now. How much more of a discount do you need?
But this is what I am hearing from everyone I know who plays the game. I do not know a single player who isn't angry. I am sure there are some out there who are happy a new edition is coming out. But my anger is far form unique.
When was the last Chess expansion?
That, my gaming friend, is very well said.
I haven't been gaming but maybe half of the years you have (came into the game in 1995), but completely agree with you. In fact, there's still WONDERFUL books out there that are editionless. From the Volo's Guides and Campaign sourcebooks from 2nd edition to the numerous settings (just a bit of work to have new planescape material and Dark Sun, the fluff is all there) out there, there's stories to be told that haven't been. I purchase books for entertainment I can't get with movies, plays, or concerts (even though i still enjoy those!). I purchase many gaming books to fill my imagination. Memories, fluff, maps, and descriptions never grow old.
I think it would be nice if WOTC encourage their loyal customer to switch to 4e with a rebate program where you send them back old 3e book and recieve in exange a rebate that can be applied on the purchase of the basic core 4e edition book.
What do you think?