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The New York Times Features Abt Electronics

Thursday, December 23rd, 2010

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Jay Goltz, a contributor to New York Time’s blogosphere, featured Abt Electronics in his recent article entitled, “You’re the Boss: How a Small Business Becomes a Big Business.”  In it, he writes of Abt’s history and devotion to quality service.  With an investment of less than $1,000 in 1936, founders David and Jewel Abt created a little shop called Abt Radio.  Over the years, with hard work and dedication to complete satisfaction, Abt Electronics has grown into a large, family owned business that strives to stay competitive and provides quality service for everyone that steps foot in their store.

This is just another bit of good news for us here at Abt Electronics. Earlier this year we were voted as one of the Top 10 Places to Work For in Chicago by the Chicago Tribune.  Our motto, “The Answer is ‘Yes’ to Any Reasonable Request”, will continue to be practiced for our customers for many years to come.

For more information on Abt Electronics, check out our history page.

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Appliance Rebate Money Gone in the Blink of an Eye

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

The Energy Star appliance rebate program slated to run from April 16-25th was a huge success. Millions of consumers all over the United States opted to get new energy saving appliances as well as heating and cooling systems for their homes. The rebate program was so successful that it lasted a mere 10 hours in Illinois.

The New York Times discussed the successes and failures of the program in an article yesterday. “Illinois took another approach, pushing all of the paperwork hassles onto retailers, which were required to give instant rebates to the customer and recover the funds from the state. “It was easier on the customer,” said Michael Abt, president of Abt Electronics in the Chicago area.

Mr. Abt said that the state paid his company promptly after the first phase of rebates in January, which applied to heaters and hot water heaters, and he expected to get paid within a month for Friday’s phase, which covered other appliances.“ (New York Times¹)

In other states, consumers had to spend hours online and on the phone reserving their rebates. There were many flaws and consumers suffered the most, even though they were the ones that this program intended to help.

Did you participate in the program? Did everything go as expected or did you have a hassle? Let me know!

Kelly B.

1. Zeller Jr., Tom and Skipp, Catherine. “Appliance Rebates Come and Go, Quickly.” The New York Times 19 April 2010: 19 April 2010. 20 April 2010.

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