Revision on May 9:
I apologized too early. The entire premise of this thread had been supported and vindicated.[/color] See the separate thread "Z3100 Rebate PS Version INCLUDED!!!!"
It is now indisputably clear that all we had to do was wait 60 days. Everyone who bought the Z3100 without APS, or who bought the APS separately, lost about $800. If you had waited only 60 days, you would have saved $800.
Whether HP was dishonest is open to interpretation. As one of the above posters put it, who questioned my use of dishonest, it "sounds more like they honestly ripped you off" and created "a sense of unfairness." To say the least. Unfairness and ripping us off to the tune of $800.00
Read my above comments. I was pretty close to the mark, given this development.
I edited the below, just to shorten it. My confession was premature:
If confession is good for the soul, consider this to be my confessional. Also, regardless of how strongly I might argue my points, I haven't got any respect for those who argue just for the sake of argument, even when it is clear that they are wrong.
So, with that, let me say that the evidence would appear to indicate that I was wrong in the entire premise of this thread, at least with regards to the United States. They both apparently talked to a supervisor, or that's the way it sounded. She said that the PS models would not qualify.
(Again, the new thread indicates that the PS models DO QUALIFY)
Anyone who hasn't bought a Z3100 yet should take another run at this, and see if you get a different answer. You have nothing to lose, and maybe $1000 to gain -- meaning a $1000 rebate on the PS model. TThere is still a possibility that some of you outside of the U.S. bought the plain jane Z3100 without APS or RIP, and the price may have dropped on the PS model. That means that if you had waited 60 days, you could buy the Z3100 with APS and RIP for roughly the same price that you already paid for the 3100 without the APS and RIP. If that is true, I can only say, what a difference 60 days makes. As a U.S. resident, I don't have any information as to whether that is the case, other than referring to one posting from Germany above.)