Rebates need to die. Unfortunately, they are extremely effective for manufacturers. Not only are they free loans, but they can be used to create a sale without actually reducing the base retail price of an item. This is very important for tech companies because price drops are often synonymous with becoming obsolete. Have you ever seen a tech gadget go back up in price after a price reduction?
I don’t see how a small retailer could convince manufacturers to drop rebates in favor of price cuts. They don’t have the buying power. It’s more likely that a best buy or walmart could force an industry change like this.