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TofuVic 15,950 September 18, 2011 at 12:57 AM in Office & School Supplies (7) More Staples Deals
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Hi, I hope you are doing well.

Years ago, I used to recycle quite a bit of ink cartridges at OfficeMax. However, it seems like their terms and conditions have changed greatly.

I'm looking at Office Depot's program (here [myworkliferewards.com]), Staples' program (here [staples.com]), and OfficeMax's program (here [officemaxperks.com]). I cannot decide which is best for me. Also, I'm rather confused by statements like, "rewards will be granted when you make qualifying purchases."

Unlike a lot of people here, I do not buy ink cartridges to sell, and only have about a dozen to sell right now. I only get ink cartridges from my own usages and my family members', so the limits per month of the recycling programs will not apply to me at all. I just want a bit of spending money at one of these stores so I can pick up small items.

Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!
Vic

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Bottom line. OM give you $3. per ink cart. OD & Staples $2. each.

OM and OD you are correct. "rewards will be granted when you make qualifying purchases." Means
if you drop off $12 in ink cart. You then must purchase at least $12 at OM or OD. Then for OM the next month you will get an email for $12 to spend in the next 90 days. For OD at the end of the quarter, about 6 weeks later, you will get an email for $12 to spend in the next ?? days. (not sure.)

However Staples does not have this 'silly' "rewards will be granted when you make qualifying purchases". You will get an email for $12 to spend in 1 or 2 purchases in the next ?? days.
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Thanks for replying! I've given you reputation points.

The "qualifying purchases" stipulation seems a bit strange to me, perhaps because this is the first time I've heard of it. I guess I'll be bringing my ink cartridges to Staples.
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Thanks I was wondering same thing n searched n found this!
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Quote from Zira88 View Post :
Thanks I was wondering same thing n searched n found this!
Glad my starting this thread helped me than just myself!
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Quote from TofuVic View Post :
Thanks for replying! I've given you reputation points.

The "qualifying purchases" stipulation seems a bit strange to me, perhaps because this is the first time I've heard of it. I guess I'll be bringing my ink cartridges to Staples.

FYI, you can use a Staples or OD or OM coupon with your staples rewards to stregth you $'s. But YOU MUST YOU 100% of your Staples rewards in 1 or 2 purchases!


With OM & OD, your rewards can be used on multiple purchase - no limit - it acts as a debit card.

Glad I could pass-on the knowledge
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Another thing is OM is stingy about which type of ink they accept. They must be virgin OEM with clean printheads from HP, Dell, and Lexmark. They won't accept Brother, Canon or anyone else. Ink tanks are also excluded so certain HP products aren't allowed to be recycled. Like they mentioned, Maxperks has buying requirements, however they hold over to the end of the year. So example, you can recycle 20 cartridges at $3. That is $60 rewards, but you spend $32. (32/3=10.66) Because you must MATCH your purchases with your inks, you will only be issued $30 in rewards (If you spent $33, you would have gotten $33 in rewards). You have till Dec 31 to make the other $30 for more rewards.

Now this isn't all that bad. OM often has sales that are 100% free after rewards. These sales you spend your money on but you get 100% back in maxperk rewards. Buying these items increases your sales at OM, making it easier to recycle.

Office Depot, same as above, accept they generally accept anything and only 10 at $2. Spending requirements are the same as above but they do it over quarter periods. So you have to match your recycling over a 3 month time period. OD is easy to get that spending requirement because they have software that is free after rebates everyweek.

Staples is the one that doesn't care. The normal member can recycle 10 of any cartridge, any manufacture for $2. Doesn't matter if it is generic or OEM. You just walk in and recycle them. The only game Staples has to theirs is that if you spend $1,000 in a year, you qualify for Premier which means you can recycle 20 cartridges a month. Trick to doing that is to buy items that have easy rebates. Easiest rebates you have ever done because you just enter them online and in 30 days you have your check.

So for my opinion, I like Staples Ink program.

*Note, all of the spending requirements above must be YOUR money to them. Reward money they give you does not count towards qualifying amounts. The true trick to it all is finding a way to spend your money with them on rebates so you get your money back and they are paying you then.

So you just need to learn the office supply games and you can bank off of them.
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s_T_Blue, thanks for the additional information.

kobe0007, thanks for the thorough comment that includes the differences of the three stores, as well as tricks that will surely come in useful. I have given you reputation points.
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