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1. What's the Staples app?
This is an app from Staples that provides access to your Staples account, as well as Staples rewards account, and provides some useful tools.
You can read more about it here: Linky [staples.com]

2. How can I get it?
Android version is here: Linky [google.com]
iOS version is here: Linky [apple.com]
Any android phone or iPhone will work. In addition, you can install it on iPod Touch, iPad, Android Tablets, or HP TP running Android.

3. What's "check-in"?
When you are in a Staples store, you can click on the "Check in" button, and once your location is determined by the app, you'll be presented with a confirmation, and a coupon will be issued. The coupons state that they expire in 24-48 hours after they are issued, but in reality they can be used until the "real expiration date" (see WiKi for details). Please note that you do NOT need to sign into your Staples and/or Staples rewards account to receive the check in coupons. Coupons are generated once per device every 24 hours if you check in every 24 hours once the previous coupon has expired. The store makes no difference to the process. Multiple store check-ins in the same 24 hours does not get you any more coupons. You get the same one with the same 16 digit code. Since the device number is stored at a Staples server and coupons are per device, multiple devices will give you unique coupons per device.

4. Do I have to be physically in the store to check in?
Luckily, the answer is no. You can "spoof" your location by using certain apps that trick your phone to report specific coordinates. Depending on the app, you can either enter the coordinates of a Staples store or find it on a map and use that to create check in coupons from home/work.
For Android, Fake GPS [google.com] works great, along with few other examples (e.g., Location Spoofer, etc). For iOS devices, please see the WiKi (you need to jail break your iOS device).

5. Can I keep the coupons beyond the 24-48 hour expiration time frame?
Yes. If you take a screen shot of the coupon, you can keep it and use it later. On some Android phones, as well as iOS devices, pressing down power and home (or power and volume down) buttons simultaneously takes a screen shot. For devices that don't have this "built in", there are 3rd party apps.

6. Are the coupons random?
As of now, they seem to follow a certain sequence as outlined in the Wiki.

7. Can I stack these coupons with other app and/or paper coupons?
The % off coupons stack with $ off coupons. If you have 1 app coupon and 1 paper coupon (in either format), it will work "easier" compared to having 2 app coupons, since you are not supposed to have 2 of them at the same time. You can try printing out some of the app coupons to combine them.

8. Can I obtain any other coupons, in addition to the check in coupons, from the app?
The app generates coupons that can be used in store, online or over the phone. You can log into your Staples Rewards account from the app and access your Coupon Wallet and use whatever coupons you may have in there based on their T&Cs (e.g., in store only, online/phone only, etc). Those coupons have nothing to do with the app; they are under your Staples Rewards account and can be accessed from the web interface using a PC or directly from the mobile app.
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Last Edited by Buylower October 17, 2013 at 11:31 AM
10/9 Update: As of 10/1/2013, the app is no longer generating any coupons. As of 10/8/2013, previously generated coupons are no longer working. Some have been able to convince a manager to do a manual override for use of pre-existing coupons, but YMMV.

Please direct all trade requests for coupons to the official Staples coupon thread. This thread should be limited to discussions related to the app.

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Current Android App Version: Version 2.45 Updated on Oct 1, 2013

Here is the current list of coupons that can be expected on the app:

As of 8/19/13, new app coupons are being generated. They appear to be a new set of gen 3 coupons, with the same restrictions as the previous set. It also appears that Staples has thrown in some randomization, so don't be alarmed if your coupons do not match the order below.

Free Paper Ream is the last coupon in the cycle. If your device does not start over on its own after generating this coupon and/or you receive an error stating "Sorry, the server has returned an error...," reset the coupon cycle by clearing data of staples app (android) or uninstalling and reinstalling the staples app (iphone/android)

Expiration date for these coupons is 2/4/14 regardless of what the app says.

Please note that the new app coupons will not 'stick' to any item that already has had a coupon applied, nor allow any product coupon to apply once the app coupon has been used. Meaning, if you buy two items, and use a product coupon for one, and then use the app coupon, the app coupon will only apply to the item that has not had a product coupon attached. If the app coupon is used, the product coupons will not attach. Therefore, make sure to use the product coupons first, and make sure to have an item equal to value of the app coupon - that doesn't have a coupon already attached to it.

As of 9/29, the most common order of coupons is as follows:
1 - Double Rewards on any cleaning & breakroom items (9461)
2 - $10 off $75 (6069)
3 - Martha Stewart Home Office Elastinote Tags (6844) SKU 985629 with purchase of $25+ and $10 off $50+ ink (3517)
4 - $15 off $75 (1631)
5 - Triple Rewards! Get an extra 10% back in Rewards for all Staples branded products (2389)
6 - $5 off $25 (2780)
7 - Free ream Staples Multipurpose Paper w/ $50+ purchase (6822)

Please note that the extra rewards coupons DO stack with other coupons. However, at this time (10/1/13) it appears that you can only use one extra rewards coupon per month (thanks to extensive testing, mostly by hamokmonky)

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Previous set of coupons (no longer generated as of 8/19/13):
1 - $10 off $50 (2568) - For full coupon amount to apply, need undiscounted items >=$10 - Currently does not apply online despite terms.
2 - $5 off $25 (9623) - For full coupon amount to apply, need undiscounted items >=$5 - Currently does not apply online despite terms
3 - $15 off $75 (1631) - For full coupon amount to apply, need undiscounted items >=$15 - Currently does not apply online despite terms
4 - $5 off $25 (2780) - For full coupon amount to apply, need undiscounted items >=$5 - Currently does not apply online despite terms
5 - $10 off $75 (6069) - For full coupon amount to apply, need undiscounted items >=$10 - Currently does not apply online despite terms.

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Previous set of coupons (exp. 8/3):
1 - Free pack of Martha Stewart Home Office Magnetic To Do list with purchase of $25 or more (works on kiosk orders)
2 - 15% off your $30 or more copy and print order
3 - $10 off $75 or more
4 - Free Ream of Staples Multipurpose Paper with purchase of $40 or more (works on kiosk orders)
5 - 10% off your purchase of $75 or more (Btw, this is $10 off $75 and not 10%)
6 - 20% off any one cleaning & breakroom item
7 - Free pack of staples pen with a purchase of $20 or more.
8 - $5 off $25
9 - 20% off any easyTech service
10 - $5 off $25
11 - Free M by Staples Arc notebook ($45 minimum purchase)
12 - Free 32 ox Bottle of Windex Antibacterial Cleaner Spray ($25 minimum purchase)
13 - $10 off $75
14 - FREE 4 pack of staples retractable ballpoint pens(# 923422) - min spend = $20[/LIST]Free Coupon SKUs and Prices

Martha [staples.com]: 364924 $1.99
Staples Ream: 513099 $6.99
Windex [staples.com]: 724572 ($3.79)
Pens: 923422 $3.99
M Notebook [staples.com]: 897614, 897615, 946027 ($7.99)

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FAQ
Please note that if you ask one of these questions in this thread, you will simply be referred to the wiki.

Q: How do I check in when I'm not physically at Staples?
A: You must download a location spoofing app and set it to spoof the location of your local Staples (see guide below). Once the location spoofer is running, simply check in as normal.

Q: How can I use the coupon after it's printed expiration date?
A: For some reason, Staples has set the expiration date for the current batch of app coupons to 2/4/14, and as a result any coupons generated can be used up to that date. Simply take a screenshot of the coupon redemption page (the one that shows the 16-digit code in the blue box) and show it to the cashier on your smartphone (see guide below). Some stores will also accept the code verbally or from a printout (YMMV).

Q: How do I reset the cycle and start back at the beginning, without waiting for the cycle to start over?
A: On Android, simply clear the data for the Staples app by going to Settings --> Applications --> Staples --> Clear Data on your phone. On iOS, you must completely remove and reinstall the Staples app.

Q: Is there any way to generate coupons without a smartphone?
A: Yes. Use Bluestacks [bluestacks.com]. Bluestacks is a program that runs on your computer, and allows you to use apps, as if you had a smartphone. You can then print out the coupons and use them as any other app coupon (more about screenshots on Bluestacks later)

Q: How do I reset the Staples app on Bluestacks?
A: To reset the Staples app on Bluestacks, download "App Cache Cleaner", and reset data.

Q: Help! My phone won't run the Staples app/I can't find the Staples app in the App Store or Play Store/my app won't generate any coupons at all!
A: Some OS's (both Android and iOS) don't let you run the Staples App to get coupons. I thought it might be helpful to post what does and what doesn't work. If you come across a specific operating system/phone that doesn't work, please add the details to the appropriate list below:
Android
2.1 - Eclair; Samsung Gem; DOES NOT WORK
2.3.3 - Gingerbread; Pantech Breakout; WORKS (NOTE: Doesn't support screen capture natively)
2.3.6 - Gingerbread; Samsung Charge; WORKS
2.3.7 - Gingerbread; Nook Color running CM7; WORKS
iOS
None reported
Q: My app does not generate check-in coupons. WTF?

A: This could be for a number of reasons, but two of the most common ones are:
  • Do NOT set fake check-in address to Manhattan, NYC Staples. I checked several different ones in Manhattan on 3 different iOS devices, 1 Android device, and Bluestack. None of them generated check-in coupons. Once I changed the fake address to somewhere in CA, they all start working.
  • Coupons are only generated every 24 hours. If you checked in at 10pm, you're not going to be able to check in again (and generate new coupons) until 10:01pm the next day.
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Using BlueStacks:

1. Install the software on your computer from here [bluestacks.com].
2. Search and install Fake GPS and the Staples app from within BlueStacks.
3. Open Fake GPS and spoof your location to that of a Staples store (Avoid NYC stores).
4. Launch the Staples app and check in. No need to log in to receive a coupon.
4. Screenshot your coupon. (See wiki for different ways to do this).

Note: Sometimes, there is a delay before a coupon appears, but eventually most people get one. It takes 24 h for the next coupon in the cycle to appear.

To generate multiple copies of the current first coupon in the cycle, use a cache cleaner, such as App Cache Cleaner, before checking in again.

1. Launch App Cache Cleaner from the Home Screen in BlueStacks.
2. Click on the Staples app then select Clear Data.
3. Go back to Staples app and check in again.

How to resize Bluestacks to fit a smartphone (thanks MilesHunter):
http://slickdeals.net/forums/showpost.php?p=61610414


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Location Spoofing Guide

Android:
Fake GPS [google.com] (also work in BlueStacks)
Location Spoofer [google.com] (Free)
- You have to allow mock locations under Settings -> Applications -> Development
- Rooted phones can spoof location with mock locations disabled, move the app to /system/app to get that.

to those having issues checking in...go on google maps first and type in staples. then on fakegps make sure you go to where the SPOT is ON GOOGLE maps not the actual store. In my case,,,according to google staples was in the middle of the road, when I put the spoofed location where the physical store was it didn't work. Once I put it to where the spot was on google maps (in the middle of the road lol) it worked.

iOS: LocationHolic [locationholic.com] is an option. A few have had issues with "Fake Location" so you may be best off avoiding it.

Surface Pro: Use Bluestacks optimized for Surface Pro. Location spoofer works without changing any settings (use google.play version that has a picture of a blue ball bouncing).

How to Jailbreak an iOS device:

1. Backup your iOS device on your computer. Upgrade to current iOS version if appropriate, but verify if your location spoofing app will work with it.
2. Use redsn0w or a similar utility to jailbreak the device. You can find a YouTube on how to do this, along with many articles from around the Internet.
3. Use Cydia app to install a location spoofer. LocationHolic is one but there are others.
4. Spoof the location of a Staples store.
5. Install Staples app (free) from the App Store.
6. Follow check-in instructions.

How to Take A Screenshot

BlueStacks on Windows 8: Press Windows + Print Screen keys, find Screenshot file in My Pictures\Screenshots, run Paint and crop (View > Zoom out, Home > Select, Crop) <-- OR just find "snipping tool" on your computer. It's a built in utility by Windows to crop what's on your screen and save it.

Android
  • Devices running Android 4.0 or later can take a screenshot by simultaneously pressing volume down and power.
  • Devices running CyanogenMod may or may not have an option to take a screenshot in the power menu (press and hold the power button as if you were going to turn it off). YMMV depending on the version and who built your ROM.
  • On some Android phones (e.g., Samsung Galaxy SII), pressing down power and home buttons simultaneously takes a screen shot.
For devices that don't have this built in, there are several apps in the Play Store that will allow you to take a screenshot: Device Specific Instructions

Sprint EVO 4G View Tablet: Hold down the POWER button and then press the HOME button. (You’ll see a message appear on the screen that says “screenshot saved to Camera shots”. You can then go to your Gallery app to see the screenshots that you have captured.)

Samsung Droid Charge (no 3rd party app - none would work): At coupon screen pull down notification bar. Press BACK button and while still holding back button quickly press and release HOME button. Keep holding BACK button until you see/hear screen capture click. Saves to Screen Capture on my Charge in Gallery.

iOS: Pressing down power and home buttons simultaneously takes a screenshot.

Getting codes with older iPhones: If all you see is a grey box where the code should be, see this post on how to get the code: http://slickdeals.net/forums/showpost.php?p=49392786&postcount=798

If you have trouble checking in at the store:
I noticed that if i dont receive a coupon when checking i have to make sure I am on the Staples in store wifi. Sometimes when i am in store my phone connects to a different wifi and i get nothing. after changing to the staples hotspot, and checking in again, i get a q..
you can rep the OP here

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But it's not the device id. I figured out a way to change the device id without resetting. it does not work.
I was generalizing. They store some unique id whatever that may be.
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Just wanna confirm before I do a factory reset. For android, factory reset is done by settings, privacy, factory reset and you won't lose root right? And titanium backup can restore everything correct?
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Just wanna confirm before I do a factory reset. For android, factory reset is done by settings, privacy, factory reset and you won't lose root right? And titanium backup can restore everything correct?
I can confirm that I did not lose root. Don' know about titanium backup.
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I can confirm that I did not lose root. Don' know about titanium backup.
thanks for the confirmation. kinda nervous about doing this since i have never done it before.
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Started another cycle with my son's Nexus 7, and the first coupon was $10 off $75 as reported.
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Just wanna confirm before I do a factory reset. For android, factory reset is done by settings, privacy, factory reset and you won't lose root right? And titanium backup can restore everything correct?
I loose root with droid 1
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The 10 off 50 office supplies coupon is no longer available. Yesterday checked in and had the 20 off 99 printer. Today 10 off 75. Skipped 10 off 50 OS.Frown
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Will need additional confirmation from someone else. Once in awhile someone reports skips but others do not have that issue so will wait for second confirmation. Will update as soon as I generate the next coupon on my touchpad. Last coupon was the printer one per my dropbox folder.

ETA: Just generated the $10 off $50 OS coupon. So, bjw, cannot confirm that the OS coupon is no longer available. My last generated coupon on 9/13 was the printer coupon and just now got the OS coupon.
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Maybe I got the last one. Smilie
I got a $10/$50 office supplies this morning around 5~6 AM Pacific Time. Reset the device and got a $10/$75 Q.
Just got the $10/$50 Office supplies coupon.
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Just got the $10/$50 Office supplies coupon.
Same here (earlier this morning).
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Just wanna confirm before I do a factory reset. For android, factory reset is done by settings, privacy, factory reset and you won't lose root right? And titanium backup can restore everything correct?
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I can confirm that I did not lose root. Don' know about titanium backup.
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thanks for the confirmation. kinda nervous about doing this since i have never done it before.
I don't lose root on a Verizon Pantech Breakout. Titanium Backup restores everything but that can be a problem because it can also restore the device ID which would prevent the app from generating more coupons.

I've noticed that there may be some other files that Titanium Backup restores that also screws up the generation of more coupons. I haven't figured out the file but am playing around with it. BTW, if you're using the non-donate version of Titanium Backup then you have to select the install button for each and every non-stock application. It's a PIA and apparently the primary motivation to buy the donate version of the application which does not require this.

Oh, yeah, and I can certainly understand your uneasiness with doing the factory reset and restore. This uneasiness is precisely the reason I'm doing this with a backup phone that doesn't contain any critical information.
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I don't lose root on a Verizon Pantech Breakout. Titanium Backup restores everything but that can be a problem because it can also restore the device ID which would prevent the app from generating more coupons.

I've noticed that there may be some other files that Titanium Backup restores that also screws up the generation of more coupons. I haven't figured out the file but am playing around with it. BTW, if you're using the non-donate version of Titanium Backup then you have to select the install button for each and every non-stock application. It's a PIA and apparently the primary motivation to buy the donate version of the application which does not require this.

Oh, yeah, and I can certainly understand your uneasiness with doing the factory reset and restore. This uneasiness is precisely the reason I'm doing this with a backup phone that doesn't contain any critical information.
In my experience you do not lose root and Titanium Backup restores your apps fairly quickly, though you do have to select them one-by-one and I am using the donate version. Of note: you have the option with each app of restoring the app only or the app + data. As long as you only restore the app only for the Staples app, you can restore app + data for everything else and you should be back up to speed very quickly with no problems with Staples app. Not sure if there is a batch restore option but if so it wasn't obvious. I didn't really look for one since I only wanted to restore a few things on that phone anyway since in a month or less I'd be doing it all again. AFAIK the only real advantage of the donate version over the free version is the ability to sync your backups to your dropbox automatically.

ETA: I just checked and there are batch options for backup and restore (at least in the donate version, check menu to see that option) but I didn't see a way to exclude anything if doing it in batch mode, so maybe if you wanted to do it that way you should just make sure it doesn't backup the Staples app (or delete the backup) and always re-download that app from the Play store instead.
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Here are the differences according to the maker... and the free version does include batch backup and restore options too.

Titanium Backup for Android

Features of the Free version:
No ads, no time limit
Very fast app listing (~1 second for 300 apps)
Sort apps by name / last backup / backup frequency
Filter apps by name / type / status / Apps Organizer labels (also affects Batch operations)
Backup/restore regular apps + their settings
Backup/restore protected apps + their settings
Backup/restore system apps + their settings (incl. Wi-Fi AP list)
Backup/restore external app data
Restores the Market links when restoring apps
Zero-click background batch backup
Interactive batch restore
Many batch scenarios (eg: if more than N days since last backup, etc)
Zero-click app un-installer
Zero-click system app un-installer
Move app to/from SD card
Move app data to/from SD card (needs ext2/3/4 partition)
Batch action widgets
Quick reboot widgets
A single weekly or biweekly scheduled backup
User-defined apps lists with filtering, coloring and scheduling support
Built-in Android Market information viewer (Android 2.0+)
Ability to remove orphan app data


Additional features of the PRO/Donate version:
Multiple backups per app (history length can be chosen)
Zero-click background batch restore
Encryption of your backups (asymmetric crypto: the passphrase is needed on restore only)
Backup/restore SMS, MMS, call log, bookmarks and Wi-Fi networks in the portable XML format!
Multi-user support for some apps (eg: games) with quick-switching widgets!
Batch verification of your backups
Dalvik cache cleaner can free up precious internal memory
App freezer can disable an app (and make it invisible) without un-installing it
Convert users apps <=> system apps
Integrate system app updates directly into your ROM to free up even more internal memory
Integrate Dalvik cache system elements into ROM, which can free up internal memory as well
Migrate some system data (eg: SMS/MMS) across incompatible ROMs
Ultra fast HyperShell (much faster for almost everything)
Batch app freezing/defrosting
Advanced app control (pause/resume apps during backup, instead of stopping them)
Restore individual apps+data directly from ADB backups. These backups can be made on Android 4.0+ without root access!
Restore individual apps+data directly from ClockworkMod backups. Supports CWM5+ and most CWM4 backups
Restore individual apps+data directly from TeamWin Recovery Project (TWRP) backups. Supports TWRP 2.0+
Full support for paid apps that must normally be installed through the Market!
Market "auto updating" manager, to easily verify, enable or disable auto updates on several apps at once!
Unlimited, independent scheduled backups (each of which can run 1 to 7 times a week)
Market Doctor can retrieve or re-create any broken Market links (for your updates to appear in Market again)
"Destroy all Market links" feature
Synchronize all (or some of) your backups to Dropbox, Box and Google Drive (manual or scheduled)
Retrieve all your backups from Dropbox, Box and Google Drive (in case of lost phone or SD card failure)
Load/Save a Filter (from the Filters screen) and use it in Widgets/Schedules
Change the device's Android ID, restore it from a backup or after a factory reset
Protect backup against deletion
Send backup (to e-mail/cloud) and import it in 1 click
Backup→Verify→Un-install an app in one shot
Freeze/defrost/launch apps in a single click (with optional password protection!)
CSV data export from any app's DB, to e-mail or Google Docs
Convert app data to/from Gingerbread's faster WAL DB format
Brand the app with your name
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Just did the factory reset on mine the other day to get staples coupons again.

Used Titanium backup to restore other apps+data, except the staples app ofcourse which I did a fresh DL.


1st coupon was 20% off software $40 OR MORE, 2nd was $10 off $75.

Was hoping for the 50% off cleaning/break room but looks like that is no longer Frown
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I thought the software coupon got removed.
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I thought the software coupon got removed.
It did but recently. They said a few days ago so not that recent.
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Started another cycle with my son's Nexus 7, and the first coupon was $10 off $75 as reported.
Do you have to backup before you do the reset? I reset my Optimus T (Froyo). Installed spoofer and staples app. App detects current location (based on spoofer) but while checking in, it says "can't determine...." msg. Wonder what is wrong that I am doing.
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