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tenderidol 7,009 March 9, 2012 at 01:06 PM
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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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#3121
Quote from cato_x3 View Post :
Sorry, I guess that was a little confusing. No, the first time I only got a white screen and I assumed the app wasn't working so I quit trying. Then about 2 hours later I got a notification that I had a check in coupon (the one that normally occurs immediately after checking in). Then I was able to go in and see the coupon.

Now when I try to view my coupons, I get a white page at first but it eventually displays the coupon. If I let my phone go to sleep (black screen) while waiting for the coupon to display, then when I unlock my phone I am back a screen and I have to start trying to load it all over again. It might be that it takes my phone a while to render the picture, but I get the same thing over network or wi-fi. My phone is set to lock after 20 seconds or so, so if I don't keep it open then it will auto-lock and I have to start loading the coupon all over again.
Ah, ok. A few times I tried to click in and out hoping something would register, but I didn't want to have to do that for 2 hours! lol. I guess I'll keep the app open and see what happens. Thanks for the info!
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#3122
Quote from Elementary_Watson View Post :
Have gotten the following on the device I started first:

1. 2/18 - pens
2. 2/19 - $10/$75
3. 2/20 - Martha
4. 2/21 - free ream of paper with purchase of $40 or more - valid 2/21 - 2/22
Glad you got the free ream paper coupon.. Combine with photo paper, pencil and use the below coupon to make it a super MM

http://images.ed4.net/images/htdo...coupon.pdf
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#3123
Quote from cato_x3 View Post :
Yes, the first time it took about 2 hours for the coupon to show. Now it takes about 2 minutes or so. Of course you have to keep it open and trying or else it just backs up a page.

Ok, I checked in this morning at 7:30, 8:30, 9:30, 10:30 and still got the Martha coupon each time. When I checked in at 12:30 it gave me the 10 off 75 so it looks like mine is every 24 hours. Perhaps it is actually randomized? Nah, that would make too much sense.
3.5 hours later, still just have a white screen where the checkin coupon should be.

Bummer
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#3124
Quote from knitten2000 View Post :
3.5 hours later, still just have a white screen where the checkin coupon should be.

Bummer
I had to uninstall and reinstall when that happened on my phone. I never got the first coupon.
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Quote from slickdealerutah View Post :
Glad you got the free ream paper coupon.. Combine with photo paper, pencil and use the below coupon to make it a super MM

http://images.ed4.net/images/htdocs/officemax/Images/2013/wk08/retail/wed/wk08_instore_coupon.pdf
Already bought all of that on Sunday.Big Grin And Saturday I did the kiosk deal so I have 2 full cases of ream paper plus the one I kept for myself when rewards did roll on case paper last summer. I am holding off on the PayPal readers for now. Long long time to buy those for PayPal credit.
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Quote from Elementary_Watson View Post :
Already bought all of that on Sunday.Big Grin And Saturday I did the kiosk deal so I have 2 full cases of ream paper plus the one I kept for myself when rewards did roll on case paper last summer. I am holding off on the PayPal readers for now. Long long time to buy those for PayPal credit.
LOL.. K.. Then PM the coupon to me and I will give it back when I get that on my other device.. Ha ha. JK
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#3127
Quote from slickdealerutah View Post :
LOL.. K.. Then PM the coupon to me and I will give it back when I get that on my other device.. Ha ha. JK
IF I am in the store (like I am supposed to be) when I get these coupons, do they really think I am going to spend $20 or $40 to get the freebie that day or come back the next day to get the freebie? Why give away the freebie if you were going to spend that amount anyway? At least they have gotten away from the stated one day only. The $10/$75 or 10%/$75 at least has a time frame of a week unlike their previous one day limit.
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#3128
Quote from cato_x3 View Post :
Does the 10% coupon have the normal exclusions: PCs, laptops, tablets, high-priced goods, etc?
The restrictions on the 10% off $75 are just 'Not valid on purchase of HP ink & toner, gift cards, stamps, or phone cards.'
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#3129
Quote from jbtulsa View Post :
The restrictions on the 10% off $75 are just 'Not valid on purchase of HP ink & toner, gift cards, stamps, or phone cards.'
Wow, this might be the winner so far. You better get a screenshot with those terms.
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#3130
Help Me!

How to run staples app on blue stack? Got error message- unable to locate staples store in the vicinity of the current device location.
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#3131
Quote from ConnieL2527 View Post :
Help Me!

How to run staples app on blue stack? Got error message- unable to locate staples store in the vicinity of the current device location.
Did you install FakeGPS and set the location?
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#3132
Quote from Elementary_Watson View Post :
Did you install FakeGPS and set the location?

Yes, I did.
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#3133
Quote from ConnieL2527 View Post :
Yes, I did.
Make sure you drill down by touch to set the location. Do not use an address to set the location of a Staples store. Just position location just outside the store or just inside the store.
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Quote from Elementary_Watson View Post :
Make sure you drill down by touch to set the location. Do not use an address to set the location of a Staples store. Just position location just outside the store or just inside the store.
Hmm. I always use address to set the location with FakeGPS and it works for me. I am on HP touchpad with android on it.
After a loonnnng time, I again installed fakegps and staples app and got my first coupon of free martha magnetic todo list with purchase of $25 or more. I was not sure what's happening when I got a white screen but I keep going back and forth and got the first coupon in 5 mins.
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#3135
Quote from Elementary_Watson View Post :
Make sure you drill down by touch to set the location. Do not use an address to set the location of a Staples store. Just position location just outside the store or just inside the store.

Thanks, I will play around tomorrow.
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