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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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#46
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i wonder if you run a wifi only device, and roll the clock forward day by day? can it work...
Doubtful, they probably keep track in their server and only pull the phone ID.
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Here's a couple of questions I think could be added to the FAQ.

If I "checked in" yesterday at 10:00 PM, do I need to wait until 10:00 PM today to "check in" again, or do I just need to wait just until midnight Eastern time each day?

Can I "check in" when Staples is closed (like at 1AM or something)?
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#48
To clarify on the Forget Me function, if flip the switch, does that mean that I will get a 10 off 75 the next day with a DIFFERENT coupon code?
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Can I "check in" when Staples is closed (like at 1AM or something)?
My experience so far tells me yes.
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To clarify on the Forget Me function, if flip the switch, does that mean that I will get a 10 off 75 the next day with a DIFFERENT coupon code?
If you set to OFF it purges the server of your device data. Then you reset shortly to YES. Check in again right away and get the $10 off $75. New $10 off $75 for as many times as you need to toggle the switch.
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If I "checked in" yesterday at 10:00 PM, do I need to wait until 10:00 PM today to "check in" again, or do I just need to wait just until midnight Eastern time each day?
24 hours after you check in and get a coupon that coupon expires. Then you can get a new coupon. Crossing midnight makes no difference. You need to wait 24 hours for a new coupon. Resets excluded.
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If you set to OFF it purges the server of your device data. Then you reset shortly to YES. Check in again right away and get the $10 off $75. New $10 off $75 for as many times as you need to toggle the switch.
Isn't that counter-intuitive though? If Forget Me is ON, shouldn't the server really be purging your data?
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If you set to OFF it purges the server of your device data. Then you reset shortly to YES. Check in again right away and get the $10 off $75. New $10 off $75 for as many times as you need to toggle the switch.
This gives me a great idea!..
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Isn't that counter-intuitive though? If Forget Me is ON, shouldn't the server really be purging your data?
Who knows what they had in mind. This is Staples after all.
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Who knows what they had in mind. This is Staples after all.
True. Big Grin
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#56
I am confused as to what the Concierge and Forget Me settings are. Is this something on the Staples app? Or is something you set on your phone? How do you get to it? Thanks
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I am confused as to what the Concierge and Forget Me settings are. Is this something on the Staples app? Or is something you set on your phone? How do you get to it? Thanks
It is in the Staples app. Bottom row of icons. Just swipe to the left to find it.
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It is in the Staples app. Bottom row of icons. Just swipe to the left to find it.
Thanks...got it!!
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Isn't that counter-intuitive though? If Forget Me is ON, shouldn't the server really be purging your data?
Quote from mathfaster View Post :
Who knows what they had in mind. This is Staples after all.
It is completely counter-intuitive. When Forget Me is ON, the device ID is remembered, and when Forget Me is OFF, the device ID is expunged from their servers. Either it should be the opposite, or the button needs to be labeled "Remember Me".
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#60
Ugh!! Today's coupon: 18. 50% off your binder purchase > $20. Added to wiki. Too late now to reset for 3/17 for software coupon. Might as well keep going to next Friday before resetting.
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