That's why Staples needs to fix their discount system. They don'twant to usethe JCP model. They need to eliminate the abuse, and find a way to rewardloyal customers without enciuraging more abuse.
As I mentioned before, they used to send $$$ off coupons on a regular basis. Every Monday (or was it Tuesday?) morning, I used to get an e-mail from Staples with the subject line "$25 coupon for your business" (and occasionally $30 off $150) along with free product coupons with minimum online purchase limits. They still send out coupons, but it appears to be rare now. If they go back to that system and reward their loyal customers without letting everyone abuse it to no end, they may retain their premier customers.
Supposedly 2/3 of Staples annual profits come from the month surrounding back to school. I'm sure most of the other 1/3 comes around Christmas time. Also I'm sure a majority of their business comes from contracts(or just use Staples) with large business who buy all their supplies from Staples.
Without 25 off 75 their is no reason to buy alot of items from them. They usually have the same sale price on stuff as Office Depot or Officemax, but the 25 off 75 makes them the place to go to buy. Also a majority of the deals posted here are Staples has it for $100 and Amazon has it for $50 so PM after coupon. If Staples wants to go as low as Amazon it won't matter since I don't have to pay tax at Amazon. They would become Best Buy. Occasionally a good deal, but most the time cheaper or better at Amazon. FAR is always a good thing from Staples, but that has been scarce lately.
I'm glad they cracked down on rewards theft. They do need to implement a way to send Staples Rewards members coupons then or something. I've received like 1-3 in 4 years. Even one a month or something would be better than none.
Ironically, the way to get coupons on a regular basis from staples is to not shop there. At one time I shopped there more, but I rarely do these days because they typically don't have deals I find compelling (well that aren't a hassle to get). I'll occasionally give them to friends but usually they just go unused. No, I'm not really interested in selling and getting my acct blocked. But yeah, their system is borked. They only send out coupons to people like me who don't use them to try and get them to become new customers and just assume we'll eat everyday prices once we've shopped there once. That mentality may have worked 20 years ago, but not in 2012. It doesn't make sense for them not to send their regulars just as many coupons as they send to those of us who don't use them.
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[QUOTE=mathfaster;51035068]Just a heads up and if you read the last post in that thread it said someone used one yesterday which is after the take down of SDer Club on Thursday so why would you care if it worked today?
[/QUOTEI was going to purchase the coupon and nook yesterday but I didnt have all the funds together so I thought I would do it this morning. The weird thing is yesterday I was able to search and click through links and so on but today I can't. I've been trying but I just cant get anywhere. All of this happens after I notice this thread and then start looking for coupons. I don't know maybe it's my browser acting up.
For the record..I never bought rewards checks. I knew those were straight up stolen. And it's essentially like stealing gift cards/certificates from someone.
I thought it was incredibly ballsy when I saw them selling them. SDerClub has been around for a while now, and it was probably because of the stolen rewards checks that got them in deep shit.
They should have stuck with coupons..
I even remember the days when SDer had a "public service notice" on their site saying the $20 checks found elsewhere were stolen and they would never do that. Literally within a couple months, that notice was down and they were selling Rewards checks. Ahh, the life of a scammer.
That sucks. Loss of the 25 off 75 coupons stinks. I never get them in the mail either.
If they were stealing rewards checks, than they do deserve to go down.
I haven't gotten any good coupons to my personal account in a loooonng time. But business still gets mailings with 25/75 and 25/100 periodically. Doesn't seem to matter whether you put personal/business when creating .com or rewards account...they just go by public listing to determine businesses.
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Couldn't possibly expect this to go on forever. I'm suprised it even lasted as long as it did. It was almost as if Staples tacitly approved of this with their inaction. They're a multinational company with more than enough resources and ability to change their coupon generation scheme, but didn't for years now. The fact that it takes Eric Holder's buddies to do something about this is amusing.
Just like $10 off $10 for new Google Checkout users at Buy.com and Microsoft Live/Bing cashback, this "deal-manufacturing" technique has finally been sent to the graveyard and will be fondly remembered by this generation of SDers forever. With the big players taken down, the smaller sellers will run for the hills as well and Staples is likely working to change their coupon system.
I wouldn't worry about legal repercussions of being a past purchaser of these coupons. There's nothing inherently illegal about buying coupons and it is Staples' responsibility to not accept them and tell us they're fraudulent. While some of us always suspected it, there has never been anything really to unequivocally prove that the coupons were fake.
It sucks the $25 off $75 discounts will be gone forever, but just like after the old SD schemes retired, someone in this amazing community will discover a new thing eventually and we'll all move on to that!
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I would get these for my wife but I'm pretty sure she is secretly cuckolding behind my back so I will have to pass on this deal this time around. Thanks and thumbs up.
What is the justification for the price increase to $19? I believe it is not legal to raise the price just because people are buying the product in an attempt to gouge the customer.
There are still sellers...people are still buying them (some are oblivious to SDer). It comes down to whether Staples goes after the rest of them (that is, if the SDer bust wasn't a scam in itself) and/or whether other sellers are sufficiently afraid and pack it up.
It may not be a coincidence this is happening in the same month Staples changed their rewards check coding scheme to not include rewards # within. Their coupon algorithm still hasn't changed though, and rewards checks can still be stolen...the same rewards account just can't be hit month after month.
Their coupon algorithm still hasn't changed though, and rewards checks can still be stolen...the same rewards account just can't be hit month after month.
All we know right now is that the rewards # is not contained within the rewards code for the issued in June rewards. Need another month to know if they are not just using an alternate rewards number for each account (that would be just plain stupid) or whether digits 6 - 15 are going to be random month-to-month. IMO it is not just SDer Club that was generating rewards checks. They were probably just the biggest.
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