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Staples B&M Only - Buy $100 in Visa® or MasterCard® gift cards and get a $15 Staples® gift card After Staples Easy Rebate- Starts 11/11

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This deal is listed in Page 9 of staples ad for the week 11/11 - 11/17. Limit 10 Staples Gift Cards per name/address/household. Of course, there is an activation fee of $5.99 on the $100 Visa / Master cards. Even after factoring in the activation fee, it is a potential $9 MM deal(in the form of Staples GC..) per VISA/Master card purchase.
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Rebate Information:


Rebate offer: 12-28680
Purchase must be made now through November 24 (weekly ad [staples.com])
In store ONLY!


Rebate Offer and LIMITS - clarified:
(confirmed by Parago and Staples customer support email/chat, see timeline below for links)


  • -You get $15 in Staples Gift Cards for each $100 worth of Visa/MC you buy.
  • -Rebate maximum limit (per household) is:
    • Buy $1000 in Visa or Mastercard gift cards.
    • Receive $150 Staples Gift Card
  • Doesn't matter what denomination ($50 or $100 or $200) Visa/MC cards you buy.
  • Doesn't matter how many cards you buy per transaction.
  • -Limit is per household address.
    • Let's say you have 3 people in your address and each of the three buys $1000 in giftcards. Only one gift card rebate will be mailed and the other 2 person's rebates will be DENIED!


Official (ambiguous) wording:
Quote :
Promotion: Get a $15 Staples Gift Card on Purchase of $100 or more on Visa and Mastercard Gift Cards at Staples Stores Only
Rebate Reward: $15.00 Gift Card
Valid Dates: 11-11-2012 through 11-24-2012
Postmark Date: Purchase Date Plus 60 Days


Promotion Details:

Purchase must be made between 11/11/12 and 11/24/12. Requests MUST be submitted online or postmarked within 60 days from date of purchase. To submit online go to www.stapleseasyrebates.com and follow the instructions. To mail rebate STAPLES STORE PURCHASE: Send ONLY the completed ORIGINAL rebate redemption form printed from the cash register, the ORIGINAL submission form printed from www.stapleseasyrebates.com, or the ORIGINAL PDF submission form provided by a Staples store. Photocopies not accepted. Offer valid in US only. Good for actual purchases by end users; excludes resellers and distributors of products and their families. You should receive your Staples Gift Card within 4-6 weeks after claim is received. Staples Gift Cards may be used toward the purchase of merchandise and services only at a Staples U.S. retail store. For balance, or if you have questions about your Staples Gift Card, call 1-888-609-6963 or visit staples.com/giftcards. Value can be added to this card at any Staples U.S. retail store. See Staples Gift Card for complete terms and conditions. We are not responsible for lost or misdirected mail and illegible entries. Staples logo and product names are trademarks of Staples and their respective companies. Limit 10 Staples Gift Cards per name/address/household. For questions or a status inquiry about this rebate offer call 1-877-266-6483. Fraudulent submission of multiple requests could result in federal prosecution under the U.S. Mail Fraud Statutes (18 USC, Section 1341 & 1342). Keep a copy of your documents for future reference.

Additional Information: Purchase $100 or more on Visa and Mastercard Gift Cards at Staples stores between 11/11/12 and 11/24/12, then submit online or mail it in to receive a Staples Gift Card. Limit 10 Staples Gift Cards per name/address/household.


Mail this form and the proof of purchase (listed in the promotion details) to the following address:


STAPLES ( Dept. 12-28680 ),

PO Box 540036
EL PASO, TX 88554-0036
Please allow 4 - 6 weeks after we receive your submission to receive your rebate. Offers requiring activation and/or service agreements may take longer. Please refer to the Terms and Conditions portion of each particular offer for specific details.




Useful Info:

Staples gift cards:
(this will be your rebate reward):

  • are accepted ONLY IN STORE - not on phone or online.
  • cannot be used to buy any type of gift card found in Staples stores.


Visa / Mastercard gift cards:
(this is what you're buying for the rebate)
  • -Purchasing Visa/MC gift cards, does NOT count towards Staples Premier Status.
  • -Using a Visa/MC gift card, to pay for another one:
    • It is against store policy to use any gift cards to buy other gift cards (some stores are even denying the use of any credit cards to buy gift cards).
    • However, the system will accept the transaction, if your cashier lets you, and many have had success (YMMV).
    • If paying with credit card, if your total is over $500, the transaction will require a manager to approve the transaction, which will bring additional attention to the purchase.

Cashing out $1000 of the Visa/MC cards with NO FEES:
    • via Amazon Payments (AP) (Requires SSN)
      • you need 2 AP accounts (different names/social security number, but can be same address. There is no credit report pull.) - create AP account [amazon.com]
      • register your cards at www.giftcardmall.com/mygift [giftcardmall.com] in the name/address of AP account#1.
      • Log into AP account #1
      • go to "Edit my account settings"
      • go to "Add, edit, or delete my credit cards [amazon.com]"
      • add your cards that you registered earlier at giftcardmall
      • go to "Send Money [amazon.com]" and send it to AP account #2.
      • It will ask you if "cash advance" or "purchase". Select PURCHASE.
      • It will ask you what amount and what card to fund the transfer with. Select maximum amount on your card (ie:$200)
      • Do the above for each card. For example if you added five $200cards, do 5 transfers, each of $200
      • To withdraw, you need to add a bank account and verify it, to account #2.
      • Maximum amount you can receive or send is $1000 per month.
      • There are no fees for personal AP accounts (only for business AP accounts)
    • via Amex Serve (Serve)
      • register your cards at www.giftcardmall.com/mygift [giftcardmall.com] in the name/address of your Serve account. If you have an apt. number, it is suggested you leave it blank.
      • Log in to Serve account
      • goto "My account" > "Bank and Cards [serve.com]"
      • link a new DEBIT card
      • enter your Visa gift card, and details exactly as you entered them when you registered on giftcardmall.com. If you have an apt. number, it is suggested you blank out the "Address Line 2 (optional)" line.
      • Once you linked your card successfully, you can click on ADD button [serve.com] on the left side of your Serve screen, and fund it from your linked Visa Debit Gift card.
      • The money should be available instantly to your serve account.
      • You can send money money to another Serve account , or withdraw it to your bank account (i believe limit is $200 per day?)
      • You can also use your Serve card to pay merchants, and have it withdraw from the Visa gift card you attached to your serve account. For example use it to buy another Visa Gift Card from Staples.
      • Fees are waived until March 13.
      • Warning: Serve frowns upon linking a credit card and withdrawing to bank account and has been reported to issue warnings, and/or close serve accounts.


Buying five $200 Visa cards in one transaction:
(maxing out the rebate in one transaction)
  • You will pay $1034.75.
  • If you pay with credit card, because the amount is more than $500, a manager will need to come to the register to authorize it (which is normal procedure).
  • The register will print a Redemption Form, showing that you bought five $200 Visa cards. But "Rebates you're eligible for using this rebate redemption form" will only show 1. It means your receipt is eligible for "one" of staples current rebates. Again, this is fine.
  • Submit Staples Easy Rebate online. Your rebate status typically won't be updated for several hours. So for several hours you won't see what you qualify for. Usually you get an e-mail with subject "Thanks for submitting your rebate!"
  • Later (usually you get an e-mail with subject "Update! Your rebate is being processed"), you should see the attached status, showing that you qualify for "Staples Gift Card for $150.00".
  • rebate status will say:
    Quote :
    Rebate 1:
    Rebate Offer: 12-28680
    Get a $15 Staples Gift Card on Purchase of $100 or more on Visa and Mastercard Gift Cards at Staples Stores Only
    Products Purchased:

    $200 VISA GIFT

    $200 VISA GIFT
    $200 VISA GIFT
    $200 VISA GIFT
    $200 VISA GIFT

    Validation in progress. *
    Staples Gift Card for $150.00






Developments Timeline:

Nov 11, 2012:
Promotion is live.
Limits and rewards are not clear based on official wording of the rebate.
Many people start experimenting - buying Visa/MC cards in different denominations and, upon submitting their receipt discover that:
  • -denominations other than $100 Visa or $100 MC, work for rebate as well
  • -buying $100 Visa or MC produces $15 Staples Gift Card rebate
  • -buying $200 Visa produces $30 Staples Gift Card rebate.
    Great news! The $200 Visa has only $6.95 activation fee.
    Only $1 more than the $100 Visa, but double the reward.
  • -buying 2 x $200 Visa in one transaction produces $75 Staples Gift Card rebate (glitch, mistake), instead of expected $60
  • -buying 3 x $200 Visa in one transaction produces $135 Staples Gift Card rebate (glitch, mistake), instead of expected $90
  • -buying 4 x $200 Visa in one transaction produces $150 Staples Gift Card rebate (glitch, mistake), instead of expected $120
  • -buying 5 x $200 Visa in one transaction produces $150 Staples Gift Card rebate

Nov 12 - Nov 18:
  • -Poor rebate wording causes a lot of confusion about the limits. Nobody really knows the limits.
  • -A lot of speculation and discussion takes place, about the glitch and supposed limits, and whether or not Staples will fix it and adjust the rebates.
  • -It is advised that you should do 2 transactions to max the rebate limit potential, based on the glitch, and unclear rebate wording regarding limit and reward...
TRANS 1: 3x$200 Visa cards (pay $21 activation fee, and maybe receive $135 Staples card)
TRANS 2: 2x$200 Visa cards (pay $14 activation fee, and maybe receive $75 Staples card)


Nov 18:
  • -someone contacts Parago (rebate company) customer support via email and asks if buying $200 Visa will result in $30 Staples Card rebate.
  • -Parago confirms it - customer support email posted (thanks phazein)


Nov 19, 2012:

  • Staples sends out emails to all customers who submitted rebates where the amount shown was wrongly calculated due to the glitch.
Quote from Staples email sent to customers :
Dear Valued Staples Customer,
We have identified you as one of the consumers who may have visited the
Staples Easy Rebate site to track your rebate. Upon tracking your
submission, you may have noticed that the value of your rebate might
have calculated incorrectly.

Please know that we are working to correct this issue. When you
receive your Staples gift card in the mail, it will be loaded with
the correct reward value.


We apologize for any confusion this may have caused.

As always, thanks for shopping at Staples.

Sincerely,
Staples Rebate Team

  • -more confirmation from Parago customer support (online chat) that buying 3 x $200 Visa results in $90 Staples Gift card reward. online chat posted thanks teamhurtado
  • -FINALLY! A confirmation that maximum limit is $150 reward in Staples Gift cards, for buying $1000 in Visa or MC gift cards (regardless of denomination). staples online chat posted thanks stm69




Dec 1, 2012:

  • Some people starting to report that their rebates show the corrected amount now (ie: $90 for buying 3x$200 Gift Cards) and confirming we will get $15 for each $100 bought.
  • AMEX SERVE is locking accounts of people who added the Gift Cards and withdraw, and asking for copy of SSN and copy of front and back of "all credit/debit" cards.

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#391
Quote from simplyblown View Post :
so I went out and purchased 10 $100 GC's together EEK! ... will I'll still be able to get the $150 in GC?
you will get 10 x $15 = $150 yes. but in return, you lost $50 in purchase fee instead of $30 like those who bought $200 cards.
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Yes, I posted screen shots. 2x$15 for $200 Visa card.
Thanks. I will get few of these in the coming week`
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Thanks. Fixed and before and after screen shots posted. Yes, as compfreak posted and pen360guin posted and now I have posted you get 2 x $15 rebates for a $200 card.
I can also confirm that $200 counts as 2x$15.
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Last edited by jackiesyu November 11, 2012 at 04:21 PM
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Quote from daniel32 View Post :
you mean 10 $100 Visa/Mastercard GC

yes you will get $150 provided rebate receipt printed out.



10 x $15 = $150.



why $200 x 10?
Ppl are getting $30 per $200 card...everyone bought 5 , nobody tried 10 .
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why $200 x 10?
he meant 10 giftcards for 10 $200 cards because limit is up to 10 cards (not $1000).
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I dont know how you got that screenshot but this is what i got (see my screenshot). when did you file your rebate? I just did 1 about an hr ago, and 3 more at 5:31pm EST. None of them said $30 for each $200 cards. Do you think they fix it? None of my screenshots listed any final amount yet. But I think it's weird that my screenshot does not look like what you got. This screenshot is captured during filing the rebates.
That picture was also taken while submitting the rebates. I submitted mine sometime after 12PM ET and of course before that post. I also uploaded another picture that shows it's status where it also says $30. Look above several comments and you can compare. I uploaded several screenshots.
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he meant 10 giftcards for 10 $200 cards because limit is up to 10 cards (not $1000).
From the way the $200 cards are being eligible for a $30 rebate, it appears the limit is actually
$1000 for a total $150 rebate and not 10 cards.
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Just Google Serve or go to www.serve.com and read their FAQ. It is quite detailed. Fees are waived until March of next year. Limit is $250 per month on cc loads on Serve. Google Amazon Payments or search this thread for details. Been discussed on how to use AP to drain these cards.
For some reason Amazon didn't deduct the one dollar authorization. Anyway I went ahead and did a transaction with one dollar less of my total in my gift cards. It asked me to choose advance cash or good or services. I chose good or services. Is there any distinction between the two. Mighty thanks for being so helpful.
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Quote from pen360guin View Post :
That picture was also taken while submitting the rebates. I submitted mine sometime after 12PM ET and of course before that post. I also uploaded another picture that shows it's status where it also says $30. Look above several comments and you can compare. I uploaded several screenshots.
well, that's what i got. you can look at my screenshot. i did not doctor it or erase anything. so i guess maybe those who did later were farked.


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For some reason Amazon didn't deduct the one dollar authorization. Anyway I went ahead and did a transaction with one dollar less of my total in my gift cards. It asked me to choose advance cash or good or services. I chose good or services. Is there any distinction between the two. Mighty thanks for being so helpful.
will amazon charge any fee on those transactions? i know it's free to send, but what about recieving? if they all work out, i will do some AP's now by creating a new amazon account and transfer money over.
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who wants to buy 6 $200 GCs and try out getting $180?
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so I went out and purchased 10 $100 GC's together EEK! ... will I'll still be able to get the $150 in GC?
Yes, you will. I did the same. My rebate is showing $150 gcs.Wink
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well, that's what i got. you can look at my screenshot. i did not doctor it or erase anything. so i guess maybe those who did later were fucked.



will amazon charge any fee on those transactions? i know it's free to send, but what about recieving? if they all work out, i will do some AP's now by creating a new amazon account and transfer money over.
No charge, previous posts have more details explanation on this.
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For some reason Amazon didn't deduct the one dollar authorization. Anyway I went ahead and did a transaction with one dollar less of my total in my gift cards. It asked me to choose advance cash or good or services. I chose good or services. Is there any distinction between the two. Mighty thanks for being so helpful.
As stated on AP:
Goods or Services
Select this option if you are sending money for the purchase of goods or services, such as buying a digital camera or paying your babysitter.

Cash Advance
Select this option if you are not sending money for the purchase of goods or services. You may be charged a cash advance or other fees by your credit or debit card issuer. Amazon Payments is not responsible for these fees. Contact your issuer for more information.
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Can the manager approve a transaction remotely? When I bought $1000 worth of Mastercards last time, no manager came to the register.
Quote from mathfaster View Post :
No clue. Just what others have posted about approvals for over $500.. There is always a MOD of some sort from what I understand. MOD = manager on duty.
In the last promotion, I did $1000 (10x$100) in one transaction. My wife also did $1000 but in 4 transactions ($100,$100,$200, and $600). My $1000 and my wife's $600 required manager's approval.

In both cases, they called the manager over to the checkout for approval.
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As stated on AP:
Goods or Services
Select this option if you are sending money for the purchase of goods or services, such as buying a digital camera or paying your babysitter.

Cash Advance
Select this option if you are not sending money for the purchase of goods or services. You may be charged a cash advance or other fees by your credit or debit card issuer. Amazon Payments is not responsible for these fees. Contact your issuer for more information.
Thanks! I just remember in the other thread what they say about this situation. The transaction between husband and wife is always a service that is realized but not recognized.
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