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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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#721
Quote from ddhunter View Post :
For all the skeptical SDers, I have attached the 2 snapshots of my rebates!
So you were able to do 2 separate transactions of the 3 x $200 which equates to buying $1200 in Visa/MC gift cards and both of them you used the same address correct? So wouldn't that be over the $1000 limit per household or does that not come into play here since you only bought 6 of them and limit is 10?

So if there is no $1000 limit then we can technically do 3 separate transaction of 3 x $200 and get 3 x $135 GC processed and do 1 x $200 for another $30...which would add up to total of 10.

Will this work?
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#722
Quote from hencha85 View Post :
That's being validated as a $150 Staples GC rebate for me
So you are getting 150$ GC instead of the 120$ it should have.

So 3*200$ is the best option looks like. Since its showing 135$ instead of the 90$ it should have.

Quote from mrtrance View Post :
So you were able to do 2 separate transactions of the 3 x $200 which equates to buying $1200 in Visa/MC gift cards and both of them you used the same address correct? So wouldn't that be over the $1000 limit per household or does that not come into play here since you only bought 6 of them and limit is 10?

So if there is no $1000 limit then we can technically do 3 separate transaction of 3 x $200 and get 3 x $135 GC processed and do 1 x $200 for another $30...which would add up to total of 10.

Will this work?
You should do 3*200 and 2*200 to reach the limit of 1000$.
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Last edited by rockingsd November 12, 2012 at 11:25 AM
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Edit:
I got the answer
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Last edited by 007james November 12, 2012 at 11:32 AM
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No. 3 x 1 transactions and 1 x 3. Total 4.
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#725
Quote from recklessmax View Post :
Can people who bought 3 200 GCs together confirm whether this requires a managers overrride.Reason i'm asking is becasuse i dont think managerswill let you use visa gift cards to buy gift cards
Manager Code required for Credit /Debit Card purchases 500/600 & over.(some high risk areas may be lower).

Cash Payments NOT an issue.
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#726
I just got a Amex Blue Cash Every card with $150 cash back after $500 purchase in 3 months. It's so tempting to buy 3x $200 GC to get $135 staples GC.. I may pick up on the way to home today.
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Quote from hencha85 View Post :
That's being validated as a $150 Staples GC rebate for me
Ok so it seems that 3 x $200 ($600 total) = $135. 4 x $200 ($800 total) = $150. So then 5 x $200 also gives $150? So the best return (22.5%) seems to be at the 3 x $200. So can we do 3-4 of the 3 x $200 transactions and keep submitting the rebates to get $135 GC?

Does the limit hit at 10 per household?
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Quote from rockingsd View Post :


You should do 3*200 and 2*200 to reach the limit of 1000$.
So you are saying the $1000 limit is per household even though we are buying 5 gift cards that total $1000 in value correct?

How is it that other person did 2 of the 3 x $200 transactions and have both of the $135 rebates being valid even though that equates to $1200 in GC value? I wonder if they used 2 separate addresses in that case it should work.
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Quote from FatFreddie View Post :
You forgot to add, "up to a limit of $1000". So those spending thousands of dollars may only end up getting $150 for the 1st $1000 they spent and be stuck with extra Visa / MC's plus the activation fees they've paid. I think it's a very dubious idea to think you'll end up getting more than $150 in GC's.
where do you see it's up to a limit of $1000?
i only see "Limit 10 Staples Gift Cards per name/address/household". Each rebate form, you will get 1 Staples Gift Cards. So based on their written terms, I can buy 10 x (any number of visa/mastercard gift cards) x $200 Smilie


Quote from theresamax View Post :
So you have to buy 3 200$ gift cards at once to get the biggest rebate? You can't use one and then buy another? Thanks.
Yes, i did try to roll those visa GCs this morning. however, the system only allowed to use 1 unique payment form per transaction. so if you want to get through, try only 1 x $200 visa GC to pay. dont even try the 2nd one. it wont go through.
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Last edited by microkelvin November 12, 2012 at 11:41 AM
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Quote from lotsalotsadeals View Post :
Manager Code required for Credit /Debit Card purchases 500/600 & over.(some high risk areas may be lower).

Cash Payments NOT an issue.
So then i guess the chances of doing gift card with gift card on 3*200 is very YMMV unless manager goes away after entering the code
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#731
Theres no guarantee that'll you'll get higher amounts so be prepared to get lower amounts if Staples decides to fix the glitch -- they have a couple weeks to do it
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Just to confirm the Visa gift card $200 multi-pack (4 gift cards - $50 each) also works on the rebate. I accidentally grabbed these in my transaction. Did two transactions #1 with 2 x$200 is showing $75 in rebate and transaction #2 with 3x$200 is showing $135 rebate. Do not get these unless you really want to pay the $14.95 activation fee (eeks). I checked on the single $200 card with Staples manager and they can not order as they come from a separate company. Staples chat does not show any in my 100 mile radius.
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Last edited by 1217topher November 12, 2012 at 11:41 AM
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Quote from mathfaster View Post :
Yes, just did it this morning. No one is able to find $200 MCs.
My staples ran out of $200 visa cards as well...3 dif staples to be exact
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Last edited by Binar November 12, 2012 at 11:42 AM
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I can't understand why 3x $200 would be giving $135.

Also someone said the worst case would be $150GC. I disagree. You could read the wording of the rebate as worst case would be $15 per transaction. So if you bought 3x $200 cards in one transaction, then Staples could potentially only give you one $15 card, which would make this a big loss of money on the activation fees.
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Quote from 1217topher View Post :
Just to confirm the Visa gift card $200 multi-pack (4 gift cards - $50 each) also works on the rebate. I accidentally grabbed these in my transaction. Did two transactions - transaction with 2 x$200 is showing $75 in rebate and 2nd transaction with 3x$200 is showing $135 rebate. Do not get these unless you really want to pay the $14.95 activation fee (eeks). I checked on the single $200 card with Staples manager and they can not order as they come from a separate company. Staples chat does not show any in my 100 mile radius.
What item number you gave in staples chat? Rep says that 375429 is not a valid item !!
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