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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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Last Edited by tintino December 1, 2012 at 06:03 PM
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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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#751
Quote from 1217topher View Post :
I got the same response. Manager explained this is not a staples carried item and they are stocked from a third party. That might explain why the part number is not in the system.
Chat Results just now


Quote :
14:56:08 G
Initial Question/Comment: Inventory check for an item
14:56:14 System
Welcome to Staples.com Live Chat. We will be with you shortly.
14:56:14 System
We ask for your assistance: please do NOT send credit card information through chat. Should credit information be required for a transaction, a Staples associate will contact you for the required information
14:56:14 System
Alicia has joined this session!
14:56:14 System
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14:56:24 Alicia
Hello G, thank you for contacting Staples.
14:56:25 G
hi
14:56:28 G
how are you
14:56:29 Alicia
What is the item # and your shipping zip code?
14:56:40 G
can you please check the local store inventory?
14:56:42 G
375429
14:56:47 G
30096
14:57:39 Alicia
The 375429 is pulling up some type of gift card fee not a product, can you send me the link?
14:58:32 G
yes it s a gift card
14:58:41 G
can you please check if it is available in store?
14:59:00 Alicia
I am sorry I show 0 available in your local stores.
14:59:56 G
can you check for a zip code of 30329
15:00:09 Alicia
Please hold
15:00:29 G
thanks
15:01:24 Alicia
Thanks for holding. Sorry I am not finding any stock on this item with in 100 miles of either location. May I help you with anything else today?
15:01:48 G
no thanks
15:01:54 Alicia
Thank you for contacting Staples Live Customer Support today. Have a wonderful day!
15:01:54 G
thanks for your time
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#752
Quote from 1217topher View Post :
I got the same response. Manager explained this is not a staples carried item and they are stocked from a third party. That might explain why the part number is not in the system.
Quote from mathfaster View Post :
I had no issues finding them in the Inland Empire at 2 Staples stores.

Confirmed what topher and mathfaster said
Went to staples store and found it after Staples chat staff said item not sold in a 20-mile radius. So you have to drive to the store and try to find one.

Quote from damnyou View Post :
Chat Results just now

Really have to drive to the store to see for yourself. Online chat is useless for this item.
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#753
Quote from mathfaster View Post :
The AP payment I did today was via a Visa $200 card I bought and added to AP yesterday after I registered it. I have not added a MC to AP to know of it works. I believe it does as somewhere in this long thread is someone who said both work with AP. The previous rebate deal was only MCs so they should have first hand knowledge.

When you added and used on AP, did you just put your name(name of AP account) and address of AP account? I ask since GCs dont have name and address on them.
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Quote from ddavid1101 View Post :
When you added and used on AP, did you just put your name(name of AP account) and address of AP account? I ask since GCs dont have name and address on them.
FYI, You can register the GC at giftcardmall.com/gowallet.com
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Quote from mathfaster View Post :
I had no issues finding them in the Inland Empire at 2 Staples stores.
Which stores did you get in the IE?
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Quote from ddavid1101 View Post :
When you added and used on AP, did you just put your name(name of AP account) and address of AP account? I ask since GCs dont have name and address on them.
No, I registered the Visa card @ giftcardmall.com/mygift. You are supposed to do that to use them online. I have no idea what happens if you just try to add them to AP w/o registering. I just used the same name and address when registering that is on my AP account.
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Wish I would've read the wiki before heading out, ended up getting 8 $100 cards, coulda saved $24 bux if I just paid attention.
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Quote from mrtrance View Post :
Which stores did you get in the IE?
Upland and La Verne.
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Quote from microkelvin View Post :
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
Good luck with that.

The way I read it, and the way most read it before this "glitch" was exposed, is 1 rebate for a $100 MC/Visa purchase is worth a $15 GC. Limit is 10. $100 x 10 = $1000.
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I just purchased 5*200, and you people are talking about 10*200 or even 10 transactions of 4*200. Maybe I will do five more transactions to see how things go,
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I just tried to purchase one Visa $200 gift card and it wouldn't go through. They said it could only be purchased with a Debit card, not a Credit card. Cashier says it was a state requirement, (MN). Manager said it was store policy and has been that way for 4 years.

So are people buying these with credit or is it with debit cards? Is this a state of MN issue? Just to be clear, I wasn't using a gift card to try to buy this. I was using a Visa credit card. (I want to use this to help meet spending threshold.)
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#762
Went and got $2k today for wife and self. 2 @ 3X200 and 2 @ 2X200. Filled in rebates and see what happens. May do another 2 sets tomorrow. Be worth a laptop!
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Quote from mathfaster View Post :
The AP payment I did today was via a Visa $200 card I bought and added to AP yesterday after I registered it. I have not added a MC to AP to know of it works. I believe it does as somewhere in this long thread is someone who said both work with AP. The previous rebate deal was only MCs so they should have first hand knowledge.
Do you know if anyone tried similarly cashing out via Serve?
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Quote from Flyingboat View Post :
I just tried to purchase one Visa $200 gift card and it wouldn't go through. They said it could only be purchased with a Debit card, not a Credit card. Cashier says it was a state requirement, (MN). Manager said it was store policy and has been that way for 4 years.

So are people buying these with credit or is it with debit cards? Is this a state of MN issue? Just to be clear, I wasn't using a gift card to try to buy this. I was using a Visa credit card. (I want to use this to help meet spending threshold.)
I live in Chicago and I purchased these using a Credit Card.
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Quote from tiga2009 View Post :
Do you know if anyone tried similarly cashing out via Serve?
If my memory is intact(?) someone posted that the Visa works on Serve but not the MC. The only issue with Serve from my standpoint is that Serve wants you to spend the money when loaded from a cc and frowns and could shut down your Serve account if you move the balance back to your checking account. Plus Serve's limit is $250/month in credit card loads?
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