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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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#1801
Bought this morning 3 more $200, submit the rebate, showing $135. Previous ones purchased (3 x $200) Monday shows 6 items and $150.
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#1802
Quote from nanmoomoo View Post :
Just bought mine today 3 x $200 Visa GC's, and submitted the rebate 5 minutes ago. It did not say how much of Staples GC's I'll received. Do I have to wait for Staples' email?
You'd get 2 mails from staples/rebate. One saying "Thanks....." and second saying "your rebate is being processed" or some like that. Wait for that 2nd mail. Once you get it, it'll show $ amount.
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#1803
Quote from credos View Post :
not happy because I have not bought the other 3*200 for $135 yet...
that would make me 7*200 in their record and exceed the limit.
Well, I have $165 in rebates via (1 $100 & 1 $200, 1 $100 & 1 $200, and 2 $200) transactions when I should have $150 so I am over as well. It seems they have not enforced the presumed rebate cap of $150 or I should have gotten invalidated for exceeding the limit. But you would only have 7 cards. At this point any rebate amount over $150 in total is a risk IMHO.
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Last edited by Elementary_Watson November 14, 2012 at 01:04 PM
#1804
Quote from dggo12 View Post :
Bought this morning 3 more $200, submit the rebate, showing $135. Previous ones purchased (3 x $200) Monday shows 6 items and $150.
So more proof that it is still working today.
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#1805
Quote from tuffghost View Post :
This is the question I have been wondering about... This would be true if you bought and exceeded the limit in 1 transaction, but is the rebate system able to check limits as you enter them across multiple transactions? For example last week the photo paper had a 13.99 rebate limit 4. If I bought 5 in one transaction, I assume the rebate system could easily validate he limit a few hours later and would show you getting back a check for only 4x13.99. However what if you buy 2 in one transaction and 3 in another? If you wait a few hours and submit rebates for each receipt, would it be able to compare across both transactions and show you getting back 2x13.99 and only 2x13.99 for the second one? Or since each individual transaction was within the limit would it appear you would get back 2x13.99 and 3x13.99, but at a later step be rejected? And if you are rejected is the system smart enough to reduce the 3x13.99 to 2x13.99 or will the entire rebate for one receipt be rejected outright?
From what others have posted about returns and limits, the limits AFAIK are enforced on subsequent transactions and definitely within a transaction. People have done returns where previously they bought the limit or were at the limit IIRC. When they did a return/rebuy the rebate for the rebuy was rejected for being over the limit as returns do not subtract from the limits. They got it fixed by calling but to me that illustrates the principle that limits are enforced for subsequent transactions.
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Last edited by Elementary_Watson November 14, 2012 at 01:15 PM
#1806
Quote from nanmoomoo View Post :
Just bought mine today 3 x $200 Visa GC's, and submitted the rebate 5 minutes ago. It did not say how much of Staples GC's I'll received. Do I have to wait for Staples' email?
Quote from Toad_Killa View Post :
You'd get 2 mails from staples/rebate. One saying "Thanks....." and second saying "your rebate is being processed" or some like that. Wait for that 2nd mail. Once you get it, it'll show $ amount.
nanmoomoo - It might take another 20 mins after the 2nd email... Can you let me know once you get that?

I am gonna wait for your input before I proceed today.. Big Grin
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#1807
Quote from mrtrance View Post :
So more proof that it is still working today.
Hmm.. CzarCzar was the only one who reported that today's purchase didn't have the rebate as expected ($135 or $150)... He has good reps.. I see no reason for him to troll... May be he bought 5 cards as separate transaction? or bought 5 x $100...??
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#1808
Quote from slickdealerutah View Post :
Hmm.. CzarCzar was the only one who reported that today's purchase didn't have the rebate as expected ($135 or $150)... He has good reps.. I see no reason for him to troll... May be he bought 5 cards as separate transaction? or bought 5 x $100...??
He said he bought them all in one transaction.
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#1809
Quote from mathfaster View Post :
He said he bought them all in one transaction.
I seriously doubt someone who has knowledge about this deal purhcase 5 x $200 in one transaction... It makes no sense at all... Best is multiple 3 x $200.. If worried about limit issues, then one 3 x $200 and one 2 x $200 per address...

I am hoping that he bought 5 x $100 instead of 5 x $200.. Big Grin Big Grin
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#1810
Purchased today at. 11 am Est. (3 x 200 and 2 x 200). 5 hours later, my rebate is showing $135 and $75 like people said would happen.

Thanks and repped.
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#1811
Quote from nikecmh View Post :
Amazing that I call you out on your BS and now you magically came up with another bogus reply.

It's 2012, you don't need to use Photoshop to black out information.
Call me out? You are reaching a new level of amusing. Its good to know you take this so seriously, specially since what I said meant nothing to anyone not trying to scam the stores. But please, tell me how much you don't care. If I was a troll this is what is referred to as "feeding" me.
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Quote from slickdealerutah View Post :
I seriously doubt someone who has knowledge about this deal purhcase 5 x $200 in one transaction... It makes no sense at all... Best is multiple 3 x $200.. If worried about limit issues, then one 3 x $200 and one 2 x $200 per address...

I am hoping that he bought 5 x $100 instead of 5 x $200.. Big Grin Big Grin
Well they didn't post screen shots or scans of rebate receipts.Wink Like you, I looked at his post to rep ratio and I decided to believe him.
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#1813
Quote from mathfaster View Post :
Well they didn't post screen shots or scans of rebate receipts.Wink Like you, I looked at his post to rep ratio and I decided to believe him.
But we are getting multiple posts here of people buying today and getting those $135 and $75 amounts for their rebates. How is it only 1 person stated they got different when others are getting the deal. It doesn't add up.
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#1814
I submitted my rebates within 2 minutes of each other. I got my 2x $200 "Thanks for submitting" email at 1345 EST and my 3x $200 email at 1347. My 2x $200 "your rebate is being processed." email came at 1531 and has processed and is showing $75. I still have not gotten an email about my 3x $200.
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Quote from mrtrance View Post :
But we are getting multiple posts here of people buying today and getting those $135 and $75 amounts for their rebates. How is it only 1 person stated they got different when others are getting the deal. It doesn't add up.
Here is another outlier: http://slickdeals.net/forums/showpost.php?p=54766278&postcount=1590

$200 VISA GIFT
$200 VISA GIFT
$200 VISA GIFT
Validation in progress. * Staples Gift Card for $15
No, it does not add up. But once you have read a billion posts on Staples deals there is always someone who posts an outlier (or maybe it S/B outliar) that does not add up. Everyone else's transactions except for them goes smoothly. You just look for confirmation and move on if you don't get it. Happens almost every deal.
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Last edited by Elementary_Watson November 14, 2012 at 01:29 PM
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