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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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#1816
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
That has to be the case since other people today bought and seem to have been approved for the big rebates. I'm sure most stores will be out of cards by now but will most likely get more when load comes in unless corporate is retarded.most stores will tell you when they get shipments which for the high volume stores might be twice a week, once a week for locom.it depends on the manager though, some wont say because they dont want to be bothered the day of receiving because it takes a day or so for load to hit the floor.Right now in my district a lot of stores are out of all $200 and $100 and are trying to do transfer to please their repeat customers. Lots of travel pay haha
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#1817
Quote from mathfaster View Post :
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
Yes that is obviously the worst possible scenario and I will lose money on these if they end up implementing that change all across the board and retroactively. It seems unlikely based on what others have said about past deals, but we shall see.
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#1818
Quote from Katie13 View Post :
That has to be the case since other people today bought and seem to have been approved for the big rebates. I'm sure most stores will be out of cards by now but will most likely get more when load comes in unless corporate is retarded.most stores will tell you when they get shipments which for the high volume stores might be twice a week, once a week for locom.it depends on the manager though, some wont say because they dont want to be bothered the day of receiving because it takes a day or so for load to hit the floor.Right now in my district a lot of stores are out of all $200 and $100 and are trying to do transfer to please their repeat customers. Lots of travel pay haha

You are definitely NOT a Staples employee but just a troll. These gift cards are stock by the vendor as I was told.
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#1819
Quote from mathfaster View Post :
From what others have posted about returns and limits, the limits AFAIK are enforced on subsequent transactions. 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.
Thanks, so I take it you are saying that the limit is enforced immediately upon first submitting the rebate for a subsequent transaction (assuming 3-4 hours have passed since purchase) and counts previous transaction data when checking the limit. But obviously the limits have to be checked again in a later step since as you said they have to account for returns.

It's pretty apparent to me the "limit" for this promo is supposed to be $150 since that is the maximum rebate amount that shows up per transaction regardless of purchasing 4 or 5 $200 GC's. I didn't see anyone who bought more than $1000 of GC's in any denominations in one transaction but I suspect they would be capped at $150 as well. But given this $150 is the per transaction limit, and as you say the system can check across transactions when first submitting a rebate for a subsequent transaction, I'm surprised that people are able to enter multiple receipts for one account and get rebates that sum to more than $150. But I'm guessing this is somehow due to the same glitch that gives the incorrect amounts $75, $135, and $150 to buying 2, 3, and 4 $200 cards.

But who's to say that in the later validation step this sum payment will not be brought back down to $150? I was planning to do 2 transactions, one with 3 $200 GC's and the second with a single $100, thinking I would get $135 and $15 for each transaction and no red flags would pop up for exceeding the overall limit. I thought this would be the safest and also the cheapest in terms of transaction fees ($27) and require less money to churn through GC's ($700), and would give you what I believe is the intended maximum rebate of $150. However since I saw Czarczar's post I'm not sure what to think now because that has also been a worry of mine that they would "fix" the system to only give $15 per $200 GC. And even if he is lying it doesn't mean it may not happen later.

However I have yet to have any luck finding any $200 or $100 cards at my store so I may not be able to do the deal at all or else I'll just have to take what I can get.
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Quote from fliptlbb View Post :
I chatted this morning on-line with Staples. They made me laugh, said how are you supposed to buy them on-line with cash?? Said it was a store decision. I was dealing with the ASSistant manager last night. He and the cashier both said only cash or check. Said I should call in the morning. Just called and got him again, will call later to talk with the manager. I have 2 other Staples near me, neither carry the $200, only $100.

Thanks
yes how annoying, they are just eating your time up over their paranoia, let it cost them their job.
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#1821
Quote from freebies4me2 View Post :
You are definitely NOT a Staples employee but just a troll. These gift cards are stock by the vendor as I was told.
All the vendor does is come in and do the planogram and complains that I don't already have the plano printed for him. Maybe its different between regions?
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Quote from saveitman View Post :
yes how annoying, they are just eating your time up over their paranoia, let it cost them their job.
Just spoke with the manager. She said they have had people use stolen credit cards and this is why they do not allow it. I asked if they allow people to buy computers with the credit cards and she said, yes, with 2 forms of ID. I have 7 forms of ID with me, why can I not buy the gift cards. She has to call the district manager. Said the ASSistant was wrong in all his information, but he is new. Hmmm, okay. Great training tool.
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#1823
Quote from tuffghost View Post :
Thanks, so I take it you are saying that the limit is enforced immediately upon first submitting the rebate for a subsequent transaction (assuming 3-4 hours have passed since purchase) and counts previous transaction data when checking the limit. But obviously the limits have to be checked again in a later step since as you said they have to account for returns.
Here's some more deductive logic regarding limits. Plenty of past posts where a second rebate has been rejected due to the fact that Parago has determined that two rebates have been submitted by the same person and thus are over the limit. They are not quite the same person per the data but their name is the same and the zip codes are in close proximity. I would think that the second rebate would not have been rejected if it were not over the limit based on the first rebate. This limit (whatever it is) is just not apparent. Is it based on # cards, # transactions, rebate amount of $150? IDK nor does anyone else for that matter.
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#1824
Quote from saveitman View Post :
yes how annoying, they are just eating your time up over their paranoia, let it cost them their job.
I'm sure they were instructed to only accept cash by someone higher up so letting the customer use a card would probably get them in trouble.
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#1825
ok some key points about this rebate:

1. Staples weekly ad [staples.com] ,page 10, says only this:
"Buy $100 in Visa(R) or MasterCard(R) gift cards and get a $15 Staples(R) gift card"
-It does not say "Buy $100 or more..."
-nothing about any limits
Based on this, they have to give out at least $15 per each $100 purchased ... or else it would be false advertizing...

2. The rebate receipt that prints out is worded differently:
"Get a $15 Staples Gift Card on purchase of $100 or more on Visa and MC gift cards"
and
"Limits per customer/address/household: 10"
and
"Purchase $100 or more on Visa or MC gift cards...then submit or mail it in to receive a Staples card. Limit 10 Staples Gift Cards per name/address/household"

Now .. if they do not honor the PRINTED ad offer of $15 per $100, it would be a bait and switch scheme...
You can't tell me to buy something and promise me $30 Staples gift card if i buy it, and THEN turn around and tell me i'm only getting $15... and i can't even return the product...

So i think we're guaranteed at minimum $30 per $200 card bought...
However, the issue still remains on the limit.


As for the glitch:
On the Rebate Form that prints out when you buy 3 x $200 gift cards it says:

Description: $200 Visa Gift
SKU: 374177
UPC :076750095160
Quantity you purchased: 3
Unit price: 200.00

Description: $200 Visa Gift
SKU: 374177
UPC :076750095160
Quantity you purchased: 3
Unit price: 200.00

Description: $200 Visa Gift
SKU: 374177
UPC :076750095160
Quantity you purchased: 3
Unit price: 200.00

... it says quantity i purchased = 3 , 3 times !!! ... the system sees quantity purchased as 9... and it's giving me 9 x $15 = $135 rebate Staples Card

It is wrong that it sees qty: 9 total, and i would expect this to be fixed.... however ... it should be 6 x $15... based on the printed AD, otherwise it would be bait and switch.

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#1826
Quote from mrtrance View Post :
So more proof that it is still working today.
Details from rebate site...

Date Submitted: 11/14/12
Rebate Description Status Rebate Offer
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

Validation in progress. * Staples Gift Card for $135.00
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Quote from fliptlbb View Post :
Just spoke with the manager. She said they have had people use stolen credit cards and this is why they do not allow it. I asked if they allow people to buy computers with the credit cards and she said, yes, with 2 forms of ID. I have 7 forms of ID with me, why can I not buy the gift cards. She has to call the district manager. Said the ASSistant was wrong in all his information, but he is new. Hmmm, okay. Great training tool.
Wow,that is paranoid. Tbh a lot of stores have had washed bills coming in so cash isn't as safe as people think.
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#1828
Quote from Katie13 View Post :
Wow,that is paranoid. Tbh a lot of stores have had washed bills coming in so cash isn't as safe as people think.
Manager just called back and said I could come in and buy the cards. It is like I got per-approved for a loan.

My question to her was why did they carry the card if they are that concerned?

Oh well, I hope this all works out. This is the hardest I have had to work for a slick deal.
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#1829
Quote from dmprlat View Post :
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.
OK, I got me email for the 3x $200. Confirmed as $135.

In summary, bought 2x $200 @ 1253 EST today - $75
bought 3x $200 @ 1302 EST today - $135
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#1830
Quote from tintino View Post :
... it says quantity i purchased = 3 , 3 times !!! ... the system sees quantity purchased as 9... and it's giving me 9 x $15 = $135 rebate Staples Card

It is wrong that it sees qty: 9 total, and i would expect this to be fixed.... however ... it should be 6 x $15... based on the printed AD, otherwise it would be bait and switch.

Don't put too mach faith in the 3x3. When I bought 2x$200 I have 2x2 on the receipt but a rebate of $75 instead of $60. Does not square with 3x3.
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