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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

cosdeals 382 November 9, 2012 at 02:41 AM in Gift Card (4) More Staples Deals
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Last Edited by cosdeals November 10, 2012 at 11:59 PM
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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#3016
Quote from mathfaster View Post :
Is it 11/25 yet?BlowupBlowupBlowupBlowupBlowupBlowup
Haha. +1

This thread has been viewed almost 250,000 times, I wonder how many did Touchpad thread get.

Also, for all those wondering about restocking of stores, then my local Staples said that Wednesday should be the day.
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#3017
I'm curious about how exploitable people believe this deal to be.

Most people seem to purchase $1000 worth of cards using the (3 x $200) and (2 x $200 formula), reasoning that Staples may only pay out on the glitch for up to $1000 in total gift card purchases. If Staples doesn't fix the glitch, you get $210 in Staples gift cards for $30 in fees. If they do fix it, you get either $150 in Staples gift cards (for the $1000 total spend) or $75 in Staples gift cards (for five distinct cards purchased).

I took a slightly more aggressive approach, purchasing a total of 10 gift cards - 2 rounds of (3 x $300) and (2 x $200). My idea is that it exploits the glitch more fully than the option above, but it also leaves ten distinct gift card purchases to maximize the rebate if it turns out to only be $15/card. So my fees out of pocket are roughly $70 and I get either $420 (135+135+75+75) if Staples pays everything or $150 ($15 x 10 cards) if they fix it.

There is a third, even more aggressive approach. Since the terms state that Staples will pay out up to ten Staples gift cards for this promotion, one could read the $135 gift card glitch as only one of those ten. So in theory a person could to the (3 x $200) gift card purchase ten times for a total of 30 Visa gift cards, producing a potential total of $1350 in Staples gift card rebates. On the other hand, if Staples fixes the rebate and only pays $15 for 10 distinct cards, this approach is a losing proposition. You can obtain a big reward ($1350) if Staples doesn't fix the glitch, but you lose $60 ($150 Staples gift cards - $210 in Visa gift card fees) if they do fix it.

The question is what is the best way to balance risk when considering these three options. I chose option 2 because I am greedy yet somewhat risk averse. Also, obtaining 30 Visa $200 cards is difficult and locking up $6000 in gift cards is a hefty investment. It also seems unlikely that I could find Staples employees friendly enough to let me cycle (3 x $200 cards) over and over again to minimize the cash that would be tied up. But I'm curious to hear how others approach this choice. Is there anyone who went all out and did the full 10 purchases of (3 x $200) on one Staples Easy Rebates account?
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#3018
How long has staples website sold TVs and video game console? Maybe I just never noticed them before.
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#3019
Quote from dp1fw View Post :
very strange, i was not able to register cards bought today at gowallet.com, it keeps giving error during address registration process.

i just added them to AP for now and sent to another account, but very strange that gowallet was not working.
Gowallet registration process giving me the same error for last 2 days. It did work fine on Friday night.
Anyone had any luck or any clue what may be wrong.
BTW is registration step necessary to make it work with eServe?
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#3020
Quote from jpslickdeal View Post :
I'm curious about how exploitable people believe this deal to be.

Is there anyone who went all out and did the full 10 purchases of (3 x $200) on one Staples Easy Rebates account?
It's all speculation, doesn't matter if someone did 10 3 X $200, the rebates would all show processing, until they did or didn't weeks from now. Again, all just speculation.

If you're risk adverse, isn't it just less risky to do 2 addresses with 1 set each and not run into any over the $1000 cap?
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#3021
Quote from toantravinh View Post :
If you make a purchased more than value of Gift card you will need to provide another payment (another credit card/cash...) to the remain amount.
I just register my Gift card at Giftcardmall(.)com so we can check balance and protect our card.
Use 1 Gift card 200 today at Walmart for $155
use 1 Gift card 100 and $44 (remain on Gift card 200) to pay Car insurance bill online Big Grin
hey man, how can you use it online co's usually they require the cardholder name ...
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#3022
Quote from slickdealerutah View Post :
Why was this moved to deal talk???
I agree. This deal is very active until 11/24 and should not have been moved out of Hot Deals. It is not "dead" yet.

Oh well the mods do what they want and I'm just glad that I found the thread to begin with.
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#3023
Quote from jpslickdeal View Post :
I'm curious about how exploitable people believe this deal to be.

Most people seem to purchase $1000 worth of cards using the (3 x $200) and (2 x $200 formula), reasoning that Staples may only pay out on the glitch for up to $1000 in total gift card purchases. If Staples doesn't fix the glitch, you get $210 in Staples gift cards for $30 in fees. If they do fix it, you get either $150 in Staples gift cards (for the $1000 total spend) or $75 in Staples gift cards (for five distinct cards purchased).

I took a slightly more aggressive approach, purchasing a total of 10 gift cards - 2 rounds of (3 x $300) and (2 x $200). My idea is that it exploits the glitch more fully than the option above, but it also leaves ten distinct gift card purchases to maximize the rebate if it turns out to only be $15/card. So my fees out of pocket are roughly $70 and I get either $420 (135+135+75+75) if Staples pays everything or $150 ($15 x 10 cards) if they fix it.

There is a third, even more aggressive approach. Since the terms state that Staples will pay out up to ten Staples gift cards for this promotion, one could read the $135 gift card glitch as only one of those ten. So in theory a person could to the (3 x $200) gift card purchase ten times for a total of 30 Visa gift cards, producing a potential total of $1350 in Staples gift card rebates. On the other hand, if Staples fixes the rebate and only pays $15 for 10 distinct cards, this approach is a losing proposition. You can obtain a big reward ($1350) if Staples doesn't fix the glitch, but you lose $60 ($150 Staples gift cards - $210 in Visa gift card fees) if they do fix it.

The question is what is the best way to balance risk when considering these three options. I chose option 2 because I am greedy yet somewhat risk averse. Also, obtaining 30 Visa $200 cards is difficult and locking up $6000 in gift cards is a hefty investment. It also seems unlikely that I could find Staples employees friendly enough to let me cycle (3 x $200 cards) over and over again to minimize the cash that would be tied up. But I'm curious to hear how others approach this choice. Is there anyone who went all out and did the full 10 purchases of (3 x $200) on one Staples Easy Rebates account?
Excellent post. Someone should put this in the Wiki because you summed it up about as well as someone could. I've been saying for days that someone should try 10 x (3 x $200) but I don't have the funds to try it myself.

I do disagree with you about "2 rounds of (3 x $200) and (2 x $200)" That yields $420 in rebates but "3 rounds of (3 x $200) and (1 x $200)" yields $435 so is superior strategy if you want to keep to 10 cards total.
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#3024
How about this approach?
Limit is 10 *Staples* gift cards, $15 value. They're kind of limiting reward to $150 per houshold.
So 3*$200 purchase for potential $135 rebate basically takes nearly all of that $150 limit. Only room left is for one more $15 rebate for $100 card.
So conservative approach would be 3*$200 + $100, and not more per address.
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#3025
Quote from wstreet View Post :
How about this approach?
Limit is 10 *Staples* gift cards, $15 value. They're kind of limiting reward to $150 per houshold.
So 3*$200 purchase for potential $135 rebate basically takes nearly all of that $150 limit. Only room left is for one more $15 rebate for $100 card.
So conservative approach would be 3*$200 + $100, and not more per address.
That is one way to look at it but if they change things to limit the reward to $150, they may also change it so you only get $15 per card or maybe $30 for the $200. In that case, you would be at $105 and fall short of the $150.
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#3026
Quote from foldog22 View Post :
I don't believe GC purchases count towards status.
They shouldn't but currently they are (even after I submitted the receipt and it was "reviewed").
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#3027
Anybody else having problems with the Chat for asking about inventory? I did this last week and they agent I spoke with game me a store with inventory of the cards. Today I tried and the Agent told me they can't see the information. When I pressed her about getting the information last week from a different agent she said the information they have isn't reliable?

***UPDATE**** I tried again and will post my chat log below....

Time Details
11/19/2012 09:27:41AM System: "Welcome to Staples.com Live Chat. We will be with you shortly."
11/19/2012 09:27:43AM 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"
11/19/2012 09:27:51AM Session Started with Agent (Krystal)
11/19/2012 09:27:51AM System: "You will receive a transcript of this chat via email at the conclusion of this session."
11/19/2012 09:27:51AM Josh Foley: "I am looking for item number 076750095160 near zip code 45245, I am looking for 5 of these. Can you help? "
11/19/2012 09:28:10AM Agent (Krystal): "Hello Josh, hope you're doing well today, I have received your inquiry about store stock and am happy to help!"
11/19/2012 09:28:25AM Josh Foley: "Thanks"
11/19/2012 09:29:04AM Agent (Krystal): "I do apologize our systems will not show stock for stores on prepaid gift cards."
11/19/2012 09:29:28AM Josh Foley: "I chatted with an agent last week and they were able to provide the information. Is this a recent change?"
11/19/2012 09:30:26AM Agent (Krystal): "I can attempt, but last week when I did I was told we could not but let me check a few stores one moment"
11/19/2012 09:30:41AM Josh Foley: "Ok, thanks"
11/19/2012 09:31:38AM Agent (Krystal): "They have 31 in 8666 Beechmont Ave. Cincinnati, OH 45255 513-474-4321"
11/19/2012 09:31:54AM Josh Foley: "Ok, great. I appreciate your help."
11/19/2012 09:32:07AM Agent (Krystal): "Your welcome, May I help you with anything else today?"
11/19/2012 09:32:39AM Josh Foley: "Nope, that is all. Thanks for your help."
11/19/2012 09:32:43AM Session Ended
Last edited by foldog22 November 19, 2012 at 07:38 AM
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Quote from foldog22 View Post :
Anybody else having problems with the Chat for asking about inventory? I did this last week and they agent I spoke with game me a store with inventory of the cards. Today I tried and the Agent told me they can't see the information. When I pressed her about getting the information last week from a different agent she said the information they have isn't reliable?

***UPDATE**** I tried again and will post my chat log below....

Time Details
11/19/2012 09:27:41AM System: "Welcome to Staples.com Live Chat. We will be with you shortly."
11/19/2012 09:27:43AM 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"
11/19/2012 09:27:51AM Session Started with Agent (Krystal)
11/19/2012 09:27:51AM System: "You will receive a transcript of this chat via email at the conclusion of this session."
11/19/2012 09:27:51AM Josh Foley: "I am looking for item number 076750095160 near zip code 45245, I am looking for 5 of these. Can you help? "
11/19/2012 09:28:10AM Agent (Krystal): "Hello Josh, hope you're doing well today, I have received your inquiry about store stock and am happy to help!"
11/19/2012 09:28:25AM Josh Foley: "Thanks"
11/19/2012 09:29:04AM Agent (Krystal): "I do apologize our systems will not show stock for stores on prepaid gift cards."
11/19/2012 09:29:28AM Josh Foley: "I chatted with an agent last week and they were able to provide the information. Is this a recent change?"
11/19/2012 09:30:26AM Agent (Krystal): "I can attempt, but last week when I did I was told we could not but let me check a few stores one moment"
11/19/2012 09:30:41AM Josh Foley: "Ok, thanks"
11/19/2012 09:31:38AM Agent (Krystal): "They have 31 in 8666 Beechmont Ave. Cincinnati, OH 45255 513-474-4321"
11/19/2012 09:31:54AM Josh Foley: "Ok, great. I appreciate your help."
11/19/2012 09:32:07AM Agent (Krystal): "Your welcome, May I help you with anything else today?"
11/19/2012 09:32:39AM Josh Foley: "Nope, that is all. Thanks for your help."
11/19/2012 09:32:43AM Session Ended

Is that the item # for $200 VISA GC?
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#3029
Quote from foldog22 View Post :
Anybody else having problems with the Chat for asking about inventory? I did this last week and they agent I spoke with game me a store with inventory of the cards. Today I tried and the Agent told me they can't see the information. When I pressed her about getting the information last week from a different agent she said the information they have isn't reliable?

***UPDATE**** I tried again and will post my chat log below....

Time Details
11/19/2012 09:27:41AM System: "Welcome to Staples.com Live Chat. We will be with you shortly."
11/19/2012 09:27:43AM 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"
11/19/2012 09:27:51AM Session Started with Agent (Krystal)
11/19/2012 09:27:51AM System: "You will receive a transcript of this chat via email at the conclusion of this session."
11/19/2012 09:27:51AM Josh Foley: "I am looking for item number 076750095160 near zip code 45245, I am looking for 5 of these. Can you help? "
11/19/2012 09:28:10AM Agent (Krystal): "Hello Josh, hope you're doing well today, I have received your inquiry about store stock and am happy to help!"
11/19/2012 09:28:25AM Josh Foley: "Thanks"
11/19/2012 09:29:04AM Agent (Krystal): "I do apologize our systems will not show stock for stores on prepaid gift cards."
11/19/2012 09:29:28AM Josh Foley: "I chatted with an agent last week and they were able to provide the information. Is this a recent change?"
11/19/2012 09:30:26AM Agent (Krystal): "I can attempt, but last week when I did I was told we could not but let me check a few stores one moment"
11/19/2012 09:30:41AM Josh Foley: "Ok, thanks"
11/19/2012 09:31:38AM Agent (Krystal): "They have 31 in 8666 Beechmont Ave. Cincinnati, OH 45255 513-474-4321"
11/19/2012 09:31:54AM Josh Foley: "Ok, great. I appreciate your help."
11/19/2012 09:32:07AM Agent (Krystal): "Your welcome, May I help you with anything else today?"
11/19/2012 09:32:39AM Josh Foley: "Nope, that is all. Thanks for your help."
11/19/2012 09:32:43AM Session Ended
That stores managers are terrible
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#3030
Quote from adamant View Post :
Is that the item # for $200 VISA GC?
No, its for a commemorative silver plate of the Mandrell sisters singing Charlie and the MTA
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