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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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#3301
Mathfaster, my rebates from 11/11 onward are all "Validation in progress". Normally the validation period is just 2 weeks.

Quote from charliefive View Post :
I had an opportunity to call and talk to a CS inthe easy rebate department to correct a zip code on one of my accounts. She happened to mention that the rebate would be mailed in about 14 days.
CSRs always say 14 days. I don't believe them. Smilie
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Last edited by 3c3 November 29, 2012 at 07:29 PM
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Quote from mathfaster View Post :
The rebate was changed to be 6-9 weeks from 4-6 weeks. So, you may not see them until late January.


The holiday return period started on 11/26 unlike last year when it started on 11/13 so the holiday return period does not apply to these purchases. These cannot be returned in any case since they are non-returnable and non-refundable. There really is no reason Staples could not delivery these rebates earlier than late January but 6-9 weeks are the terms of the rebate.


"Holiday Returns
During the Holiday Season, we will be extending our regular 14-day electronic and furniture return policy to permit customers to return products that may be purchased as gifts. Any electronic and furniture products, which usually fall within the 14-day return policy, purchased between 11/26/11 and 12/24/11 may be returned until1/8/11 or as regular policy allows, whichever is later. This applies to all electronic and furniture products within Staples' regularly posted 14-day return policies. All electronic and furniture purchases madeon or after 12/25/11 will observe our existing return policy. All other terms and conditions of our return policy apply."
Not sure if this is in effect or not. 2011? Is this last year or did they get the year wrong?

Quote from 3c3 View Post :
Mathfaster, my rebates from 11/11 onward are all "Validation in progress". Normally the validation period is just 2 weeks.
Except when the rebate falls within the holiday return period.
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Last edited by Elementary_Watson November 29, 2012 at 07:35 PM
#3303
So with all the talk about Serve locking accounts or closing them for trying to cash out Visa prepaid cards to your bank account, should we still use or setup an account with them if we want to cash these Visas or any rebate Visa prepaid cards we get from rebate companies?

Is it better to go with Amazon Payment instead and setup 2 accounts, one for myself and another to someone else to do transfers and get those Visas cashed out back to me?

Is Serve really shutting down accounts due to doing an excess of transfers from Visas to bank account or if we are not as aggressive with it we should be OK?

Any feedback on which way to go now when trying tg o cash out these or other Prepaid Visas such as those we get from rebates?
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Quote from mathfaster View Post :
Except when the rebate falls within the holiday return period.
Actually, my rebates submitted on 11/11 were purchased on 11/10. Offer #12-27963 (Kaspersky) and #12-27502 (photo paper) were both 11/4-11/10, and both are still being validated. Unless something else is wrong, the rebate center is applying the holiday return policy on these rebates.
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Quote from 3c3 View Post :
Actually, my rebates submitted on 11/11 were purchased on 11/10. Offer #12-27963 (Kaspersky) and #12-27502 (photo paper) were both 11/4-11/10, and both are still being validated. Unless something else is wrong, the rebate center is applying the holiday return policy on these rebates.
Yes, that rebate on Kaspersky should have gone to validation complete this past Monday. Should also be outside the holiday return period. Strange.
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Quote from kaubay View Post :
status also changed to "Reward Amount Pending" for 3x $200.
I purchased 3X$200 and 2X$200 in separate transactions, I bet I will only get $30 in gift card(s) total!
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#3307
Well, tried to use Serve to load my GCs on...worked well for a little while...

With black friday I actually just used most of my GCs, so I loaded 3 GCs with small remaining balances each to serve. The 4th one gave me me an error, called the number phone rep linked the card, added funds (rep told me you could only have 4 cards linked, so after transferring funds delete the card).

Today added the 5th, it is linked fine but, but got this error trying to load funds:
"You have the following errors. We are unable to complete your request at this time. Please call Customer Service at 1-800-954-4559."
1) the 1-800 # they provide is invalid
2) # on card works, vicious phone rep says loading with Gift Cards is NOT allowed, it is against their terms of agreement, it may work for a few but that you will be FLAGGED and will not be able to load anymore GCs, apparently I'm now flagged Frown for loading ~$150 onto serve from GCs LMAO
This doesn't match at all with the very polite rep the other day, I'll call back again but another day and ask what is going on...

I tired 5 or 6 other different prepaids cards I got from rebates, but none of those workFrown
I thought serve would be good to consolidate those small GCs and prepaids rebate cards onto...guess that's a no...

Just thought I would share my "Serve" experience
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Quote from m715 View Post :
Well, tried to use Serve to load my GCs on...worked well for a little while...

With black friday I actually just used most of my GCs, so I loaded 3 GCs with small remaining balances each to serve. The 4th one gave me me an error, called the number phone rep linked the card, added funds (rep told me you could only have 4 cards linked, so after transferring funds delete the card).

Today added the 5th, it is linked fine but, but got this error trying to load funds:
"You have the following errors. We are unable to complete your request at this time. Please call Customer Service at 1-800-954-4559."
1) the 1-800 # they provide is invalid
2) # on card works, vicious phone rep says loading with Gift Cards is NOT allowed, it is against their terms of agreement, it may work for a few but that you will be FLAGGED and will not be able to load anymore GCs, apparently I'm now flagged Frown for loading ~$150 onto serve from GCs LMAO
This doesn't match at all with the very polite rep the other day, I'll call back again but another day and ask what is going on...

I tired 5 or 6 other different prepaids cards I got from rebates, but none of those workFrown
I thought serve would be good to consolidate those small GCs and prepaids rebate cards onto...guess that's a no...

Just thought I would share my "Serve" experience
That's weird, I got $2000 out through three Serve accounts (one for me and one each for my parents), I did 800, 600, and 600 at 200 per account per day. Weird that they are giving you grief.
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Just thought I would share my "Serve" experience
My experience has been much better. I put my information onto each prepaid card over at GoWallet so that it matches the name and address info in my Serve account. Once loaded I use my Serve card to purchase free after rebate check items and cash out that way.
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#3310
Quote from m715 View Post :
Well, tried to use Serve to load my GCs on...worked well for a little while...


Today added the 5th, it is linked fine but, but got this error trying to load funds:
"You have the following errors. We are unable to complete your request at this time. Please call Customer Service at 1-800-954-4559."
I have been getting the same, but I didn't call. I loaded 2 $200.00 g/c's and when I tried loading the 3rd I got the card.
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Last edited by foldog22 November 30, 2012 at 08:11 AM
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Quote from richardxthripp View Post :
That's weird, I got $2000 out through three Serve accounts (one for me and one each for my parents), I did 800, 600, and 600 at 200 per account per day. Weird that they are giving you grief.
Yep, not sure what I did wrong they didn't like, I didn't even cash anything out, I just used the serve card to buy stuff. I'll give it a shot next week and see if its any different.
Quote from Wildpir8 View Post :
My experience has been much better. I put my information onto each prepaid card over at GoWallet so that it matches the name and address info in my Serve account. Once loaded I use my Serve card to purchase free after rebate check items and cash out that way.
I take that back, the 1st GC I loaded was the full $200, I registered them with giftcardmall (from the back of the card), and used that to buy free after rebate software. It worked well so I tried to load the remaining partial cards and that's when I had the problem with the 5th.
Quote from foldog22 View Post :
I have been getting the same, but I didn't call. I loaded 2 $200.00 g/c's and when I tried loading the 3rd I got the card.
I did get my $25 sign up bonus at least...
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Quote from m715 View Post :
..I take that back, the 1st GC I loaded was the full $200, I registered them with giftcardmall (from the back of the card), and used that to buy free after rebate software. It worked well so I tried to load the remaining partial cards and that's when I had the problem with the 5th...
I thought I remember reading you can only add 4 cards at a time to Serve.
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I thought I remember reading you can only add 4 cards at a time to Serve.
Yea I was only able to have 4 linked debit cards on my account at a time. I've successfully loaded 1 of my sets of gift cards to my serve account with no problem. They've all been for the full $200 amount.
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I think keep making some small purchases on the serve card would definitely help...
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#3315
Anyone got their account locked for transferring these cards then spent it but did not withdraw to bank? It looks like they're locking these accounts that have too many 200's Visa linked. I don't see why it's against their terms.
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