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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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#1531
Quote from mathfaster View Post :
Did you send money in quick succession? More than one transfer in a 24 hour period (to the same person?)? Yep, it will go through but if you want to avoid the review do not shot gun your transfers AFAIK.
I did exactly that and worked fine:
I newly created a AP account in a "friends" name, but with my address.
Immediately added 3 of the $200 Visa's to her account (i registered the VISA's to mygiftcard.com first, in her name/with my address)
Immediately sent money 3 times, $200 each from the new AP account to my old AP account.... This happened in like 50seconds...all 3
A minute later I logged in my old AP account and all money was there $600.
Withdrew to bank account.
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Quote from tintino View Post :
I did exactly that and worked fine:
I newly created a AP account in a "friends" name, but with my address.
Immediately added 3 of the $200 Visa's to her account (i registered the VISA's to mygiftcard.com first, in her name/with my address)
Immediately sent money 3 times, $200 each from the new AP account to my old AP account.... This happened in like 50seconds...all 3
A minute later I logged in my old AP account and all money was there $600.
Withdrew to bank account.
Yep, and others got held for review when they did them in quick succession. IDK.
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Quote from Starrx05 View Post :
Right now the system seems to limit 10 cards/name regardless of purchase amount but you if you got your 2x200 shown up as four $200's and your 3x200 as six $200's, you're basically maxed out. It's just my guess but I don't dare to try more under same address.
what will happen to those who bought a set of 4 x $50 visa cards? i think that set has only 1 single UPC. is it right?
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Quote from tintino View Post :
I did exactly that and worked fine:
I newly created a AP account in a "friends" name, but with my address.
Immediately added 3 of the $200 Visa's to her account (i registered the VISA's to mygiftcard.com first, in her name/with my address)
Immediately sent money 3 times, $200 each from the new AP account to my old AP account.... This happened in like 50seconds...all 3
A minute later I logged in my old AP account and all money was there $600.
Withdrew to bank account.
how did you pass the SSN question? Just make up a number?

do we have to register visa cards to mygiftcard.com or no? somebody told me just enter any name/address when doing AP.
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#1535
Quote from fliptlbb View Post :
I am at staples and they are saying I cannot buy these with my cc. Is this a store policy or corporate policy or am I just not educated about buying debit cards
FYI: I got same BS last night from cashier and assistant manager. The BS of company policy.
But i was smart enough to hide 6 cards in the store, so i went back today when somebody else was working, and bought 3 with cash, and used them immediately to pay for the other 3.
She said absolutely nothing.... it all depends on the cashier
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Quote from microkelvin View Post :
do we have to register visa cards to mygiftcard.com or no? somebody told me just enter any name/address when doing AP.
I added a Visa card to an AP account today and sent money right away w/o registering the card. Worked fine. Someone else posted yesterday that this worked as well. And so it does.
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Quote from slickdealerutah View Post :
Yep.. But the problem is they increased the number of items to 6.... Oh well, now I remember... Even though I purchased only 3 x $200 GC yesterday (and even today) my receipt showed as 6 ITEMS purchased.... Someone please check and let me know too... Big Grin

So, the question now is, 3 cards purchased is considered as 6 and bumped to $150 GC.. Will the number "6" affect the housefold limit? I was planning to do 3 x $200 transaction thrice for each address.. Now since it has doubled, I am confused.. Frown
Thats what I was thinking too.. If thats the case, I am officially out of address.. because if they count as 6, then you cant even submit 2 sets of 3x$200, forget about 3..
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Quote from microkelvin View Post :
how did you pass the SSN question? Just make up a number?

do we have to register visa cards to mygiftcard.com or no? somebody told me just enter any name/address when doing AP.
I entered her actual SSN... although i personally don't think they would run a credit check (how else would they check if ssn is valid or not)

I registered them... maybe thats why i had no issues ? donno.
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Quote from tintino View Post :
FYI: I got same BS last night from cashier and assistant manager. The BS of company policy.
But i was smart enough to hide 6 cards in the store, so i went back today when somebody else was working, and bought 3 with cash, and used them immediately to pay for the other 3.
She said absolutely nothing.... it all depends on the cashier
true. it's all about how much she knows.
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#1540
Quote from mrtrance View Post :
So if we spend $1200 in buying these Visa GCs we get upgraded to Premier status or not?
I don’t know if it isnt not true or not, it wouldn’t be inaccurate to assume that I couldn’t exactly not say that it is or isn’t almost partially incorrect but on the contrary. I’m possibly more or less not definitely rejecting the idea that in no way with any amount of uncertainty that I undeniably do or do not know if it shouldn’t probably be, if that indeed wasn’t not to be or isn’t. Even if it wasn’t that I knew it was that’d mean I’d really have to know that it wasn't.
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#1541
I know that people have different ideas on just how much money a person can make on this deal.
I haven't seen any screen shots showing a "Rebate Offer" higher than "Staples Gift Card for $150.00."
"Limit 10 Staples Gift Cards per name/address/household."
This would seem to indicate that it would be possible to receive $1,500.00 in Staples Gift Cards. ($150.00 X 10)

But Wait

Just for a moment forget the results of any past similar deals. Also forget anything Status information you have seen at the Staples Easy Rebates site.
These are the terms of the promotion:
Promotion: Get a $15 Staples Gift Card on Purchase of $100 or more on Visa and Mastercard Gift Cards at Staples Stores Only
The word "a" is normally thought to be singular, meaning "one."
I have not heard of anyone making a single transaction of more than $1,000. So the phrase "on Purchase of $100 or more" could be $100, $1,000, or any number in between.
Therefore, it would not be unreasonable to conclude the promotion means:
Get one $15 Staples Gift card on one Purchase of anywhere between $100 and $1,000 on Visa and Mastercard Gift Cards at Staples Stores Only

If you were to make ten different transactions you would receive ten $15 Gift Cards.
You might spend a total of $10,000 for $150 worth of Gift Cards.
I do not believe the above scenario will happen, but I urge you to carefully consider the risk vs. the reward when deciding what action to take.
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#1542
Quote from mathfaster View Post :
Jatan posted something on that other forum which makes the most sense as to why there were double postings of line items today. My new educated guess is that they had an unscheduled outage last night. They did not know what transaction detail had gotten transferred to Parago and what did not. So, they transferred all transaction detail for purchases during the outage period and reprocessed the rebates which is why some people got second processing emails and why there are duplicate lines on some rebates. The rebate amounts went up due to the extra transaction detail. Now when and if they fix this is anyone's guess but IMHO it was not to fix the amount glitch. Now a good IT system would have spun off those duplicate transactions but apparently their process is not that good.

Jatan asked a good question. For those who had double line entries, did you make the purchase during the outage period? Or just before or after the outage?
Posted it here first but it got lost in the discussion: http://slickdeals.net/forums/showpost.php?p=54754766&postcount=1484
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Quote from peppermint View Post :
Thats what I was thinking too.. If thats the case, I am officially out of address.. because if they count as 6, then you cant even submit 2 sets of 3x$200, forget about 3..
i dont know why you still quote that question. people have answered to that one many times. each card purchase will counted as 2 puchases: 1 is the card itself + 1 activation fee.
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Quote from microkelvin View Post :
i dont know why you still quote that question. people have answered to that one many times. each card purchase will counted as 2 puchases: 1 is the card itself + 1 activation fee.
I just started reading from where I left off in the morning and didnt see that there so so many pages afterwards.
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#1545
Quote from stevek8455 View Post :
I know that people have different ideas on just how much money a person can make on this deal.
I haven't seen any screen shots showing a "Rebate Offer" higher than "Staples Gift Card for $150.00."
"Limit 10 Staples Gift Cards per name/address/household."
This would seem to indicate that it would be possible to receive $1,500.00 in Staples Gift Cards. ($150.00 X 10)

But Wait

Just for a moment forget the results of any past similar deals. Also forget anything Status information you have seen at the Staples Easy Rebates site.
These are the terms of the promotion:
Promotion: Get a $15 Staples Gift Card on Purchase of $100 or more on Visa and Mastercard Gift Cards at Staples Stores Only
The word "a" is normally thought to be singular, meaning "one."
I have not heard of anyone making a single transaction of more than $1,000. So the phrase "on Purchase of $100 or more" could be $100, $1,000, or any number in between.
Therefore, it would not be unreasonable to conclude the promotion means:
Get one $15 Staples Gift card on one Purchase of anywhere between $100 and $1,000 on Visa and Mastercard Gift Cards at Staples Stores Only

If you were to make ten different transactions you would receive ten $15 Gift Cards.
You might spend a total of $10,000 for $150 worth of Gift Cards.
I do not believe the above scenario will happen, but I urge you to carefully consider the risk vs. the reward when deciding what action to take.
they dont say it's 10 transactions. i'm only interested on the phrase "limit up to 10 staples gift cards". but yes, that also sounds like 1 staples gift card for each transaction/rebate form.
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