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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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it's typo. I corrected it before u pointed out.

Quote from compfreak View Post :
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"education is important than money"

I agree. Education IS more important than money.
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Quote from mathfaster View Post :
I don't trust the receipt. Just the updated rebate. The rebate receipt says I am eligible for one rebate even though I bought 2 cards.

As far as the pen coupon they sent me it a couple of weeks ago. I didn't do anything except fill out a few feedback surveys in the past year. Maybe 2 or 3. Not a whole lot.


What about the field of "quantity you purchased" on the printed rebate form? I find this field to be accurate as far as how many rebates you are going to get.

Also, on the confirmation email after you submit the rebate, if you get 3 lines of rebate description, it means you are going to get three rebates.

I just checked the rebate forms of the last promotion. I bought 10 $100 MC on one receipt. the printed rebate form shows quantity of 10. After submitting the rebate online, the confirmation email had 10 lines of the same rebate description.

My wife had four transactions ($100, $100, $200, and $600) at four different times on four different receipts. The quantities shown on the rebate receipts were 1, 1, 2, and 6 respectively. The same goes with the confirmation emails.

So if you don't mind, what does the quantity field say?

I know you are more experienced on this. Are the above statements of mine incorrect?

Thanks.
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Quote from damnyou View Post :
thanks for the update


I am 100% sure they will not give 150$ if you purchased 5 cards ($200)........Its not for "Every $100", so you will get $75 if you pruchase $200X5. Even we would have saved $30 (activation fee) by purchasing $200 cards..
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Quote from pbmpharmacist View Post :
I did this deal this afternooon. Here's what I did.

Went to grocery store and bought $2,000 worth of AMEX gift cards ($500 each) with Amex blue cash preferred. Amex card pays 6% back at grocery stores. So this is a money maker of 4.8% after activation fees.

Bought $1,000 of Prepaid visas for 1059.99. Paid with prepaid Amex cards. This is a money maker of ~$90 in staples gift cards after activation fees.

The only problem is that there was zero signage for the deal. Heck, they didn't even have the full ad at the store. So I had to work with the manager for about 20 minutes to confirm that the deal existed and to confirm a limit of 10 per household before I could pull the trigger.
Does you rebate form have the correct number of cards ? Does it say:
Rebates you're eligible for using the rebate redemption form: 10
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Quote from technomad70 View Post :
I just got back from staples having bought 2 of the $100 visa cards in a single transaction. However, the rebate form says:

Rebates you're eligible for using the rebate redemption form: 1

Isn't it supposed to say 2 ?

Has anyone else seen this ?
What does the field of "quantities you purchased" say?

2?
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Quote from technomad70 View Post :
Does you rebate form have the correct number of cards ? Does it say:
Rebates you're eligible for using the rebate redemption form: 10
No, I don't see that anywhere. I just submitted and it says "Submission received. Validation in progress."
I bought all 10 on one receipt too.
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Quote from saveitman View Post :
buying GC with reward has its down side though because the face value of the rewards isless than its real worth because of how tax is calculated, this is only a tremendous deal when you have just received a CC that you need to hit a spend limit on for a sign up bonus, this happened to me the last time this deal was up I couldnt have been luckier lol and at the time i had already used up AP and serve

This. I have to hit 3k in spending on my United Airlines CC in 3 months. Not a problem anyways, but this will make it 1k easier, plus then I can move on to the next card. I have no doubt I'll be able to use the gift cards, plus I'll be getting $90 free in staples GCs (even better if it's other visa/MC or a check or can go right to PayPal, which is often the case with in-store purchases). I buy K-cups at Staples,so that's easy as well.

Plus, some of them I'll give away for Christmas presents this year as well. So this definitely works out for me. Thanks OP and repped.
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Quote from syscom View Post :
What does the field of "quantities you purchased" say?

2?
Quantities I purchased says: 2

I am pretty sure that last similar deals said 'eligible for 10' when I bought 10.
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Quote from syscom View Post :
What about the field of "quantity you purchased" on the printed rebate form? I find this field to be accurate as far as how many rebates you are going to get.
The rebate redemption form says quantity you purchased 1 for the MC and quantity you purchased 1 for the Visa. For "rebates you are eligible for using this redemption form" it says 1. I bought 2 cards. It should say 2 and I expect 2 if not 3 rebates. 1 for the MC and maybe 1 or 2 for the Visa. I wasn't talking about the quantity purchased in previous post but the number of "rebates you are eligible for using this redemption form".
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Quote from pbmpharmacist View Post :
No, I don't see that anywhere. I just submitted and it says "Submission received. Validation in progress."
I bought all 10 on one receipt too.
It should be right under: Quantity you purchased: 10
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Rebates you're eligible for using this rebate redemption form: ?
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Quote from technomad70 View Post :
I just got back from staples having bought 2 of the $100 visa cards in a single transaction. However, the rebate form says:

Rebates you're eligible for using the rebate redemption form: 1

Isn't it supposed to say 2 ?

Has anyone else seen this ?
dont worry,

during the last staples deal. When I bought 10 gift cards in one transaction, it said: quantity 10 but eligible for the gift card: 1. but I still got the $100 gift card from staples.
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Quote from flyalexair View Post :
dont worry,

during the last staples deal. When I bought 10 gift cards in one transaction, it said: quantity 10 but eligible for the gift card: 1. but I still got the $100 gift card from staples.
Exactly why I don't trust what is on the rebate redemption form given the past history with the MC promo and will wait for the rebate to update with the rebate amount.
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Quote from technomad70 View Post :
It should be right under: Quantity you purchased: 10
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Rebates you're eligible for using this rebate redemption form: ?
This is what I see, except I've removed my personal information.

Track Information
Last Name:
Postal Code:
Email:

Rebate Information Submitted
Easy Rebate ID:
Rebate Offer Number(s): 12-28680
Rebate Tracking Number:
Date Submitted:11/11/12

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

Submission received. Validation in progress.
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Quote from pbmpharmacist View Post :
This is what I see, except I've removed my personal information.

Track Information
Last Name:
Postal Code:
Email:

Rebate Information Submitted
Easy Rebate ID:
Rebate Offer Number(s): 12-28680
Rebate Tracking Number:
Date Submitted:11/11/12

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

Submission received. Validation in progress.

Sorry,I meant the rebate receipt from the store, not the submission.
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Quote from MrVietnam View Post :
I tried to do that at Staples the last time they did the promotion, buying a couple $100 MasterCards and trying to use them to pay for 2 more $100 MasterCard gift cards and the cashier shot me down (so to speak) and said you can't use a gift card to pay for a gift card. Some stores/managers may let you do it so it is a big YMMV on that one.
that is silly because a visa or whatever bank giftcard is still a debit card, as good as cash, they are just the type of employees that do not like to see customers winning.
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