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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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#781
Is there any difference for doing rebates immediately after purchase or waiting 3 hrs before doing it? I remember reading something in this thread about Parago needing 3 hrs to verify purchase amounts?
TIA
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I just tried to purchase one Visa $200 gift card and it wouldn't go through. They said it could only be purchased with a Debit card, not a Credit card. Cashier says it was a state requirement, (MN). Manager said it was store policy and has been that way for 4 years.

So are people buying these with credit or is it with debit cards? Is this a state of MN issue? Just to be clear, I wasn't using a gift card to try to buy this. I was using a Visa credit card. (I want to use this to help meet spending threshold.)
I purchased mine with Credit Card 2*200 Visa Gift Cards and went through just fine! Smilie
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i think it should be made clear now the principle of don't call in...
if you have a question create an account or sign in and post, tons of people will rush to answer your questions...
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Quote from mrtrance View Post :
So really then each transaction counts as 1 Staples gift card regardless if that amount is $30, $75, or $135. So in order to reach the 10 limit you would need to do 10 transactions since for each transaction you are receiving 1 Staples GC. So really the best return would be doing 10 transactions of the 3 x $200 since each one would be giving you a $135 Staples GC. So at that point you have maxed out at the 10 Staples GC per household.
As per my current understanding, you're right. But again whether Staples will fix this rebate glitch later remains to be seen. There are few more things to consider before you do this 10x 3*$200 GC purchases: 1) how do you plan on draining this $6k? Serve has a max. of $1000/month and AP has a max. of $1000/month... 2) what happens if Staples fixes this glitch and only gives $15 for each $100+ GC for a max. payout of $150 Staples GCs?

So, I won't recommend doing 10x of this one but something like 3x or 4x at most.
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Quote from ddhunter View Post :
As per my current understanding, you're right. But again whether Staples will fix this rebate glitch later remains to be seen. There are few more things to consider before you do this 10x 3*$200 GC purchases: 1) how do you plan on draining this $6k? Serve has a max. of $1000/month and AP has a max. of $1000/month... 2) what happens if Staples fixes this glitch and only gives $15 for each $100+ GC for a max. payout of $150 Staples GCs?

So, I won't recommend doing 10x of this one but something like 3x or 4x at most.

What is Serve and AP? I'm not too familiar with those and how do they work?
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Quote from sonic_hedgehog View Post :
Is there any difference for doing rebates immediately after purchase or waiting 3 hrs before doing it? I remember reading something in this thread about Parago needing 3 hrs to verify purchase amounts?
TIA
The 3 hours (or so) of wait is for the rebate processor (Parago) to update the numerical worth of your rebate payout and not for registering the rebate. So, go ahead and file your rebate applications at the earliest!

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What is Serve and AP? I'm not too familiar with those and how do they work?
These are 2 modes of draining your Visa or Mastercard GCs back to your bank account by doing some procedure. You can google Serve from American express and AP stands for Amazon Payments.
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Quote :
Limit 10 Staples GCs per name/address
Quote from microkelvin View Post :
it's 10 staples gift cards, not 10 visa/master gift cards purchases. so we can even get 10 x 10 x $200 now Smilie i believe they will send 1 single staples gift card for each rebate.
You could be right. From the language, Staples will give you one Staples GC for each rebate submission, no matter how many Visa GCs purchased in that transaction.
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Quote from ddhunter View Post :
As per my current understanding, you're right. But again whether Staples will fix this rebate glitch later remains to be seen. There are few more things to consider before you do this 10x 3*$200 GC purchases: 1) how do you plan on draining this $6k? Serve has a max. of $1000/month and AP has a max. of $1000/month... 2) what happens if Staples fixes this glitch and only gives $15 for each $100+ GC for a max. payout of $150 Staples GCs?

So, I won't recommend doing 10x of this one but something like 3x or 4x at most.
That's what I worry about. There is nothing to say that you get $15 per $100 spent. Also, the math is already funky (for example with 3x $200 people are getting $135 which is more than 6*$15=$90).

If this is really Staples counting each of the limit 10 as 10 separate transactions of gift cards, then they could easily say that the offer was $15 per transaction max, causing us to only get $15 per transaction and losing money if you spend more than $15 in activation fees per transaction.

In that case, the best/safest would be to buy 10 separate transactions of $100 each, preferably using the rolling-method described earlier.
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FYI - they might have gift cards on special hanging displays throughout the store. I had to walk every single aisle and in the last one I found a few $200 gift cards, hanging on the shelf.
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For all the skeptical SDers, I have attached the 2 snapshots of my rebates!
Did they fix it?

I just bought 3 Visa GC and submitted the rebate.. I dont see any info about $135 in Staples GC anywhere.. Frown

Will it take some time to show this?
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Seems to be a lot of speculation about doing multiple orders per address. I think I'm going to stick with $1K per address just to be safe. Not like you lose money if you have a 5% card but that's a lot to drain even with serve/ap.
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Quote from ddhunter View Post :
The 3 hours (or so) of wait is for the rebate processor (Parago) to update the numerical worth of your rebate payout and not for registering the rebate. So, go ahead and file your rebate applications at the earliest!



These are 2 modes of draining your Visa or Mastercard GCs back to your bank account by doing some procedure. You can google Serve from American express and AP stands for Amazon Payments.
In my past experience, just only AP works well with Visa/MC GC. Serve doesn't accept for adding GCs whatever you choose Debit or Credit option.
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That's what I worry about. There is nothing to say that you get $15 per $100 spent. Also, the math is already funky (for example with 3x $200 people are getting $135 which is more than 6*$15=$90).

If this is really Staples counting each of the limit 10 as 10 separate transactions of gift cards, then they could easily say that the offer was $15 per transaction max, causing us to only get $15 per transaction and losing money if you spend more than $15 in activation fees per transaction.

In that case, the best/safest would be to buy 10 separate transactions of $100 each, preferably using the rolling-method described earlier.
Your concern is valid, but again if this thing works out well, the return on investment (ROI) of this particular deal will easily surpass the <2% return on your 3-year CDs! As you might know, risk comes with certain reward and it is a matter of choice if you wanna do it.
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As per my current understanding, you're right. But again whether Staples will fix this rebate glitch later remains to be seen. There are few more things to consider before you do this 10x 3*$200 GC purchases: 1) how do you plan on draining this $6k? Serve has a max. of $1000/month and AP has a max. of $1000/month... 2) what happens if Staples fixes this glitch and only gives $15 for each $100+ GC for a max. payout of $150 Staples GCs?

So, I won't recommend doing 10x of this one but something like 3x or 4x at most.
So if for example I wanted to drain this $6K it would take 3 months if I do the $1K/mo using Serve and $1K/mo using AP. Then after 3 months the money would be back in my account and I could be left with $1350 in Staples GC. That would be the best scenario if everything worked out the way it should.
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Quote from slickdealerutah View Post :
Did they fix it?

I just bought 3 Visa GC and submitted the rebate.. I dont see any info about $135 in Staples GC anywhere.. Frown

Will it take some time to show this?
It will be fine. You should wait about few hours after submit the rebate.
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