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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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#1351
mine is completely different or messed up for good, i dont know.

i did 3 transactions for 3X200 GCs instead of 1 transaction, i submitted 3 rebates, yesterday it was showing 30$ rebate for each, I just checked and its showing as 75$ for each rebate submission.

I am not complaining, but still confused.
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#1352
If those that are doing the 3 x $200 transactions and now it shows total items as 6 that means they are close to fixing this glitch since they advertised $15 per $100 and if you are doing 3 x $200 you are in fact doing 6 x $100 which would makes sense. So that means that the $1000 limit is what they are considering and that would mean whichever way you buy your limit will be $1K (whether you do 3 x $200 and then 2 x $200, or 10 x $100, etc..). They will probably fix the amount next to reflect the $15 per $100.
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Quote from slickdealerutah View Post :
Did someone submit 2 rebates under same account, address, etc...? Especially both the rebates with $135 GC expectation... Are both the rebates still active? And what amount does it show?

I think DDHUNTER submitted like the above example.... Can you update us??
my two rebates for 3x200 for 135 submitted at about 5:10pm cst yesterday with same info are both showing "validation in progress" for 135 each as of 1:30pm cst today
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Last edited by slickbooya November 13, 2012 at 11:38 AM
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#1354
Quote from Toad_Killa View Post :
Checking my receipt, each fee is a separate line item. so 3 cards and 3 fees = 6 items
hmm but wouldn't 3 * $100 = 6 items too... <-- fail logic

side question: for amazon payment (first time user so apologies in advance for this stupid question): do we just add a "credit card" in amazon payment and insert the visa prepaid card number to our account? Just wanted to make sure before i do something stupid.

thank you!!
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Quote from Toad_Killa View Post :
can you bring me to speed please? What is the deal here? lol.. i just am confused as I am late. regardless, I bought 2 sets of 3x$200 Visa GCs now ($1200 total) and submitted rebates on 2 different addresses (home n office).

Can I do more? details please or someone please update wiki (or not keeping in mind some Staplers would be lookin here).
Does your in-store rebate receipt show "Quantities purchased: 3" or "Quantities purchased: 6" for each of the 3 x $200 transactions that you did today?
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Quote from ddavid1101 View Post :
Just curious, how many sets did you end up settling for?
five sets of three and one set of two
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#1357
Why cannot you submit 2 rebates under the same account, address? I bought 1 $200 yesterday and the rebate is $30 and I am thinking to get more some time this week. I am a little bit confused now, 3 $200 is $150 not 3X$30? TIA.


Quote from slickdealerutah View Post :
Did someone submit 2 rebates under same account, address, etc...? Especially both the rebates with $135 GC expectation... Are both the rebates still active? And what amount does it show?

I think DDHUNTER submitted like the above example.... Can you update us??
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#1358
Quote from ddhunter View Post :
I still have $135 for both the rebates. BTW, my in-store rebate receipt showed "Quantities purchased: 3" for each of these transactions.
I think I am gonna wait for some time before I submit rebate for today's purchases.... I was thinking to submit them both (todays purchase) under the same account (one of the account I used yesterday) since it will be 9 cards total per address/account and I will not exceed their 10 limit (if they meant the number of items).... Since they doubled it to 6 items and bumped it to $150 for one of my rebate, it is even more confusing now.. LOL...
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Last edited by slickpokerdealer November 13, 2012 at 11:41 AM
#1359
Quote from jshanson04 View Post :
Well it would be nice if the first page had an updated description on what to do. Nvm the nearest Staples is 45 minutes.
it's not that simple what to do. But if you want to play it safe and maximize your chances, you want to buy 10 $100 VISA gift cards, each in a separate transaction. There's no way you can go wrong with that and will get you $150 in staples gift cards no matter what. That is what we were all going to do when this started.

If you want to roll the dice and risk a little more to make a lot more, then read more of the thread. But mostly involves buying 3 x $200 multiple times per Staples Easy Rebate acct.
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Last edited by bolland99 November 13, 2012 at 11:42 AM
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Quote from slickdealerutah View Post :
I think I am gonna wait for some time before I submit rebate for today's purchases.... I was thinking to submit them both under the same account since it will be 9 cards total and I will not exceed their 10 limit (if they meant the number of items).... Since they doubled it to 6 items and bumped it to $150 for one of my rebate, it is even more confusing now.. LOL...
I would recommend you the same. Right now, it seems like they are fixing the denomination glitch and probably fix the numerical worth later. But, I don't think these actions are retroactive, that is, I am confident existing SERs may not be affected with this fix but only the future rebate submissions.
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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
it does show as 6 items but its a bit unfair to count the activation charge as an item. if you look at the receipt thats what happens

update: plus if you look at the rebate receipt rather than the item total, it states 3
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Last edited by jellogk November 13, 2012 at 11:43 AM
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Quote from mrtrance View Post :
Does your in-store rebate receipt show "Quantities purchased: 3" or "Quantities purchased: 6" for each of the 3 x $200 transactions that you did today?
as i said earlier, 1 line item for card and other for fee. total 6
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Quote from ddhunter View Post :
I would recommend you the same. Right now, it seems like they are fixing the denomination glitch and probably later fix the numerical worth later. But, I don't think these actions are retroactive, that is, I am confident existing SERs may not be affected with this fix but only the future rebate submissions.
Which means we should submit our rebates ASAP.. You are contradicting... Big Grin Big Grin.. LOL
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Quote from slickdealerutah View Post :
Which means we should submit our rebates ASAP.. You are contradicting... Big Grin Big Grin.. LOL
What I meant can be rephrased as: If you are worried about hitting the max. limit for an existing SER account, wait for sometime before the dust settles. If you wanna get better returns, open a new SER a/c for a diff. name and address and file for the rebates at the earliest.
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Quote from ddhunter View Post :
What I meant can be rephrased as: If you are worried about hitting the max. limit for an existing SER account, wait for sometime before the dust settles. If you wanna get better returns, open a new SER a/c for a diff. name and address and file for the rebates at the earliest.
Hmm... Yeah... Thanks...

I just compared by first rebate receipt (that shows $135 in SER site) and second rebate receipt (that shows $150 in SER site).. The only difference I see is - I paid the first one using just 1 MC credit card... Other one I paid with 3 different VISA cards... Did that make a difference to bump the total to $150 on second one..? Makes no sense at all to me... But, we can make a pattern if you guys could check what I mean.. LOL
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