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With the turn of the new year a lot of us realized last year we were not able to hit the required $1000 to keep Premier to be able to recycle 20 inks per month. Also what used to be called "Plus" level for the $500 yearly spend was eliminated in mid 2017.

So this paid Plus Membership is another option to be able to recycle 20 inks a month without a required $1000 yearly spend. The usual $30 on ink spend per 6 months is still required.

Current "sale" price for 1 year enrollment to Plus Membership is $49, but in the past has been as low as $29. Regular price is $59 for the membership and would be the renewal cost when your year is up.

https://www.staples.com/mem/rewards-plus#/enroll

I'd like this thread to be a discussion area on the Plus Membership where questions are answered and ideas and suggestions can be found. Wiki will host ideas for the 5 Custom Picks people are choosing and try to be kept up to date with the current pricing since those can flucuate.


Links to older threads that had some discussion:
Staples Plus Membership $49/year - Lots of cool benefits + 20/month ink recycling
Staples 50% off membership $29
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Item ideas for "Pick 5" Custom Picks

Item #: Custom/Regular Price: Description:
897802 $35.99/$49.99 Staples® Copy Paper Select, 8 1/2" x 11", Case (10 Ream)
513099 $7.88/$8.29 Staples® Multipurpose Paper, 8 1/2" x 11", Ream
122408 $7.37/$8.49 Hammermill Copy Plus Copy Paper, 8-1/2" x 11", Ream
1882552 $38.23/$65.59 Norton Security Deluxe - 5 Devices for Windows (1 User) [Boxed]

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Benefits/FAQs listed directly off the Staples website:


Benefits:

Business Exclusive Pricing. Members will receive business exclusive pricing when they are logged into staples.com with a valid Staples Plus member number or when they provide their member number at checkout in store. Business exclusive pricing will be reflected in cart excluding mobile purchases. When these products are subject to promotions at Staples: (i) which reduce the price of a product (such as promotions offering instant savings), members will receive the lower of the instant savings or the Business Exclusive price; and (ii) which give the member additional rewards (such as promotions offering double rewards), we will match that promotional price with a combination of instant savings and rewards. Any coupon that states that it is applicable to regular-priced items only may not be combined with your business exclusive pricing.

Extra discounts. Each Member may select up to 5 eligible items (the "Selected Items") and receive greater savings online and in store on the Selected Items during the Subscription Period. The availability and selection of Selected Items may vary between our stores and Staples.com. Staples reserves the right to make product substitutions based upon Selected Items being out of stock and/or discontinued. Pricing is subject to change based on the market price of the Selected Items. Members may change one of the Selected Items every 90 days. To receive your greater savings, you must reference your Member number when shopping online or in store.

Free Next-Day Delivery. Members receive free next day delivery on orders of eligible items over $25 on Staples.com. Excludes weekends and holidays. Standard Staples.com delivery policies apply.

Ink Recycling Rewards. Members can recycle any ink or toner cartridge, up to 20 per calendar month per customer, and, if the Member has spent at least $30 in ink and/or toner purchases at Staples over the previous 180 days, the Member will receive $2 back in Staples Rewards per cartridge. Please refer to the Staples Rewards® Program Terms & Conditions for full details.

Print and Marketing Services. Members receive $50 in free Print and Marketing Services each Subscription Period which can be redeemed at any Staples store. Benefit is not applicable to online purchases.

Tech Services. Members receive $50 in free Tech Services each Subscription Period which can be redeemed at any Staples store or on Staples.com

Free Shredding. Members receive free shredding up to 20 lbs. Plus, an additional 20% off any additional shredding. Valid in store only.


FAQs:

If I'm an existing Rewards member, are these benefits in addition to my existing Rewards savings?
Once enrolled as a Staples Plus member, your new paid membership benefits replace any savings you may have received as an existing rewards program member (up to and including instant savings or rewards savings benefits).

How do I select my 5 custom picks for greater savings?
Visit http://www.staples.com/memberpricing to select your 5 custom picks that will help you save the most when shopping with Staples. Your custom pick savings are available in store and online (subject to product availability and selection) – simply reference your member number when shopping. You have the option to change one of the five selected items every 90 days.

Are there any limits on the 5 custom picks I receive greater savings on?
Members have a quantity limit of twenty units per item, per calendar month for their 5 custom picks. Members may purchase more of the item if desired at regular price. Members have the option to change 1 of their 5 custom picks every 90 days.

What is the membership fee for Staples Plus?
The fee for membership for the Staples Plus Program is $59 for a one-year membership (a 'Subscription Period'), paid at the beginning of the membership term. Taxes may apply on the membership fee. Your membership will be auto-renewed one year from your sign up date and your membership fee will be charged to the original method of payment used to pay for your first year. We will send you a reminder notice via email at least 30 days before your auto-renew date. You can cancel your membership at any time by emailing rewardsplus@staples.com or calling 1-855-815-5390.

OTHER TERMS:

These Terms and Conditions (the "Terms") govern the Staples® Plus Program (the "Program"). Before becoming a member of the Program, please review these Terms. Please note that your use of the Staples.com website are also governed by the Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy.
1. Membership Fee. The fee for membership in the Program is $59 (the "Membership Fee") for each one-year membership (a "Subscription Period"), which must be paid in advance. Taxes may apply on the Membership Fee. Your membership will be automatically renewed for additional one year periods, and we will send you a reminder notice via email at least 30 days before the expiration date of your current Subscription Period. Unless you notify us by that date that you want to cancel your membership, your Program membership will automatically continue and you authorize us to collect the Membership Fee (and any taxes) using any credit card or billing account we have on record for you. Staples rewards checks cannot be used to pay the Membership Fee. Staples reserves the right to terminate your membership immediately and without notice if you fail to pay the Membership Fee, either upon the enrollment period or during the auto-renewal window. By enrolling in the Staples Plus Membership Program, you will also receive Staples promotional communications. You may unsubscribe at any time.
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3. Cancellation. Members may cancel their Program membership any time by contacting a Staples associate at 855-815-5390 or emailing rewardsplus@staples.com. If the membership is cancelled within the first 30 days, the member will receive a full refund. After 30 days, Staples will refund a pro rata portion to the original method of payment of the prepaid enrollment fee corresponding to the unused Subscription Period, less the value of benefits received while a Member, as determined by Staples. All cancellations will be processed within 3-5 business days.
4. Abuse. Resellers are not eligible for the Program. Staples reserves the right to terminate a Member's participation in the Program and refund the Membership Fee on a pro-rata basis. Abuse of the Program, including failure to follow or any attempts to circumvent these Terms, or other improper conduct as determined by Staples in its sole discretion, is strictly forbidden, and may result in cancellation of your membership without notice.
5. General. Benefits issued under the Program cannot be combined with any other coupon, offer or program unless otherwise stated. Membership accounts are nontransferable. Staples is not liable for unclaimed, expired, lost or misdirected monthly earning statements or other communications from Staples to the Member or the Member to Staples. Staples may in its discretion change these Terms without notice to you by posting updated Terms. YOUR CONTINUED MEMBERSHIP AFTER WE CHANGE THESE TERMS CONSTITUTES YOUR ACCEPTANCE OF THE CHANGES. IF YOU DO NOT AGREE TO ANY CHANGES, YOU MUST CANCEL YOUR MEMBERSHIP. Staples' decision on any aspect of a Member's account, membership status, and any aspect of the Program or a particular Member's participation in it shall be final.
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So if we aren't premier it shouldn't say premier now?

Is it rolling months or a calendar year (if I'm still premier now do I have a whole year left or will premier disappear midyear if I don't have additional spending?).
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If you don't care about the pricing benefits and just want to be able to recycle 20 per month, another option is to apply for the Staples More credit card, which automatically comes with Premier status.
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I totally missed the changes to the rewards categories. I spent $983 but wasn't worried about premier, plus would been fine for me. Looks like I screwed myself over
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Apply for the personal Staples More credit card not the business card to recycle 20. After you get approved you must make a small purchase with that card which will then be linked to your rewards account. Then it's easy sailing. Don't forget $30 ink every 180 days
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Just signed up. It shows

897802 $35.99/$49.99 Staples® Copy Paper Select, 8 1/2" x 11", Case (10 Ream)

as $39.99 for me.

That price did show up for 135848

My lineup

897802
513096
1882552
122048
135848

For me the final decision was taking the norton as a gamble over the 41 cent savings on the multipurpose.
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May I know the staples ink recycle reward

1. need to buy $30 ink within 180 days to trigger the $2/ per ink or toner recycle

2. Can we use recycle reward to purchase other items (not only ink)....bcos staples ink is really overpriced.

3. Does OEM compatible ink or toner (non-genuine HP, Canon , Brother....etc) also count $2 ? or they don't accept it?

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May I know the staples ink recycle reward

1. need to buy $30 ink within 180 days to trigger the $2/ per ink or toner recycle
"Each Member is eligible to receive Ink Recycling Rewards ("Recycling Rewards") on ink recycling, as defined below, performed at Staples stores or online at staples.com/rewards, if the Member has spent at least $30 in ink and/or toner purchases at Staples over the previous 180 days. Ink and/or toner purchases made on the date of recycling are calculated toward minimum purchase requirement. Minimum purchase requirement is net of coupons, taxes, rewards redemptions, and shipping charges. Ink resellers and remanufacturers are strictly prohibited from earning Ink Recycling Rewards."

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2. Can we use recycle reward to purchase other items (not only ink)....bcos staples ink is really overpriced.
"Rewards and Recycling Rewards are redeemable for most merchandise in Staples stores, online at staples.com® or by phone at 1-800-333-3330 but cannot be redeemed for or applied against taxes, cash, credit remittance, delivery charges, custom printing orders placed online, promotional products, any purchases made on print.staples.com, documents.staples.com, staplespromotionalproducts.com, staplescustomprinting.btobsource.com, shopstaplesmobile.com, appcenter.staples.com, directmail.staples.com, Staples gift cards, third-party gift cards, prepaid phone cards, postage stamps, prior purchases, Staples Industrial purchases or any purchases made on other provider Web sites."
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3. Does OEM compatible ink or toner (non-genuine HP, Canon , Brother....etc) also count $2 ? or they don't accept it?
"[A]ny used ink or toner cartridge sold at any retail store in the U.S. and receive $2 back in Recycling Rewards per cartridge."

For program terms and conditions:
http://rewards.staples.com/SRC/RewardsTerms.do
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There was a glitch and I had to sign up for my 5 items again. I noticed some changes on what was available. For instance Norton software no longer available. I went with an 8-ream case instead. Looks like there are some decent deals this week.
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Hoping I dont get screwed on my Premier, made it over the hump during the holiday extended return period. So far its updated to a new yr, but its not past the Jan 15th extended return period yet and I'm still showing as a normal joe.

Waiting another week to see
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I totally missed the changes to the rewards categories. I spent $983 but wasn't worried about premier, plus would been fine for me. Looks like I screwed myself over
The spend is based on a rolling 12 months, so you probably will still be able to exceed $1k to earn Premier. It's not like everything from 2017 is wiped out.
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