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PSA: Staples Is No Longer Offering Easy Rebates

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Just got back from my local Staples to do some ink recycling. I am very well known in the store as I have been Stapling for a very long time. I hold two premiere Rewards account and purchase well over two thousand in paper there every year. All free after coupon, rebate, rewards and Discover cash back - Staples GCs. The manager and cashier were very happy to tell me that Staples is no longer offering Easy Rebates. Focusing on sale prices instead. Checked the rebate website and found that the last offer was 01-28-2018 through 02-03-2018. Good times might be coming to and end.
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Never could understand why someone like a cashier gets enjoyment out of a customer not being able to use a rebate..

Run your own race.
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Staples got bought out by some company at the end of last year.

This is most likely part of the new company's restructuring plan.
There was a discussion thread on it in one of the weekly ad threads a few weeks back. Along with a reddit post that had multiple employees talk about this as well.
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Wow, that sucks.
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op:Add psa to title...may get more love.

This has been discussed in the last Staples weekly thread and more information may be available there.
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The manager and cashier were very happy to tell me that Staples is no longer offering Easy Rebates. Focusing on sale prices instead. Checked the rebate website and found that the last offer was 01-28-2018 through 02-03-2018. Good times might be coming to and end.
Good times are over. The memo they sent to stores made that pretty clear. Unless they see a big negative change in their new business model, I don't see them going back to rebates.
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Never could understand why someone like a cashier gets enjoyment out of a customer not being able to use a rebate..
Run your own race.
Most Staples employees HATED rebates. Your average customer is an idiot and does not understand what a rebate is. Employees constantly would get asked why the sign said $.01 and it rings up at $7.99. They then have to explain to the customer what it is, how long it takes, etc. only to have said customer ask why they just can't have the rebate now.
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Staples got bought out by some company at the end of last year.
This is most likely part of the new company's restructuring plan.
Sycamore is the company that bought them. The end of rebates coincided with the end of Staples fiscal year. They also killed off a lot of coupons that were around for years.
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Staples is operating under the presumption of reduced competition and a reduced promotional budget. Their competitors are primarily online now, so they offer the convenience of instant gratification combined with a higher price point than online, but not always so much to drive customers to that route. The Office Depot/Officemax merger also helped reduce competition.
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The gravy train has been derailed. I hope they keep the ink recycling and the price match policy. Any word on that?
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Staples really did have an easy rebate process. They were the first I knew of that let you do the whole thing online. And rebates were reliable. Since their good deals have pretty much dried up and after dealing with a really snotty checkout dude about this time last year, I no longer pay much attention to Staples except for Black Friday. But I do give them credit for a good rebate program.

Hopefully our future will still include ways to pay less than $1 for a pack of paper.
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The gravy train has been derailed. I hope they keep the ink recycling and the price match policy. Any word on that?
Wondering the same. Their 110% pricematch is the best.
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The manager and cashier were very happy to tell me that Staples is no longer offering Easy Rebates.
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Never could understand why someone like a cashier gets enjoyment out of a customer not being able to use a rebate..
Yeah, I never understood that either. Even when using a coupon that is paid for by the mfg, some cashiers throw a lot of interference and sabotage, making up restrictions on the fly that are not part of the coupon.

They had better buckle up and tighten the helmet straps. Bought out by private equity firm? Not likely for business as usual. What goes around...
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I am confused on how will I be using my $40 Rewards every weak. Any good ideas will be appreciated. Their house hold items are very overpriced
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I am confused on how will I be using my $40 Rewards every weak. Any good ideas will be appreciated. Their house hold items are very overpriced
How are you getting them every week? I use my monthly ones for household stuff. Overpriced but essentially free.

I've also bought chrome cast for family and stuff like that.
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I am confused on how will I be using my $40 Rewards every weak. Any good ideas will be appreciated. Their house hold items are very overpriced
The angle you take depends on how involved you want to take it. You could get overpriced stuff but it is still free. You could try and find something worth reselling. If you had a use for paper, deals might occasionally come along to make it worthwhile. I plan on just dealing with $80 every 2 months. I think the real question is whether its worth playing the staples game in the future $480 of Staples cash a year is not nothing, but it's not free to qualify.
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I am confused on how will I be using my $40 Rewards every weak. Any good ideas will be appreciated. Their house hold items are very overpriced
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