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tenderidol 6,989 March 9, 2012 at 01:06 PM
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1. What's the Staples app?
This is an app from Staples that provides access to your Staples account, as well as Staples rewards account, and provides some useful tools.
You can read more about it here: Linky [staples.com]

2. How can I get it?
Android version is here: Linky [google.com]
iOS version is here: Linky [apple.com]
Any android phone or iPhone will work. In addition, you can install it on iPod Touch, iPad, Android Tablets, or HP TP running Android.

3. What's "check-in"?
When you are in a Staples store, you can click on the "Check in" button, and once your location is determined by the app, you'll be presented with a confirmation, and a coupon will be issued. The coupons state that they expire in 24-48 hours after they are issued, but in reality they can be used until the "real expiration date" (see WiKi for details). Please note that you do NOT need to sign into your Staples and/or Staples rewards account to receive the check in coupons. Coupons are generated once per device every 24 hours if you check in every 24 hours once the previous coupon has expired. The store makes no difference to the process. Multiple store check-ins in the same 24 hours does not get you any more coupons. You get the same one with the same 16 digit code. Since the device number is stored at a Staples server and coupons are per device, multiple devices will give you unique coupons per device.

4. Do I have to be physically in the store to check in?
Luckily, the answer is no. You can "spoof" your location by using certain apps that trick your phone to report specific coordinates. Depending on the app, you can either enter the coordinates of a Staples store or find it on a map and use that to create check in coupons from home/work.
For Android, Fake GPS [google.com] works great, along with few other examples (e.g., Location Spoofer, etc). For iOS devices, please see the WiKi (you need to jail break your iOS device).

5. Can I keep the coupons beyond the 24-48 hour expiration time frame?
Yes. If you take a screen shot of the coupon, you can keep it and use it later. On some Android phones, as well as iOS devices, pressing down power and home (or power and volume down) buttons simultaneously takes a screen shot. For devices that don't have this "built in", there are 3rd party apps.

6. Are the coupons random?
As of now, they seem to follow a certain sequence as outlined in the Wiki.

7. Can I stack these coupons with other app and/or paper coupons?
The % off coupons stack with $ off coupons. If you have 1 app coupon and 1 paper coupon (in either format), it will work "easier" compared to having 2 app coupons, since you are not supposed to have 2 of them at the same time. You can try printing out some of the app coupons to combine them.

8. Can I obtain any other coupons, in addition to the check in coupons, from the app?
The app generates coupons that can be used in store, online or over the phone. You can log into your Staples Rewards account from the app and access your Coupon Wallet and use whatever coupons you may have in there based on their T&Cs (e.g., in store only, online/phone only, etc). Those coupons have nothing to do with the app; they are under your Staples Rewards account and can be accessed from the web interface using a PC or directly from the mobile app.

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#3631
Quote from iridium View Post :
My touchpad refuses to issue me a coupon after the 1st one. Just shows a blank white screen. Checks in alright, tried everything.
I faced the same issue on my touchpad for 3 days, after I got the first coupon. Yesterday was the 4th day, and it was fine, got a 10 off 75 coupon.

And atleast for me I dont think IP address is of concern, as I am using 2 phones, 1 touchpad, 1 Desktop and 1 Laptop all on the same wireless.

If at all I had problems, it was only with my touchpad. Other devices were always good so far.
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#3632
Added some info to the wiki, specifically freebie q's that work or don't work on kiosk orders:

Works - MS to-do list and ream
Does not work - Windex (have not tried this one on an in-store purchase yet)

On the issue of not getting coupons, I would wait it out through the 3rd or 4th day. As rockingsd posted, I also had one device that went 3 days without any coupons, then finally got one on the 4th day. A few other devices have gone for 2 days without getting any coupons before getting one on the 3rd day.

(I did, however, get coupons on all my devices last night)
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#3633
Can I use $10 off $75 from staples apps with two ink rewards coupons, either in store or online? Can they be stacked?
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#3634
Quote from green_key View Post :
Can I use $10 off $75 from staples apps with two ink rewards coupons, either in store or online? Can they be stacked?
First of all, all the mobile app coupons are store only coupons. You can use it on a kiosk order paid at the register though. Sure you can use both either in the store with the $10 off $75 or online. Online you have to use the entire amount of a given reward. No balance rewards for online use. Just give the coupon before the rewards in the store. I did exactly this today using rewards and a $5 mobile app coupon in the store.
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#3635
Installed bluestacks and got 1st coupon Maratha. Smilie
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#3636
Heads up: anomaly with the Free Staples MP Paper app coupon today. I needed to bring my sub-total to $75 after a kiosk order (for single item not available in-store), so threw in the sempiternal SKU 513099. It rang @ $7.79, but the coupon only took off $6.99.

I last bought the same paper on 03/13 and it was the expected $6.99. So, do pay attention to the price it is ringing at. No idea what the in-store price labels said because I only noticed the discrepancy when I got home. Not worth the hassle to go back to the store for the difference, even though it was a transaction with 2 items and just 2 coupons and rewards.
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Quote from Cagnotte View Post :
Heads up: anomaly with the Free Staples MP Paper app coupon today. I needed to bring my sub-total to $75 after a kiosk order (for single item not available in-store), so threw in the sempiternal SKU 513099. It rang @ $7.79, but the coupon only took off $6.99.

I last bought the same paper on 03/13 and it was the expected $6.99. So, do pay attention to the price it is ringing at. No idea what the in-store price labels said because I only noticed the discrepenacy when I got home. Not worth the hassle to go back to the store for the difference, even though it was a transaction with 2 items and just 2 coupons and rewards.
This is exactly what screwed me on my Windex today. I noticed the price in my store was $7.29, so I said f* it, I'm going to add this to my kiosk order for $6.99 and get it delivered with the Windex. Being lazy and trying to save $0.30 (which would have been deducted by the coupon anyway, or so I thought) cost me $3.99 on Windex I could have otherwise removed from my transaction. But at least it turns out I saved $0.30 laugh out loud
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#3638
Quote from rubadub View Post :
This is exactly what screwed me on my Windex today. I noticed the price in my store was $7.29, so I said f* it, I'm going to add this to my kiosk order for $6.99 and get it delivered with the Windex. Being lazy and trying to save $0.30 (which would have been deducted by the coupon anyway, or so I thought) cost me $3.99 on Windex I could have otherwise removed from my transaction. But at least it turns out I saved $0.30 laugh out loud
Not sure I am understanding why you are out of $3.99 for the Windex. Did the paper coupon stop the Windex coupon from applying? Or did the Windex coupon itself have issues? Is the Windex an online-only item? Is that why the coupon would not apply? Sorry, but it has been a long day...

Don't know why the app coupons are coded for a fixed amount. Prices are going up (we have to pay for the 5% rewards, right?) and also vary from region to region; so, these "freebies" will cost us a few pennies when all is said and done.
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#3639
Might anyone have an idea why this doesn't work for me? I dont get coupons for checking on using the app. Ive checked in 6 times over the past week and a half on my Android eother when I was actually at Staples or by spoofing with Fake GPS. The app confirms successful check ins but when I look in the section of the app for check in Q, nothing is there. It's completely blank.

This happen to anyone else? Anybody got any suggested fixes?

TIA
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#3640
Quote from Cagnotte View Post :
Not sure I am understanding why you are out of $3.99 for the Windex. Did the paper coupon stop the Windex coupon from applying? Or did the Windex coupon itself have issues? Is the Windex an online-only item? Is that why the coupon would not apply? Sorry, but it has been a long day...

Don't know why the app coupons are coded for a fixed amount. Prices are going up (we have to pay for the 5% rewards, right?) and also vary from region to region; so, these "freebies" will cost us a few pennies when all is said and done.
I bought a bunch of stuff and added all the app freebies to hit the $75 threshold. My store didn't carry the Windex so I was going to add it to my transaction via a kiosk order. When I saw that the paper was $7.29, I checked the price online while making the kiosk order and saw that it was $6.99, so decided to "save" the $0.30 and order it via kiosk along with the Windex.

When I was checking out, I ended up giving the Windex q last and it didn't take at the register. Since I was at the end of the transaction and I had given 4 or 5 coupons already (20/60 BR, 10/75, and freebies) I didn't want to bother voiding the whole transaction. If I try to return, I'll only get ~$2 back after coupon proration, plus I paid for most of the order with Rewards. Not worth the hassle to return if I'll only get $2 back.

So OOP $2, plus $2 of coupon value applied to the Windex is my $3.99 lost. Just writing it off as a lesson learned on the Windex q.
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#3641
Quote from maroonhoo View Post :
Might anyone have an idea why this doesn't work for me? I dont get coupons for checking on using the app. Ive checked in 6 times over the past week and a half on my Android eother when I was actually at Staples or by spoofing with Fake GPS. The app confirms successful check ins but when I look in the section of the app for check in Q, nothing is there. It's completely blank.

This happen to anyone else? Anybody got any suggested fixes?

TIA
I had a similar problem. Try scrolling to the right or left using your finger when you get the white screen. Sometimes it takes 2-3 mins to get the coupon, so just leave it at the white screen and try scrolling now and then.
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#3642
Quote from daniel32 View Post :
I had a similar problem. Try scrolling to the right or left using your finger when you get the white screen. Sometimes it takes 2-3 mins to get the coupon, so just leave it at the white screen and try scrolling now and then.
Appreciate the reply, but no dice. I tried scrolling for the better part of 20 min and got nothing. Letting it sit overnight hasn't worked for me in the past, either, nor has un/reinstalling.

Any other suggestions? Thanks all!
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#3643
Quote from maroonhoo View Post :
Appreciate the reply, but no dice. I tried scrolling for the better part of 20 min and got nothing. Letting it sit overnight hasn't worked for me in the past, either, nor has un/reinstalling.

Any other suggestions? Thanks all!
okay other suggestion would be to upgrade to the latest version. When I install the initial updated version, i had problems as well. But when they released the updated updated version, the problem was fixed.
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#3644
Quote from daniel32 View Post :
okay other suggestion would be to upgrade to the latest version. When I install the initial updated version, i had problems as well. But when they released the updated updated version, the problem was fixed.
Thanks, but I tried that this morning. I'm currently running version 2.41 on an Android. I followed the uninstall/ reinstall with a reboot and still get nothing.

Three only other thing I can think to do is to try another device. Can't search this thread on my cell, do when I get home I'll search to see if anyone had posted instructions on how to check in on a Mac or PC.

Thanks, Daniel32.
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#3645
Quote from maroonhoo View Post :
Thanks, but I tried that this morning. I'm currently running version 2.41 on an Android. I followed the uninstall/ reinstall with a reboot and still get nothing.

Three only other thing I can think to do is to try another device. Can't search this thread on my cell, do when I get home I'll search to see if anyone had posted instructions on how to check in on a Mac or PC.

Thanks, Daniel32.
You need to run BlueStacks on a PC or MAC
http://www.bluestacks.com/
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