Tuesday, March 13, 2012

How does Staples Rewards Work? Can I really get Free After Easy Online Rebates?

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Part 1 Rewards Programs For Free Items

In this series, I will be speaking about three Office Supply online stores that I have been purchasing FREE items from. That is, they become FREE after the rebate. This is the first installment in the series.

1- Staples
2- Office Depot
3- OfficeMax

I will just be discussing  Staples Rewards in this post and in the future will write about the OfficeMax and Office Depot rebates. In my opinion Staples has the best rebate offer because one can order a rebate check, visa card or Staples Gift card to receive your money back. Your check can be directly deposited into your bank account. OfficeMax and Office Depot give you rewards that are credited to your account for future purchases. The great thing is that with Staples rebates there is no paperwork involved and everything is done online in a matter of a couple of minutes. I recently bought some software earning me lots of miles from Staples.com. Currently there is a deal where you can purchase up to 10 downloads of Trend Micro Titanium Internet Security 2012 (1-User) per person Item: 368660, Model: 8086301, which is originally $49.99. With a discount of $4.99 and a rebate of $45.00 this becomes FREE. Your credit card gets charged $450 and then you can get a rebate check in the mail which you can deposit into your bank account. Make sure to use a California zip code, like 92274, or a Staples ship to address in California in order not to pay any taxes. Also, by checking evreward.com you can see that you will earn miles, points or cashback for Staples. I prefer the valuable Chase Ultimate Rewards Points (you can do this if you have the Chase Freedom, Sapphire Preferred or Ink Card) or Cashback with ShopDiscover. Also, if you use your Chase Ink Card you get 5 points per dollar for charges made at Office Supply Stores.

Points Earned
Ultimate Rewards Mall - $450 x 4pts/$1 = 1,800  UR Points
Any 1pt/$1 credit card = 450 points or miles
Chase Ink Credit Card = 5pts/$1 = 2,250 UR Points
ShopDiscover = 5% cashback = $22.50 Cashback with Discover More Card

Total Points Earned
Chase Ink CC = Total 4,050 UR Points
Regular CC with UR Mall = 2,250 UR Points
ShopDiscover = $22.50 Cashback

Check out FrequentMiler's step by step post on how to take advantage of this offer.  Thanks FM!

Also, before purchasing your software, sign up for Staples Rewards where you earn 10% back from your purchases of toner, ink, case and ream paper, copy and print purchases and ink recycling and receive FREE shipping on all orders. Sometimes Staples has promotions where you can earn 10% Staples Rewards on other products.

Staples Rewards Membership Benefits:
$500 purchases/within 1 yr. = Plus Member = will receive $5/month when earned instead of $10, balances get rolled over for 5 months and FREE delivery on all orders.
$1,000 purchases/within 1 yr. = Premier Member = will receive $5/month when earned instead of $10, balances get rolled over for 5 months  and FREE delivery on all orders. May recycle up to 20 ink or toner cartridges per month instead of 10.

When you go to the Rewards Home Page and click on Year To Date Summary you can view how much you have spent year to date.

From their website:
The following Qualifying Purchases are eligible toward earning Rewards:
  • Ink and toner used in copiers, fax machines and printers excluding printer, fax and copy machine drums, label maker ribbons, and refill kits;
  • Case and ream cut sheet paper excluding photo paper, dot matrix/"computer" paper, fax thermal paper, résumé, stationery, invitations and specialty paper, paper rolls, labels, carbon and carbonless forms, notebooks, pads and filler paper;
  • Copy & Print services excluding postage stamps, shipping and shipping supplies, merchandise used in assembling Copy & Print jobs, custom printing orders placed online, and third party services;
  • Other products or services as may be included from time to time by Staples, in its sole discretion.
Also, today The Awesome FrequentMiler posts about earning 40 points per dollar by purchasing Magazines.com Gift Cards through the Ultimate Rewards Mall. You can further dip, by going to Ebates.com and using the GC to purchase books for 2.5% cashback. Prices aren't much more than Amazon, but definately do a price comparison to make sure that your book doesn't cost much more.

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