Staples free after mail-in rebate software UPDATE: not worth the hassle

Valid through 8/17

UPDATE: Readers have pointed out some serious “gotchas” with this one.  Please read the rebate T&C carefully if you plan to proceed.

Via Staples.com, Get QuickBooks Enhanced Payroll 2013 free after mail-in rebate.  The point is not that you necessarily want this software, but that it is a reasonably good way to increase credit card spend, especially if you use a card that gets 5 points per dollar at office supply stores.  Even better, this can be a great way to cash out Staples Rewards.

Keep in mind that this isn’t really free even after the rebate because you will have to pay sales tax in most states.  You can get some of that sales tax refunded by starting your purchase in a cash back portal.  Both uPromise and ShopDiscover currently offer 5% cash back at Staples.  You can also try to sell the software on eBay to potentially make a profit.  Normally you can resell software to potentially make a profit, but in this case the software has to be activated before you can get the rebate.

Note these important restrictions:
**Requires an annual payroll subscription, Internet access, Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN) and QuickBooks Simple Start, Pro or Premier 2010 or newer, or Enterprise 10.0 or higher (all sold separately) updated to the most current maintenance release.

Limit one rebate per customer.

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Comments

  1. You have to activate this software to get the rebate and I think you have to have a previous version of Quickbooks to get the Enhanced Payroll version

  2. I tried this the last time Staples ran the FAR offer and ran into problems. Not only do you have to activate the software, but it took 2 hours of “Intuit customer support” to determine that I couldn’t activate this software because I didn’t have another Quicken product installed on my computer. Read the fine print on the box before buying this! Staples doesn’t mention the need for another Quicken product anywhere in the promo offer or their advertising. Since I had already opened the software packaging, I couldn’t return the product to Staples, but I was able to send it back to Intuit for a refund of my purchase price. But I lost the $10 it cost to send the product back to Intuit (via insured and trackable mail), and Intuit wouldn’t refund the cost of shipping or of the sales tax. Buyer beware!

    • Ouch. I know of one person who begged and pleaded and eventually got a refund. Also, the credit card you used might have purchase protection where they’ll let you do a return even if the store won’t.

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