Free points, cash back, and rewards from Staples

UPDATE: Use code 59367 for an additional $15 off!

This deal is good through 12/2/2013.  Rebate ID=13-78325. 

Staples has a new Free After Easy Rebate software download.  These are usually a great way to make progress toward meeting credit card minimum spend thresholds or to earn points and cash back for buying software regardless of whether you actually want the software.  This time, the total spend is pretty small ($125), but its better than nothing…

The idea is to go through an online portal to Staples.com and buy software for which you’ll eventually get all of your money back.  The best current portal options offer 5% cash back via uPromise or ShopDiscover. Once at Staples.com, buy three copies of this product for a total cost of $135, then apply coupon code 18359 to reduce the total price to $125 (coupon has expired).  If you use your Chase Ink card you will earn 5 points per dollar since this is an office supply purchase.  In other words, for $125 $135 you could earn a rebate of $135, plus 625 points for free, plus $6.25 cash back from a portal, plus $6.25 in Staples Rewards, plus up to $3 worth of Plink points (see “Plinking Staples“).  If you value all of those rebates at face value, then this deal could mean earning a profit of $25.50 $15.50 in addition to the 625 free points.

Staples has an amazingly easy “Easy Rebate” system. Once you purchase the software, they send you a rebate link via email. You click the link, fill out a little bit of info and you’re done. Note that you will have to wait a while, though. It takes 4 to 6 weeks to receive your rebate.  Usually Staples gives the option of receiving either a check or a Visa gift card, but this time unfortunately the Visa gift card is the only option.

If you have questions, please see the Q&A section at the bottom of this post.

Here are the steps to follow:

Step 1: Choose a shopping portal:

You can get additional points or cash back by starting with a shopping portal. Some good choices are uPromise 5%, and ShopDiscover 5%.  Click through the chosen portal to Staples.com.

Step 2: Add three copies of “Kaspersky Internet Security for Windows (1 User) [Download]” to your cart:

TIP: Search for item 275509

The rebate’s terms & conditions say:

Limit 3 rebates per name / address / household.

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Step 3: Check out

TIP 1: If you have Staples’ rewards money, use it! If you have a Chase Ink card that gives 5X for office supplies, use it!

TIP 2
: Your state may charge sales tax. If you know someone in a state that doesn’t charge sales tax for downloadable internet orders (CA, NH, etc.), then set their address as the delivery address and no tax will be charged. This is a download only purchase anyway, so nothing will really be delivered. I picked “deliver to store” and picked a store in New Hampshire. Of course, there won’t really be anything to pick up.

TIP 3: Apply coupon code 18359 to get $10 off your order!   UPDATE: Use code 59367 for an additional $15 off!

Step 4: Submit Easy Rebates

You will receive an email from Staples with a link in it for submitting the rebates . It’s easy!  Even though you ordered 3 items, you’ll only have to fill out the rebate once.

TIP: Usually, the software rebate can be changed from a Visa gift card to a check, but with this rebate they only allow the Visa gift card option.

 

Q&A:

A lot of trouble, little gain

  • Q: Isn’t this more trouble than its worth?

  • A: If you’re asking the question, then yes it’s more trouble than its worth.  In the past there have been similar deals, though, where you could buy hundreds of dollars worth of free after rebate items to earn thousands of points and extra cash back.  It might be worth doing this one to get the hang of it so that you’re ready next time.

Same Item

  • Q: In the past I’ve bought the exact same item for the rebate. Can I do this again?

  • A: Yes. As long as the rebate number is different from your past purchases, you should qualify for a new rebate. This rebate is different from any I’ve posted about in the past.

Per Household Limit

  • Q: Can I buy a copy for every friend I know?
  • A: I don’t recommend it. I know at least one person who tried to do something similar, but Staples did not approve the second set of rebates. I don’t know how they figured it out.

Status = Researching

  • Q: The status of my order says “researching”. What’s up with that?
  • A: Staples needs to verify your order. Sometimes this happens if you have the wrong email address or phone number on file. Simply give them a call or do an online chat with them to verify the information they need. Once that is done, they’ll confirm the order.

 

Rebate Submission

  • Q: If I buy all three copies at once, should I submit one rebate form or three?

  • A: Just submit one rebate form per order even if you bought 3 copies in one order.

  • Q: Are you sure?  I tried tracking my rebate and it looks like I’m only going to get one rebate for $45.

  • A: Yes, the rebate tracking display is confusing.  If all goes as expected, you’ll get the full $135 rebate.

  • Q: If I submit just one rebate form, will I receive 3 $45 gift cards or one $135 gift card?

  • A: You should receive one $135 gift card.

Rebate Time

  • Q: How long will it take for my rebate to arrive?
  • A: The Staples web site says to expect 8 to 10 weeks. In my experience, it’s usually a bit faster than that, but it’s best to expect the full wait just in case.

Download

  • Q: Do I have to download this software so that I can qualify for the rebate?
  • A: No! I didn’t download any of the software I’ve bought in the past, but all rebates processed successfully.

Double Dip

  • Q: Can I double dip by buying a Staples gift card through a portal and then go through the portal again to use the gift card?
  • A: No.  Even though Staples gift cards can now be used online (that wasn’t true previously!), Staples wouldn’t allow me to apply gift cards to this order for some reason.

Do Good

  • Q: I don’t need this software. Is there someone I can send the license keys to that could make good use of this stuff?
  • A: Check with your local schools or libraries. If someone can make good use of this software, then great!

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  1. I bought one boxed in the store yesterday. Already submitted the rebate for it. Can I buy 2 more download copy and submit another rebate? Thanks.

  2. Interesting…So it posted with $10 tax on that $125 order making it $135 total (i’d break even with the rebates).

    My billing and delivery is in California (irvine, ca). I guess this is just the “estimated tax” and just pending. I’ll see what they end up charging me after it clears.

    I did some research with BOE.CA.GOV and it is correct that CA residents shouldn’t be taxed on downloadable purchases:

    http://www.boe.ca.gov/sutax/stta.htm
    If you did not sell or receive any tangible personal property (for example, you downloaded the software electronically from the retailer’s website), the sale or purchase is not subject to sales or use tax (and there is no TTA at issue).

  3. Hi. Just did it and it sent me a rebate link in the order confirm… Upromise, plink, staples rewards, discover card… ShopDiscover portal says not eligible on software… I live in California so did a pick up in a Portland store to save tax. Thanks!

  4. Aside from the main topic but I noticed there are currently fewer selections of plink reward gift cards avilable on their webiste.(No Amazon gift card!) If not temporary, this devalues plink points a lot. Did you notice this?

  5. Doug: this has previously happened several times. Each time, Plink eventually added more cards, including Amazon. They are probably just sold out for now.

    • You get the $135 rebate whether you use the coupon or not. So if you do use the coupon code, you put $125 of spend on the card and get 10 free dollars. If you don’t use the coupon code, you put $10 more spend, but don’t get free money besides points/portal bonuses.

  6. I’m in Hawai’i, no Staples here. They won’t ship to Hawai’i, and require a shipping address to complete the order. I’m tempting to use a bogus address (or a US mainland relative’s) for the shipping info, but afraid that’s where they’ll send the gift card, too. Never ordered from Staples before, anyone have experience on locales where they don’t have a physical store or ship to and have advice?

  7. Thanks! Quick question. Why not combine with item # 266543 (quickbooks) which is a $90 value & is free after rebate? I can’t see where T&C limit you to 3 items. The only thing is people would be hit with tax, but wouldn’t the plink/staples/portal points make up for it?

    Also, it seems to make sense to split your orders up into separate purchases so as to maximize plink points (0.3 pts/ dollar vs 0.24 pts/dollar vs 0.2 pts/dollar).

    Please correct me if I’m wrong…

    • I’m not in front of the ad right now, but be very careful of the quick books rebate. I believ it is a “mail in rebate” not an “easy rebate”. In the past you actually had to install and use the software and jump through some hoops to get that rebate. It wasn’t possible for me to do it and I was almost out the money. I’m not positive this situation is the same, but I think it is. so, get a copy of the rebate form before you buy and make sure you will be able to fulfill all of the requirements.

    • As Jamie said, the quickbooks deal is not an “easy rebate”. I tend to shy away from the mail-in ones. With quickbooks, you must activate the product before you can send in for the rebate. And, it is limited to 1 per person.

  8. Thanks!

    Just 2 thing to clarify.
    1. you buy 3 copies in one order
    2. When you submit the easy rebate, did you see a total of $135 rebate or did you see only $45 in rebate.. I’m asking because I only saw $45 in rebate

    • 1. That’s right
      2. Initially you’ll only see the $45 rebate. Later, you’ll receive an email saying that your rebate is being processed. At that point, if you click to track the rebate, you’ll see the full $135.

  9. That coupon 18359 did not work. I got an error message. I was also charged tax ($10.13) for CA. My total came to $145.13 from $134. I still ordered and submitted the easy rebates.

    • Sorry, you must have tried the rebate after it expired. You should be able to get the sales tax back if you contact staples. They shouldn’t charge sales tax for CA software downloads.

  10. I applied the coupon 18359 for my order which was processed. But this morning I got an email message from Staples that my order is going to be delayed because of the requirement, “Only one dollars off coupon per purchase may be applied”. They want me to call in and tell them if I want to cancel the order or remove the coupon.

    In my cart there had been an automatic coupon applied for the software that appeared to be the software discount…

  11. I just have a one question. I found the shopdiscover term which says

    “Offer not valid on Tablets, GPS devices and GPS accessories, PDA’s, cameras (including camcorders), scanners, and digital frames. Also not valid on computers, software, hardware, drives, memory, printers, copiers, fax machines, custom printed items, premiums and items sold on StaplesPromotionalProducts.com”

    So can I still get the cashback from this deal?

  12. I saw the same as chiyu (above), only saw the $45 figure when I submitted. Anyone with experience with these rebates who can confirm it will actually rebate on all three purchases?

  13. It has been posted on an active message board that Visa prepaid cards over $10 can no longer be paid by check as of last week. This will put a damper on all future Staples deals. These Visa rebate cards do not come with a PIN.

    And new online coupon code for $15 off $100: 66851, exp 12/2.

  14. “but this time unfortunately the Visa gift card is the only option.”

    it is not this time. this has changed for good on Nov 26. rebates under $10 are check only, over $10 Visa gift cards, unless only Staples card specified. no more paypal.
    there is a special SD thread just about this change.

  15. Just purchased 3 copies of Kaspersky, used coupon code 59367 and my order was $120, no shipping or tax. Looks like Staples fixed the sales tax problem for CA address. Filled out the FAR rebate and will be getting $135 (3 x $45) on a Visa gift card in the next 8-10 weeks. Happy Cyber Monday!

  16. Anyone else not having their order show? The fine print states that orders may be delayed to check for fraud, and mine has not shown in a couple of hours. Just seeing if anyone else is experiencing this before I try ordering again.

  17. I have the confirmation with the easy rebate link – but only am getting $45 in total for all 3 copies! What do I need to do in order to either receive the full rebate or my money back on the 2 extra copies of software?

  18. I submitted my order, got the order confirmation but my order is not showing up in the system. I was able to submit the easy rebate though. Very strange.

  19. Now my order is showing at $155.85 when my conformation page showed 120 after the discount and no easy rebate for the programs.

  20. Just got off the phone with Staples, they have canceled my order and refused the easy rebate option on the products. They said they will send out cancellation emails today.

  21. I received the $135 Visa debit Reward Card months ago and have just realized I have not used it. Can a pin be added to liquidate via Bluebird? If not what is the best way to liquidate this?

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