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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!