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

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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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