Staples is one of my favorite places to shop because they have incredible deals, especially during back-to-school season. But they recently updated their Rewards program, so I wanted to highlight those changes before the summer sales start.
The biggest changes are that as of March 15, 2013, Staples Rewards members now earn 5% back in Rewards on everything, plus they get free shipping on all orders from staples.com. Staples Rewards are issued monthly if the value of the Reward is at least $5; otherwise the monthly value rolls over to the next month or until the end of the year.
Another big change, which Jamie pointed out, is to the Ink and Toner Recycling programs. You still receive $2 back in Staples Rewards per cartridge, but you must have spent at least $30 (after coupons) in ink and toner purchases at Staples over the previous 180 days. Ink Recycling Rewards are issued monthly, separately from your other benefits. There’s a limit of 10 recycled cartridges per month.
If you spend $500+, you’ll be upgraded to Staples Rewards Plus status, and if you spend $1,000+, you’ll be upgraded to Premier status. Plus and Premier members can recycle up to 20 cartridges per month. Premier members also get double the amount of time to redeem their rewards.
The really important thing to remember with Staples Rewards is that all coupons, discounts and Rewards used are deducted from the item price before earnings are calculated. For example, if you use a coupon on a free-after-Rewards item, the amount you receive in Staples Rewards will be the post-coupon amount. However, it has been my experience that Staples Easy Rebates are awarded in full even if a coupon is used, so I recommend using your Rewards on rebate deals and not on Rewards deals. Learn more about Staples Easy Rebates here.
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