On October 18th Staples I received about 30 emails from Staples asking me to “Share My Thoughts” on a purchase that I never made. This was a total email carpet bomb, and it was quite annoying to have to delete all of these emails on my iPhone. I never thought to complain to Staples, but did consider removing myself from their email list to prevent another mishap like this one.
Well, low and behold Staples discovered the issue, and like a company with good customer service they sent out a $20 off a $50 purchase coupon two days later. I’ve written before about why Staples coupons can be quite valuable because you can use them to buy discounted gift cards. In this case you can apply the $20 coupon to a $50 worth of gift cards and pay only $32.00 (a nice 36% discount).
Keep in mind that Staples assesses a $1.99 fee on top of the gift card value, for example a $25 Subway gift card would cost $26.99. One way to maximize your savings would be to find a gift card that was a $50 denomination, which would mean you would only have to pay the fee once. One of the $50 gift cards I found in Staples gift card selection included Starbucks, Cheesecake Factory, Pizza Hut, Nike, TJ Maxx, AMC, & iTunes.
As I’ve mentioned before, if you want to take advantage of offers like this in the future (of course hopefully they won’t be of the nature mentioned here), you should sign up for a Staples account. They will send you offers on a weekly basis, but I’ve found that they occasionally send $10 off $50 or $20 off $100 coupons that can be used toward gift cards, which is a great way to get a discount on stuff you would buy anyway. In fact, the best strategy would be to use the Chase Ink Bold, or Chase Ink Plus to earn 5 points per dollar spent at office stores!