Posted by Chuck on November 24, 2016
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Published on November 24th, 2016 | by Chuck

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[Expired] $50 Moneymaker with Software Download at Staples [Visa Checkout + Amex Offer]

Limit exceeded, no longer works

Staples is offering $25 off $100 when paying with Visa Checkout. There’s also an Amex Offer many of us have saved on our cards for $20 off $100. All told you can pay just $80 for $125 of stuff.

Staples.com currently has a software download offer to get a Kaspersky digital download for just $.01 each after Staples Easy Rebate. You’ll pay $45.01 and get a $45 rebate for a net cost of $.01.

There is a  limit of 3 rebates for this deal per name/address/household. Here is the rebate link. (Note: rebate site is spotty today, but rest assured the rebate is there.)

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To maximize this deal:

  • Start off with a shopping portal – I recommend Upromise for 5% or Mrrebates for 4%
  • Order three software downloads for a total cost of $135
  • Choose Visa Checkout and you’ll see the price drop to $110
  • The Amex Offer will bring down the cost to $90
  • Get $135 back via the rebate
  • Get $4-6 back from the portal
  • Profit: ~ $50

The one issue to keep in mind is that they do charge sales tax even on digital downloads. My workaround has always been to choose a shipping address from a state that doesn’t charge tax like CA, NH, etc. (Just be careful to remove the address afterward from your staples.com account; you may inadvertently ship your next order there.)

Update: Apparently, some states don’t charge tax. Even if it shows sales tax, it might drop from the final charge.

Note there are two Kasperksy deals: one for a digital download and one for a boxed shipment. If you want to avoid tax, you might need to choose the digital version. If you live in a tax-free state then you can choose either one.

From what I understand, the limit-3 on this Staples Rebate is with the digital and boxed SKUs combined, so you can’t do this deal twice (digital and boxed).

There’s a good chance this deal the software download will go out of stock so worth doing sooner rather than later.

For more information on Staples Easy Rebates, read this primer post.

Hat tip to reader DR



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Scott
Scott

How do you do Visa Checkout with an Amex??

Lantean
Lantean

just add your Amex card as payment method… it’s only called Visa checkout… you can use any credit card.

Niel
Niel

Chuck, you do not need to change address because the tax will be gone after order is placed even it was shown there in the last step.

Evan
Evan

For a digital download? Are you sure about that?

Niel
Niel

Yes and confirmed already.

Lantean
Lantean

this is mostly incorrect.

it will only work if you live in a state that doesn’t charge tax on digital downloads (NH, CA, AK, etc…).
many states do charge tax on software downloads, NY and NJ definitely do, many others as well.

Niel
Niel

I am in NYC and there is no tax after order is placed.

Lantean
Lantean

i believe you will be charged tax when the charge posts to your credit card… but maybe this is something new and you just tested it out… not sure. no one has ever reported not being charged NY tax on downloads on SD.

in any case i would not recommend anyone try this… it takes less than a minute to change your shipping address to a random hotel in CA.

hishai
hishai

I’m in NYC. It listed tax on checkout page but confirmation email showed no tax!

Evan
Evan

Can I pay using their gc? I have some stock that I would like to get rid of.

Lantean
Lantean

yes but your total after GC and before VC needs to be over $100… plus your total charge after GC and after VC to Amex needs to be $100 in order to trigger Amex offer.

Lantean
Lantean

to make this clear… in order to trigger both offers (Amex and VC), your GC can be $10.03 max. anything over that will disqualify you from both offers.

that’s assuming you’re buying 3 copies and do not pay tax (which is easy to avoid).

Evan
Evan

No,, I meant usig gcs only, but now I have a bigger issue, as I figured that all my Staples gcs are drained. I had bought them over a year ago. I’ll contact PPDG, any advice or DP is greatly appreciated.

Lantean
Lantean

you can use use GC only but then you won’t get $25 VC offer and no Amex $20 offer either… so you’re losing $45 right there.

ATM it seems like Staples check out system is overwhelmed and has a problem processing GC… so maybe your GC are not drained and they will work later today. (but yours may be drained… try to check transaction history just to be sure)

Evan
Evan

I just wanted to get rid of the gcs, I’d be happy with just the portal cb. How can you check transaction history for a Staples gc? I can only see the balance. I am pretty sure they are drained, because the same thing happened with BB gcs.

Lantean
Lantean

normally by calling 888-609-6963… but I think Staples gift card system is completely messed up now… maybe call Staples main number and have them resolve it?

Justin
Justin

Thanks Chuck! Happy Thanksgiving

Jason Yang
Jason Yang

How to get 3 times $45 rebate?

Penny
Penny

For the rebate. I assume it’s 1 form, or do we submit 3 forms (it’s limit 3 per household)

Diamond Vargas
Diamond Vargas

Will an Ink card get 5x going through Visa Checkout? Already used my Amex offer(s).

Chris
Chris

One minus for me is that the rebate is as reward cards (and no PIN). Any way to select check instead?

SteveH
SteveH

I called in and requested a check last year during the Kaspersky rebate when it was a limit 10 (so around $400). It took several follow up phone calls (with each rep saying the previous rep did not process it correctly) but eventually got a check… probably after about 3 months.

Iz
Iz

Use Amex Simplycash for 5x. 🙂

Dan
Dan

Will you get the 5x points if you go though Visa checkout? In my experience going through a “wallet” company like that will negate the rewards points.

SteveH
SteveH

Thanks. Good way to get rid of the Staples gift cards that have piled up with all the Visa/MC rebates lately… plus the ink rewards.

Chris
Chris

When I go to Visa Checkout to add an AMEX card it only has 3 digits for the card’s security code whereas AMEX has 4 digits on the front of the card. How do you add the security code to add the card?

Lisa
Lisa

Probably not helpful but…
I went to visa’s checkout web page. Created an account. Entered the 4 digit security code from my Amex. It was accepted without a problem. Then I went to staples and used that account to pay for order. That all worked.
It looked like alternatively you could got to staples, load your cart, and then create a visa checkout account through staples. Maybe that approach doesn’t work with a 4 digit security code?
Bottom line, it worked for me this morning when I created a visa checkout account first.

Maahi
Maahi

Is the rebate per household or per user? Also it limits to 1 correct?

Anonymous
Anonymous

Can I do this deal once on my staples profile and other on my wife’s profile? How does this work from Rebates perspective or the rebate is limited 3 per house hold?

Jason
Jason

Did anyone get their Amex Offers confirmation instantaneously? I made the purchase about 10 minutes ago, but haven’t received the email yet.

Andrey
Andrey

I did, within minutes.

Lantean
Lantean

it took a few min for me too… Staples system is overwhelmed and it takes about 5-10 just to get charged… the Amex confirmation should follow.

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