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Extreme Savings at Staples
A lot of people like Staples because of the Chase Ink and its 5X earnings. Staples also has a ton of deals and offers like last week’s 25% back in Rewards coupon and this week’s negative cost Visa gift card deal. To put it simply, there is a lot of opportunity at Staples.
A New Promotion
Today Staples launched another promotion that stacks with something I have wanted to write about for awhile. Through 6/23/15 you can receive 15% off your online order of $100 or more when using Visa Checkout. You can find the full terms and exclusions on this page. This promotion came at a perfect time.
I have been in the market for a router for awhile, since my old one just isn’t cutting it. Dropped connections and buffering are constant problems and I run two businesses out of my house, so we need a strong reliable connection. We simply need something designed to handle the many devices that we have.
One of the things that many people don’t know about is that Staples has instant savings offers on their website for certain products and routers are one of them. Generally it is a good idea to use private/incognito mode, but if you browse around, you should eventually get an offer as shown below.
As you can see, the router of my choice is the Netgear Nighthawk X6 and Staples offered me an additional 13% off. This router has an MSRP of $299.99 and most every store sells it for that price. Staples actually has the lowest online price at $279.99 before any discounts.
So $279.99 is ok, but now with their generous discount, my price is down to $243.59. Nice! That price is about 20% lower than anywhere else. (It sells on Amazon for $290.) But now it is time for extreme stacking. By checking out with Visa Checkout, Staples will bring the price down to $207.05 or $223.82 including tax.
Of course that is not all. I started my purchase through the Upromise portal and received 5% back. (You may be able to get 10% from Discover with the Double Cashback promo, but the portal was not working for me this morning.) Staples also gives me 5% back in Rewards and I paid with my Chase Ink card which earned 5X Ultimate Rewards. So much savings!
In the end, it all looks something like this:
- Final purchase price including tax after portal: $213.47
- Next lowest price including tax: $290
- Savings %: 26.4%
- Rewards earned: $10.35
- Ultimate Rewards Points earned: 1,119
If we value Ultimate Rewards points at 1.7 cents each, then the final cost factoring in the rewards and points earned is $184.10. That is a savings of 36.52% over the next cheapest option. Wow!
Other Ways to Stack
Obviously you could go through the Discover portal and get 5% now and 5% later, although you may not get as high of a discount. In later experiments the largest instant discount on the router I got through Discover was 10%, which still works out slightly better than the math above. You can also purchase discounted Staples gift cards and use them to pay to drive down your overall cost.
I want to warn you that it can be a time suck trying to get a large instant discount to show. I have used multiple browsers and gone through different portals and the largest discount I have seen was 19%, but 10% seems like the most common. Unless you are planning to spend hours at this, I would suggest being happy with 10% off if it shows up.
While you may not be looking for this router or even any router, I always try to show you how to look for opportunities when they present themselves. It is deals like this one and the overall generosity of Staples’ Ink Recycling program that keep me from quitting the company. I generally hate their customer service, but I still love them for so many other reasons.
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