Staples McAfee Free Money & Points!
Back in January I covered a pretty amazing deal that Staples had. At the time they were selling McAfee Antivirus software for $39.99 with a $39.98 easy rebate. The best part of this was that the limit was 10 units. This meant you could spend $399.90 up front and receive a prepaid Visa card of $399.80 after submitting the rebate.
As I explained in my original post, the math on this was very good. If you used a Chase Ink card then you earned:
- 2,000 Ultimate Rewards points
- $20 (5% in portal cashback)
- $8-$20 in Staples Rewards depending on your tier.
While your values for the above might vary from mine, I would say that is worth about $50-$70 total. Not bad for purchasing an item and then filling out an online form and waiting.
Issues With The Rebate
Several people including myself had an issue with the rebate unfortunately. When I tried to submit my rebate, it gave me an error saying they needed more time to determine my eligibility. Luckily a quick chat with the Staples Easy Rebate people got my filing on track.
Other people reported Staples saying there was a limit of one. I think there may have been some confusion since a similar deal was offered the next week with a limit of 1. If you purchased during the dates laid out in my post, you should be eligible for the rebate on the 10 units as is described in the terms on their rebate form.
Getting the Card
In my experience Staples Easy Rebates can sometimes be quick and sometimes take forever. I filed my rebate about a month ago and was happy to see the prepaid Visa card arrive in the mail today. The best part was that it came in the full amount of $399.80. Other than the quick chat (which took 10 minutes) it went very well.
Liquidating Your Card
While Staples Visa rebate cards didn’t used to be pin-enabled, fortunately that has changed. I confirmed recently that the PIN number on these cards is the last four digits of the card number. Additionally, they work to load Bluebird/Serve at Walmart and should work in other places that pin-enabled gift cards work. This means I will simply load this to my Serve card and get the cash back directly. That is better than my previous strategy of buying eBay gift cards for the fuel points.
If you haven’t received your rebate card yet, it may be a good idea to go to the Staples Easy Rebate website to track and make sure the rebate is being processed correctly. While I can’t say this deal initially went as well as planned, it did turn out alright and my total time investment of about 30 minutes including the chat was worth what I earned in the end.
Have you received your prepaid card from this deal yet? Have you had issues? Let me know in the comments!