Tricky Staples! Last month I wrote about recycling ink cartridges and featured Staples since they give you a $3 coupon good towards the purchase of new ink when you drop off your old cartridge.
Well it seems that they have changed the rules of the game since February. Tonight we had an ink crisis and Tech Savvy Daddy took our empty cartridge to Staples to buy a new one and found they wouldn’t accept our old cartridge without a Staples Reward Card. Staples now attaches your $3 reward to a “monthly ink recycling reward” which comes separately from your Staples Rewards statements. For details, click here.
I’m not sure about the changes to Staples’ ink recycling rewards program. I liked the instant gratification of getting and spending my $3 certificate. And to be honest, I’ve had a Staples Teacher Rewards Card since I started teaching and have never received a dime worth of rebates for all the stuff I’ve bought from them. You would think that bulletin board borders, stickers, pencils, and all the other miscellaneous items I spent my own money on through the years would have added up to some kind of teacher rebate…
So just know that if you head to Staples, take your reward card and know that you are limited to returning 10 cartridges a month. And let me know if you get your ink rebate in the mail so I can stop being a skeptic!