Save on School Supplies at Staples
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Save on School Supplies at Staples

Posted on Thursday, July 3rd, 2014 at 7:00 am
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School SupplyBelieve it or not, the sales on school supplies have already started! It can be a little hard to think about returning to school only a few weeks after the previous school year came to a close. Are you ready to mentally fast-forward through summer vacation and begin planning for the upcoming school year? If so, then it would be worth it to check out the super early school supplies sale at Staples.

Staples started their back to school sale on June 29, 2014. It is quite different from what they have previously offered. Last year, Staples had a back to school supplies discount card that parents could purchase. They could then use the card all summer long to get extra savings on school supplies. For whatever reason, there is no discount card being offered this year.

Instead, Staples is doing a Back to School 110% Price Match Guarantee. Staples will price match items sold and shipped by Amazon.com or any retailer who sells products in both retail stores and online under the same brand. Customers will receive an additional 10% off the difference between the Staples price and the competitor price. The back-to-school 100% Price Match Guarantee is valid at the time of purchase in Staples stores and on Staples.com.

I would recommend that parents bring their smartphone or tablet to the Staples store so they can go online and check Amazon.com to find out what price they are selling a particular brand and type of school supplies for. Next, compare that price to the exact same item that you see at the Staples store.

Is the price at Amazon.com (or another retailer that sells products both in stores and online) lower than what Staples is selling it for? If so, take your smartphone to the Staples Customer Service Desk associate immediately. The only way to take advantage of the Staples Back to School 110% Price Match Guarantee is to show proof that Amazon has a lower price on a particular item at the time of purchase.

In other words, don’t buy things from Staples first, and then comparison shop from your home computer afterwards. The way the sale is worded indicates that your chance to take advantage of it ends after you have made a purchase from Staples. It does not appear that you can come back to Staples with your receipt and a print-out that shows that Amazon sold the same item for less and expect to be able to take advantage of the 110% Price Match Guarantee.

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