It is November, which means my favorite day of the year is coming up – yes, Black Friday (no joke)! For as long as I can remember, I would anxiously wait for this day. When I was young it typically meant my mom was out early buying me all sort of free gifts, but when I got older I was right next to her in line waiting outside of Best Buy with a hat and gloves on at 4am. I’ve never been one of those super crazy ones to camp out all night, but I do love the thrill of the day.
I have to confess though, last year I slept in. I really didn’t need anything and many of the deals were available online with the opportunity to maximize points by going through the best shopping portal. I think it was the first year in many that my mom and I made this crazy decision.
Well I’ve been anxiously waiting for the Black Friday flyers to arrive (you can check out this site for ones already posted) and the Staples one has just been added. Currently, there are a few software purchases available for FREE after in-store and mail-in rebate. If you actually need these purchases that is even better, but many will get them for the 5x points by using a Chase Ink Business credit card. Note: IF you are getting them solely for the points I highly suggest an advocate donating the software to a school, senior center, non-profit, nursing home, etc.
While these purchases are best when you can purchase them online through the Chase Ultimate Rewards shopping portal to fully maximize your points, as of right now I am not sure if they will in fact be available for free online of if this is an in-store only deal. I guess only time will tell.
So if you happen to be near or in a Staples, you can purchase these following items for free. Since Staples is an office supply store you will get 5x points by using one of the four Chase Ink credit cards.
- Quickbooks Online Simple Start 2012: $99.99 – $10 instant savings – $90 mail in rebate = FREE –> if using a Chase Ink card this will give you 450 Ultimate Rewards points
- McAfee Internet Security 2013: $69.99 – $16 instant savings – $54 mail in rebate = FREE –> if using a Chase Ink card this will give you 270 Ultimate Rewards points
- Kaspersky Internet Security: $59.99 – $59.99 easy rebate = FREE –> if using a Chase Ink card this will give you 300 Ultimate Reward points
- Rebate is limited to one per house (per item)
- This is really only worth it if utilizing a Chase Ink Business credit card
- 1,020 Ultimate Reward points is worth about $20, so I do not suggest fully going out of your way for this – I personally will not be taking advantage of this unless I happen to be at a Staples and will then be donating the software
- A mail in rebate (for the first two items) means you actually need to send in the rebate form and receipts; an east rebate allows you to submit the rebate online through Staples rebate website and is extremely easy and preferable
Another point to consider is the taxes you have to pay on these purchases. By where I live, it is close to 10%, so for the Quickbook purchase, I would be paying $10+postage for 450 UR Points. I agree this is a good deal if you need the software.
Mrs. Deals – I bet Mr. Deals in law would love to join you for Black Friday shopping. lol
@Golferwx – HAHA, that would be his worst nightmare!
FYI, I did the Quickbooks thing over 6 months ago, and it required me to install and activate. No problem, but Quickbooks changed my account, and I never received the rebate. I am currently “hunkered down” in a refund fight for $90 😉
My point is to make sure you check to see what actually has to be installed, activated or what have you. These products that require an actual mail in rebate (rather than online easy rebate) are a hassle and YMMV!
@rhondasbuzz – Good to know, thank you. Sorry you are in a refund fight, and hopefully it works out. I agree though, the easy rebates are the best/easy.
I’m a little confused– the rebates will only be available on Black Friday? Staples is 5x every day with Ink cards.
@Dave – Sorry for the confusion. You ALWAYS get 5x points with the Ink cards at Staples, but on Black Friday those specific software items will be free after rebate.
Also, be careful in that sometimes you have to have a competitor’s program or an earlier version to use these rebates. I think it’s really only useful if you can buy 10 AV programs.
@Lawrence – Once I have the full ad and not a scanned in version I will be able to tell more about the requirements, but you are absolutely right.
don’t forget 2x through Chase UR portal
@Steve – Currently the free after rebate deal is only available in store, but I am hoping we see some online deals.
looks like a FM post coming soon… 😉
I too wait anxiously for BF. I never really need anything but I get a thrill out of finding the best deal! Keep these post coming!
@Jessica – Me too! Typically it is more the thrill of the deal that drives me than the actual item!
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