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Staples: FREE Backpacks Next Week

by Tara Kuczykowski on July 22, 2010 · 36 comments

The Staples preview ad is available online now, and there's one hot deal in particular that I want you to know about now. Staples is offering FREE backpacks after Easy Rebate next week! They had a really nice selection available last year, so you'll want to plan on shopping early Sunday for the best choices.

I'll post a list of the best supplies deals on Saturday!

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1 tamika July 22, 2010 at 3:08 pm

man! i already got the kids their backpacks for this year. i thought it was good that wags had them 2 for $9.98! oh, well, maybe i can buy some for my girls and put them up for next year!


2 Connie July 22, 2010 at 3:32 pm

Tamika, my situation is the opposite. My daughter wanted to buy her backpack this week but I told her that staples probably would have the easy rebate thing again, like last year. Whew!


3 Lori July 22, 2010 at 3:52 pm

The preview ad shows 50% off all backpacks...I think I'm missing something. I'm not real familiar with Staples rebates. Do you think they'd do this deal online? My college age daughter is out of state & I'd love for her to pick one for me to have it shipped to her.


4 Low July 22, 2010 at 9:01 pm

I see the same deal as Lori... 50% off. It asked for my zipcode, so I guess maybe we don't get the deal where we live or something. :(


5 Kelley July 22, 2010 at 10:47 pm

Make sure you click on Upcoming Weekly Ad. I missed it the first time also.


6 Amanda July 22, 2010 at 3:53 pm

Do they do this online also?


7 Tara Kuczykowski July 22, 2010 at 4:01 pm

Here's the fine print from the ad:

Valid 7/25/2010-7/31/2010. Valid in store, by phone or online. Limit one rebate per household. Not valid on previous purchases. Selection varies by store.


8 Sara July 22, 2010 at 4:40 pm

I have a question...with the paper that is $.01 after says that you can only get 2 rebates per household...does this mean EVER. This is what I mean: 2 weeks ago, they had this same deal on the paper with the rebate. So, I currently have 2 of the rebates going through. Can I buy 2 more and get the rebates? or do my current rebates mean that I can't get anymore?


9 Tracy July 22, 2010 at 4:54 pm

Sara, rebates generally read 2 rebates per household, by certain dates. So under one rebate deal it may run 3 months and you can only get 2 rebates during that 3 month promotion. When a new, same promotion happens, you can get the allowed promotions then. It all depends on the fine print but sales and rebates are a different ballgame. Example, a sale you may be limited to 2 but you walk out the store or comeback the next day you can get 2 more. Rebates go through a clearing house that keeps track of your address and won't let you get more than one sent to you but you can have them sent to your family or friend's address in your name if you want more than one deal.

For anyone who has already gotten a backpack, this deal is a great way to get a backpack and filled it with supplies for the needy. Locally, we have project backpack as do many other areas. Now more than ever they are needed.


10 kelly July 22, 2010 at 5:43 pm

so is the rebate in the form of a instant gift card or is it mailed to you later after you file for the rebate?? just wondering this is the first time doing this deal!


11 Eleaves July 22, 2010 at 7:30 pm

I was wondering if you can buy more Staples copy paper that they're advertising this week for 1 cent again if you already did that during the deal two weeks ago. Is it a new rebate period or does it last for a month like Rite Aid's? I'm new to rebates at Staples so I wanted to ask before I get it wrong. Thanks.


12 Sara July 22, 2010 at 8:49 pm

@Eleaves--that is essentially the same question that I had! I looked at the rebate details and the FAQ and I never did find a real concrete answer so I have an e-mail in to Staples customer service. When I get an answer, I will reply!


13 Eleaves July 22, 2010 at 9:42 pm

Good to know I'm not the only one. :)


14 Don July 22, 2010 at 10:03 pm

The rebate for the last copy paper was 7/11 - 7/14( Looked at my rebate receipt). So I believe this copy paper is under a new rebate.


15 wtf July 22, 2010 at 10:39 pm

uh, you get a Staples gift card how is this free??

you have to buy a crappy backpack at Staples then you get a Staples gift card back, to buy more crap at staples. so how is this free???


16 Jessie July 23, 2010 at 11:57 am

The post clearly says "free after easy rebate," meaning that what you get back makes up for what you spent. If you don't like the terms of the deal, don't do it - go pay full price somewhere else and get nothing back. Nobody is dragging you to Staples with a gun to your head.


17 aalyah July 18, 2011 at 12:30 pm

jessie i undastand wat u tryna say bud dhat last part gun 2 yo head dhat juz messed up.u aint hav 2 say dhat.dang


18 val--WI July 22, 2010 at 10:39 pm

booo! not in my area.... and i can't seem to access the deal


19 val--WI July 22, 2010 at 10:47 pm

CALM DOWN wtf....


20 Elaina July 22, 2010 at 11:07 pm

Note that you do not get cash back, but a Staples gift card!


21 Marie July 22, 2010 at 11:48 pm

Getting a Staples gift card is no different than earning ExtraCare bucks at CVS, or UP Rewards at Rite Aid! All of the retailers want you to come back and spend the money in their store. I can always use it on school supplies or printer ink or paper, so it is a good deal to me. And I wouldnt consider a Jansport backpack crappy...not for my elementary aged kids anyway!


22 wtf July 23, 2010 at 12:00 am

OK, well it's not technically free. I put down $20+ for a backpack and get a Staples Giftcard back.
I can't take that staples gift card and buy Filet Mignon or fill up my tank at the Exxon. That is what I thought..


23 Mike July 23, 2010 at 9:13 am

Are any of you familiar with this ad enough to know if it includes "laptop backpacks" as well as other "backpacks"? I see their web site has separate categories for these 2 types. Thanks!


24 kevin July 23, 2010 at 12:43 pm

Mike -
It did last year. I got a $120 laptop backpack, and got my $120 rebate. I'm not sure how they can do this, but I love Staples!


25 aalyah July 18, 2011 at 12:27 pm



26 Mike July 23, 2010 at 1:26 pm

Perfect...Thank you, Kevin!!


27 molly July 23, 2010 at 4:08 pm

they actually have really nice the swiss ones. 2 of my kids have had theirs for 4 years...i am going to get my other kid one with this rebate deal....can't you always use paper (use the rebate on paper!!) And my husband had the roller lap top backpack that worked awesome when he travled for business......


28 Erica July 31, 2010 at 9:55 pm

Thank you! I couldn't believe it until I actually did it myself! I'm definitely bookmarking your site!


29 marcia bowden May 27, 2011 at 8:09 am

Actually, I am looking for 300 free backpacks to help children who simply can't afford them. Staples, can you help me? This is for the 2011-2012 school year Pre-K thru 5.


30 aalyah July 18, 2011 at 12:25 pm

dhat really nice bud wat bout middle nd high skool 2?


31 sabrina harris June 16, 2011 at 1:39 am

I'm writing to help the needy supply their kids with back pack 229-244-2473


32 aalyah July 18, 2011 at 12:23 pm

i only 11 nd i told meh ma bout dha reb8 nd she was like halllelugah i think i spelled dhat backpacks wowwwwwwww! imma get up at 11 a.m. imma run n dha sto nd get a mesh backpack. i goin 2 applin so it gotta b clear or mesh.clear sho 2 mut stuff so imma get mesh u cnt relly c dhat mut stuff bud u can c through it dough.anyway deucez!!!!!!!!!!


33 katie July 22, 2011 at 4:13 pm

i looked up the upcoming ad in several different zip code and they all said save 50% on backpacks.. hmm


34 Tara Kuczykowski July 22, 2011 at 4:15 pm

Katie, this post if from 20101. Sorry!


35 Jess July 24, 2011 at 8:41 am

This is a old post? They are only 50% off this year.... : (


36 Jess July 24, 2011 at 8:41 am

This is a old post? They are only 50% off this year.... : ( : (


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