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Billeater: Staples Back to School Laptop Deal

By Guest Blogger(view all posts by savingtools.com)
at 11:57AM Wednesday August 31, 2011
under Spotlight Deals

For those of you heading off to school for the first time or returning to continue your education, Staples is offering a free $100 Visa gift card to students who purchase a laptop.
There are only a few models of computers which are eligible for the promotion including the Dell Inspiron 15R and the HP dm4x. The Inspiron boasts a 15.6 inch screen, 6GB of RAM, a Core i3-2310m processor and 640GB hard drive, while the HP dm4x has a 14 inch screen, 6GB of RAM, a Core i5-2410m processor and a 640GB hard drive. Staples is running the promotion at least until September 3rd, but it may be extended into next week as well.

How to Receive Your $100 Visa Gift Card

Since the offer is not valid online, you must purchase the laptop in the store. Make sure you bring your student ID from the college or high school you currently attend. If you are heading off to college for the first time and you do not have a student ID, Staples will accept a letter of acceptance instead. Make sure you have a driver's license, passport or photo ID so that the associate can match the names. If you are a high school student, you may still take advantage of this promotion, so long as you have a valid school identification card such as an Associated Student Body card.

Once the associate verifies you are eligible, you will receive a printed rebate form on your receipt. You must go to Staples Easy Rebate form site, submit your rebate and in roughly 4-6 weeks, you should receive a prepaid Visa card for $100.00. If you cannot find your receipt, you can visit the Staples Rebate Center to find it. Then, you may mail-in your rebate, along with a copy of your student ID or acceptance letter with accompanying verification document to receive your prepaid Visa gift card.

Keep in mind that you cannot redeem the gift card for cash, nor can you use it at any ATM machine. There is a six-month maintenance fee of $3.00, but it will only apply after the first six months since the date the card was issued.

What Laptops Qualify?

While the Dell Inspiron 15R and the HP dm4x are two of the laptops you can purchase to become eligible, Staples also offers two additional laptops. The Samsung Series 3 computer with an 11.6 inch screen, 4GB of RAM, a Core 13-2357M processor and a 320GB hard drive, and the Toshiba Satellite R845-S80 with a 14 inch screen, 4GB of RAM, a Core i3-2310M processor and a 500GB hard drive. There are reviews on all the models on Staples' website, so consider checking out what others have to say so you have a general idea of what you are looking for before you head into the store.

Jessica Bosari writes for the money-saving site, Billeater.com. The site is devoted to helping people reduce expenses, save money and find great deals. Pay Billeater a visit for more money-saving tips!