Update: It’s unclear whether the in-store purchase will trigger the coupon for an extra 25% back in Staples Rewards (this would have turned the deal into a $100 moneymaker instead of being free). If you don’t want to drive to the store and roll the dice, do the online version of this deal to save yourself time.
Staples is currently offering McAfee Antivirus Basic 1 PC for $39.99 – $39.98 = $0.01 after rebate. Rebate limit is 10. Pricing is valid through January 23, 2016
This deal can be done both in-store and online. If you go in-store, you can use Staples’ current promotion of 25% back in rewards to also get $100 in Staples Rewards; however, you will have to pay sales tax. Online, you can go through a portal like Splender to get 5% cash back, and some states (e.g. California) do not charge sales tax on software downloads. You can’t use the 25% back in Staples Rewards coupon on an online purchase, however.
Your total should be about $400, depending on tax. Paying with your Chase Ink Plus Card will result in earning around 2,000 UR points. You can also just use this as a small MS opportunity or as a way to work on a credit card signup bonus you have.
Yeah, I know, $0.10 is not free. Close enough. The rebate can also be submitted online as a Staples Easy Rebate.
Online (Download or Boxed Version)
Go through Splender for 5% cash back.
If done this way, everything (purchase, rebate, etc.) can be done without leaving your computer. You can also buy the boxed version online if you want.
In-Store (Boxed Version)
This way is a little more legwork, but it is potentially more profitable.
In-store, they will probably not have 10 copies of the software in stock. You can order them all at the kiosk and ship them to your house for free. Select that you want to Pay at the Register to use your 25% rewards coupon. You can also try to purchase the download version at the kiosk to try to avoid sales tax while still using the coupon.