Have you heard of Staples new policy for teachers? Last year, when Staples had their sales on school supplies in July and August, the public was limited in the amount they could purchase of the sale items. Teachers were allowed to purchase up to 25 of the items at the sale price, which was a big help! With the new policy, teachers will get the sale price for the same amount as the public. Teachers can purchase up to 25 of the item on sale, at regular price. This amount teachers spend will be rewarded back in Staples rewards.
Here is how this will work:
I can’t remember the exact sale price, but for example purposes, let’s say that a package of loose leaf binder paper was/is on sale for 10 cents.
2011 TEACHER POLICY:
25 packages of loose leaf binder paper = $2.50
2012 TEACHER POLICY:
Granted teachers get Staples rewards for the money they spend. But, it’s still $37.80 MORE coming out of my checking account.
I checked my Staples Rewards account to see how much money I’ve spent this year. Since January 1st, which doesn’t count all of the money I spent in the back to school sales, I have spent $683.79. Granted, to a large corporation, this is a drop in the bucket. But, if other teachers are as irritated as I am, eventually it will be felt on the corporate bottom line.
I initially heard about Staples great deals for teachers from teacher blogs. I checked it out and loved what I found. In the past, I shopped at Target or Wal-Mart for my back to school supply bargains. Target and Wal-Mart are more convenient places for me to get my supplies, because I’m already there shopping for my family. I was willing to make a special trip to Staples because of the bargains. This new policy will not motivate me to make a special trip to purchase my supplies. I wonder if this new policy is going to be like the New Coke from the 80’s . . . . a big flop!