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OfficeMax MaxPerks Bonus Rewards offers 10/14-10/20: PREORDER Microsoft Windows 8 Pro, various items, Pay $69.99, get back $30 in Bonus Rewards


MaxPerks Rewards offers for the week: LINK.


Free THERMOS Insulated 3 Piece Lunch Carrier with your OfficeMax.com purchase of $150 or more
--- Thermos Raya 9 Can Tote Set [23659818] LINK
--- PROMO CODE: LUNCH
--- Includes a lined thermal tote, a 24 oz hydratio bottle with leak proof lid and a 6 cube reusable ice mat.


Valid in-store, online and via phone:

PREORDER Microsoft Windows® 8 Pro [23487013] Pay $69.99, get back $30 in Bonus Rewards LINK
--- fixed value reward
--- Reg price $199.99, on sale for $69.99
--- Apparently Upgrade from Windows XP, Vista, 7 (and presumably 8) to Window 8 Pro. Includes DVD. Does not include license for Media Center.
--- Available to Ship 10/26
--- Manufacturer #: 3UR-00001
--- For what it's worth, link to product on Amazon.com LINK
------ Amazon also has a brief FAQ about this product.

PREORDER Microsoft Windows® 8 Pro Pack [23457493] Online SKU [23507199] Pay $69.99, get back $30 in Bonus Rewards LINK
--- fixed value reward
--- Reg price $99.99, on sale for $69.99
--- Apparently Upgrade from Windows 8 to Window 8 Pro with Media Center. Product key card only.
--- "Move up from Window 8 to Windows 8 Pro with Media Center"
--- Available to Ship 10/26
--- Manufacturer #: 5VR-00001


Valid ONLINE ONLY:

20% Bonus Reward on $50 purchase of HP ink or purchase of 2 identical HP toner cartridges requires a minimum $50 HP ink purchase (after coupons or discounts) or purchase of 2 identical HP toner cartridges in the same transaction, dual packs count as 1, online only.



Note 00: No rewards purchase limits noted for the Windows 8 titles. To date, that has meant unlimited.

Note 01: The item maybe be "discontinued" or "temporarily out of stock" until it is made available forsale (usually around 3 AM eastern). These states can occur sporadically through out the day on Sunday.

Note 02: While the product pages above might link to a multi-product page, only the specific items listed above qualify for the bonus rewards.

Note 03: Member's MaxPerks ID card number must be scanned/entered at the time of purchase; no Bonus Rewards adjustments will be made after purchase.



TERMS per OfficeMax MaxPerks page:

Bonus Rewards are available only for items marked as a MaxPerks® Bonus Reward offer. All Bonus Reward offers are available 10/14/12 thru 10/20/12. Limits may apply; see product offer for details. $30 Bonus Reward when you pre-order a copy of Microsoft Windows® 8 Pro Pack (item# 23507199). $30 Bonus Reward when you pre-order a copy of Microsoft Windows Pro (item# 23487013). 20% Bonus Reward on $50 purchase of HP ink or purchase of 2 identical HP toner cartridges requires a minimum $50 HP ink purchase (after coupons or discounts) or purchase of 2 identical HP toner cartridges in the same transaction, dual packs count as 1, online only. Items and related Bonus Rewards are available while supplies last. Member's MaxPerks ID card must be presented at time of purchase; no Bonus Reward adjustments will be made after purchase. All Bonus Reward offers valid in store, online and/or via phone order, unless otherwise indicated. Bonus Rewards issued are based upon price actually paid by Member, as advertised price can be reduced by any applicable coupon or discount. Bonus Rewards for these offers, along with any other rewards a Member may have earned during the same period, will be issued in the next statement cycle in the form of a MaxPerks Reward Card redeemable toward future purchases at OfficeMax®. Reward Cards expire 90 days from date of issuance, except in Florida where they expire one (1) year from date of issuance. See OfficeMax.com/maxperksterms for full details.

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A couple of points of interest for those not following along in other threads:


OfficeMax's MaxPerks Rewards program is trial marketing several new recycling offers.

While the existing program is up to 10 carts per month, $2 per cart, paid via rewards the new trial programs are:

--- up to 10 carts per month, $1 per cart, paid via in-store coupon that has to be used that same day
------ "*Effective 9/16/12, save $1 instantly on your same-day in-store transaction for each qualifying cartridge, up to a maximum of $10 in savings per calendar month per member."

--- up to 20 carts per month, $1 per cart, paid via in-store coupon that has to be used that same day
------ "**Effective 9/16/12, save $1 instantly on your same-day in-store transaction for each qualifying cartridge, up to a maximum of $20 in savings per calendar month per member."

--- there might be others

Apparently, to find out if you are in a trial market, log into your rewards account and view the "Recycling Program" page. If the old terms are there it appears you are not in a trial. If a trial's terms are there, it appears you are in a trial. My guess is that the trial markets are enforced at the store level not the account level.

For those in a trial program, please let OfficeMax/MaxPerks know that the trial program terms are an unwelcome change from the old terms. Do not let this pass without comment.

TERMS:

*Effective 9/16/12, save $1 instantly on your same-day in-store transaction for each qualifying cartridge, up to a maximum of $10 in savings per calendar month per member. Qualifying cartridges are any visibly undamaged ink/toner cartridges. Excludes remanufactured cartridges of any brand. Qualified items and the degree of damage are determined by OfficeMax at its sole discretion. While there is no limit to the number of ink or toner cartridges you may recycle, you will only receive a discount for the qualifying items and limited quantity noted. Discount valid on regular, sale, promotional and/or clearance priced items. Not valid on purchases of HP and EPSON ink/toner cartridges, gift cards, general-use prepaid cards, phone cards, Virgin Mobile devices, US postage stamps, shredding services, MaxAssurance®, Ctrlcenter®, OfficeMax Essentials Kits, assembly or FedEx® shipping services. Void where prohibited. Cannot be combined with any other coupon, associate discount, OfficeMax® Customer Perks and/or Retail ConnectSM pricing. Not valid on prior purchases or for credit card payments. No cash or credit back.


**Effective 9/16/12, save $1 instantly on your same-day in-store transaction for each qualifying cartridge, up to a maximum of $20 in savings per calendar month per member. Qualifying cartridges are any visibly undamaged ink/toner cartridges. Excludes remanufactured cartridges of any brand. Qualified items and the degree of damage are determined by OfficeMax at its sole discretion. While there is no limit to the number of ink or toner cartridges you may recycle, you will only receive a discount for the qualifying items and limited quantity noted. Discount valid on regular, sale, promotional and/or clearance priced items. Not valid on purchases of HP and EPSON ink/toner cartridges, gift cards, general-use prepaid cards, phone cards, Virgin Mobile devices, US postage stamps, shredding services, MaxAssurance®, Ctrlcenter®, OfficeMax Essentials Kits, assembly or FedEx® shipping services. Void where prohibited. Cannot be combined with any other coupon, associate discount, OfficeMax® Customer Perks and/or Retail ConnectSM pricing. Not valid on prior purchases or for credit card payments. No cash or credit back.


MaxPerks has changed the format of the rewards certificate and added a barcode.

On the left hand side there is:

Line 1: MPID: <maxperks membership id #>
Line 2: <rewards certificate #>
Line 3: <scan-able barcode of the rewards certificate #>
Line 4: PIN: <reward certificate pin #> [It appears the cashier will still have to manually enter the PIN]
Line 5: <expiration date>

This should speed up in-store purchases a bit.

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bpvh's UNOFFICIAL MAXPERKS FAQ (vers. 2012.08.26):

This is a work in progress.


01. Is membership in a MaxPerks Rewards program required to take advantage of these bonus offers?
02. What are MaxPerks Rewards and what can MaxPerks Rewards purchase?
03. Can only businesses and teachers join the MaxPerks Rewards programs?
04. If a bonus rewards item is paid for with rewards will the bonus rewards still be awarded? Do rewards "roll"?
05. Does using coupons impact the rewards payout?
06. Any other payment concerns?
07. How many rewards card can be used on a single purchase?
08. What timezone does OfficeMax.com use to date purchases?
09. What "date" does the MaxPerks Rewards site use as the date of record for online transactions?
10. The offer is not advertised in my region. Is the offer valid in my region?
11. The item's online price does not match the item's price in the advertisement. Will the rewards payout be the advertised price or the purchase price?
12. If an item paid for with rewards is returned, how will the refund be paid out?
13. When will the rewards be noted on the rewards account?
14. How and when will the rewards / bonus rewards be paid out?
15. Do rewards expire?
16. Can rewards be used to purchase gift cards?
17. What is the best way to cash out the Rewards?
18. Does the purchase of an item with an 100% back in rewards or a fixed value rewards offer count toward the purchase requirement for the ink/toner recycling program?
19. The terms and conditions of the MaxPerks Rewards for Business program appear to have a $500 purchase requirement before rewards payout? Do I have to purchase $500 worth of items at OfficeMax before MaxPerks pays out the bonus rewards?


01. Is membership in a MaxPerks Rewards program required to take advantage of these bonus offers?

Yes, membership is required. To join fill out an application in-store or online at www.officemaxperks.com.


02. What are MaxPerks Rewards and what can MaxPerks Rewards purchase?

MaxPerks Rewards are effectively OfficeMax store credit with an expiration date. MaxPerks Rewards can be used to purchase most items in-store, online and by phone except they "are not redeemable for gift cards, general use pre-paid cards, phone cards and are not redeemable for cash unless otherwise required by law."**


03. Can only businesses and teachers join the MaxPerks Rewards programs?

Anyone who meets the following requirements can join: "MaxPerks is open to legal residents of the 50 United States (and D.C., Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands) age eighteen (18) years and older who have internet access to manage their MaxPerks account."**

Teachers may sign-up for the MaxPerks Rewards for Teachers program. The main advantage of the Teachers rewards program is the higher standard rewards payout ($10 for every $75 in qualified purchases for Teachers versus $25 for every $500 in qualified purchases for Business). The main disadvantage of the Teachers rewards program is that the rewards are paid out quarterly.

Everyone else should sign-up for the MaxPerks Rewards for Business program. Where the business application requests "Business Name" enter first and last name.


04. If a bonus rewards item is paid for with rewards will the bonus rewards still be awarded? In other words, do rewards "roll"?

Yes, to date, with one exception.

Paying for percentage back in bonus rewards (e.g. 100% back in rewards on a specific item), $0.01 after bonus rewards and fixed value (buy X, get $Y in rewards) bonus rewards offers with rewards have earned rewards so at least for those three types of bonus rewards offers, MaxPerks rewards have "rolled".

The one type of bonus rewards offer that does not roll is "Get X% Back in MaxPerks Rewards on most everything". The offers' terms noted the exception:

"*20% MaxPerks Bonus Rewards offer valid in-store from June 20, 2010 thru June 26, 2010. Saving pass, phone promo code or online promo code and member's MaxPerks ID card must be presented at time of purchase. No Bonus Reward adjustments will be made after purchase. Not valid on computers, gift cards, general use prepaid cards, phone cards, purchases with a Retail ConnectSM card, sales tax, OfficeMax private label ink, toner and ink refills, Sprint® monthly price plans and purchases made prior to enrollment and purchases with a MaxPerks Reward Card."

Note: Some MaxPerks customer service representatives are under the erroneous impression that rewards do not roll. This can be a problem if the system does not automatically award the rewards.


05. Does using coupons impact the rewards payout?

It depends on the type of bonus rewards offer:

---- if it's a percentage back bonus rewards offer, then using a coupon will reduce the rewards payout to the extent the coupon is applied to the item at the offers percentage rate (ie. coupon amount applied to item multiplied by the percentage rate of the offer). Dollar off coupons are still useful in reducing the initial outlay, the eventual rewards payout, and the amount of sales tax paid if applicable.
---- if it's a net $0.01 after bonus rewards offer, then using a coupon will reduce the rewards payout to the extent the coupon is applied to the item. Dollar off coupons are still useful in reducing the initial outlay, the eventual rewards payout, and the amount of sales tax paid if applicable.
---- if it's a fixed value (buy X get $Y in rewards) bonus rewards offer, then using a coupon has not impacted the rewards payout regardless of the change in wording in the Bonus Rewards issued sentence from "percentage-based Bonus Reward" offers to "Bonus Rewards" offers.

For online orders (and presumably phone orders), coupons are pro-rated to the entire order. For in-store purchases, coupons are applied to the highest priced item in the purchase.

Note: Some MaxPerks customer service representatives are under the erroneous impression that coupons reduce rewards payout regardless of what type of rewards offer. This can be a problem if the system does not automatically award the rewards.


06. Any other payment concerns?

Cash, credit cards, gift cards and merchandise : Earn both bonus rewards (100% back offers, $0.01 after rewards, buy X get $Y in rewards offers) and standard rewards (business: $25 for every $500, teacher: $10 for every $75)

Rewards cards: Earn bonus rewards (100% back offers, $0.01 after rewards, buy X get $Y in rewards offers) but NOT standard rewards (business: $25 for every $500, teacher: $10 for every $75)


07. How many rewards card can be used on a single purchase?

In-store and phone: According to the program's terms, up to three Rewards Cards can be used on a single transaction for in-store and phone purchases. The last time I tried using more than three Rewards cards on a single transaction in-store -- admittedly this past June -- the cash register did not prevent using more than three.

Online: The limit is one rewards card (or gift card) per transaction.


08. What timezone does OfficeMax.com use to date purchases?

Central. All purchases through OfficeMax.com are dated according to Central time.


09. What "date" does the MaxPerks Rewards site use as the date of record for online transactions?

The MaxPerks Rewards site generally uses the date the item ships as the date of record (the "Transaction Date") for an online order. If this date falls outside the offer period it is possible that the system will not automatically credit the reward. If the reward is not automatically credited, contact MaxPerks Rewards customer service to have the reward credited.


10. The offer is not advertised in my region. Is the offer valid in my region?

This appears to be YMMV. Some have reported that non-advertised bonus rewards offers worked for them while others have reported that they have not. My experience is that bonus rewards offers are not valid outside of the targeted region(s).


11. The item's online price does not match the item's price in the advertisement. Will the rewards payout be the advertised price or the purchase price?

Some offers have a "maximum reward amount" attached but to date it does not appear that the maximum award amount is being enforced.

Otherwise, for 100% back in rewards offers the rewards payout has been the purchase price regardless of whether the purchase price is less than or greater than the advertised price.


12. If an item paid for with rewards is returned, how will the refund be paid out?

Refunds for items paid for with rewards should be refunded via a merchandise cards. Merchandise cards do not have an expiration date.


13. When will the rewards be noted on the rewards account?

Please note that the transaction might update in stages.

For an in-store purchase, the transaction information for the purchase should update within several days of purchase. The rewards for the transaction might not update for several days after that.

For an online purchase, the transaction information for the purchase should update within several days of the order's shipment. The rewards for the transaction might not update for several days after that. If the purchase is shipped in several shipments, the transaction and rewards will be updated individually for each shipment.


14. How and when will the rewards / bonus rewards be paid out?

Rewards are paid out via a rewards card (unlimited use until funds exhausted) that can be printed from the MaxPerk's rewards site.

For Business program members, rewards are paid out monthly and are generally paid out in the middle to latter half of the month in the month after the transaction. So, the bonus rewards for the purchase of a bonus rewards item in July will generally be paid out in August.

For Teacher program members, rewards are paid out quarterly and are generally paid out in the middle to latter half of the month in the month following the end of the quarter. So, the bonus rewards for the purchase of a bonus rewards items in July thru September will be paid out in October.

If the rewards will be paid out at a different time it will be noted in the offer's terms.


15. Do rewards expire?

Yes. Rewards expire the last day of the month 3 months following the month in which they are made available on the MaxPerks rewards website. The expiration date is not determined by accessing the online rewards account or printing the rewards certificates.


16. Can rewards be used to purchase gift cards?

No. Effective July 28, 2011, MaxPerks rewards certificates can no longer be used to purchase third party gift and third pary prepaid cards. It has been reported that the cash registers are no longer allowing such a sale.

"Reward Cards are not redeemable for gift cards, general use pre-paid cards, phone cards and are not redeemable for cash unless otherwise required by law."**

"Effective July 28, 2011, Reward Cards are no longer redeemable for purchases of any gift cards OfficeMax sells, including third party gift cards (i.e. restaurant, music, travel, or entertainment gift cards, other merchants’ gift cards, etc.), general use pre-paid cards (i.e. Visa® gift cards, MasterCard® gift cards, and American Express® gift cards), phone cards, or for OfficeMax brand gift cards."**


17. What is the best way to cash out the Rewards?

Unlike Office Depot and Staples, OfficeMax does not offer free after rebate items which leaves purchasing items that are needed or that can be flipped.


18. Does the purchase of a bonus rewards item count toward the purchase requirement for the ink/toner recycling program?

Yes, as long as the purchase is otherwise a qualifying purchase, the purchase of a bonus rewards item does count toward the purchase requirement for the ink/toner recycling program at the item's purchase price net of coupons, rewards (paid on the purchase not received because of the purchase), sales tax and shipping.

Qualifying Purchase

Qualifying purchases are any products or services in our stores, catalogs or web site except for computers, tablets, eReaders, gift cards, general use pre-paid cards, phone cards, Sprint® service plans, sales tax, purchases with a Retail ConnectSM card, purchases made prior to the date of enrollment, and purchases made with your MaxPerks rewards. You will start earning credit for purchases made with your MaxPerks member ID the day you sign up.**

Example:

100% back in bonus rewards on a widget priced at $60.00. Purchase paid for with a $10 off coupon, $20 in rewards and the remainder ($30 net of sales tax) on a credit card.

This purchase will earn $50 in bonus rewards ($60 - $10 coupon) and will count as $30 ($60 - $10 coupon - $20 rewards) toward the recycling program's purchase requirement.


19. The terms and conditions of the MaxPerks Rewards for Business program appear to have a $500 purchase requirement before rewards payout? Do I have to purchase $500 worth of items at OfficeMax before MaxPerks pays out the bonus rewards?

No, the $500 purchase requirement does not apply to bonus rewards.

The OfficeMax MaxPerks rewards programs have two types of rewards: standard and bonus.

The standard reward for the business program members is $25 for every $500 in qualified purchases. The standard reward for the teacher program members is $10 for every $75 in qualified purchases).

Bonus rewards are special deals offered throughout the year. The bonus reward payouts are not linked in any way to standard rewards payouts. See the following from the program's terms and conditions

How To Earn Rewards

From time to time, OfficeMax may also offer its members MaxPerks Bonus Reward opportunities in which members can earn extra rewards (which may vary in amount) for purchasing specified products or completing a required action. To take advantage of the MaxPerks Bonus Rewards special purchase offers, you must have your MaxPerks member ID number at the time of purchase and it must be applied to that purchase. From time to time, these types of offers will also require a coupon code, in addition to your member ID to qualify for the Bonus Reward. No MaxPerks Bonus Reward adjustments will be made after purchase. MaxPerks Bonus Rewards will be issued in the next statement cycle regardless of your qualified purchase balance, unless another timeframe is noted for that specific offer.**


(*) - quote from the MaxPerks Rewards for Business FAQs

(**) - quote from the MaxPerks Rewards for Business Terms and Conditions


DISCLAIMER:

The UNOFFICIAL MAXPERKS FAQ is a compilation of information found not only in the official MaxPerks Rewards for Business Terms and Conditions and the accompanying MaxPerks Rewards for Business FAQs but also through my own personal experience and the personal experiences of others as posted to SD and FW.

Seems like a decent deal, combine with a coupon and resell on eBay?

Wonder if it's limit 1 of each.

JamesTKirk said:   Wonder if it's limit 1 of each.
No limit noted on the ad graphic or in the terms at the bottom of the pages near the middle of the flyer. Maybe more info will be released on the OfficeMax MaxPerks page on Sunday.

Dynastar454 said:   Seems like a decent deal, combine with a coupon and resell on eBay?

OK, since you brought it up, where do you think Win 8 will open for trading on eBay?

$70 seems to be the regular price for now. So, it will be lower than that on eBay, Microsoft is also offering this as a download for $40. Seems to me
the eBay selling price could end up between $45 and $65. Then shipping, eBay/paypal fees and taxes when you buy it.

What is your expected profit on this item?

EDIT: Anyone can get the same preorder for 59.99 on Amazon right now.

Microsoft is apparently offering direct-upgrade to Windows 8 Pro Pack from XP on up for $39.99 directly at launch.

Why in the world would anyone pay $39.99 to go to 8 non-pro?

This only makes sense if you are going to sit on the discs for a long time. Like until after January when the Microsoft direct $39 Pro+Pro Pack upgrade offer expires.

Factoring in the time value of money, this isn't a good deal... saving my cash for BF.

asuka said:   Microsoft is apparently offering direct-upgrade to Windows 8 Pro Pack from XP on up for $39.99 directly at launch.

Why in the world would anyone pay $39.99 to go to 8 non-pro?

This only makes sense if you are going to sit on the discs for a long time. Like until after January when the Microsoft direct $39 Pro+Pro Pack upgrade offer expires.

Factoring in the time value of money, this isn't a good deal... saving my cash for BF.

Which version in the OP goes to Windows 8 non-pro?

One goes from Windows XP and on to Windows 8 Pro and the other goes from Windows 8 to Windows 8 Pro with Media Center.

On 10/26th, you could download windows 8 pro upgrade for $39.99 from Microsoft.com, you can also add Windows Media Center for free through the “add features” option within Windows 8 Pro after your upgrade.

I just got 2 of these. 1. wanted to burn through my rewards $$ for recycling and other purchases. 2. Got 3% Cash Back from Ebates and used a $30 off $150 coupon to minimize tax. 3. Having DVD's is better than downloading for some people who do not want to download/upgrade right away.

I don't think there'll be much of a market for reselling on eBay. If you do go that route, it would only maybe cover your cost so you'll just be cashing out $80 and rolling $60 not considering tax and eBay/papyal/ship fees.

What is the big deal with media center anyway? I never ever use it. I play movies here n there using VLC and I stream movies to my tv via my WDTV..So Im just curious what WMC is all about?

A steal if ever there was one!
Do you have 10 empty inks? You can get Windows 8 for as little as $9.99.
$39 is a great deal as it stands, but you can recycle ten ink cartridges with your Maxperks rewards card at OfficeMax to get $20 in Maxperks rewards.
Net total: $9.99 for an OS.

andrewrp said:   A steal if ever there was one!
Do you have 10 empty inks? You can get Windows 8 for as little as $9.99.
$39 is a great deal as it stands, but you can recycle ten ink cartridges with your Maxperks rewards card at OfficeMax to get $20 in Maxperks rewards.Net total: $19.99 for an OS.


Your math was off by $10. Fixed it for ya.

$70 - 30rewards = $40 - $20 ink rewards = $20.

Unbannned said:   What is the big deal with media center anyway? I never ever use it. I play movies here n there using VLC and I stream movies to my tv via my WDTV..So Im just curious what WMC is all about?

Among other things, WMC can turn your PC into a DVR without any monthly-fees. Alos, it works with network devices such as SiliconDust (meaning you can watch TV without a cable outlet in the room).

Is everyone sure that the free Media Center offer is only available for those that purchase direct from Microsoft?



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