Staples Complaint - Cash Rewards
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS -- I recently joined Staple's cash rewards program with the understanding that on a quarterly basis, I would receive a 'cash reward' based on a percentage of how much I spend during that respective quarter. The program itself is great. I spent enough within one day that I received a return in the hundreds. After receiving my first reward check I went to Staples and purchased an adapter to hook up my iPod to my car stereo. I was skeptical of the product. However, being it was a 'reward' purchase I thought 'who cares'. Once I started using the product, I realized it was terrible for the price I paid. I packed it up and took it back to Staples to take advantage of their 'Easy Returns'. This is where my complaint begins. I went back to the same staples and they accepted my return with no questions. However, when they tried to process my return, they kept receiving a message on their system saying it was denied. This happened a couple times before the manager was called. The manager looked confused and then explained to me that the system is saying I am attempting to return this product for the second time. I said that's impossible. He then gave me a phone number and asked ME to call that number to clear it up. I then explained to him that maybe the system is confused because I purchased this product with my rewards check. He said 'No', that wouldn't cause an issue. So I pulled out MY cellphone and called the number provided to me by the manager. The company I called was a third party that handles rewards programs for several other companies. They informed me that the reason I am not able to return my product is because I used a rewards check and all purchases made with a rewards check cannot be returned OR exchanged. At that point, I became so upset that my face turned so red that if you were to write 'EASY' on my face, I could have been mistaken for an EASY button. I was then told that my only option was to exchange the product for the same product (not much of an option). I grabbed my product back from the cashier in disgust while losing my respect for Staples and its 'reward' program. I was absolutely surprised at how quickly Staples was able to reject my return and let me walk out the door unsatisfied after spending thousands of dollars in just one day.