I’m a big fan of reward programs and I especially love Office Max’s program: MaxPerks Rewards. Anybody can sign-up for free, you don’t actually have to own a business or anything (they also have a separate one for teachers).
The coolest thing about their program is that they often offer FREE items after the rewards. For example, buy product X for $9.99 and get back 100% in MaxPerks rewards (limit 3). Easy peasy if you can wait around 4-8 weeks for your reward to credit to your account. Once the reward is credited to your MaxPerks account, you can either use it online, in-store or for phone orders.
So, last month I had some rewards that were about to expire but nothing I really needed to use them on. After pondering it for a while, I decided this could make for an interesting experiment. I had $58.96 in MaxPerks rewards that were about to expire, but there was only 1 item available for 100% back after the rewards with a limit of 3.
That certainly wouldn’t be enough to transfer all of my rewards back to me, but I got lucky. They had some sort of member-appreciation thing going on where you could earn 20% back on your purchase. Of course I used Cash-back Shopping to earn money back on the purchase as well. Here’s how it all went down:
3 Sharpie Fine Black markers 12 pack $8.29 each- get back 100% in MaxPerks rewards (limit 3)
HP 901 Tri-color ink cartridge $29.99
Tape for my label maker $7.99
Paid w/ $58.96 in MaxPerks rewards & $9.04 on my MasterCard
What I expected to get:
$24.87 in rewards from 3 Sharpie items @ 100% back
$7.59 in rewards from other 2 items @ 20% back
Expected total in rewards: $32.46
What I actually got: $20.67 in rewards
WTF right? It doesn’t make any sense to me. If they don’t allow you to earn rewards when you use rewards to purchase the items, then shouldn’t I have received no more than $9.04 (since that’s the non-reward amount I paid)?
If they screwed up and only gave me 20% back on everything, then I only should have gotten $12.57. How does this make sense, I really can’t figure it out. Maybe I should have done this experiment when I could have used my rewards only on the 100% back items. As far as this experiment goes, I can’t exactly tell for sure. Later on, I’ll try again the other way and that should clear things up.
Anybody else try this or know what happened?
PS- Office Max actually has a few good things with 100% back in rewards this week. If you don’t already have an Office MaxPerks account, you can go set one up real quick here. Don’t forget to use Cash-back Shopping to get some money back on your purchases, plus Office Max usually gives you free shipping on orders of $50+.
UPDATE: Last night, I order 2 of the ful Road Manager 26″ Rolling Duffel in red, below. There is a limit of 2 backpacks/bags per person with 100% back in Max Perks rewards; they’re gonna be free after rewards.
This is just until Saturday or until they run out. I went through Shop at Home to earn cash-back (which is currently <as of last night> offering 4% cash-back at Office Max), plus I got free shipping and I used my Best Buy MasterCard and will earn points.
The MaxPerks rewards should appear in my account sometime in September and then I can use them toward my laptop. This is all separate money I’ve had put aside for a new laptop. Since I was going to buy a laptop anyway, I figured it would totally rock to get some free luggage out it.