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:
limit of 5 = 50 cents
regular price - $1.99 X 20 packages = $39.80
$39.80 + .50 = $40.30
$40.30 - $2.50 = $37.80Granted 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!