The price-match guarantee specifically mentions Amazon, but no other online-only retailers. Their deal isn’t just a price match, but a 110% price match that begins this Sunday, June 29 for people who want to begin their back-to-school shopping early. That is, Staples will match prices, then knock 10% off the matched price.
The policy specifically mentions Amazon…but no other online retailers. Here’s the exact wording: “Staples will price match items sold and shipped by Amazon.com or any retailer who sells products in both retail stores and online under the same brand.” The deal also has the normal exclusions, such as not matching clearance or special event prices, and no price matches minus 10% on items like gift cards or app downloads.
The campaign starts this Sunday, June 29th. Yes, that means Staples is kicking off the back-to-school season the same week that many schools end classes or exams in New England.
Why even wait that long? Let’s just start the back-to-school sales for the following school year in the fall, as soon as the last notebooks and binders have been sold on clearance. No, wait, retailers need that space for Christmas decorations in early September, don’t they?