When you trade in your old electronic device for “recycling” while buying a new one, does that device have to work? Staples offered a $100 rebate this holiday season to customers who sent in their old computers after purchasing a new one. “Recycling” is in quotes because computers traded in had to be running, and include the charger, so they were bound for re-use rather than recycling. That was no problem for George, though — he traded in a working computer. Only the screen was cracked when it reached the center, and he didn’t get the full rebate.
Nessy recently tried to buy a new camera from a Staples store in Burlington, Vermont. She discovered some pretty interesting things about this particular store. For instance, no they can’t put fresh batteries in a floor model! Okay fine, they’ll do it, but it takes a manager and two employees–yes, three people!–to insert fresh batteries. Also, did you know that if a floor model isn’t working, you can just check out a different model from the same company, because everything is the same? No, you say? That’s stupid? Well, maybe that’s why Nessy ended up buying the camera from… oh no… you’ll have to read it for yourself.