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Nov
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The retail slugfest that is Black Friday is almost upon us, and several stores are eager to get in a few punches before the bell. That includes Staples, which is reviving its well-received $50 off tablets coupon from earlier this year. The coupon is valid online, in stores, or over the phone (people still shop over the phone?) but it will expire after today, November 27th.

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Of course there are a few stipulations. First and foremost, the discount can only be applied to tablets with a regular price of $150 or more. The discount doesn't apply to Apple products, the Kindle Fire line (including the new HDX), the Microsoft Surface, plus this Acer Iconia A1 and this ASUS MemoPad ME102. I'm guessing that the Apple, Microsoft, and Amazon tablets are limited to certain prices by manufacturer agreements, and the other two are so low-margin that Staples needed to make the exception.

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Even so there are plenty of notable tablets still available, including ASUS and Samsung models covering a wide gamut of prices and capabilities. The Nexus 7 2013 WiFi and LTE is offered at retail price, so the discount brings it down to $180, $220, and $300 for the 16GB, 32GB, and 32GB LTE models, respectively. The Nexus 10 32GB is already discounted by $100, so the final price after applying the coupon is $350 - not bad at all. The best deal to be had if you're not overly concerned with hardware is probably this brown Galaxy Tab 3 7.0, which is just $109.99 after the coupon discount.

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Using the online coupon code 18702 is probably your best bet to score a discounted item - Staples retail stores tend to have pretty limited tablet stock. On the other hand, there's nothing stopping you from ordering one online and buying one in the store, or multiple stores for that matter. The link to Staples' coupon page below has the full-sized version for printing, but here's the tiny type just in case you wanted to see it.

Valid 11/27/13 online at staples.com®, by phone at 1-800-333-3330 or in Staples® U.S. stores. Discount applies to tablets regularly priced $149.99 or more. Includes clearance. Models vary by store. Not valid on kiosk orders. Excludes Apple® products and tablet item nos. 279977, 310576, 108945, 984032, 130407 and 306702.Limit one per customer. Cannot be combined with any other coupons. Each item purchased can only be discounted by one coupon, applied by cashier in the order received and prior to tax. Coupon not valid if purchased or sold and must be surrendered. No cash/credit back. Not valid on prior purchases or purchases made with Staples®Procurement or Convenience Cards.

Update: Staples is being somewhat inconsistent with its discounts - some tablets that are already discounted won't let you apply the coupon (like the Galaxy Tab 3) and some will (like the Nexus 10).

Source: Staples

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • PaintDrinkingPete

    Thanks...just ordered a Nexus 7. At that price, it will make a great Christmas gift for someone!

    • Олег Цой

      Ditto

    • jab416171

      I just ordered 3 of them for my family as gifts.

  • MyLeftNut

    "Minimum order total not met"

    Didn't work for me. It keeps saying coupon not applied for the Tab 3.7.

    What a jip. Had the same problem with the last coupon for Office Depot. Coupon refused to apply and by the time I got any support the promo was over.

    • MyLeftNut

      Jeremiah, I don't know if you've actually tried to buy one of the Tabs but if they're going with the same stance as Office Depot then it won't work despite being above the minimum total. They'll refer you to the Instant savings coupon and say the two coupons cannot be combined. So it's either one or the other. Either way, you're not gonna get that Tab for $109.

      At least that's the excuse I got from Office Depot when the coupon wouldn't work.

      • Jeremiah Rice

        How strange. The sizeable discount on the Nexus 10 goes through fine with the additional coupon. Thanks for the heads up, I'll adjust the story.

        • jamaall

          Galaxy Tab7 3 worked for me in store. I noticed you put a strike through that sentence.

  • eric1743

    Is there any sense in trying to price match, then apply the coupon?

    • Олег Цой

      for me walmart 32gb $229 end up $251 with tax

    • Drew

      I successfully price matched Walmart and got the $50 coupon, but I had to try two different stores to YMMV.

  • Nathan Blume

    Thanks for the heads up! Last time they offered this, they were sold out by the time I tried to get one.

  • jamaall

    Thanks AP! Just picked up a Galaxy Tab 3 for 109.99. Not sure why others aren't having success. My store took the coupon.

    • Michael Vieux

      I just ordered a Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 and the coupon worked.
      Got my 2nd Tab 8.0 for $213.99 including tax and free shipping

    • Matthew Fry

      Coupon not applied: Minimum order total requirement has not been met

    • MyLeftNut

      I would have loved to pick this up for a relative. They are getting everything Samsung this holiday but the problem seems to be happening with the online coupon code for the Tab 3.7. At least they seem to be honoring the coupon in stores so that's good.

  • NF

    Definitely ordering it today. I missed out last time. Not today.

  • Matthew Fry

    I notice the 16GB Nexus 7 is a subtle $0.50 short of meeting the requirement.

    • Anthony James

      but here's the tiny type just in case you wanted to see it.

      • Matthew Fry

        Huh?

  • Anthony James

    The link to Staples' coupon page below has the full-sized version for printing.

  • Matthew Fry

    My wife just got 4 Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 tablets for her classroom but she needs more. We went to a B&M Staples and got the very last one for 117 after taxes. Success!

  • naturecannon

    Thanks AP. With staples price matching and the coupon I got the 32GB Nexus 7 for $179.

  • chengzhun zhou

    Using the online coupon code http://www.1buy.com/cubot-smart-phone.html is probably your best bet to score a discounted item - Staples retail stores tend to have pretty limited tablet stock. On the other hand, there's nothing stopping you from ordering one online and buying one in the store, or multiple stores for that matter. The link to Staples' coupon page below has the full-sized version for printing, but here's the tiny type just in case you wanted to see it.

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