I am a frequent Staples shopper. I go there for everything from printer paper to copies (very handily set up and ordered online) to ink to school supplies to home organization items. Frankly I don’t like shopping all that much. I know it’s hard to believe, but I don’t. I like getting things and having things but I don’t like the actual act of going to a store. So it’s a win for me when I can get as many things as possible in one place, and Staples is great for that.
Staples sent me a selection of their products, and even though I’ve been to the store more times than I can count, some of them were a complete surprise. For example the small electronics section is something that I usually skip. And honestly, even if I had seen this Omnitech Mini Speaker in the store, I would have passed right by it because what kind of speaker would actually work well for $9.99? But oh my God, I couldn’t believe the sound that came out of this little thing! Not only do I use it with my laptops (which are never loud enough when I’m watching Hulu), but I also use it with my Zune and my Droid (it has a rechargeable battery inside that you can charge up on your laptop via USB so that it has juice for the smaller electronics). Plus, I’ve been the hero at a couple of meetings already where the presenter thought that an entire table of people would be able to hear audio from laptop speakers. It’s so tiny and portable and the sound is great and did I mention it’s only $9.99?!?
The bright, colorful notebooks and binders are also items that I’ve pretty much ignored up until now, since my kids are in elementary school and still have supply lists filled with plain folders and those black-and-white marble notebooks. In fact, when my daughter saw these she was crushed that she wouldn’t be allowed to use them for school, so she uses them at home when she plays school (yes, she plays school, giving herself homework assignments that she does after her regular homework…I don’t know where she came from). The notebooks that I was sent are from a Staples line called DoSomething.org – Staples has teamed up with the popular social cause website to help teens fund volunteer and school programs. There are links and suggestions inside the notebooks to help teens get involved. So, you know, maybe when they’re not facebooking and texting and being cool and apathetic they can help somebody.
Staples has given me a $25 gift card to give away to a lucky reader. All you have to do to enter is leave a comment on this post telling me what you would buy at Staples with $25. Personally, I would buy two more of those Omnitech speakers for gifts, then some pens because I can never find a pen when I need one.
For a second entry, you may tweet about this contest with a link back to this page. Or, you can copy and tweet the following:
Want to win a #Staples gift card from @SelfishMom? Enter here: http://bit.ly/b1hIke
Make sure to leave a second comment with a link to your tweet, or it won’t count (instructions on how to find and post the url of your tweet can be found here).
So, that’s a maximum of two entries per household please! This contest will close at noon-ish on Wednesday, October 27th and the winners will be chosen by random.org. Prize can be shipped only within the continental United States. Must be at least 18 years of age to enter. See my complete Giveaway Rules page for more information.
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