Posted by Chuck on February 12, 2017
Manufactured Spending

Published on February 12th, 2017 | by Chuck

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Office Depot: $10 off $150 Amex Gift Cards [YMMV]

Update: Most stores don’t seem to have this promotion going, as per the comments to this post.

The Offer

  • Office Depot is offering $10 off the purchase of $150 in Amex gift cards.

Variable-load cards are cash-only, but you can buy $200 Amex gift cards with a credit card.

The Fine Print

  • Valid 2/12 – 2/18

Our Verdict

This is an awesome deal since you can buy Amex gift cards at a negative cost and then liquidate via REDbird, j/k.  😈

The fees on a $200 Amex gift card are $6.95, so you’ll end up paying $196.95 for a $200 card. Useful way to rack up free INK if you have an easy to liquidate, like paying your taxes via Plastiq or something similar.

Hat tip to Slickdeals



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Abey
Abey

Minor misspell: the word if with is.

Abey
Abey

Not too long ago i got caught up with too many Business cards. So in order to reach minimum spend along with amex fee free gift card promotion i stocked up on Amex gift cards, Now i have $4,000 in Amex gift cards sitting, i would like to know an easy way to liquadate them, Someone told me Venmo but im not sure.

chaseaholic
chaseaholic

$4k in $200?

That’s going to be tough. Venmo is throttled via 6cards/6mo

get creative though and you can drain a good number of them. rest I would probably just start spending down organically.

Abey
Abey

8 with $500 each
(Origionaly i tried $2000 each and then $1000 each but i kept getting emails that amex didnt approve the purchase).

Eric
Eric

By this do you mean Venmo only lets you use 6 different cards every 6 months? What is the penalty for going over this? Is that only for credit cards or debit cards too?

Chuck n
Chuck n

Venmo isn’t feasible with $200s. You can try buying VGC at CVS, they may or may not care you are using an AGC.

CtownBin
CtownBin

Easiest and cheapest way by far is to buy VGC at CVS, I’ve done this numerous times. You can split payment there up to at least 5 cards, so no problem using the 200s to buy a 500VGC. Only a 1% fee. Then those VGC you either load Serve or buy money orders.

Yet Another Redditor
Yet Another Redditor

CVS has a limit of 7 “instruments” – any combinations of card or cash.

Eric
Eric

If she has all $500 Amex gc why couldn’t she just buy a $495 OV and pay with just 1 Amex card per transaction?

Travelmom
Travelmom

Tried just now to buy one, no signs in store, and it did not take off $10. Fee is $6.95 for $200.

Judy Jones
Judy Jones

I get rid of my Amex GC’s thru Kiva loans on the Flyertalk team, Usually get most of it back over time, And have had success in deducting any losses.

Eric
Eric

What does a “Flyertalk team” mean?

Thomas Coker
Thomas Coker

Just tried an Office Depot in So Cal didn’t get the discount. Will try an Office Max next.

Nikki
Nikki

No promo for Office Max store. The cashier scanned $200 amex GC and no $10 off.

CtownBin
CtownBin

I wouldn’t be surprised if this is Office Max only, their systems are not totally merged yet (I know it’s a bit nuts) and these gift card deals are from the OfficeMax days. Though I’m pretty sure the last few have worked at both, so who knows.

Thomas Coker
Thomas Coker

No love at my OM in So Cal either. 2 OD and 1 OM and no discount.

cdelorim
cdelorim

Must vary by store. Just went by my OD in SoCal and $200 Amex rang up full price. Store manager knew nothing about it.

Max
Max

Southwest Ohio store is not running the promotion.

chaseaholic
chaseaholic

No go @ OD in Cali

No mention in weekly mailer either.

dan
dan

a cashier @ OM in katy, tx tested a $200 amex GC but no discount

Liu
Liu

If I’m not wrong, socal had this promotion three weeks before.

Jeff
Jeff

Just went to my local OM. No-go. Cashier/Manager were confused. Had nothing to fall back on since it’s not in the AD. What is the source of this “fake” deal?

cdelorim
cdelorim

I haven’t seen any data points that this has worked for anyone

Jeff
Jeff

See…”FAKE” News!

Dave C
Dave C

Pretty clearly Slickdeals

William Charles

Don’t think Chuck sourced it from SD, we/he’d link if it was.

timmyc
timmyc

Saw a tag did show amex 200-10 in local OD, however the valid date period was 3 weeks ago. tried to purchase 200 but no discount. Manager was also confused by the expired tag and took it away

timmyc
timmyc

sorry, the tag was amex 150-10

cm

This is totally fake. Or perhaps some store just forgot to take off one of the old signs, I’ve seen it linger at one of the local stores for DAYS!

I went to a local store, there was no usual sign.

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