Posted by Chuck on March 10, 2019
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Published on March 10th, 2019 | by Chuck

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[Expired] Office Depot/Max: $10 Instant Discount on $300 Visa Gift Card Purchases [3/10-3/16]

Deal has expired, view more Office Depot deals by clicking here.

The Offer

  • Office Depot/Max stores are offering a $10 instant discount when you buy $300 in Visa gift cards.

The Fine Print

  • Valid 3/10 – 3/16

Our Verdict

Haven’t seen one of these in a while. I’m not seeing this in the weekly ad, but these usually show up in-store at all stores; I imagine it’s nationwide.

Buy a $200 + $200 card or one $200 and one $100 card, the $10 discount will offset most of the fees. In the past, ‘Everywhere’ cards (details on how those work here) also worked to trigger the instant discount. (The $20-$500 variable cards are cash only.) You’ll probably have to buy $300 of cards in separate transactions to multiply this. Some stores will allow multiple transactions and others won’t.

Time to pull out those INK cards. Let us know if you find any other stacks (not sure if this Wells Fargo Go Far deal is still around).

Hat tip to my friend @milesfortwo



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calwatch
calwatch

Ugh, only $10, but I guess beggars can’t be choosers right? And it should work on the “Everywhere” cards which have a use case for some people.

ed
ed

Careful with those type cards. Not all work for certain usages in certain locations. Most people probably know that, but just pointing it out because some have gotten stuck with too many, but they can work for regular spend in some places, but there certainly not “Everywhere” as their brand seems to suggest. Even the Dining won’t work for all places you may actually dine at. I always suggest just testing one in a person’s select area and specific places they’ve heard they work for some regions. Even the Grocery won’t work for any of the WMs in my area. It all depends on region/location. Got stuck once and learned, so just trying to help some readers so it doesn’t happen to them.

Dan
Dan

Seems to be the standard deal now. Only makes sense if you have a card that earns 5%+ and you REALLY value the points. I prefer the Safeway/Vons GC deals.

TheMonkeyTech
TheMonkeyTech

I haven’t seen a discount on a variable at Safeway in over a year. It’s all been 2x$50 or 2x$100. I miss the days of fee-free $500 card

AkJohnny
AkJohnny

do they sell variable loads or does it has to be a $100 and a $200?

TheMonkeyTech
TheMonkeyTech

Some OD has fixed and variable (the really large stores). The variable are Metas, I forgot what the fixed were, but they are a different bank – possibly US bank? Confirming this deal works on variables and can be paid by credit card. Floral pattern and Five Back. This deal works best on Everywhere cards, but most stores are out in my area. I picked up the last 2, then went floral and five back.

Jeff
Jeff

My AF just posted to my Ink+ a week or so ago, so I should be good for 5x reset? I click on my UR info on Chase.com and it still shows me as maxed out (200k of 200k bonus points). Not sure I will earn 5x…ughh…

Joe
Joe

Discount coming off multiple times?

veeRob

Ahh the memories…

calwatch
calwatch

No.

AkJohnny
AkJohnny

called location in Houston and asked manager… he has no clue about this promotion…

Mimi
Mimi

SM and staff don’t know about ongoing VGC promos that’s why I don’t ask them, I just buy 2 to find out and am pleasantly surprised the promo works.

AkJohnny
AkJohnny

went by today and they had the sing up and I got 2 x $200 vgc

Andrew D
Andrew D

Can confirm it works for everywhere cards like usual.

Eric
Eric

Can someone tell me the pin for five back? Last 4 digits?

Eric
Eric

I will answer my own question: last four digits.

Abe
Abe

Since PayPal will be ending the CC debit backup option on their Business debit card as of today, these kind of deals are the only ones left for me where I can use a PIN enabled card at Walmart or Family Dollar to load Bluebird and/or Serve and get some cash back in the process.

raekwon
raekwon

Look into Discover checking.

DK
DK

you load VGC to discover checking?

XP1
XP1

Maybe the 1% Discover checking debit card?

raekwon
raekwon

No, Bluebird loads @ Walmart from Disc debit card code as purchases and thus yield 1% cashback. (I actually load my Sbux visa prepaid from Disc to get my 1% CB and then load Bluebird @ Walmart from Sbux visa prepaid to earn stars, but not everyone wants to do all that.)

doc
doc

I’d like to know what you’re referring to with Disco, as well?

toddo
toddo

My walmarts cancels my loads when they see a GC. And the one that missed it won’t let me load more than $100. What a pain. I need alternate means.

Katie Hernandez
Katie Hernandez

Are you able to use Style Everywhere VGC to load to BB?

Abe
Abe

Yes you should be able to load BB with a style everywhere. I bought two $200 Syle everywhere yesterday and
which will use to load bluebird at walmart or load serve at family dollar.

Katie Hernandez
Katie Hernandez

Worked perfectly, thanks! How much VGC –> BB is too much? I have only been doing small adds, like $100-$200 at a time, $1000/mo? Since MO are so hard in my area, I really don’t want to burn this one….?

John
John

No sign regarding the discount at a Virginia Office Depot but it still came up on 2x $20-200 cards.The cashier said “Oh, look at that.”

Jeremy
Jeremy

Those $20-200 cards have a $6.95 fee each, not really worth doing even with the $10 discount.

Andrew D
Andrew D

Where can you find a better deal on OSS 5x vgcs? Wait on the $15/off or staples fee-free? This works on the everywhere, so they’re fee-free that way.

Jeremy
Jeremy

How do you liquidate the Everywhere cards? Can’t buy money orders with them can you?

Mimi
Mimi

you can either load them to prepaid reloadables like Serve, BB, GoBank, WMmoneycard, etc OR buy MOs at WM and grocery stores. Just keep in mind, YMMV.

Jeremy
Jeremy

The “Everywhere Dining” card can be used at WM to buy money orders??

Hi
Hi

No

Jeremy
Jeremy

I read someone else say yes you can buy money orders with them…

Mimi
Mimi

IME, my WMs and WMNMs accept Dining, Grocery and Style everywhere cards for MO. You have to try it at YOUR WMs to see if they’ll take any of those everywhere cards. From lots of DPs, their WMs accepted Grocery everywhere so you can try that first and see if they’ll take it. YMMV rules all the time.

Rowan
Rowan

Ditto to all three of those flavors of Everywhere cards being usable at my WM’s and Neighborhood Market’s (Oregon).

Multiple transactions at several of the OD’s in this area are another matter entirely… Portlanders please watch out for the scarily hostile OD on MLK – they basically threatened to call the cops on my wife and I a few months ago for even asking about it!

Jeremy
Jeremy

My Office Depot doesn’t have the $200 Visa cards, only $100 cards 🙁 Not worth doing I guess

Andrew D
Andrew D

Do they have the everywhere cards?

Jeremy
Jeremy

Yes, but can the “Everywher DINING card” be used to buy walmart money orders?

Andrew D
Andrew D

I don’t know. Might be worth trying.

James B.

Should work. Try 1 and test it first.

Hi
Hi

No

anthony
anthony

nope

rick b
rick b

The way it’s been in the past, $10 off is usually followed by $15 off deal a week or two later, when they realize $10 off isn’t worth anyone’s time.

escot
escot

either that or they get into a one-up game with Staples. (half-expecting Staples to have the fee free next week or soon thereafter — to be followed in turn by OD. Make it so)

rick b
rick b

Probably yes, it’s Black Hawk behind all these cards so they probably run a promo across the stores. Not sure why they keep it so under wraps. If it’s supposed to be a promo to get people in the store, they sure went out of their way to keep it quiet.

NK
NK

Can the grocery everywhere be liquidated via serve at WM?

James B.

Yes, but Amex will shut down the Serve account fairly quickly if you start loading VGCs. Not worth the risk.

JSL
JSL

lol yeah, nobody does that…

Hodor
Hodor

So annoying that the only OM near me closed last year. Have to make due with the occasional Staples deal and overzealous managers enforcing the purchase limit.

Jason Smith
Jason Smith

“overzealous managers enforcing the limit.: – is that like when overzealous police officers arrest criminals. If there is supposed to be a limit of 1, then why should you be upset if the workers enforce the company limit?

doc
doc

The limits are wholly arbitrary, so it doesn’t really matter to the manager or any other employee how many thousands someone purchases, so long as the store just verifies the transaction properly, to ensure that no fraud is taking place.

It’s basically like when a grocery store says “limit 5” on a coupon. Well, does it really matter if a thousand separate people purchase 5 of the item, or if one person purchases 5,000? Or, some combination of both? The item will sell out at some point, regardless.

It’s not like one person can logistically carry that much; and, who cares how much someone can purchase or carry, except someone else that was late to the party? It’s up to each person how silly they want to be with their purchases. But, it should be first come, first serve, nevertheless.

If a store sells out of an item really quickly, they have a few options at their disposal. They can order more of the item, or they can raise the price, so that the item doesn’t sell out so quickly.

Davy
Davy

Sounds like you should be in corporate management at a retailer, or running operations. Perhaps you were at Borders, Toys R Us, Linens and Things or Circuit City previously? Sears could use your expertise now, if you’re not already there.

Jason Smith
Jason Smith

If you think selling these visa gift cards at a discount is what is keeping these stores in business, then you are probably the one who ran all those stores you just listed. The whole point of these sales is to get people into the store, but that purpose is defeated when you allow one or two people to buy up the whole stock.

Colt
Colt

I agree with you RE: the intent of these programs, and thus why they restrict quantities, but I doubt their effectiveness. They’re a last ditch effort to remain relevant. I’ve been in Staples and OD/OM numerous times (when these deals are going on) and they’re ghost towns. Employees outnumber customers 2 or 3 to 1.

R
R

what make you think this “point” work at all?
nobody will by unneeded stuff just because store have sale on gift card

missjenniferd1
missjenniferd1

+1 doc, i couldnt have said it better myself.

Steve
Steve

Yes, it certainly matters if one person buys the entire inventory, or if 5,000 people buy one item per person. If the promotion is intended to increase foot traffic to the store, therby increasing sales of other items, the one-person scenario defeats that purpose entirely. You obviously don’t understand retail.

sonia
sonia

Honestly, they should hire you as the ODOM CEO 😉

Hodor
Hodor

Superb analogy. Do all of you Staples managers feel like you’re cops keeping society safe from bad guys when you deny someone who wants to buy two $200 gift cards? And did you know your subordinate sales associates don’t give a rats ass about it and let people buy 10 at a time behind your back?

missjenniferd1
missjenniferd1

wow, jason smith, if you were a cashier at kroger, i bet you’re one of those who sits and reads every single detail of the coupon and rifles thru the bags to make sure the item matches exactly, instead of just scanning the coupon, and if it beeps, then it doesnt match…

you know what being a nazi accomplishes? that fewer and fewer people shop your store.
some people are trying to save a few bucks. but that doesnt mean we will consent to being treated like criminals (as you implied with the cop reference), we will just stop using your service/or visiting your establishment..

don’t believe me?? ok, have it your way. i know extremely all too well of what i’m talking about. and trust me, it will NOT be tolerated by most people.

and when stores have limit one deals, and they are strict about it, most people arent going to drive all that way to save $2 on one item (after the fee), so even those deals will still cause your establishment to be a ghost-town…..

more power to the coupon nazi’s and strict enforcement of your so-called “deals” but when i know a store is like that, those little “deals” that you think are so fancy-dancy, wont even make me put my shoes on, let alone drive down to your establishment to do some $2 deal that someone is going to look at me like i’m a criminal while doing so…

um, yeah, no thanks, i’m good.

Chirovegan
Chirovegan

Careful with the Movies Everywhere gift cards. I have been able to buy MOs with all the Everywhere cards except the Movies one.
Only place I’ve found to use it is at movie theatres.

veeRob

I don’t believe Gas Everywhere works either, and the Style Everywhere have been hit and miss. I stick with Dining Everywhere.

AllwaysLearning22
AllwaysLearning22

You can pay your cable or satellite TV bill with the Movies Everywhere.

At least with Dish you can pay whatever amount you wish. For example I paid $100 (to drain the whole card) even though the due was less. You end up with a negative balance.

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