Posted by Chuck on October 21, 2018
Manufactured Spending

Published on October 21st, 2018 | by Chuck

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[Expired] Office Depot/Max: $10 Instant Discount with $300 Visa Gift Card Purchase

Deal has expired, view more Office Depot deals here.

The Offer

There’s an unadvertised Visa gift card deal at Office Depot/Max:

  • Get a $10 instant discount on the purchase of $300 in Visa gift cards.

The Fine Print

  • Valid 10/21/18 – 10/27/18
  • Limit one per household/business
  • Discount comes off at register
  • In-store only; subject to availability

Our Verdict

The $200 Visa cards come with a $6.95 fee and the $100 cards come with a $5.95 fee. Best deal for most is to buy two $200 cards to rack up INK points. The $10 discount will mostly offset the fees.

Similar deal at Staples as well. That one has some people reporting that it works on multiples in a single transaction; not sure how Office Depot/Max deal will work. Last time around, there was a glitch which was giving additional discounts for some, unlikely it’ll happen again, but who knows.

Hat tip to reader Donn and thanks for the image



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sunny

It’s about time…

Shawn D
Shawn D

I wonder if this will work on the Everywhere cards that have lower fees? Usually all the VGC are issued by metabank and those have lower fees.

Charles
Charles

Everywhere cards have always worked in the past.

Sassmonkey
Sassmonkey

I was able to use the promo on everywhere cards today.

Rick
Rick

Yep, can confirm that it works. Bought 2 x $200 Dining Everywhere GCs at OfficeMax; total was $399.90 on Ink Cash. I didn’t see grocery or fashion on the GC rack but they’ve worked in the past as well.

Now just hoping that I can liquidate purchasing MOs as has also worked in the past.

Lee
Lee

Can I use Syleeverywhere, MovieEverywhere or Fueleverywhere to buy MO at Walmart?
Thanks.

TBone
TBone

Style everywhere has worked in the past as has Dining

Movie and fuel don’t work at WM

Mimi
Mimi

YMMV at your WMs. Do a trial run before buying more.

P
P

I wish Safeway would have their deal too.

Charly Chang
Charly Chang

Less and less, $20->15->10…

Alan
Alan

Because people buy more and more.

ThaigerNation
ThaigerNation

DP: tried the giving cashier rewards number after selecting how I want receipt which was giving more favorable discounts in prior promotions. Bought 2x $200 blue metallic packaging VGC only triggered $5 off per card as advertised for total of $403.90.

Closertothesun
Closertothesun

Thanks, this is the DP we needed.

Wyle
Wyle

I chuckle that the 3%/$5 max in-store cash back from Ebates disappears for the week that these are on sale. Happened during the last MCGC sale too. Just eliminates the clawback process that happened a few months ago.

NinjaX
NinjaX

wow. double office promos during the same week? holy shit. i love staples though and will keep that since its the same thing. their managers in my area are much cooler. OD seems to be undercover FBI.

veeRob

Visa>MC around these parts. And no fee is better than fee. You take Staples, I’ll take OD all day.

NinjaX
NinjaX

rob. after i finish up here, gonna visit you down in SD. haha. apparently there are no more limits in ur region which is something I have not experienced so maybe high turnover helped. ur OD doesnt say “we no longer sell GC” or “limit one per person” or “cash only”.

Fathiss
Fathiss

+1

Jeff H

This is the LAST THING i need. Pure temptation in the face of a CIC already near 72% of CL. The last OD/OM similar MCGC offer has yet to be paid. I have other irons in the front burner at this time.
What is worse … I have to work in OD once a month .. Like tomorrow.

Unclesam
Unclesam

The glitch has been fixed. No additional discount on top of what is advertised. Also, it works on Everywhere cards so basically it is a no fee purchase.

Weirdblastoise
Weirdblastoise

Would the grocery flavor of Everywhere cards work at regional grocers like Kroger, Hyvee, or Cub? I had always used the restaurants ones for Walmarts but hadn’t tested others.

Kim
Kim

Worked for me at Smith’s, which is a Kroger affiliate.

Klemhuzzah
Klemhuzzah

Grocery Everywhere works at Kroger

ed
ed

None of the Walmarts in my area work anymore with the Everywhere cards, so for those wanting this new, and again lower deal, best to try one first to see. Don’t get stuck like many have with no place to use them accept certain dining places and so forth. Even thought the fashion ones would work at WM, but no go for me. Getting harder and harder to liquidate VGCs. No wonder MS type forums and blogs are drying up with less members and some sites have disappeared. If you don’t plan on ms’ing these, but actually using them for some spend, then just buy that retailer’s GC which has no fee. If the discount on VGC was like it used to be ($20), then it might be worth it, but seems those days are gone. Always think about your region and what works and what doesn’t. Some chains have locations in certain regions that are still friendly, while in another region the same chain has their own rules on liquidation.

ThaigerNation
ThaigerNation

@ed I tried to use my Visa Everywhere Dining at WM self checkout and it was denied. Do you know if these can still be used for MO?

John
John

I need to meet minimum spending on an Amex card. I read that their RAT team isn’t counting Visa gift cards from Simon Mall towards min spend. I have some purchases to make at Costco and this would be perfect. Any data points for gift cards from OM/OD and Amex?

Homer Simpson
Homer Simpson

Not a good idea; the RAT squad has been known to close accounts for this exact reason.

TheMonkeyTech
TheMonkeyTech

Don’t do it. They wont necessarily close your card, they will just deny your bonus as they still want to collect the swipe fees. Happened to my brother.

Closertothesun
Closertothesun

OM/OD give L3 (exact purchase) data, which makes this a theoretical bad idea. In reality, if you cross the border with small spend, there’s a low likelihood any eyes will fall on your account. Crossing at exactly 505.95 or some variant might cause eyes to fall on.

Hope this helps give some guidelines to think about. No one can be exactly sure what will happen.

Joe
Joe

I met min spend on my amex biz plat partly with this promotion. I made probably 7k purchases in gift cards from OD.

It’s true that they will deny you if they find out, but they have to look at the account in order to find out.

The last time this promotion happened the charges on my card were ~365 each transaction, so didn’t look like gift cards on the surface.

If you REALLY value the MR, don’t do it. If you’re ok with the loss if it doesn’t work out… hit it up.

MickeyMouse
MickeyMouse

Maybe I’ll pop into my local OD for a few of these. It’s strange the closest OD to me is on the verge of being closed down (I’m friendly with the GM who told me this) and they only allow 1 GC Transaction per person per day. But one that’s 15 minutes away allows up to 5 or 10 transactions a day (can’t remember but I do know it’s 2k or 4K and can be multiple transactions).

Obviously it looks good for their sales. They said for GC sales they net 3-5% profit per GC sold for their stores sales numbers.

Mr. PTM

Any DPs on liquidating these with Plastiq? In recent months, I’ve been unable to use these metabank cards for student loan or rent payments via Plastiq due to the MCC coding as cash-equivalents.

CongestionCharge
CongestionCharge

I don’t believe any prepaid visas are currently working on Plastiq

Jo
Jo

Is that ok to buy this to meet the minimum spending requirements of Chase? I know it’s a no-go for Amex.

az
az

No problem.

Rabbmd
Rabbmd

I can confirm it took $10 off for two style anywhere at my od. However they tried to add 6% tax or $24 on each $400 purchase. I got a manager overide, but it was extra time and eyes, and I didn’t do a separate second transaction like I normally do.

Sasha
Sasha

This happened to me as well and they told me the manager was aware of the issue and gave me a business card for their tax exempt office. I left them a message but haven’t heard back yet.

Mickeymouse
Mickeymouse

Why would sales tax be applied to a gift card?

CM

Because OD/OM IT?! 🙂

Rabbmd
Rabbmd

No idea but it keeps happening to me at my store in Maryland. I just avoided buying completely today

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