Posted by William Charles on October 21, 2019
Manufactured Spending

Published on October 21st, 2019 | by William Charles

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[Expired] Office Depot/Max: Visa Gift Cards, Save $15 When You Buy $300 [10/20-10/26]

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

The Offer

  • Office Depot/Max stores are offering a $15 instant discount when you buy $300 in Visa gift cards.

 

The Fine Print

  • Limit 1 per household/business
  • Discount applies at register
  • Valid 10/20-10/26
  • Purchase fees may apply

Our Verdict

Not sure how this one slipped through the cracks. This is the best variation of this offer ($15 discount and on Visa gift cards). Either purchase two $200 cards or one $200 and one $100 card to trigger the offer. Remember to use a card that earns at a high rate on office supply store purchasesStaples has a no purchase fee deal during the same period.

Hat tip to reader Kyle T & MtM



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Sevillada
Sevillada

Yay! Stopped by staples earlier, time to do this other one

raekwon
raekwon

Skipping it and sticking with Staples if they’re still insisting on pre-auth.

Eric
Eric

What area are you located in that is requested a pre-authorization. I have heard of people saying that some of their OD locations are asking for pre-authorizations. A very bizarre request.

raekwon
raekwon

Central Ohio. Started a couple of months ago at one local OM store, and by the next month’s promotion, every OM around here was requiring pre-auth. Charges the entire purchase amount as a hold (which doesn’t fall off for 7+ days), and then charges for the actual gift cards. Even the cashiers who had to do it acknowledged that it made no sense.

tuphat
tuphat

This can’t possibly be OK under Visa/MC/Amex merchant rules.

raekwon
raekwon

So, they’re definitely still doing this in my area but I’ve gotten around it by saying that I don’t have the physical card with me and then using my Amex SimplyCash+ via tap-to-pay on my phone. (Google Pay, in my case.) Still yields the 5% CB.

Rowan
Rowan

Thanks for the tip – seems like a good one to keep in mind in case this idiocy spreads to other stores…

Arley
Arley

Does OM/OD take Chase Pay/Samsung Pay? This would be useful with Freedom 5x for this quarter.

Kyle T
Kyle T

Can confirm that they do at mine.

friodin
friodin

samsung pay works

86
86

OM/OD takes Chase Pay in store?

Bob
Bob

https://www.chase.com/digital/digital-payments/chase-pay/where-to-pay

I don’t see it listed, I called a local store and the guy said probably. He couldn’t be bothered to check I guess.

86
86

I went to an OD store today and was told that they took Chase Pay. So I held up the QR code the app creates on my phone and the person had no idea what to do (I suggested scanning it). It did, however, go through with Google Pay when my phone accidentally got too close to the terminal. I think they were confused about what Chase Pay was, mistaking it for Google Pay. I also had to show them the credit card I was trying to use. They did, however, claim PayPal will work through the PayPal phone app in-store because they have done that many times. Since the store has a limit of 2 cards per person per day, I’m going back to try PayPal on another day.

The Staples store nearby wouldn’t allow contactless payment methods for gift card purchases at all, card only.

Bob
Bob

Thanks for the info. I forgot to go myself last night.

86
86

At the one OD/OM in my area, Chase Pay by itself is not accepted, nor is PayPal in-store. I tried PayPal as the source for Google Pay, but it won’t withdraw from a credit card. With a zero PayPal balance, the payment will be declined. A PayPal customer service rep thought it might work (they really didn’t know), if the store would scan a QR code for payment, but the store supervisor said flat out “no” because the POS doesn’t allow that. It looks as though Chase Pay will only work with Samsung Pay in-store.

Bob
Bob

If you have Shopkick you get 5 points per $1 at OD/OM. 250 points per dollar is how it works out for Shopkick. My Chase freedom was linked and it stacked.

Sarah D
Sarah D

Samsung pay works everywhere, no?

Ray
Ray

pretty much

Wcorp
Wcorp

Purchasing these count towards AMEX SUB?

Pointz
Pointz

No. Don’t. They will claw back bonus

Wcorp
Wcorp

thanks

Bill
Bill

But it will still count towards Amex 5X points on an existing card, and Amex offers, correct?

beat2def
beat2def

Jackpot. Just what I needed.

az
az

I will buy Dining card for smaller fee.

Jan B
Jan B

Dining card works at grocery also, no?? Supposedly in the convenience food category? Thanks for reply.

Jim
Jim

Try it and find out. GE and DE work at my local grocery chain. GE, DE and SE all work at my local WM.

Rowan
Rowan

Damn the free points just keep coming! My poor Ink+ is going to be used up even earlier this year…might be time to finally make a move for the Ink Cash. It’s definitely a nice problem to have! lol

David7914
David7914

Went to 2 office Depots, only got one set due to all out of stocks for 200$ visa cards. Guess waiting for them restock.

Katie
Katie

Which area are you located in?

DH
DH

Does this deal apply to the Visa Five Backs as well? Pretty nice if it does!

Chris Nowak
Chris Nowak

yes, it does.

DH
DH

beautiful, thanks Chris

Jan B
Jan B

Benefit?

Rowan
Rowan

They’re a couple dollars cheaper

nohohh
nohohh

works on the variable too.

Matt
Matt

This did not work for me. I tried twice and both times the cards failed to activate.

Ryan
Ryan

Ugh. I definitely have a love/hate relationship with this promo.

Jimmy2shoes
Jimmy2shoes

the new sw card came in today’s mail. time to get some OD/OM scratches!

Ken
Ken

I assume this promo also works for the Everywhere VGCs?

raekwon
raekwon

Yes.

googlre10
googlre10

any idea how much would be the purchase fees for $300 visa gc?

Andrew D
Andrew D

They don’t sell $300 visa gc’s at OD/OM

googlre10
googlre10

i mean other denominations like $100, $200

Burton

200s are 6.95 so you make a buck (plus CC rewards) if you buy two, 100s are 5.95 I believe so if you do one of each you can make $2 (but less CC rewards). The additional $100 cc spend is worth more than a dollar to me so I do two 200s if I happen to be near a store.

SAM
SAM

I need to liquidate A/E gift cards. Will Office Depot store accepts them as payment for Visa gift cards ?

Jan B
Jan B

I would not count on it.

anne
anne

My OD has been friendly until I came in today and saw that all visa and MC cards are now in the lock up. Manager had to do the transactions. She did not let me do 2 separate transactions! Cashier told me there was a fraud lately and now it looks like all OD stores in the area will be like this!😦

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