Posted by Chuck on November 17, 2019
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Published on November 17th, 2019 | by Chuck

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[Expired] Office Depot/Max: Visa Gift Cards, Save $15 When You Buy $300 [11/17-11/23]

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 11/17-11/23
  • Purchase fees may apply

Our Verdict

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 purchases.

If anyone has an image, send it over (chuck@doctorofcredit) and I’ll add it in.

Hat tip to reader BJ



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Celia
Celia

Chuck [Staples has a no purchase fee deal during the same period.]

Links to an old October thread. I don’t think Staples has a current one, the 2 week one just ended.

Ruben
Ruben

$15 out of $300 = 5% – $5.95 purchase fee = ($9.05 Real)

nick
nick

way off. if you bought $300 worth that would be 2 cards w 6.95 fee each. if you get 5% that is $15 back. $15 off covers 2×6.95 fees which works out to $1.10 profit. 1.10+15=16.10 profit.

Jatan
Jatan

206.95 + 105.95 = 312.90 – 15 promo = 297.90 – 5% CC (14.90) = 283.00 for $300 VGCs

2x 206.95 = 413.90 – 15 promo = 398.90 – 5% CC (19.95) = 378.95 for $400 VGCs

dk
dk

5x UR worth at least $40 to me X 5 Tx per visit its a $200 earner per day

scott
scott

And i was so happy to have liquidated all my Staples gift cards from the last two weeks.

Alan
Alan

How many?

Mike
Mike

How?

scott
scott

Loading to my Serve card at Walmart.

Mads
Mads

What color serve?

Adam
Adam

Anyone used amex simplicity cards lately? Last couple months half of my purchases did not get 5% back. Check your statements!

Celia
Celia

Simply Cash you mean? I’ve gotten 5% on all of mine for Staples. Haven’t used that card at OD/OM.

Adam
Adam

Yes, simplycash and cashplus both missed several of my purchases. I couldn’t find a pattern , just random

Celia
Celia

I only use it when they have Staples offers and a small monthly subscription. Checked my last statement that had the 5% from two months ago and it checked out fine.

D.T
D.T

AMEX Simply 5x doesn’t apply on OD/OM Giftcard of any kind.
I have got that experience.
OTOH, not the case for Staples gift card purchase (strangely L3 Data too)

Adam
Adam

It did apply until 2 months ago and it still does but only half of the times now

raekwon
raekwon

Still applies when I use it both there and at Staples.

Jatan
Jatan

Store didn’t have fixed value $200 VGC so bought the $20-$200 version w/ $6.95 fee (a black one and a flower one)

$15 discount came off fine — paid with Ink Cash to hit min spend

Dayn_Perrys_Vape
Dayn_Perrys_Vape

Weirdly enough, some stores have had the discount not pop up on the fixed value cards but work just fine on variables.

Jay
Jay

Can you buy the cards online?

Andrew D
Andrew D

No.

Curmudgeon
Curmudgeon

I like the Everywhere cards instead of the regular Visas – $4.95 fee vs 6.95. Get 100 of those and the savings pay for my Wagyu steak. 🙂

whodidntante
whodidntante

‘Berta beef is a better value.

Wayne
Wayne

Authentic berta wagyu. Three minutes a side. Salt and pepper. Down the hatch

veeRob

Curmudgeon Shhhhhhh

jay
jay

I tried to use the gift cards bought over the past deals to buy money order, but no go at my local Walmart and post office. Told to use debit cards or cash only, no gift cards. Could anyone let me know if this still works at Walmart. ( I later learned that this no longer works at post office. Does buying money order still work at Walmart or grocery stores? I have about $3000 gift cards , need to convert to cash as soon as possible.Thanks.

Celia
Celia

I’m sure some Walmarts still work as others have liquidated but some areas have shut it down, mine included. There are other methods you can by searching online. I only buy these cards if I know I can unload them via organic spend as a result.

jay
jay

Thanks. I also do most of organic spend with these gift cards, but I hate to always keep track the spend, make sure all charges correct and drain the cards to zero. very time consuming.

bob
bob

should work at WM and Grocer. USPS is out. What kind of VGCs did you get from Officemax? If you got hte Style Anywhere or Grocery Anywhere, they’ll work at Walmart – Movies Anywhere or Gas Anywhere will not. Also: standard VGCs will work (as long as they’re debits, and issued by Metabank). if you got something else (not sure what else there is), then no.

Dayn_Perrys_Vape
Dayn_Perrys_Vape

The issue isn’t the cards not working with the system, it’s cashiers asking to see the card and not allowing you to use gift cards. Enforcement is on an employee by employee and store by store basis in my area. Whether or not I can buy MOs depends on who is working the counter.

jay
jay

Will try a my local grocery store.

Burton

I had a minor scare at my grocery store today. In the past I have been able to use up to five $200 cards but today some error message popped up when I swiped the third and the cashier was very confused/skeptical. She called over the manager who asked to see the cards but thankfully she was totally fine with it and punched a couple buttons and then I was able to finish all five.

I should probably shave before I try to buy MO again, I look a little sketchy as-is.

James Bond

I second your comment. The WM store manager has the last word regarding store policy on whether one can purchase a MO or not. I had a WM CS employee block me from purchasing MOs because she said I had purchased too much in MOs that week. I asked the CS manager and she said it was in the CS employee discretion whether a customer can purchase MOs. In another situation the store manager told the employee to go ahead and process the MO. YMMV……….In general, the situation is getting more to difficult to liquidate MOs at WMs.

Some of the WMs are asking for my SS# even when the MO amount is less than $1k. Last week, I could not purchase MOs at 2 WMs after entering my SS# with the computer screen display “TRANSACTION CANNOT BE PROCESSED”………YMMV

jay
jay

Thanks. I got the regular $200 visa gift cards by Metabank. Yesterday I bought $500 visa GC ($20-$500) from OD.

Lily
Lily

I thought OD had got rid of the $500 vgc years ago.

toddo
toddo

Always start small till you get the hang of things

jay
jay

Yes,

Curmudgeon
Curmudgeon

You can load these to Serve or Bluebird also, but just to reinforce what others have said, it’s a really bad idea to buy these without a good plan to liquidate, and then you should always have a backup plan (or three), just in case.

Also – don’t buy more than you can comfortably float for the next 30-60 days if you have to.

jay
jay

Good idea. Thanks. I have been trying to meet the new credit card spend requirement. I guess the worst case, I could do organic spend and costco purchase. But if could promptly convert to cash by money order, that will give me better peace of mind.

Celia
Celia

If it’s a really good money back deal and I have a lot to unload organically, I go on costco.com or other stores I frequent and buy gift cards for the exact amount, especially the MC ones since I can’t use them in store. That way I don’t have to keep track of some of them and I know I’ll use at costco pretty easily.

JaneBond
JaneBond

Walmart works but at times you will need to escalate to the manager and be persistent. Walmart corporate has confirmed multiple times with me over the phone that they accept up to 4 payments/swipes per money order with either a pin-based debit card or cash. Walmart gift cards are not accepted.

veeRob

Please do not “escalate to the manager.” Just say thank you and come back another time.

James Bond

I will politely disagree with you on this one. Sometimes it is better to escalate and this is one of those situations.

Curmudgeon
Curmudgeon

Please stay away from my WalMarts. Listen to veeRob

Champ
Champ

Is it just me or did anyone else encounter “out of stock” on the first day of the promo?

scott
scott

I had no problems. They had tons of cards.

Jenny
Jenny

It’s probably just you

Burton

Guessing your store lets people buy as many as they want (and they sell out quickly) and/or they are proactively limiting the stock on the shelf. Ask the cashier or a manager if they have more, more often than not they have when I’ve asked.

Alan
Alan

Do you have to be rewards member or works for anyone?

Andrew D
Andrew D

anyone.

Burton

Cashiers seem to appreciate when you give them your rewards number. I think it helps their ratings. That being said, no requirement to do so.

James Bond

All of the Office Depots in my area are now restricting 1 transaction per day for this offer. One Office Depot nearby had no daily limit restrictions and now only permits 1 trans per day. Good luck!……..YMMV

Heyser
Heyser

Went to office max today to buy 2 everywhere Visa card, but no $15 discount. Staff checked with manager and said there is no visa promotion this week. Don’t know what happened…..

veeRob

I went to 2 different OD’s today and no issues with DE.

James Bond

Today an OD manager explained that Metabank is paying for the $15 discount to promote their VGCs and has a limit of 1 customer transaction per day for that reason. This used to be much easier to scale. YMMV

Curmudgeon
Curmudgeon

I like to drag my wife to the store to double up on these. My location lets me buy three sets (2×200) and lets her buy another three sets. They don’t care if I come back every day but that’s hard to do. I probably ought to check my Ink Plus card to see if I’ve hit the annual max yet before getting any more. I’d hate to only get 1% on these.

Jenny
Jenny

Dining Everywhere didn’t work for me for buying MO at Walmart. Has anyone experienced that before? They used to work earlier.

veeRob

Try a different Walmart.

Jenny
Jenny

Thanks, I’ll do that but interestingly, I’ve used DE cards at the same WM before.

Superman
Superman

I have several WMs in my town (WM, WMNM, WMSC). DE & GE have always been about 50/50 for me. SE works at more of my WMs and EE at less of them. Once I find the one that works, I tend to stick with it. I really like GE too because if it gets rejected at WM then I can load to Serve at DG or buy a MO at grocery store. If nothing else, convert DE to stocking-stuffers after Thanksgiving, when lots of restaurants have that buy a GC of $xx and get a 20% bonus. Or use DE to shop at Costco per these comments. feng

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