Posted by Chuck on June 4, 2017
Manufactured Spending

Published on June 4th, 2017 | by Chuck

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[Repost] Office Depot/Max: $10 off $300 in Visa Gift Cards [6/4-6/10]

The Offer

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  • Get a $10 instant discount on the purchase of $300 or more in Visa gift cards at Office Depot or Office Max

The Fine Print

  • Valid 6/4/17 – 6/10/17 (starts Sunday)
  • Limit one offer per customer
  • Purchase fees apply
  • Valid in-store only; subject to availability
  • Valid on Visa gift cards only
  • One offer per transaction
  • The Visa gift cards are issued by MetaBank

Our Verdict

The fees on two $200 Visa gift cards should be $13.90; after the $10 discount, you’ll end up paying just $3.90 in fees for ~$400 in INK spend which is a pretty good deal. The deal could also make sense for those with BBVA cards currently earning 5%, and for those with 5% SimplyCash cards.

Excellent time to use up those $10 off $50 Amex Offer’s if you were targeted. You can use at least 8 cards at Office Depot if the cashier has no problem with it.

Office Depot/Max has reduced the deal is two ways from previous promos: it used to come as $20 while this one is only $10, and it used to be able to do two deals in one transaction ($600 in one go would work) while now each $300 has to be done separately. It’ll depend on the cashier whether they allow you to do more than one deal.

Hat tip to bpvh on Slickdeals



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Evan
Evan

How do you know that $600 in one transaction won’t work?

Dan
Dan

because limit is 1 hardcoded in the register…

JohnnieD
JohnnieD

Shouldn’t the fee for two cards be $13.90. 2x $6.95? Net $3.90 cost?

Paul
Paul

This is correct. This deal keeps getting diluted.

Reuben
Reuben

You are correct. I used to look forward to the OD- now meh…

dan
dan

depends on which VGC one can get; some have fees lower than $6.95

TJ
TJ

Perfect timing for my Amex Surpass. Just got 3 of my 8 Staples rebate Visa cards in, so I’m making progress. 1 for me, SO, mom & dad (all x2)

cm
cm

How do you get so many? I thought it’s limited per physical address? Do all of you have 2 addresses each?

TJ
TJ

Each person lives at a different address. Parents are divorced. I live alone. SO lives on their own although stays with me.

TJ
TJ

Oh, and its two because there was two different Staples promotions within like 2 weeks of each other. So I was able to do two for each person.

captainsave
captainsave

Got excited when i saw OD and VGC. But with all the gc im still back up on liquidating and only $10 off, i will pass on this.

Frank
Frank

My Od/OM has a nice big “cash only” for visas. I assume this is store specific and isn’t actually hard coded at the register?

Jason
Jason

Yeah, cash only common in stores hit recently by credit card fraud. Not hard-coded. Find a new cashier 😉

Vince
Vince

I think it may actually be hard-coded (possibly by store?). Some months ago I tried to purchase Visa GCs when OD/OM was running one of these promotions and the register came up requiring cash for the gift cards (the other merchandise I was buying at the same time could be paid for with a CC).

Electroman
Electroman

At all of the OD/OMs near me (in the Upper Midwest) the fixed-value Visa/MC cards can be purchased with a CC, but not the variable-denomination ones. It seems to be hardcoded.

JohnFromATL
JohnFromATL

When they brought back the $500 variable load cards last year, they ended up putting a cash only limit in the POS after a few weeks. I do not even see the $500 cards any more.

However, the $200 variable load cards still work with credit at the POS (although store by store my have different policy).

Vince
Vince

I forgot to specify the Visa GCs I was trying to purchase were 2 @ $200 each (can’t remember if they were fixed @ $200 or had a maximum variable load of $200).

Mark
Mark

Discover has 5% for home improvement stores and wholesale clubs. Does Office Depot count for this? Also, BJ’s and Sam’s club might also have gift cards.

Steve
Steve

Are you seriously asking if Office Depot is a home improvement store, or a wholesale club?????

Mark
Mark

Never been to Office Depot before…

William Charles

It’s an office supply store.

Charles Chang
Charles Chang

This is a meh deal. OD is very dissapointing

Jerry
Jerry

This deal would be more attractive if OD had a single $300 gift card. Buying two GCs of different denominations and paying fees for both with just $10 off kills this deal. Too much effort for little gain. These staples and OD are creating rebate deals such that they make us buy two gift cards rather than one. Interestingly staples sells $300 visa GCs online but not in store which is intentional from their business point of view.

Elmer
Elmer

Gee, real insightful. Ha.

Guy Bucktastik
Guy Bucktastik

Hey man, it took him a long time to type that out.

William Charles

If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.

Ed
Ed

Vgc stock hasn’t even been replenished at many stores (just checked). OM seems on the decline in many ways, lackluster incentives and lazy managers who won’t bother to open the kiosk to restock the racks and who seem annoyed when you ask an employee to check for stock. One location was so bad that after one employee was hoarding vgc for those he knew, I and other business friends pulled our office orders from them, complained to corporate and they shut the location down within a year. That manager had even given me a hard time when he thought I was someone else who had already been there to buy vgc. That was the last straw and I was on the phone with corporate.

Nicholas
Nicholas

Not a great deal, but for those folks with AF business Amex cards, there is a $10/$50 offer out there. $6.10 profit plus 400 MR points or Delta miles, etc.

Toe Nails
Toe Nails

Totally worth it with x5 from Chase. I will gladly pay about $52.50 for a one-way international economy ticket that normally runs 1k+

bob
bob

i’m currently spending up on a new card for it’s minimum spend, but i’ve also had a slight run-in with my local Walmart. Not sure i’m gonna hammer this one too hard, but maybe once or twice.

Rowan
Rowan

Did they ask for your ID and add you to book? I had that happen a few months ago when someone in the WM Money Center called me out for loading at multiple registers on the same visit… It worried me a lot and I haven’t been back to that location since. Also been loading my GB cards a lot less often because of it. Damn overzealous employees…

Jeff
Jeff

Aweaome. Time to nail my local OM next week. Hope to do $20k next week and finish off my Ink+ for the year.

Ryan
Ryan

20k??
How do you deposit the money order?
Arent you afraid the banks going to ask questions??

Jeff
Jeff

Awesome. Time to nail my local OM hard next week. No one better stop me. Hope to do $30k next week and finish off my Ink+ for the year.

Jeff
Jeff

Awesome. Time to nail my local OM hard next week. No one better stop me. Hope to do $40k next week and finish off my Ink+ for the year.

cm
cm

LOL, in how many days? Are you going to cycle the limit?

Remember, the last two times they ran this, before mid-April, both times they’ve cut the deal short, prior to the expiration date. With this attitude, come Friday evening, this one will likely be gone, too! Good luck!

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