Posted by Chuck on October 22, 2017
Manufactured Spending

Published on October 22nd, 2017 | by Chuck


[Now Live] Staples: Buy $300 in Visa or Mastercard Gift Cards and get $15 Rebate [10/22-10/28]

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The Offer

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  • Buy $300 in Visa or Mastercard gift cards at a Staples store and get a $15 Staples gift card via Easy Rebate

The Fine Print

  • Valid 10/22/17 – 10/28/17 (starts Sunday, 10/22)
  • Limit one per household
  • In-store only

Our Verdict

Last time around they had this kind of deal (Visa and Mastercard), and it was advertised as getting a $15 Staples gift card, but in actuality it came through as a Visa prepaid rebate. I’m guessing it’ll be the same this time, we’ll see.

You guys know what to do. Here’s more information on Staples Easy Rebates. There’s also a similar deal at Office Depot/Max to get a $15 instant discount this week on 5-Back Visa gift cards.

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Have OD/OM dropped out of the game?!

They are still licking their wounds after the $100 for $86.50 last spring. 🙂

Bought 2 $200’s today at OD and the $15 rebate was instant at the register. Manager said only 1 transaction per customer.

Wondering if I go back in tomorrow will my card work to buy a few more? Given there are different employees in am than I had in the pm that part should be ok.

Or I could send someone else with my card as long as the card would work (?).

Ian Michael Scott
Ian Michael Scott

OD/OM needs to get back to it.

What is OD/OM?

office depot / office max

Write them a letter

Dear OD/OM,

I want my free money.


You got it.

Buy $300 or more Five Back Visa Gift Card. Save 15$ instantly 1022 – 1028

lol, a little comfort after no more 5x on ppdg, etc…

is the visa card restricted to staples?

I don’t believe abt VGC are merchant restricted. That’s kinda the point of the visa part.

$15 is the new $20? Booooooooo

Not worth the effort to drive there, buy and deal with rebate. That’s like making $15 for 2+ hours of work….unless you were going to the store anyway.

It’s more efficient to MS UR points at OD/OM or via freedom unlimited

Not worth it for you maybe. For many of us, staples isn’t an hour away.

I’m the “many of us”, Staples is less than a mile drive out of my daily commute, but you should someday add up all the time you spend on these MS deals and you’ll be surprised. I know I did and discovered that once you count the extra driving, standing in line, submitting the rebate form, liquidating the VGC, etc.. it took about an extra hour out of my day. On top of that both my Staples are routinely out of the $200+ denomination of cards.

I don’t get to OD/OM very often (all my local stores shut down). Do they now have $500 Visa/MC gift cards? Otherwise, why would it be more efficient?

>Last time around they had this kind of deal (Visa and Mastercard), and it was advertised as getting a $15 Staples gift card, but in actuality it came through as a Visa prepaid rebate. I’m guessing it’ll be the same this time, we’ll see.

Hey Chuck, just to be clear, people shouldn’t just try their luck for a visa prepaid card (vs a Staples gift card). We should wait until people try it out, post pictures of the receipt and the online rebate offer page. Usually when they advertise Staples GC, what we end up getting is a Staples GC.

You don’t have to try your luck or wait for others to post their results. As soon as it’s live, go to, click on Find Rebate, pick Blackhawk from the pulldown list, and see what it says. For last month’s one like this, it says “Get a $15 Staples Easy Rebates Visa Prepaid Card on a Purchase of $300 or more of Visa or MasterCard Gift Cards at Staples Stores ONLY.”

Nice tip Gerald!

Bad news. This rebate says “Get a $15 Staples Easy Rebates Gift Card” which is the same language they used for the MC and Amex gift card deals. Let’s hope the VGC-only rebates continue to do the rebate win prepaid Visa cards.

Stack with Uber’s Visa Local for good times.

True, I didn’t think about this.

Terms in Uber app say “Not valid for gift card purchases”

Does one need to buy $300 in GCs in a single purchase, or can one do two separate $200 purchases?

Never mind. The cap per purchase is $20, which is exactly 5% of $400, so might as well just do a single purchase (giving up 5% of the fees).

Hello, I don’t understand what you mean by “cap per purchase”. Can you explain a little bit?

And back to your first question, I think you do need to purchase at least $300 in master/visa gift cards in one transaction to qualify for the rebate, right?

He’s talking about stacking a separate promo. Yes, $300 in 5Bs on one transaction will satisfy the rebate requirement.

Perfect, I just got the new BOA Premium Rewards and need to meet spend requirement.

can I buy one visa and one master card and get rebate?

Yes, min $300 spending what matters. Too bad they don’t sell it standalone.

But I wouldn’t purchase a MC unless you liquidate it instantly.

Question to the cognoscenti: Is there a risk of level 3 data Staples transmits to Amex if I’m MSing on of their cards? Staples is one of their partners, AFIK.

I buy these on OPEN. They do get L3 data. Nobody cares so far, but I also buys lots of stuff ot od/om.

If it comes as the staple gift card, I would just sell it for a ebay e-gift card at cardcash, current rate is $15 staples gift card = $13.51 ebay gift card.

Or hold on until some FAR software d/l (it’s sales tax free) which is always a visa rebate; BF is around.

Could you please be more specific? I always asked what to do with Staples GC’s

Also, when they have those “free” paper deals (1 cent paper). Tax is required to be paid, though. In California state law requires gift cards to be cashed out under $10 so I usually buy a ream of paper and cash the rest out. Cost of the paper is $7, tax is 56 cents, and $7.44 in cash is handed back. You get a few cents in Rewards and the easy rebate is usually a Visa Gift Card.

Are there any other states that do this? I remember this when I lived in CA but I just moved back east again (thank gawd)

From time to time staples has this 1 dollar or 1 cent anti virus software for sale, in a physical box to deliver to you or send you a link to download. The reason of this deal is that the software itself might be going to be outdated or expire soon. Anyway, the deal is that you pay the already discounted price and you submit a rebate form either online or by mail, and they mail you the rebate visa debit card. So you would be ending up paying minimal amount of money. Something like this:

Original price: $59.99
Discount: -$39.99
Rebate: $19.99
You pay: $ 0.01

If you put NH as state for delivery for the digital download, for example, you wouldn’t be charged for tax. This method works on staples rewards as well.

Please help a MS noob out. If I buy the Staples Visa, where can I liquidate it for a MO? I am having trouble understanding which GCs can be used where. Thanks in advance.

If you’re just starting, buy two of the $200 Visa GC (purple packages) to get the rebate form. With fees, your total will be $413.90. You can liquidate this either at the grocery store OR WM. If it’s your first time buying an MO, I suggest you buy $199.30 at WM, the .70 cents will pay the MO fee. If you prefer a grocery store, subtract the MO fee from $200 so you only swipe once and likely avoid mistakes. These will NOT work at the USPS since they’re issued by Metabank.

Mimi, thanks so much!! I am just starting out and this is exactly the info I needed!

Hey Doc

Does a $500 MGC exist? Ive seen $500 vgc but never mgc (at least @ 5% earning office supply stores). I upload these to plastiq for contractor and rent payments. Trying to avoid paying these recipients with a s@*t-ton of $195.12 checks!!

I’ve never seen any kind of $500 gift cards at office supply stores, but $500 MCGCs certainly exist. When there’s a MC-only gas points deal at Stop and Shop, I buy them and liquidate them ASAP (since MCGCs are liable to be hacked).

at Stop & Shop yes, at Staples no, I’ve never seen one in any of the 10+ staples stores I visited

Rebates website shows its just an actual Staples gc this time around.

Yeah, I just got the receipt. Haven’t logged in yet to complete the form, but it it does say Staples gift card.

Bummer. 🙁

Same here. But, the sign AT the store clearly said $15 Visa Gift Card. I believe that was put up in error.

Yup, I might pass.

I may go for the OM/OD deal instead

Same here. Maybe the lower sale volume will send a msg: visa > staples gc

Rebate: Visa and Mastercard Gift Cards.
Details: $15.00 Gift Card
Purchase dates: 10-22-2017 through 10-28-2017
Postmark date: Purchase Date Plus 60 Days
Promotion: Get a $15 Staples Easy Rebates Gift Card on a Purchase of $300 or more of Visa or MasterCard Gift Cards at Staples Stores ONLY
Rebate offer number: 17-26041

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