Posted by William Charles on February 2, 2019
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Published on February 2nd, 2019 | by William Charles

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Staples.com: $100 Mastercard With No Fees (Limit Of 10)

Update 2/2/19: Available again, hat tip to Frequent Miler.

The Offer

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  • Staples is selling $100 Mastercard gift cards with no activation fee (normal $6.95)

The Fine Print

  • Valid until 1/26/19

Our Verdict

Doesn’t seem to be any limit There is a limit of 10, anything above this won’t receive the $6.95 per card discount. Not as good as the in store deals for the $200 cards, but those have a limit of 1 and usually go out of stock quickly. We have also seen this deal before. Make sure to use a card that earns at a high rate at office supply stores, there is also an amex offer and a chase offer. Also remember that people have reported activation/fraud issues in the past as well.

Hat tip to reader Yev B



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Sevillada
Sevillada

Last time it was a pain to activate these ones

hi i am first
hi i am first

please explain what the pain was?

Nickod777
Nickod777

You have to wait for the card, and then wait for an activation letter. You can no longer call up support and get the activation code sooner.

sevillada
sevillada

the instructions included didn’t work. then calling the number was told to call another number. etc. one still took extra calls

Liz
Liz

There are comments about trouble activating these. Anyone have direct experience?

Celia
Celia

The only irritation I found with the activation is that it took longer to get the activation letter than the cards. But once I got the letter, it only took a few minutes to activate. I almost went the route of phone calls but ended up just waiting it out.

Dino
Dino

Activation via mail means they are collecting all your personal info (name, address) upfront.

LNK
LNK

You need to wait for an activation code arrive in a separate mail to activate. The issue a lot of people (include me) having is they didn’t know and try to use card right the way without properly activate.
And if you use it without properly activated, the security feature of the card will lock the card up for 24-48 hours, then you will need to wait for lockup period ended to try activate again etc.
Last time I got 4 of these, 1 got properly activated with the mail activate code… the other 3 need to call in serval time because the card got lockup again and again. But eventually all cards are activated and used.

David
David

This sounds like the activation experience at Sam’s Club 😉

Blue
Blue

Yep. The mailed activation codes did not work for about half of mine.

Dave
Dave

10 give you 69.50 off

11+ don’t give further discount

Heads up

Yev
Yev

Limit seems to be 10 per transaction. You can check out and do 10 more.

Jblazea50
Jblazea50

Last time, it took about a week and few phone calls to have one of them activated.

Stephen Pepper

It looks like there’s a limit of 10. If you add more than that to your basket it’ll initially look like there’s no activation fee, but the maximum discount you’ll receive when checking out is $69.50.

Yeldon
Yeldon

I saw the issue about card activation. So I chose to pick up in store, not sure whether the rep can activate it

LNK
LNK

This is worst because you dont know where the activation letter will go, if you look at the comment last time those people had a hard time getting the activation code when they pickup.
I suggest you cancel the order and reorder it to be delivered

Yeldon
Yeldon

Thanks. Will do

Jatan
Jatan

Store pick up isn’t from store inventory so it’ll be shipped to the store — they ship GCs and activation letter separately so you might not get the activation letter. Cancel the order and ship it to your home instead

king
king

is it possible to use these in walmart ?

86
86

Don’t see why not.

CtownBin
CtownBin

Yes, although you have to be quick and hit the cancel on the pad, then change payment to debit. Otherwise it processes as credit by default and won’t go through if buying MO or loading to Serve/BB which require debit.

Free Fee
Free Fee

Are the last 4 digits the pin? Any tips on liquidation?

veeRob

You have to set the PIN via a 1-800 # if I remember correctly. If you Google it, you can learn how to use one of these on the 4th swipe at WM for MO.

LNK
LNK

On the activation issue here is my experience:
You need to wait for an activation letter to activate. The issue a lot of people (included me) having is we didn’t know and try to use card right the way without properly activate.
And if you use it without properly activated, the security feature of the card will lock the card up for 24-48 hours, then you will need to wait for lock period ended to try activate again etc.

Last time I got 4 of these, 1 got properly activated with the mail activate code… the other 3 need to call in several time because the card got locked again and again. But eventually all cards are activated and used.

And don’t be a genius and think pick up from store will work around activation problem. The people pickup in store is even worse because they didn’t know where the activation mail went. Some are having real trouble because they never receive the code. Read those comments !!

anthonyjh21
anthonyjh21

And the reps are clueless so don’t ask them what’s going on either. I was locked out even after activating properly. These cards are a major pain in the ass and was not worth the time or effort. Not worth the mental bandwidth to save a few bucks. To each their own.

Rob
Rob

I had similar experience during their last promotion. Received the letters with activation codes. The first one activated and registered fine. The second one had to call in, could be activated, but was blocked from registration. Thus they could not be used online. Due to the fact they are MCGC, I rushed to Walmart and used it up next day.

Never had any problems with MCGC from physical Staples stores.

Debit
Debit

How to liquidate Mastercard? Only plastiq?

Ron
Ron

Isn’t this a great deal for those who have the chase 30% offer or BofA 10% offer ?am I missing something ?

Marcus
Marcus

BOA 10% max only 6 dollars.

Raj
Raj

I got a cancellation email when ordering 10. Anyone else get this?

Free Fee
Free Fee

Just got 10 of them 20 minutes ago, only confirmation mail so far

Raj
Raj

Yeah, I got the confirmation email and then a cancellation one. If others don’t get it, I may go for more.

The Value Traveler

Good luck with the fraud/drain on these MCs…..nothing but trouble. Tempting, but pass.

anthonyjh21
anthonyjh21

^ People need to really read the comments before buying these. Fool me once shame on you. Fool me twice shame on me. Buy these after being warned by DoC guinea pigs? Have fun wasting your time to save a few bucks.

Celia
Celia

Bought several of these last time around. Used them organically over several weeks. No issues.

anthonyjh21
anthonyjh21

Hopefully they’ve fixed their mess. They’re also trigger-happy with freezing these cards which requires calling back in. I bought 6 of these cards and spent over an hour in total dealing with various bs.

HarryTheFirstHarry
HarryTheFirstHarry

With online purchase of MC, fraud is less of a concern because you can activate them and use them immediately since they come unactivated. The bigger issue is the activation letter should reach you without getting lost.

86
86

Have Blackhawk Network MCs specifically ever been a problem?

Dino
Dino

Not sure if it is a rhetorical question 🙂

I had one recent fraud issue (my card showed transactions not made by me) and it took 3 months to resolve (require either using their dinosaur age fax technology or snail mail to send signed documents – ironically isn’t blackhawk in Silicon Valley and yet don’t have digital technologies). Finally they get back indicating an error (no mention of any fraud) and refund.
Since then am bit vary of buying MCs and if I buy try to activate and spend on bill pay immediately.

Interestingly new MCs are being seen at Safeway which are from Metabank. Hopefully experience is better (already facing registration issue at http://mcgift.giftcardmall.com – could check balance fine, just not able to register)

yang
yang

my issue with these exact cards was trying to check the balance online. Sometimes the website will not recognize the card and will not give you a balance. The visa cards always worked.

Parts Unknown
Parts Unknown

Just stay away

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