[Expired] Staples: No Activation Fee on $200 Mastercard Gift Cards (7/18-7/24), Limit 5 Per Day

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The Offer

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  • Staples stores will be selling $200 Mastercard gift cards with the $6.95 activation fee waived from 7/18-7/24

The Fine Print

  • Limit 5 per customer per day; check with your local store to see their rules
  • Valid 7/18-7/24
  • In-store only

Our Verdict

Currently same offer for Visa gift cards. Remember to use a card that earns a high rate on office supply store purchases.

Hat tip to GC Galore

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Dennis
Dennis

So will Walmart still let us load bluebird cards with gift cards. I hear conflicting stories.

kenpet
kenpet

It seems the limit is now $99 even at the regular register for loading BB AMEX with MB VGC from Staples. We are screwed.

CT
CT

William Charles Wells Fargo is offering 5% back for staples in store and online for a max of $25 back (expires 08/15) for those that do not have a card that earns 5% in office supply stores. They also offering the same for office max as well.

CC Promo Offers

My staples was already out of the cards by the time I got in the afternoon today.

K2
K2

I’ve gone everytime on Sunday morning whenever they have these promotions and they’re always sold out of BOTH MC and Visa $200 GC (even if there is no discount on that particular card.

Jason
Jason

Sure enough my local staples had 0 in Stock but had all other denominations. How they advertise advertise sale and have 0 at store opening is interesting.

TJ
TJ

Been loading my GoBank card at Walmart for years fee free. Today I was charged a $3.74 fee. My GoBank card was purchased directly at a Walmart store.

Kyle
Kyle

Join the club. It appears to be a new nationwide thing now. Not sure if it’s a glitch or what but Wally World and GoBank are still both advertising free loads. I’ve put GoBank on hold for now.

Greg
Greg

With the restrictions at my local walmarts ($99 loads) this made an easy decision to cancel my gobank. I did send a quick email to walmart who blamed gobank. Emails to gobank initially said I was not charge a fee (attached receipt with fee), fees are always and have always been charged (attached their fee pdf that shows walmart is fee free), then back to I was not charged a fee. It was a combination of “we were always at war with eastasia” and “who is on first.”

vc
vc

I canceled mine a few months ago after I forgot to “dd” and was about to be charged a monthly fee. I haven’t MSd in probably a yr, so easy decision. One thing to note is that their site has very conflicting info about how to close the acct. One page says that to close the acct, you bring the bal to $0 and they will close it eventually. Another page says that you’ll still incur monthly fees. Take screenshots I guess.

TimR
TimR

C’mon, waiting for Office Depot/Max to do their promo. Been about 3 months now…

Barry
Barry

At the rate of these promotions, it won’t take me too long to hit the 25K limit on the Ink Cash card and 50K limit on my Ink Plus card.

Hoang Nguyen

Wow you have the Ink Plus? I think that card is discontinued a long time ago, right?

Barry
Barry

It was discontinued in early 2017. I’ll probably never get rid of it because it feels exclusive and I spend over 25k per year in the 5X category to justify the fee.

TJ
TJ

What does the 5x max out at for the Ink Plus?

kenpet
kenpet
Barry
Barry

$50k per year (250k URs)

Scott
Scott

I’ve had the Ink Plus for years. Saw no reason to get rid of it.

calwatch

I got rid of it when I got my CSR. Seemed duplicative if I can transfer points and the added $25k of office store capacity isn’t useful to me.

Scott
Scott

I earn the majority of my points from these OD/Staples offers using my Ink.

calwatch

Unloading cards $200 each is such a pain though, especially when kiosks are not an option.

Abe
Abe

How do you even liquidate these? Seeing a lot of DPs that they don’t work for WM MOs in r/churning.

Barry
Barry

I don’t really MS these. I either use these for everyday spend and just take the 5X UR points. If I start stockpiling a lot of cards, then I lend the money through Kiva. I’ve got a fairly regular flow with Kiva where I get about $5 – $6k per month in loan repayments, then I use my repayment money to go buy $5 – $6k worth of VGCs. I relend the value of the VGCs and keep the 5X URs. The biggest downside is that I have to be able to float over $25k worth of loans at once which has an opportunity cost. I’m very selective about where I loan my money so I only have a 0.19% default rate. I also use Kiva to help reach signup bonuses when I can’t get there alone on organic spend.

kpzrus@yahoo.com
kpzrus@yahoo.com

Barry Do you get interest at Kiva? Is there fees for using GCs for lending?
Thanks for your ideas!

Barry
Barry

No fees for using GCs for lending. You don’t earn any interest. The monetary gains are in credit card rewards. There’s also a gain in the feeling that your loans may be helping others.

DailyGrindit
DailyGrindit

Barry Any fees for using VGcs with Kiva, for loan funding?

Thanks in advance!

Barry
Barry

No fees for lending with Kiva. The costs of lending with Kiva are the lost opportunity of having your money tied up for months and loan defaults. Over the years I’ve loaned over $180k with losses of about $350.

Parts Unknown
Parts Unknown

Pre-pandemic? I’ve read defaults are higher than usual the last year+

Barry
Barry

In my case defaults aren’t any higher than any other year. I don’t really even have too many delinquent loans (under 5% delinquent).

Daniel
Daniel

The real question is what is your return? ROI? Including the defaults. Never heard of kiva.

Barry
Barry

It’s hard to calculate this value. You’re not getting any interest off of Kiva loans. The gains are all in credit card rewards. I had a problem of accumulating too many VGCs and this is my way of getting rid of them.

John
John

Be very careful with this, I’ve lost over 10% lending on kiva. Considered it charity. Also, kiva could shut your account down on MS detection. Just avoid.

John
John

Be very careful with this, I’ve lost over 10% lending on kiva. Considered it charity. Also, kiva could shut your account down on MS detection.

calwatch

I stopped doing Kiva in late 2019, did around $40,000 in loans total, and my lifetime default rate is about 1.5% and currency loss rate of 0.1%. I still have roughly 1% of that $40,000 in a paying back delinquent” limbo. Some of it was my fault in lending to US borrowers (never do that, since cheaper credit is easier to get for most people who have paid their bills on time, and business backed loans go down if the business fails) but discounting that I would have a default rate six times that. So potentially a 2.6% loss offset by using 5% cards is a net of 2.4% which is OK but not worth the hassle IMHO, which is why I stopped.

Barry
Barry

I agree. Don’t lend to US borrowers on Kiva. Most of my loans end up in Paraguay, Ecuador, or Philippines.

Steven
Steven

So just get more then 1 ink cash card. Problem solved.

PntsNMiles
PntsNMiles

My local Staples sold out of MCGC during the last promo, but while in buying VGC this week, saw they were all restocked. So worth checking if your store sold out last time.

Jared
Jared

Trash. Stick with the VGC offers, soon-to-be-bankrupt Staples.