Posted by William Charles on March 26, 2019
Manufactured Spending

Published on March 26th, 2019 | by William Charles

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[Expired] [New Limit 1] Staples: No Purchase Fee On $200 Mastercard Gift Cards (3/24-3/30)

Deal has expired, view more Staples deals by clicking here.

Update 3/26/19: Staples corporate sent out a message adding a limit 1 to the deal which wasn’t stated initially in the fine print (hat tip to reader Simon, see also Milestomemories for an image)

The Offer

Direct link to offer

  • Staples is offering no purchase fees on $200 Mastercard gift cards in store.

The Fine Print

  • Valid 3/24/19–3/30/19

Our Verdict

Make sure to use a card that earns at a high rate at office supply stores, there is also an amex offer.

Hat tip to reader Rob D & le_nut



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Dan
Dan

Fucking mastercard…

MarcoPolo
MarcoPolo

Thanks William Charles
I actually prefer Mastercard for some MS opportunities.

AkJohnny
AkJohnny

When is mastercard better?

Mimi
Mimi

For me, I’ve had success paying CC over the phone as long as I’m patient to HUCA till I get a cooperative rep. Patience is the key in doing a lot of MS related activities.

One
One

What opportunities does MC offer that Visa doesn’t? Would love to know unless those are secrets you are trying to keep. Thanks

Randy
Randy

Crickets Chirping

DK
DK

well for me the ONLY advantage is Plastiq mortgage payment.

NBG
NBG

+1 for this.

Jo
Jo

Mortgage payments via Plastiq?

calwatch
calwatch

In general VGC from the major vendors don’t work on Plastiq but these do. Easy way to net 2.5% given Ink in your pajamas.

Katie Hernandez
Katie Hernandez

calwatch , in your pajamas? I still have to actually go to Staples for this one right? You just mean on the liquidation side? Thanks!

calwatch
calwatch

Yes, of course, but it beats waiting in line at Walmart only to get rejected.

guy bucktastik
guy bucktastik

When I’m in line at walmart, everyone is already in their pajamas.

Mimi
Mimi

That’s true for the WMs I’ve been to, even those out of state.

MoneyRx
MoneyRx

Kroger no longer accepting Visa. Use your Visa needing spend to purchase the MC gift card to then use at Kroger.

Dylan
Dylan

Kroger no longer accepts visa CREDIT cards. Visa debit still okay.

Ben
Ben

@Dylan Where can I find a Visa debit paying 5% cashback anywhere, let alone at grocery stores? And that doesn’t even account for signup bonus.

Dylan
Dylan

I’m speaking of the liquidation side. There are still some krogers where VGC -> MO is possible.

Ben
Ben

Dylan This page isn’t about VGC, only MCGC. (This week VGC are on sale, your point about turning Visa CC into Visa gebit to use at Kroger-affiliates may be useful on that post)

TheMonkeyTech
TheMonkeyTech

Keep it shut =)

AkJohnny
AkJohnny

will these load to bluebird like vgc at wallmart?

Ferris
Ferris

This is a comment you would see in 2014. There are billions of DPs on this in an internet search.

One
One

A simple yes/no would suffice. This is not Reddit, here people are actually helpful to each other.

Akjohnny, yes these will load BB at WM

TBonus
TBonus

Seriously. You spend more energy trying to be a gatekeeping wisecrack than offering a quick, helpful reply, everyone started out the same here.

AkJohnny
AkJohnny

Thanks One!! I have churned hundreds of VGC but never a MasterCard gc.

Brocko
Brocko

Do a search. There is a trick where you have to hit the cancel button or something. I’ve never gotten it to work.

Gary
Gary

I just did it for the first time. I just swiped the mastercard at WM and it took it. Didn’t even need to put in the pin.

Jason
Jason

User Action:
1. Swipe and hit “Cancel” or “Change Payment” to select “Debit” on the screen,
2. When POS asks if you want cash back press “No”
3. You will see PIN entry field. Wait; do not enter PIN yet.
4. Ask CSR to enter the amount to tender (only if doing a split tender)
5. Enter the PIN and enter.
6. Swipe next debit card and repeat process
7. Skip Step 4, if your debit card has enough funds to pay the full amount due on the money order purchase.

vaiva.yarnell@mausergroup.com
vaiva.yarnell@mausergroup.com

Vy

Tony
Tony

I shared a datapoint on reddit and got a massive downvote because of fragment sentence. The next guy told people there he has a dream last night about a credit card bonus and got a lot of upvote. Sometime i feel like people there bully new guys a lot and they forgot they used to ask such silly questions.

Mimi
Mimi

Yes, I tried to load it to BB and was pleasantly surprised it didn’t even go the PIN screen. I didn’t have to press change /cancel button to go to debit screen either, it was an easy transaction.

Yup
Yup

Happened to me today. I loaded 4 MCGC on BB at WM today without an issue. The other WM gave me an issue. YMMV

Gretch
Gretch

Can you load these from your pc at home or you have to do it at Walmart?

Matthew
Matthew

Which cards earn high cash back rate at staples?
Thanks

Joseph Badaro
Joseph Badaro

chase ink cash

anthony
anthony

the Synchrony Gap credit card

Stretchistall
Stretchistall

Gotta get those free cozy socks with all the gap points you’re swimming in right!?

Abey

You actually get Silver status at Gap with that Credit Card. No kidding 😊

Information Booth
Information Booth

Matthew… Amex Simply Cash Plus Biz card earns 5% cash back at office supply stores. Hope this helped you. John 3:16

LNK
LNK

A possible addition 10% more with Amex Offer too, which I have that on the card (YMMV)

Celia
Celia

Matthew Also, Chase Ink Cash earns 5x at Staples.

One
One

Does CIC earn 5% through staples.com or that’s only in store rate?

Shawn D
Shawn D

It earns 5% online and in store.

Joseph Badaro
Joseph Badaro

I see no limit on how many you can purchase. Does this mean i can grab like 5 of them at a time??

MarcoPolo
MarcoPolo

Yes if the cashier/manager/store allows it.
I once purchased 10 twice in two transactions.

Dick Bupkiss
Dick Bupkiss

Official limit is “always one to a customer.”

Curmudgeon
Curmudgeon

I routinely grab ten at a time at my Staples, but I don’t think they’d let me do multiple transactions in a day. $2k/day everyday for a week? No problem, but that’s my location. Your experience may be different.

One
One

No mention of limit in terms. Hope that’s not a misprint

ctj
ctj

some thoughts:

1. there have been many reports that mastercard gift cards have serious security issues. i think some have even posted that cards were drained within a few minutes of purchase.
2. the ad currently says no limit, but trust staples to start imposing purchase limits within a day or two of the sale going live, on an individual store basis.
3. the amex 10% offer hasn’t expire yet, if (1) you signed up and (2) didn’t use the full offer (limited up to $500 in purchases) the last sale.
4. otherwise, chase ink and amex simplycash cards give 5% back at staples. there may be other cards.

david190810
david190810

Yep. You have to rush to liquidate mastercard gift cards.
This has happened to me twice. I would never try it again.
The dispute usually takes about 1~3 months and not easy.

DK
DK

the new ones have the whole serial covered. at least the ones I jsut bought did.

Jimmy Deals
Jimmy Deals

Have there been any widespread issues with these MCs recently? I’ve stayed away after being burnt on them being drained on activation a couple years back. What a headache that was!

shaky02dd
shaky02dd

I had 3 I had bought from staples drained this past summer (didn’t bother opening them up for weeks, when I finally did they had near-0 balance). It took a couple of months but eventually I did get new cards issued.

AA
AA

Wow, I didn’t know about that issue. What was going on? A system glitch? Fraud?

Dick Bupkiss
Dick Bupkiss

Fraud is surprisingly common on these.

Ferris
Ferris

MC and fraud go together like eggs and bacon or Facebook and illegally selling your info.

MSer
MSer

I had 6 MCs drained a few years ago within a day or two of purchase. After spending an hour analyzing them, found out anyone could easily predict entire 16 digit card number w/o opening the package. And since the cards were issued in batches, could easily guess expiration, so could be easily cloned or used online.

Thankfully, the newer cards have the serial number fully hidden (versus 6 digits exposed previously) and they aren’t so astoundingly easy to guess the number.

86
86

I had a $100 US Bank MC (mygiftcardsite.com) drained last December, about a week or so after activation. It took much effort and months of time before the reimbursement a few weeks ago. Any other DPs on which issuer’s cards seem to be having the problems?

Ben
Ben

These work for estimated tax payments at <$3/card fee, right?

Burton
Burton

$2 – that is how I dumped the two I bought last time these were fee free because I haven’t dabbled in money orders/serve/bb yet and that seemed like a safe way to do it. I might do the same this week.

Gerald
Gerald

There’s a limit of two cards per quarter with pay1040.com and I think the others as well, so it doesn’t scale well.

Burton
Burton

Correct, but it is a quick and easy way to dump a few $200-$500 gift cards for <1% cost for someone who just does this casually or to meet a specific MSR. You can also do two extension payments even if you plan to file your return timely.

David
David

I don’t see them online, bummer…

Catapult
Catapult

Was holding off on the Staples Amex offer waiting for this. Good deal! Thanks, DoC

DB
DB

Anyone knows if this auto drains in FD? I’m just too slow to be a ninja to use this at WM 🙁

sillyhunter
sillyhunter

Yes.

CtownBin
CtownBin

How do you liquidate these at FD? Do you still have a Serve card? I really didn’t think anyone still had those since they started shutting us down, unless there is a way to get a new one open that I don’t know about?

DB
DB

I believe there’s no mass shutdown yet since the incomm takeover from amex. But afaik if you’ve been banned before you’ll still not be able to open a new one right now

David
David

I bought one of these last time around and it showed up without having been loaded. Staples has not been helpful getting it fixed. Hopefully you have better luck, but just be aware that it isn’t always roses.

Celia
Celia

If you bought them online last time, they come unactivated and the activation letter shows up like a week later. A lot of issues came up with trying to use them right away or activate them without the letter.

86
86

I got the activation letter like 2 weeks after the cards arrived and two of the three still wouldn’t activate online with the mailed codes. Had to call in to activate those two. So yes, issues.

Celia
Celia

Sorry to hear that. Never fun when there are issues.

David
David

Looks like these are Metabank. Not sure these will work with Money Orders… YMMV obviously. Had bad luck with Metabnk + Kroger/WM MOs in my experience.

sillyhunter
sillyhunter

Normally Metabank vgc works well in WM. Could you share more details about your experience?

David
David

Sure thing. I may have done something incorrect. To clarify, I was doing MO not serve/BB/anything else.

Walked to money services, asked for MO, said $198, asked to swipe card on terminal facing me. Swiped, was asked for pin, typed in PIN and clicked “No cashback”, was then told card denied on my screen, CSR said “I dunno, try again?” tried again, denied again, got kinda awkward so I said “geeze I’ll call my bank, thanks for your time” and walked away.

Levin
Levin

Did you setup pin number on the mastercard gift card?

Robert D Porter
Robert D Porter

The pin is preset as the last 4 digits of the card number, but you may call in and change if so desired.

Robert D Porter
Robert D Porter

I purchased 4 of these today and was not able to liquidate them at Walmart, as it was trying to run as credit, but they worked fine at Publix and Kroger.

Eric
Eric

Can’t find $200 denominations on the website. William Charles Chuck is this in store only?

Wyle
Wyle

That’s what DoC said in “The Offer” and repeated in the comments.

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