Posted by William Charles on July 21, 2019
Manufactured Spending

Published on July 21st, 2019 | by William Charles

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[Expired] Staples: No Purchase Fee On $200 Mastercard Gift Cards (7/21-7/27)

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

The Offer

Direct link to offer (page 5)

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

The Fine Print

  • Valid 7/21-7/27
  • Limit 1 per customer

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 GC Galore



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YRK
YRK

Just in time. Was contemplating what to buy for that amex offer. And probably will stack with the Office supply store amex offer of 5$ off 25+

FM
FM

Will a single transaction trigger two offers?

Millennial Outrage

Yup. I got two emails confirmations: one for 1,000 MR and one for additional MR/$ spent. Didn’t have the office supply store offer 😢

nick
nick

so just did my first MS with these visas and liquidated them quite easily. i heard mastercards are harder to get rid of than visa….. any data points on this? thanks

Anonymous
Anonymous

You have to press certain buttons in a certain order if you use them for money orders at Walmart. That’s the only difference. If you don’t go to Walmart, then it doesn’t matter for you.

nick
nick

i do it at walmart…. what is the button order? thanks to all for responses btw.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Even though the actual actions are not all that difficult, it’s kind of weird to explain in text if you’ve never done it, AND the procedure can slightly vary depending on the specific terminal.

The basic gist is that without user input, the MasterCard gift cards are run as credit by default. Obviously, that is an issue for money orders. You need to hit the change payment button. On some terminals, it just appears for a short time after you swipe the card. On other terminals, the cashier needs to not put in any split tender amount before you swipe the card.

That’s not the best explanation. Maybe someone else can explain better.

Mimi
Mimi

I haven’t loaded MCGC to Serve in a long time but had a pleasant experience today loading at WM MC, it by-passed the screen to enter PIN and receipt printed. Not sure if this is the new norm but surely it’s great!

dan
dan

Mimi it’s been like that for last 6 mos

JJ
JJ

Nick,
Your biggest concern should be the fact that MCGC info is easily stolen. I’ve bought quite a few and it’s “only” happened once to me but there are tons of DPs that say this is commonplace.

CtownBin
CtownBin

Staples recently changed over their Mastercards from US Bank to Metabank, which is who they use for Visas. There has never been any fraud on the Metabank Visas, so I think it’s safe to say that we don’t need to worry about fraud issues anymore on these. That was a US Bank issue.

icemule1
icemule1

Thanks for this info, I was unaware as well. I’ve been staying away from the Mastercard deals for this reason, but I might start partaking now that they’re safe…r…..

TheMonkeyTech
TheMonkeyTech

staples, office depot/max, safeways all changed to metabank. no issues anymore. Check what bank is issuing the mastercard

SOZ
SOZ

Dosh CB stacks.
Another $5 is always appreciated.

Howard
Howard

Anyone else have issue with Dosh tracking at Staples? It was working for me before but it’s stopped 2 weeks ago.

aubergine
aubergine

i had one track a few months ago. Maybe Staples ones get a manual eyeball review, and their nix any thing that looks like multiples of $100’s.

Howard
Howard

It looks like other people are reporting Dosh not tracking gc at Staples too.
https://www.doctorofcredit.com/dosh-3-cashback-at-staples-stores/

Howard
Howard

Nevermind. My GC transaction just tracked after 2 days.

akjohnny
akjohnny

My Dosh has certainly been loyal!

Millennial Outrage

One Staples tracked immediately using SCB and didn’t at a different location using BBP. Both cards were recently removed and re-added to Dosh, so not sure why one worked and the didn’t.

Brian
Brian

Thanks for the recommendation. Do you have a Dosh referral link you can send me?

Celia
Celia

Brian Use Chuck’s that he posted in another thread: CHUCKS2

Always a nice way to support the site.

Charles Chang
Charles Chang

How many cards can you split your payment to in Staples? what is the limit? amex 10/40.

Jay
Jay

YMMV depending on the cashier. I have done close to 10 cards in 1 transaction before during the staples prepaid cards from rebate days. I think the hard limit maybe 10 with register hard code.

Charles Chang
Charles Chang

thanks!

dk
dk

Well after years of fruitful MS all of my local staples are hip to the game. I have 3 in my town, and all 3 all of the cashiers are all now enforcing the limit 1. My main staples I am on a first name basis with the staff and even they have told me that the goods times are over with regards to $2000 Visa/MC card purchases.

Jason Smith
Jason Smith

Don’t blame the employees for enforcing the rules – it is their job.

Lantean
Lantean

I would rather think it’s the job of Staples corporate to program the registers to allow only 1 if they want to enforce it.

JJ
JJ

Don’t give them any ideas

86
86

So these sales are mostly to increase foot traffic into their stores from a low margin item, hoping you’ll buy something else? Otherwise, why limit how many you can buy? Most of the stores in my area now seem like ghost towns from what I can tell.

Gerald
Gerald

Two Amex offers: Staples and office supply stores.

JJ
JJ

I actually have a 3rd for 1 extra MR per $ spent. Not a big deal but adds up.

Avi
Avi

You sure that’s not just for Staples.com?

Just a Note
Just a Note

Mine is in store or online.

captainsave
captainsave

The offer i saved a few days ago is gone

Calvin
Calvin

Would Amex claw back my $10 with their Level 3 knowledge if I purchased the visa gift card to trigger the $10 off $40? I haven’t done any MS on my Amex, and don’t want to risk my good standing over this.

Millennial Outrage

No

captainsave
captainsave

Saved the offer went bought $50 gc at staples, no email confirmation. Now the offer is gone from my account.

Gerald
Gerald

I had something similar happen with the samsclub.com offer, but the offer worked.

SideShowBob233
SideShowBob233

This is me, doing my happy dance. Thanks Staples.

Mike
Mike

There’s also an Amex offer for $10 off $40. Cashiers can also run separate CCs, I always use one for the chase/Amex offer and the rest on INK. Dosh tracks both cards up to $5 daily maximum.

Satya
Satya

Stack with Bofa / Chase cash back deals.

A S
A S

I am not able to get to this online – does someone have a direct link?

Celia
Celia

In store and it does start until 7/21.

If you’re looking for just the ad, click on the direct link to offer, click page, choose upcoming ad and go to page 5.

A S
A S

Celia – Thanks much, I appreciate it.

TheMonkeyTech
TheMonkeyTech

Staples in the bay area is a wasteland. They lock up all the $200 cards in the manager’s office. Half the time they enforce the 1 card limit, other half of the time they just say they don’t have cards without even checking. They are straight up MS hostile now.

Ben W
Ben W

I did see a guy a couple months ago (in the SF BA) just do “laps” back and forth to the rack. Did at least $2k while I was there and was still going strong when I left. I think you need to find employees that don’t care or that you can very gently persuade to do more than one transaction.

Yinhawk
Yinhawk

I will PASS on this mastercard. Last time I bought one, I lost like $60 bucks that I had left on balance… it just disappeared and went to zero balance STOLEN… this has never happened to me with visa… since 2013 I’ve been playing the game

Tommy
Tommy

Are these cards safe for meeting minimum spend on Amex Gold?

TheMonkeyTech
TheMonkeyTech

NO! Do not buy any gift cards for meeting min spend on Amex. My coworker got a clawback for doing that, along with many others.

Tommy
Tommy

Thanks for the heads up. Not even store gift cards like ebay or Amazon?

Celia
Celia

Not at Staples or any other retailer that provides L3 data.

Tommy
Tommy

Got it. Thanks!

Beat2def
Beat2def

Yup. Office Depot as well.
Try a modest amount at a grocery store.

Rick
Rick

I am upset cuz I just read this after spending $400 in GC 🙁 I used it for my Marriot Bonvoy tho

Geo
Geo

You should call up and threaten to sue Amex! Or file a CFPB complaint and SCC suit! That’ll show em!

dan
dan

lol, nice sarcasm; any rate, a suit will place him/her on the blacklist

Ric
Ric

I did my min spend without GCs, however, I am buying GCs with my Amex Business Marriott Bonvoy and still going strong. Don’t buy GCs while min spend.

Rick
Rick

I learned my lesson 🙂

just me
just me

can you still loud bluebird in wm with these

dayTradeIt
dayTradeIt

I did some, but I believe Bluebird shutdowns are common, so trying to stay under the radar

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