[Expired] Staples: No Purchase Fee on $200 Visa Gift Cards [11/11-11/17]

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The Offer

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  • Pay no purchase fee on the $200 Visa gift card at Staples stores between November 11th and 17th.

The Fine Print

  • Valid 11/11/18–11/17/18 (starts Sunday)
  • Limit 1 per customer.
  • In-store only.
  • The Visa Gift Card is issued by MetaBank®, Member FDIC, pursuant to a license from Visa U.S.A. Inc. Card can be used everywhere Visa debit cards are accepted in the U.S. No cash access.

Our Verdict

In previous fee-free offers, the limit-1 per transaction wasn’t actually enforced, hopefully this one will be the same. The fee-free deals are a bit better than the $5-off deal they ran last time.

As always, this deal works better with an INK Cash/Plus card or with Amex SimplyCash. Alternatively, there’s a Bank Amerideals offer some have. There’s also an Amex Offer on business cards with 10% off for the daring.

You may also be able to stack with the Retailmenot offer to get back $4 on any $30 Staples purchase – that deal can even be done more than once by re-adding the offer.

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kuskit
kuskit

I just bought 3 at the same store. The clerk said she had seen guy buy 10 gifts cards at a time. I don’t think she was aware of the limit of 1 per customer.

Dan
Dan

there is no such limit…

Stephen
Stephen

I just received the Ink business cash. Would I be able to use this offter to get the signup bonus? I have a few other purchases I can do so I would not be buying all giftcards to meet the 3K spend. Maybe about $1000 in giftcards providing of course my local staples will sell me that much. NY area if that matters.

Deb
Deb

Got 10 yesterday but cashier would only let me do one at a time.

DNew
DNew

Manager in Austin gave me 10 at a time 🙂 got lucky

ThaigerNation
ThaigerNation

My regular store that has been friendly now enforcing one per day. WM also getting more stringent. Getting to the point where it’s just not worth the effort!

William
William

I went to Staples last night and purchased one card, at the time I asked if it was possible to purchase more than one without the fee but the manager on duty said no. I went back this morning to find a different manager on duty and proceeded to take two cards to the register. This time I didn’t ask and the person scanning the card didn’t inquire so I was able to get more than one without a problem.

I then went to WM and asked for a money order for $399.12. I ran one card and was not asked to provide a PIN then I ran the second card and that’s when I was asked to provide the PIN. I provided the according PIN for the second card but the transaction didn’t go through, I then reattempted with the same card and then the other card and still the PIN would not work. Can any one explain what happened or what I need to do differently please? 503 area.

DNew
DNew

I registered the cards and set up a personal pin online and asked the WM cashier to specify how much was coming off of each card. Maybe that will help. I had 4 cards and bought a money order for 800.68 68 cents for the MO. Four $200 gift cards and asked her to transact each one in increments of $200
Hope thst helps!

MarcoPolo
MarcoPolo

DNew
How did you pay 68 cents ?
Thanks.

DNew
DNew

This Walmart in particular only charged 68 cents for the money order. Not sure why. I worked at a Walmart for 5 years and it was always 88 cents.

William
William

I was finally able to make it to WM to try this. I asked for a money order for $400.88 with split tender. I ran the first card input the personalized PIN I entered beforehand and it seemed to work. I moved on to the second card and after asking for the second cards PIN I was denied. I then asked for a $200.88 money order with the card she said worked on the first swipe and that card was then denied as well. Any further ideas to this? I checked balances and their loaded and I went to the website and set the PIN as last 4 digits as regularly prescribed lol.

Your help is greatly appreciated.

DNew
DNew

With each card are you asking that they manually enter $200 as a debit card before you swipe it? even if it’s $200.88, If the gift card is only $200 it will deny it because it’s not able to cover the 88 cents. Double check the balance and pin and when you go to pay for the remaining $200.88, have them run a debit card for the amount of $200 and you’ll pay cash for the 88 cents. I’d imagine this is the problem they they are running your card without specifying the amount of $200 on that card. I just got done doing $2000 of money orders doing it the exact way I described above. If that doesn’t work, I really don’t know, possibly a defective card?

William
William

Went back again and tried as you said, worked perfect! No idea the POS could be so fussy over the .88c. This time I just did 399.12 to make it simple and everything worked great. Thank you so much. Now I can slowly ramp up and take this to scale.

I saw you mention your buying 2k with of gc at a time but are you liquidating at no more than $800.68 so they don’t ask for your ID? Or are you okay with it for efficiency purposes?

I seriously can’t thank you enough again!

Mimi
Mimi

There is a maximum on four swipes when buying MOs at WM so if you’re draining $200 VGCs, the max amount you can buy is $800 plus fee paid in cash. With $2K, you can do two $800’s and one $400 plus fees paid in cash. Or you can also do $799.12 twice and $399.12 with the .88 fee already included so just tell cashier you’ll be paying $200 at a time with your debit card.

DNew
DNew

Happy to help William. It just worked out for me to do $800 – plus I read that there was only 4 swipes allowed so I followed that rule. Be careful though, I know from experience that those money center reps are trained to try to spot out “money launderers” and they can easily mistake you for someone trying to do something illegal.

MarcoPolo
MarcoPolo

This can be done with any cashier or only at the moneycenter/customer service?
Thanks

Shayne
Shayne

I was limited to 1 card :/

Jiasus
Jiasus

Happened to me today it was fine yesterday

AJ
AJ

Is there a default pin number for these cards or do we have to create one using the website? I was able to purchase 5 cards in one transaction and there were no issues. Used RMN & CIC.

stan dav
stan dav

Last 4 is the pin

Jan B
Jan B

Thanks stan.

Max
Max

RED ALERT: I heard a DP that Amex has been clawing back 5% cashback on the Simplycash Plus. I recommend caution if using this! I’m going to refrain from purchasing these until I have more info.

Doc
Doc

Had mine claw back last promo.

iahphx
iahphx

Great promo, but the liquidation is fairly hard, and seems to get harder all the time. I now have maybe 5 places within a 5 mile radius of my house that will let me use a gift card to buy a money order. I try not to wear out my welcome (I mostly buy MOs with $500s to meet cc minimum spends) and, honestly, $200 gift cards look suspicious, especially if you split payment to get the near $400 MO. Each card only gets you 1000 Chase points if you have an Ink card. Hard to do at any scale. I guess if you were best buddies with someone with access to a Western Union terminal it would be easier. I’d love there to be an easy, cost-effective online liquidation tool.

Jiasus
Jiasus

Do bill pay at Walmart. I paid my usb altitude reserve $1.5 fee haven’t had any problem yet

iahphx
iahphx

Is that better than asking the Walmart money center for a money order, though? Same general problem. My closest Walmart won’t let me buy MOs with a gift card. I have only one store within 10 miles that does. And they’re “suspicious,” to say the least. If I regularly brought a wad of $200s there, I’m sure they’d shut me down cold.

NinjaX
NinjaX

what? seriously? u have balls of steel and must love russian roulette. so u really WM BP to USB? wow dude.

Jeremy
Jeremy

What’s the problem with that? I just used Walmart Billpay to pay my Citi Double Cash credit card last week.

jiasus
jiasus

I dont see the problem there. I dont MS on my altitude card. I m also heavy spender on the card.