Posted by Chuck on September 29, 2019
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Published on September 29th, 2019 | by Chuck

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[Expired] Staples: No Purchase Fee On $200 Visa Gift Cards (9/29-10/5)

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The Offer

Direct link to offer  (“see upcoming ad” page  4)

  • Staples is offering no purchase fees on $200 Visa gift cards at Staples stores.

 

The Fine Print

  • Valid 9/29 – 10/5
  • Limit 1 per customer

Our Verdict

Use a card that earns at a high rate on office supply stores. Some people also have an Amex Offer for $10/1,000 off $40 at Staples. And there’s another $5 off $25 offer for office supply stores that some have. Both of these expire on September 30th.

Hat tip to GC Galore



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Steve F
Steve F

Oh wow! I’m tired…

Keep em coming!

DB
DB

Ah sh**, here we go again.

Great timing as October comes along with a new fresh load limit.

1120
1120

This is great news and thanks for the update, DoC. I’m glad that I ignored the MCGC deal going on at ODOM this week.

Sam
Sam

nice

Rob
Rob

I skipped ODOM as well.

Rob
Rob

I skipped ODOM as well hoping that Staples and/or next ODOM sale will be net neutral/positive.

AKJohnny
AKJohnny

so many more odom than staples…

Kyle
Kyle

Man these just keep coming. Now to find the stores with young fresh faces working that will let me buy multiple gift cards in one transaction.

Sam
Sam

i felt bad, i went in every day and bought 2k from this one girl for a week straight. saw her at a restaurant a few weeks later and she said she got fired

David7914
David7914

Me too, had a friendly cashier and she got fired after 3 months on the job. All my Staples cashiers are new and enforce 1per day limit. I don’t buy no more unless I am near Staples.

MisterBill
MisterBill

Ha! They probably fired her since she was too friendly!

Kyle
Kyle

Wow, I’m happy if I can get 2 or 3 GCs in one transaction.

Abe
Abe

You guys are lucky I went to one staples in my local area two months ago and the manager said they only take cash or debit for a visa or mastercard giftcards.

Ri
Ri

My Staples just removes all of the vgc from the shelf

JoshL
JoshL

Does Ebates/Rakuten still offer in-store cashback for Staples? The offer has disappeared from my app since early August. It was sweet to stack the two offers.

alex
alex

you would get shut down if you can not provide the receipt to prove this is nor gc purchase

Ric
Ric

I have burnt out the 25k limit of my CIC already 🙁

AKJohnny
AKJohnny

get another CIC or another INK card and product change it to a second CIC!!! problem solved!!

Ken
Ken

Maybe Staples tries to discourage MS and create more foot traffic by limiting 1 card per transaction, but a workaround is to buy 1 card/day if there is a nearby Staples.

Ferris
Ferris

Well I mean that’s not a workaround…

Jeremy
Jeremy

I was told by a Staples manager that a third party (Giftcard Mall??) provides the product and they really have nothing to do with it. He said they basically rent the floor space for the display. The increased insistence on enforcement of the one per person limit is coming from that third party apparently.

Scott
Scott

Very interesting – thanks

BubbleheadBee
BubbleheadBee

There is no activation fee with this card, correct?

Roronoa
Roronoa

Correct, no purchase fee/activation fee.

BubbleheadBee
BubbleheadBee

Thank you.

escot
escot

Thanks for the advance alert. Not to be a killjoy here, yet last time around, happens I was in Richmond, VA…. Lots of vgc supply on shelves, but the several local stores/cashiers I tried in that area were quite firm about enforcing the one per customer rule. (even though there’s no hard-coding of the rule) Manager at one of them was quite nasty about the whole issue, seemed to presume anyone who wanted more than one must be a money-launder…. seemed determined to kill the deal for all of us. Ah well, am traveling a lot this week ahead…. going Staples-sight seeing, in between beaches.

Jason Smith
Jason Smith

It has nothing to do with money laundering…it very clearly says in the ad “limit one per customer”. When two or three people come in and buy the whole stock, it defeats the whole purpose of the sale which is to get customers to come in the store and buy stuff.

Rob
Rob

A manager at a Staples that I went to (first time there), gave me a look like I was a criminal for purchasing VGC. The cards were not on the shelf so I inquired if they had anymore and the manager looked me up-n-down then went to back/manager’s office to get me one.

Champ
Champ

It doesn’t matter what you look like, that manager showed evidence of discrimination. Hopefully you report this on staples.com.

Geo
Geo

I just smile and offer to wash the managers clothes for him. Usually they are stained anyway. Easy to throw a dirty shirt in with my load of $100s.

Erin
Erin

Can I use this card at raise.com?

lilurbanachiever
lilurbanachiever

Yes.

Brendan
Brendan

Unfortunately the cash back offers via Chase expire in 2 days.

Bill
Bill

Can you buy online? It says in stores, but has anyone tried?

yeet
yeet

You can simply go online and add it to your cart and attempt to check out and see the fee will not be removed.

Rowan
Rowan

Nope, the in-store promos for Visa/MC prepaids definitely don’t work on the website unless there also happens to be an online-specific promo going on at the same time.

ChurningNoob
ChurningNoob

I’ve never purchased a VGC through Staples. Do I need to print out a coupon or print out this ad to get the fee waived?

Roronoa
Roronoa

No, they will have a sign of this promotion on top of the gift card rack.

Burton

I have a $10 off $40 AMEX and 10% max $6 on BOA (unfortunately expires 9/28). I know I’m not supposed to use my AmEx on VGC but tempting since I don’t have a 5x office supply CC.

Roronoa
Roronoa

I think as long as you’re not buying GCs in Staples during your AmEx MSR period you should be good. I used my Plat (after MSR) and got one VGC in Staples using the same offer and I got the credit.

Check if you have the one additional point at Staples offer as well.

Burton

Thanks – it is in the “Amex sock drawer” period so I’ll chance it if I happen to be near a staples.

Samosa
Samosa

I also had that $10 off AMEX offer…During staples last no fee sale (I guess ~3 weeks ago) I bought a VGC with my AMEX card. Staples provided L3 data so when I logged in to my AMEX account I literally saw line item “Visa gift card purchased with store discount” (not exact words but same info). Within a week of purchase AMEX credited $10 to my account.

JJ
JJ

I don’t think they have anything in the fine print against buying gift cards for $10 off $40 etc. but they won’t give MRs

Burton

Thanks. The terms exclude “bulk gift card purchases” so I think I should be safe. Offer is on a Hilton card so no big deal if I don’t get my points.

Linda
Linda

I’ve got the BoA deal too. Weighing whether it’s worth the trouble for $8.

Matt B
Matt B

Can you purchase these using mpx?

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