Posted by William Charles on May 21, 2017

Published on May 21st, 2017 | by William Charles


Staples: Purchase $300 In Visa Gift Cards & Get $20 Visa Gift Card [5/21-5/27]

[5/21/17] Reposting since it’s now live.

The Offer

  • Get a $20 Visa gift card via Staples Easy Rebates when you buy $300 in Visa gift cards at a Staples store

The Fine Print

  • Valid Sunday 5/21 through Saturday 5/27
  • In-store only
  • Limit one rebate per household

This is as good as these Staple rebate deals get, Visa giftcards! Learn more about Staples Easy Rebates in this post. As always, be sure to use a credit card that earns bonus points for office supply stores. Alternatively you might want to use an American Express card if you got targeted for the recently spend $100, get $20 back deal.

Hat tip to Slickdeals

70 Responses to Staples: Purchase $300 In Visa Gift Cards & Get $20 Visa Gift Card [5/21-5/27]

  1. Sid says:

    Wait a min! This is a new rebate apart from a week ago? Good times!

  2. Bob says:

    I actually got a a postcard in the mail notifying me of this deal. Very interesting.

  3. ray says:

    Now I just need Amex Staples offer to show up one my personal card.

  4. Dan says:

    Man with all these Staples deals, and OfficeMax a few weeks ago, I’m already around 80% of max capacity for my Ink Cash. Now I’m kind of wishing I stuck with the Ink Plus instead of downgrading.

    • Jeremy says:

      You’re not the only one.

    • Matt says:

      Have you looked into the Amex SimplyCash Plus card? It has twice the annual limit as the Ink Cash for 5% at office supplies, and no annual fee.

    • Jerry says:

      How do you liquidate these prepaid gift cards? None of the walmarts, 7/11, USPS and CVS near my area would accept these cards anymore for MOs.

      • Dan says:

        You might be in a MS-saturated area, in which case you’re out of luck. I live in a small town though and have no problems liquidating.

        • Jerry says:

          Many places are literally shutting down the option of buying MOs using prepaid GCs if our name is not on the card.
          You did not specified how do you liquidate these cards though.

          • Dan says:

            I go to Walmart and liquidate 4 at a time by purchasing a $799.30 money order. Since I live in a small town, MS is not a “problem” here yet.

      • B says:

        A quick tip. For Walmarts that give you trouble. I would do the MS as part of a $400 money order. Break the transaction to 2 cards.

        One of the cards is your debit card, with your name on it. The other is the visa card. Tell the clerk you want to do 2 transactions and don’t say anything else. If asked to show the card, show the debit card. Say you want to do it on that card 2x.

        When it comes to do the transaction, switch the card with the debit card. Do the $200 transaction, then the rest of the transaction on your debit card.

        • Jerry says:

          Not as easy as you think. They ask for all the cards and confirm if our name is on the card or not. If we are splitting the transaction between 2 or 3 cards, then will want to see all cards, I suppose.

          • Eric says:

            B wrote to tell them that you want to use the same debit card twice. Not only is that wrong as it’s lying but it’s dumb as I can’t believe most reps would fall for that.

      • Joe says:

        I’m still using the cyan goose. LOL. I know it won’t last.

      • Dan says:

        I do walmart.. it’s never had an issue getting MO. Even combined multiple cards.

  5. Superchurn says:

    one rebate per household? well it’sa good thing i have 3 mailing addresses!

  6. Dani says:

    If I did last weeks can I do this one too?

  7. Jonathan says:

    Back to back, baby!

  8. habs says:

    can I submit the rebate online?

  9. TJ says:

    How long does it take to get the visa gift card after the rebate status online says “validation complete”? This is from the last promotion. Still waiting on the vgc.

  10. Ed says:

    It’s a trick in order to track households who already bought last week. They’re going to get you. Just kidding. And, for those having trouble liquidating at stores that require a name on card, just write your name on the card. 😉

    In seriousness, a lot of locations already ran out of the 200s and are left with the high fee 100s and 50s which aren’t worth it. I’ll be shocked if the regional vendors restock that fast. Some only show up once a month.

  11. Matt says:

    Can you use the pictured big print “Gift Card” cards from Staples to reload Serve at WM? My typical method is MO > WF ATM deposit, but have an old serve card lying around I want to start using. I tried the WM load with one of those “Grocery Anywhere” cards and got a denial at the register. Thanks!

  12. ray says:

    Easy Rebate ID didn’t print out in digits on the Rebate Redemption Form. This never happened before.
    So I have to download a barcode reader app onto my phone in order to figure out this 17-digit number. T

    • Harry says:

      The numbers are also at the top of the receipt. You can figure it out:
      This is what is on the first two lines:
      xxxxxxx y vwp abcde
      fghi jk/lm/no rs:tu

      The full code needed for the rebate would then be:

      • ray says:


        I also realized later that the Easy Rebate ID is included in the emailed store receipt, if one associates the GC purchase with the Staples Rewards Number. Last time, the cashier didn’t ask and I forgot to enter Staples Rewards.

        Went to Walmart to try to purchase a money order for the first time. The CSR was inexperienced, but the one next to her was not, and told her “debit cards” without names are gift cards, prompting her to ask to see ID and my “debit cards”. Sounds like a no-go, so I gave up immediately.

      • Matt says:

        Thank you! Same thing happened to me and I was able to submit online.

      • kt says:

        this is amazing. I didn’t know that until now.

  13. Dan says:

    PSA: If you don’t see these on the rack – try asking an employee to get them from stockroom.

  14. brian says:

    I recently had 5 cards “heisted”. I never even opened them (or left my possession) and still some cell phone store in Cali conveniently unloaded all but $5 or so. within 2 days. Tell me their company wasn’t hacked on that one.

    Still working thru “the process” to get the value back and re-assigned to me…it’s a pain in the keister and taking weeks so far.

  15. Ed says:

    Some locations are out if they didn’t restock from the last promo, but if yours has some count your blessings.

  16. Robert says:

    The Staples deal is not as good as it seems. Buying $300 worth of Visa cards means buying 2 cards, one $200 card their highest denomination with a cost of $6.95 and a $100 card that they charge a fee of $5.95. These fees eat away $13 of the $20 free card.

    • TJ says:

      That’s the point.. getting the cards at no cost. The real value is 5x UR points or helping to meet bonus spend requirements.

    • MarcoPolo says:

      Whole idea of doing this deal is for MSing purpose and/or making about $27 by using a 5% CB card.

    • dan #2 says:

      I only do it because I get a pre-paid sales commissions card from my job which only works at some places like Staples.. so to convert it to cash this deal is useful for doing so without losing money in the transaction.

  17. Jake says:

    Considering that you can get $30 off at the register with $300 in visa gift card purchases at Safeway makes this deal suck.

    • Steve says:

      It definitely doesn’t suck to get 5X points at Staples with an Ink card!

      • Jake says:

        Amex blue cash gets 6% CB. Chase freedom gets 5% CB

        • Steve says:

          Most folks have already maxed out their freedom cards for this quarter.

          • cdelorim says:

            This. Both my freedoms were maxed within the first week of Q2. Was going to buy a $500 VGC at vons today already maxed 6% on Blue Cash so it’s off the Staples VGC deal on ink.

    • Joe says:

      It doesn’t suck. It’s just another deal. And unlike Safeway deals, which are only available to a minority of the country’s population, this deal is available for pretty much everyone here.

      I actually tried buy a GC at a grocery store around here, Stop & Shop, for the 5x points on my 2nd Freedom card yesterday. It was declined both at the register and at the courtesy desk.. I was able to buy my groceries. The store thinks my card is the problem but I have never heard of Chase doing this and I’ve done this probably a dozen times since they started allowing us to use CC for GC purchases a couple of months ago. I think it might just be a bad card from off their giftcard rack.

  18. Ed says:

    None of the receipts are showing the rebate number but only the barcode which causes problems for those submitting the rebate online (online requirement of the number). Some store workers realize this and try to plac the handwritten number below the barcode if it is brought to their attention. But, beware that they’ve made some slight mistakes when handwriting it by adding #s that cause you not to qualify (inadvertent on their part). If you use email and print during checkout that might help send the rebate number in the email, BUT make sure you use a different email for each visit if you have more than one household for this rebate. The other option, mentioned upthread, is to install a barcode reader on your phone so you can scan the number and verify what the store clerk handwrote. We’ve found slight inconsistencies. Of course, this is a moot point if your location is already out of the $200s.

  19. Joe says:

    Has anyone had their Chase Ink card denied at Staples to buy VGC? I tried several times today with no luck… when I called Chase they said the charge wasn’t denied on their end.

  20. Steve F says:

    I get this message when trying to apply for my rebate at – “Sorry, it looks like you aren’t eligible for any rebates”

    I’m getting this on two purchases made back to back on 5/23/17. Is anyone else having this problem?

    • Steve F says:

      Staples chat was able to help me. The rebate number wouldn’t work in Chrome for some reason but went through fine in IE.

      • Danny says:

        Thanks for this advice. I had the exact same problem. Chrome didn’t find any rebates but IE found it. I thought I was going to have to do a staples chat but you saved me the trouble. Thanks.

  21. dan #2 says:

    The staples near me was cleaned out of these cards, but I went to another one a bit further away and they had tons of them. Also never had issue getting MO with them from WM but this time I made the mistake of trying to do so without using a real debit card for the fee.. then they found out it was GC which I wasn’t even aware was not allowed until now. I ended up going to a different WM and successfully got MO from there.. oops.

  22. chaseaholic says:

    As a PSA to others, if you’re receipt prints without an Easy Rebate # any barcode scanning app works to read it and you can enter as usual.

  23. fiveoh says:

    Has anyone ever had one of these rebates cards lost in the mail? Mine was mailed on May 30 and I still haven’t received it. I contacted Staples and they said wait 15 days but its been 14 and I cant see it taking that long, I’m guessing its lost/stolen.

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