(EXPIRED) 5x Online: Fee-free $100 Mastercard GCs at Staples.com

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Staples.com is once again offering fee-free $100 Mastercard Gift Cards right now. The maximum is 2 cards per account, but this is still a great deal in terms of easy 5x spend. Given the low cap, it should be pretty easy to use these for paying for items or bills that wouldn’t ordinarily present the opportunity to earn 5x regardless of other liquidation options.

The Deal

  • Staples.com is offering fee-free $100 Mastercard gift cards (online only)
  • Direct link to this deal (our affiliate link)

Key Terms

  • Limit of 2 per account.
  • These typically sell out within a day but given the limit of 2 have lasted since at least yesterday.

Quick Thoughts

They have run this and other similar promotions previously a couple of times. I did successfully place an order for 2. Note that the estimated delivery date is 2 weeks away and in my experience they typically take about that long to arrive.

Several readers have in the past reported that these cards can be a pain to activate (sometimes requiring multiple phone calls). Personally, I haven’t had any issue the past few times they ran this deal. Keep in mind that Mastercard gift cards have been known to be more susceptible to fraudulent draining and they can be harder to liquidate. That said, if you have a system for these, fee-free is a nice deal. That is especially true if you’re paying with a card that earns one of the Best Category Bonuses at office supply stores. For example, you’d earn 5x Ultimate Rewards if paying with a Chase Ink Cash card. If you are able to buy two of these cards, that’s an easy 1,000 UR points.

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Todd G

Just a dp, neither of my cards will activate and support is clueless


Ditto, 2 cards arrived. Attached letter says to call 877-233-4633 which then says you can only activate at GCkey.com, which doesn’t recognize the card numbers as valid. Called the number on the back 877-322-4710 and after entering the card # 3 times you get a prompt if you want to report the card as lost/stolen which will immediately make the card unusable (this is deceptive) which you select to get through to an agent. Who then tells you Blackhawk can’t support Staples orders (despite the cards having shipped from Blackhawk and not from Staples) and to call Staples at 800-333+3330. That’s my next step.


I just tried to activate and encountered the same issue, which is ridiculous. Did you get any relief from Staples?


Here is how it was resolved (painfully). The 800 # is to Staples.com support. They can confirm your order but can’t help. They will pass you to their back office (877-246-6255) but here is the catch – they have to stay on the line as the back office are only supposed to talk to Staples staff. Otherwise all the back-office can do is create a case and have you try again to have Staples.com on the line. I did this and they told me the cards would be active in a few hours. 2 days later they were still inactive. 6 days later they were fine and now work. I hope this helps you.


Thanks! However, I will skip the next deal. This is a pain.


Anyone know if these can be liquidated thru Venmo? Does it incur a fee if you do so? From what I read on Venmo’s site, you can add it to your account: https://help.venmo.com/hc/en-us/articles/360012932154-Adding-Money-to-Your-Venmo-Balance


It would be nice if we could do the store pickup, im sure they have them in stock. They get shipped even if you choose in store pickup.

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Got in one purchase of 10! Then was using my daughter’s account, and got the message they are sold out.


Already says “This item out of stock for delivery”


Sold out online already


(also have a 10% off Staples offer with Chase, up to $6)


Do the Chase Staples offer works on egc and gc on staples dot come?


Anybody have any luck getting a portal to pay out on gift card purchases?


Used 2 Biz cards for $1,000 total and $100 back in AMEX Offers. I actually use some of these for gifts, the $100 ones are the best. Love discounts on cash, thx Nick!


This promo makes it easy to use up the Staples AMEX offer that was just posted yesterday.


more trouble than it’s worth tbh


I guess if you just want to pay an online bill with these (and it actually works!), these cards are a good way to harvest the credit card bonuses. But since there are so many $200 GC deals at physical Staples stores, I’m inclined to just wait for the next round.


If I lived 70 miles from my nearest Staples store, I would have been a buyer of the online $100s today too! 🙂 BTW, I have a similar problem with Office Depot deals. I used to have local ODs, but mine closed and my nearest OD is now about 50 miles away. So I realistically can only do OD deals when my travel puts me in the right place at the right time. Of course, with Staples seemingly running a gift card deal every 2 or 3 weeks, I don’t really care about OD opportunities anymore. 🙂


I ordered 10 just now. We’ll see what happens.


Well, I did get the 10 cards after seven days. They were neither loaded, nor activated, nor registered. It took me five phone calls, two with long hold times, to get it all accomplished, and even then I have found it impossible to register one of the cards, so I’ll just spend that $100 on unbonused general purchases rather than suffer another long hold. I suppose the hassle was worth it in the end, but I’m no fan.

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Well, this reader ordered 10 GCs last time Staples ran this promo, and Staples canceled my order without giving me any notice of cancellation. When I called to find out why the cancellation, the Staples rep stated that the limit is 3 GCs when the GCs are on special, like here. Good luck if you order more than 3.


Well, my order of 10 was completely cancelled by Staples without notice. When I called Staples so-called “customer service,” I was informed that the limit is 3 and that’s why they cancelled my order. In the future, I will only order 3 to avoid cancellation. Given the problems with fraud and the difficulty in activating MCs, maybe this saved me time and aggravation.

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Bill Van Tuinen

I’m still waiting for my activation codes from the last promo — how long after the gift cards do these usually take to arrive?


has anyone used these to pay Geico online? I recently tried using the VCG’s to pay a utility bill online and it was denied. Called the number on the back of the card and was told they can not be used online to pay bills. Wondering if these MC’s work with Geico??


Its because you have to register the cards on prepaidgiftbalance.com before you can use them for online payments. If you don’t, they will get denied

geico gecko

I paid geico, no issues, though you need to register the card with a zip code.


I have specifically paid Geico before with these. Like others said – register your card with your address and it’ll work. I’ve also paid water, sewage, and electricity bills online.