(EXPIRED) Easy 5x returns: $10 off $300 in Mastercard Gift Cards at Office Max / Office Depot [3/31-4/6/19]

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Starting today, 3/31/19, Office Max / Office Depot is offering an instant $10 off $300 or more in Mastercard Gift Cards through 4/6/19 (or while supplies last).

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Photo from Wii on Twitter

The Deal

  • Purchase $300 or more in Mastercard Gift Cards at Office Max / Office Depot and save $10 instantly from 3/31/19 through 4/6/19
  • Not in this week’s ad but showing up in stores

Key Terms

  • In-store only
  • One offer per transaction (YMMV on multiple transactions)

Quick Thoughts

This deal is best maximized by paying with a card that earns 5x/5% at office supply stores (See: Best Category Bonuses). To maximize rewards and minimize activation fees as a percentage of cost, you would want to buy two $200 Mastercard Gift cards. Alternatively, you could buy one $100 gift card and one $200 gift card (or any other combination to reach $300 in gift cards), but activation fees will cumulatively make up a higher percentage of your purchase price — so you might as well earn some more rewards at 5X/5%.

Mastercards with a $6.95 activation fee, here’s the rewards breakdown:

$413.90 (2x $200 Visa Gift Card + activation)
 -$10.00 instant discount
$403.90 + 2019.5 Ultimate Rewards (if paying with the Chase Ink Cash) OR $20.20 cash back

Most Mastercard gift cards at Office Max / Office Depot are PIN-enabled, with the PIN being the last four digits of the card. For more information on these cards, see our Beginner’s Guide to Buying & Liquidating Visa and Mastercard Gift CardsNote that these cards have been known to be more susceptible to fraud. If you’re buying them, I recommend using them shortly after purchase.

While this certainly isn’t as good of a deal as it used to be when $15 or even $20 off of $300 was common, it’s still an easily profitable deal and an easy way to pick up some points. It’s been a while since we’ve seen one of these from Office Max / Office Depot, so it’s good to see the deal back.

Recent previous dates for $10 off of $300 in Visa / Mastercard Gift Cards at Office Max / Office Depot:

  • 11/18/18-11/24/18 (Visa)
  • 10/21/18-10/27/18 (Visa)
  • 3/10/19-3/16/19 (Visa)

We have added this to our Current Visa and Mastercard Gift Card Deals page.

H/T: Wii on Twitter

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