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Office Depot and OfficeMax haven’t been producing weekly ads for the last few weeks. They’re still running promotions though, with one in-store offer giving a $13 instant discount when buying $300 or more of Mastercard gift cards.
- Save $13 when buying $300+ Mastercard gift cards at Office Depot and OfficeMax.
- Expires April 4, 2020.
- Limit 1 per household/business.
Needless to say, none of us should be going out to Office Depot or OfficeMax at the moment for the sole purpose of buying Mastercard gift cards – manufactured spending isn’t worth the risk to yourself and other people. These stores do sell some essential items though, so it can be worth checking their stores if your local grocery stores and drugstores have sold out of toilet paper, household cleaner, sanitizing wipes, etc.
If you do end up in one of their stores buying other items, it might be worth throwing a couple of these gift cards in your basket or cart. The $13 instant discount will offset the activation fee for a $200 and $100 Mastercard gift card. If you have a credit card that earns 5x at office supply stores, you’d still be better off buying two $200 Mastercard gift cards. Even though you’d be paying $0.90 in net activation fees, the rewards you’d earn on that additional $100 of spend would outweigh that cost.
Mastercard gift cards have had a number of issues over the last few months, from balances being drained by fraudsters pretty much the moment they’re activated to balances being zeroed out when being used for certain transactions in grocery stores. The rewards you’d earn from this deal might therefore not be worth the potential hassle.