Officemax/Office Depot $20 instantly off the purchase of $300 or more in Visa gift cards

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officemax office depot visa gift cards may 2015

On page 8 of the upcoming weekly ad, Officemax and Office Depot are advertising $20 off the purchase of $300 or more in Visa gift cards. Unlike Staples that requires a rebate, this discount is taken off instantly at the register.

Generally with deals like this one it is best to use a Chase Ink card to earn 5X Ultimate Rewards points or an Amex SimplyCash card to earn 5% cash back since both Officemax and Office Depot are categorized as office supply stores.

Key Terms:

  • Valid 5/3/15 through 5/16/15
  • Limit two (2) offers per customer

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[…] Then there are the occasional sales.  OfficeMax, for example, often has deals on gift cards (such as this recent deal) where the discount more than offsets the gift card fees.  Once you have these Visa/MasterCard […]

scott

At first the OD by me was out of gift cards. I went to 2 more that had the $200 cards but they were cash only. I tried the OD by me again and they had a whole stack of $100 cards. Not as good as the $200 but better than nothing. I was able to buy 3 $100 cards and get the discount, then do another transaction to get three more. My wife then went in and also did two separate transactions and got the discount on both. So the profit isn’t so great but it’s 6000 UR points for free.

Chris

Cash for variable loads is all my Office Depot has left that is worth doing. $30 money maker, no points.

Gabriel

So, you’re buying 2x$500 with cash? Trying to see how you’re getting the $400 off. Maybe 2x$300?

Chris

Yes, 2 variable load cards totaling $600.

Only $10 in fees. $40 off.

Net 30 minus money orders.

They limit me to 2. But you could likely find an Office Depot that wouldn’t mind you carrying in 30k, buying 100 for $300 and netting $15×100.

Someone obviously did something similar on the $200 gc in my area. One day the shelves were stocked, next day gone. I tried too of course, but the cashier said no.

Gabriel

Where did you go that allowed getting the discount on 2 variable loads? I tried it twice and it didn’t register the discount…they cited it’s only good on the $200 metabank visas, not the vanilla visa…

Chris

Office Depot only had only the vanilla ones in my area. Both fixed and variable. 300/600 gave the discount regardless of fixed variable, but had to pay with cash if buying the variable.

Gabriel

Yah..that’s what I did. Didn’t give me a discount in Colorado

Steve

Ive been snagging blanks from my local grocery store and taking them into OfficeMax for activation. You’re Welcome.

DISGUSTED WITH O DEPOT

Went to 2 of their stores today and as expected found no $100 or $200 cards despite the $20 discount displayed on the card rack. This isn’t the first time that I’ve found the same. When I complained to the manager and commented that Staples always has a supply even during such a promotion he said “we have more customers” which is far from the truth. I don’t know if corporate management or the store manager is to blame, but I’m disgusted.

Chris

It happens. Don’t blend them. Blame the rest of us!!

Don’t let the corporation get the feeling that we are ungrateful for the $1000’s hey are giving away.

I love you od/om in case you are reading. Run this promotion anytime!

Steve

Ive been snagging blanks from my local grocery store and taking them into OfficeMax for activation. You’re Welcome.

DISGUSTED WITH O DEPOT

Went to 2 of their stores today and as expected found no $100 or $200 cards despite the $20 discount displayed on the card rack. This isn’t the first time that I’ve found the same. When I complained to the manager and commented that Staples always has a supply even during such a promotion he said “we have more customers” which is far from the truth. I don’t no if corporate management or the store manager is to blame, but I’m disgusted.

[…] Finally, today Office Depot has offically removed any reference to this deal from their ad. Go to the bottom of page 8 and the deal has been removed and replaced with the Office Depot & Officemax logos. (HT: Matt who left this comment.) […]

[…] week I broke the news over at Frequent Miler that Office Depot & Officemax were having a killer deal this week. As you probably all know by […]

Askevi

Can you unload the vanilla gc to RB, or only the Metabank? Do they all have Pins and function as debit cards?

MilesCollector

Yes. You can. You can choose any 4 digit pin and it will take it. Easy peasy. I have loaded several of these onto RB without any issues even after they stopped taking CCs.

[…] Frequent Miler, you’ll get $20 off when you buy $300 or more in Visa gift cards at Office Depot and […]

katie

Shawn, would you please check if OD/OM at 77062 zipcode participate in this promotion? I do not see it on the ad this week? Thanks in advance.

Ken

Page 8, bottom of the page.

Matt

I looked at the Visa deal in the ad circular a few days ago and saw it, but now when i look again, it’s not there anymore. Am i going crazy? Bottom of page 8, right?

http://officedepot.shoplocal.com/OfficeDepot/BrowseByPage/Index/?StoreID=2670519&PromotionCode=OfficeDepot-150503&PromotionViewMode=1

Matt

What a bummer. If I find a store near me that has stock, will they honor the deal because it was previously posted with a 5/16 end date? Or they’ve killed the promo for sure?

MilesCollector

I was in the store today @ 8:45 AM EST and the deal was still on and working. I did two transactions of $600 and each time paid only $580.85. I’m going to try another store in the evening to see what happens and report back my findings. Keep your fingers crossed…:)

MilesCollector

I am happy to report that the deal is still going on. I visited one OD today that had several fixed value VGC in stock. I did few transactions of $600 each and the total came out to be $580.85 as expected. This time I didn’t provide my rewards # or my phone #, the discount was taken right after the manager entered his code and password.

Matt

I too had success today. I live in NYC, and the only OD/OM in the city is out of the cards and don’t know when they’ll be getting more. So i called around to the store in NJ close to the city and found one that had 2x $200 left. They were Vanilla VGC. I’m curious though how everyone is getting totals with the $20 discount and that’s it. Each of my cards had a $6.95 activation fee. So for $400, it rang up to $413.90, and then with the $20 discount, i paid $393.90. Though i was going to pay $380 at register…

Ken

It’s $580 because it includes two deals, not just one like you got with your $400 purchase.

MilesCollector

That is correct. To max out the deal, you have to buy at least $600 that will get you $40 discount (max). So, if you buy 3 x $200 + 3 x $6.95 – $40 = $580.85. Hope this helps.

Matt

It does, thanks! 😛

Tommy

$600.00 X 12 loads @ $49.99 = 22 minutes standing at KATE. A hassle but the 3K UR points + $20 is OK. Did 12 yesterday from my AMEX Plat & will do to12 tommorow with wifes SPG. May look at more later, but only 3 WM’s close & do not want to be seen too much at a store.

marQ

Are these Bancorp Vanilla Visas?
Just tried a 49.99 load with one at a WM in suburban Chicago and got a “debit not available” code 57. Anyone else?

Dave

I loaded 6 $200 dollar cards today.Also did the $49.99 each time.I always register them at the Vanilla Visa site. All they ask is your zip code.No problem loading them.

Tommy

Yes, Bancorp Vanilla – $200 GC bought at OD.

Tommy

Also – I do NOT register. Just set PIN @ 1st use. Use 9999 as easy to hit fast.

Robert

I went to my local Office Depot in Los Angeles and they do not allow use of credit cards to purchase these gift cards. CASH ONLY. It seems others are not having this problem.

Gabriel

So, who cleaned out all the OD’s in the Denver area already? I wasn’t holding my breath on the OM’s since OM hasn’t had $200 visas in stock since christmas around here (they still don’t). But all the OD’s I went to said someone came in early and bought all of them already (and I showed up around 1pm)

Ken

I was in Boulder yesterday and found some at the OD (got 6 $200 cards and they had more), but nowhere else I checked had any. A few stores were closed down already, or closed for renovations.

Gabriel

Boulder was cleaned out today.

Ken

What’s your email?

Gabriel

just saw this reply… it’s csu(dot)bomb(numbers 0 and 5) and you can find me at yahoo

Ken

Ok, I can’t figure out your code. Try me: super orb 8 1 (no spaces) and I’m at the mail from google.

Steve

Ive been snagging blanks from my local grocery store and taking them into OfficeMax for activation. You’re Welcome.

Ken

How is that not theft?

ATX

I went to 3 Office Depot/Max stores and called another in Austin.
First only had a few $100, second did not have any $100/$200, the third had some, the one I called did not have any.

They rang up 3 of the $200 cards together and it gave me a $40 rebate.

Apparently the new delivery of some cards?? arrives on Tuesday.

ATX

They did not allow me to do more than one transaction on the three $200 cards. He said 1 per customer but I’ll try to go back later if any remain. It seems many people had already been in the store by 45 minutes after opening.

Ken

The ad even says 2 offers per customer, you can probably just show them that.

Preacher

When you figure out a better way, let me know; in the meantime, I’m gonna keep letting OD & Chase pay me to stay at the Park Hyatt NYC! If it takes a few dates with Kate, so be it…

Twodawgs

I went to the 3 Office Max stores in my area this morning. Albany, NY. First one only had $100s max, second only had $50s max, third only had $100s max. I picked up 7 $100s at each of the stores that had them. Hit the first store at 10:30am. Employee at last store said they never even had $200s at the begining of day. I did check the secret storage area.

[…] a better one, I will continue to use the Mad Lib construct to announce them.  I first learned on Frequent Miler that we have another deal going on this […]

Preacher

You can totally load Vanillas to Serve/BB! Dumb urban legend that says you can’t. Go to Kate and load $49.99 at a time. Easy peasy…

crys

To load 10K to my 2 BB accounts I’d have to do 200 transactions at kate. NOT! I’m buying a bunch but have to figure out a better way 🙁

drsp

I just tried this and got a debit not available error.

MilesCollector

I just came back from OfficeDepot. I bought 3 $200 GCs and effectively paid $580.85. So, yes you can combine the deal and buy 3 $200 to maximize the profit. So, after purchase the net profit is $19.15. I also then went ahead and did 2 more separate transactions of $600 GCs and each time the transaction came to $580.85. So, you can buy as many as you want as there seems to be no limit. So, in summary here’s what I’ll have:

Total cost of VGCs -= $1800
Total out of pocket cost = $580.85 x 3 = $1,742.55
Total profit = $57.45
Total UR points with chase ink @ 5X = 8,713

Of course I’ll be using these VGCs to reload to Rebird !!

Not a bad deal. Isn’t it?

shi

Did you buy vanilla gc or Metabank? The terms excludes Vanilla GC…

MilesCollector

It says Bankcorp bank. It is the fixed value VGC with $6.95 fee. I tried the variable load VGC that has $4.95 fee but when it rang up it alerted the cashier to say it can only be purchased with Cash. So, I didn’t buy these. It is for those people who don’t have Ink can buy these with cash and get extra $6 in profit.

Gabriel

Did the coupon ring up automatically or did it require use of scan book at OM? Or did you just try OD only? (Those normally automatically work)

MilesCollector

Gabriel, There is no code or coupon. After they entered my phone # linked to my OD rewards, the discount was automatically taken off. Easy peasy. Also, I only sent to OD. There is no officemax close by.

Chris

Seriously?

Wow. Chase and Amex shut down accounts that go all in on these?

Chris

dumb question, how do they limit to two per person? Rewards card?

I drive by 3 stores 5 days a week, morning, evening – I would mind 30 dipping.

Chris

*wouldn’t* mind.. And I guess two per trip would be sixty dipping and this appears to be for 2 weeks… So 120 dipping?

al

Anyone have any trouble using credit cards for gift card purchases ? I previously tried at like 3 different office depots and they wouldn’t let me. are people having luck w office max?

Lena

Yep, bought at OM the other day $2k with credit card

somy

i checked the ad for my local OM and it does not show anywhere in that (leave alone page 8). Is it possible that OM is not participating?

Somy

95054 california

somy

thanks. i was looking at current week. my mistake. thanks for replying.

ZeroMile

The ad says “GC issued by meta bank” don’t know if offer works for OD’s vanilla cards, guess we find out sunday

Gabriel

OD’s vanilla cards tend to be variable, thus cash only.

ZeroMile

Yes, 25-500 variable like you said, cash only. but my OD here has Vanilla in fixed amount, $25, $50, $100, $200 are all able to buy with CC, this is what I am after.

Mark Reisner

Was just in 2 OM’s and one Staples yesterday in Chicago metro area and the largest VGC was $100. The $200 ones did not look to just be sold out as there was no empty spaces on the rack/shelf. Anyone else notice this? Something to watch.

Lena

I’m in the chicago burbs, I still have the $200 gc available at both staples and OM

crys

….and how are we cashing these out? Can’t load to BB.

Carl C

vgc -> mo -> bank ->bp to cc

crys

I was at office max and depot today…all Visa gift cards are vanilla visa gift cards. Not a single metabank gift card in the joint.

Jung

doess om/od even sells 500 denom w/ a credit card ? or i suppose you have to get 3 100 to apply for this discount?

Ken

Two offers per person is two $20 off offers per person in separate transactions in practice?

Ken

The offer says $200 or more which leads me to believe that anything over $200 will not trigger another $20 off. But these things don’t always follow their terms to the letter.

Gabriel

We never truly know how OM/OD codes their registers, but half the fun is experimenting, right?

Ken

The OM by me was closed, so now the next closest store is almost 40mins away so I want to have all my ducks in a row before going in. I have to maximize as much as possible to not waste the long trip.

Gabriel

You’re in the Denver metro, right? I can’t imagine anywhere, except Elizabeth that is so far away from an OM

Ken

Traffic is killer the times I can go 😉

BTW, how did you know that? Is that you Gabe?

Gabriel

I recall that from the comments section here at FM previously. Now, the question I think we need to sort out…which Ken are you? Ken from SSP or CSU. Or maybe we think we know each other and really don’t, lol.

Ken

I think I’m a different Ken. I live out by DIA.

Gabriel

So Denverinfill means nothing to you then…? I know one other Ken who went to HS with me at Chatfield back in the day.

Ken

Nope. I grew up in Florida and then spent a few years in North Carolina before moving to Colorado.

Cindy B

Soon after reading this, I happened to check my Bank of America checking account. There is an offer for 10% cash back from OfficeMax or Office Depot on their BankAmeriDeals page for using your BoA debit card. There is a $15 maximum refund limit. There aren’t any exclusions listed in the terms of the deal. Not bad for people looking for a debit card deal.

Patrick

“I heard… I heard..” No basis in fact…
I do it all the time.
Points are still awarded and you can still use credit cards.

steve

that has been my Experience

100% success at office d and staples

Dan

I heard someone say that the CC companies were now wise to this and that they either no longer go towards earning points or that you cannot purchase with a card, must be cash. Been tried?

Gabriel

How about actually going to a store and trying it yourself?