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Office Depot Mastercard Deal Ending Early
All good things must come to an end and sometimes that end comes early. According to reports from a few readers (on Twitter and the MtM Travel Hacking Facebook group), the Office Depot/Officemax Mastercard gift card deal I wrote about the other day has ended early. Office Depot has threatened to do this before with past deals, however this time they actually seem to have pulled the offer.
Several people are reporting that the discount on Mastercard gift cards and various merchant gift cards is no longer working as of some time this morning. There were rumblings from some stores yesterday that this would happen, but I was skeptical since I have been told in the past that similar deals would be ending early when they never did.
Some Games They Have Played
As I mentioned, this type of reactive behavior is not new from the company, but I have not seen them pull a deal nationally before. I have been taking advantage of these deals for many years and have run into all kinds of games.
In the past I have:
- Been told by a manager that it was a “new corporate policy” to not sell gift cards with a credit card. Of course as soon as the deal ended, they once again accepted credit cards and the store down the street never stopped.
- Seen a store manager physically pull all of the cards off of the shelf and hide them in the back so no one could buy any.
- Had a manager tell me that I could buy up to $250 in gift cards with a credit card. The rebate offer was triggered at $300.
- Had store employees communicate via their intercom to stop my wife and I from buying one set of cards each since they claimed the limit was per household despite the terms also saying per business. (We won that argument ultimately.)
Considering they tend to have amnesia and keep coming back with these deals only to play games later, lets hope Office Depot will forget about this in a couple of months and have another promo.
Why End the Deal
Deals like this are tricky for companies since there is a lot of fraud in the gift card arena. I know all of my local stores triple check ID, however perhaps some stores are more lax. I also think a company like Office Depot might get a bit nervous when they see one person buying a lot of cards. Even if that person is legitimate, the company has a lot of exposure.
Hopefully many of you were able to pickup a nice chunk of cash/points. Feel free to share your experiences with this deal in the comments.
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