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Officemax Cash Only for Variable Load Gift Cards
A few weeks ago news broke across the internet that Officemax had started selling variable load Visa & Mastercard gift cards. This was good news since purchasing these cards with a credit card such as the Chase Ink earns 5X. I even did an Uber MS joyride around Green Bay to get some! Unfortunately, it seems like the fun is now over.
Over the past couple of days I have heard rumblings from readers who said their stores were implementing a cash only policy for these cards as of November 1. The reports were worrisome, but it seemed that registers still were allowing credit cards. It was up to the cashier to enforce this new policy.
As of today it seems like an update rolled out to all/most Officemax locations restricting these cards to cash only. This is a similar restriction to what Office Depot has for the purchase of variable load Vanilla gift cards. Here are some data points from readers:
This comment was left by Albert here on a previous post:
I was able to purchase 4 $500 gift cards with CC Tuesday night. But this morning, the cashier showed me the “Cash Only for variable load GCs” message on screen while helping to check out. The Cash Only policy is effective 11/1/15 and the system is hardcoded either yesterday or early this morning. Another dream deal is gone.
This comment was left by Todd on Frequent Miler:
No luck at two different OM stores in Michigan today. Register gives message that these are cash only. Both managers were surprised and said that they have not heard anything about a change in policy with Visa/MC gift cards. Looks like this was pretty short lived.
How Widespread Is This?
This seems to be a full chain wide rollout based on some of the other data points I have seen. After seeing the above comments I checked a couple of forums where many people are reporting the same experience. If your local Officemax is not cash only, they most likely will be as soon as they update their software.
I have seen a picture of the “cash only” message that displays on the screen (I don’t have permission to display it here) and it says that variable load Visa and American Express gift cards are affected. It doesn’t mention Mastercards, but I believe those are hardcoded as cash only as well.
Good things come and good things go. Hopefully many of you were able to pickup a nice chunk of cards while this deal was live. I was traveling most of the past couple of weeks, so I didn’t pick up nearly as many as I would have liked. On to the next deal I guess. This one didn’t last as long as I had hoped.
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