$15 Instant Rebate on $300 in Visa Gift Cards at Officemax – Make a Profit Plus 5X with Ink

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Free Points & Profit at Officemax

Officemax is offering a $15 instant rebate on the purchase of $300 or more in Visa gift cards through 8/29. (In-store only.) There is a limit of 2 rebates per customer, so purchasing $600 in cards in one transaction will trigger a $30 instant rebate.

I was able to confirm that this deal works earlier today. The discount is taken off instantly and all of my local Officemax stores had a sign posted advertising the deal. Unfortunately it seems that the discount is not available at Office Depot stores.

The Math

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If you purchase 3 x $200 cards, the total should come out to $590.85. For those people with a Chase Ink, this means a $9.15 profit plus 2,955 Ultimate Rewards points. If there aren’t any $200 cards left, you can purchase 6 x $100 cards for a final cost of $5.70. Not nearly as good a deal, but with Ink it would still generate about 3,000 points.

Liquidating

Visa gift cards sold by Officemax are issued by Metabank and are pin-enabled. By default, the pin is automatically set as the last four digits of the card number. These cards should work fine to load Bluebird/Serve at Walmart and REDbird at Target.

Related: How To Liquidate Prepaid Visa & Mastercard Gift Cards

Conclusion

Don’t be surprised if your local Officemax is already wiped out of $200 Visa gift cards. These deals are popular and those cards go quick. With that said, if you are able to find some, then this is a no-brainer. Free money and points are hard to turn down, but don’t waste too much time trying to track down cards.

HT: Dan’s Deals


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15 COMMENTS

  1. I can unfortunately confirm that the deal does not work at Office Depot. I had the cashier ring up 3 $200 cards and no rebate. Unless you can get a manager to manually override it, you’re unlikely to find this at OD.

  2. Hoping to stack this with the Amex Offer to spend $50, get $10 CB which expires on 9/7/15. Assuming there is stock, that is!

  3. Hey Shawn,
    I got this very same deal on OfficeMax MasterCard last time it came around. However I was told at two different Targets that third party credit cards are not accepted to load the a Target Red Card (Redbird). As a result I’m stuck with them and trying to spend them hasn’t been easy as they’re not accepted everywhere. I’d be curious to know if anyone’s had a similar experience. I’m feeling a bit gun shy.

    • I had the same problem at my Target. I bought money orders for $.64 each at the grocery store, with the Visa GCs Target wouldn’t let me load to my Redbird, and deposited those in my checking account. My grocery store just cares that I pay with a debit card that uses a PIN. I just had them generate the MOs for $1 less than the value on the card to cover the $.64 fee. I guess I could buy a MO for $X.36 to use the whole gift card. But I didn’t. If I can find any of these cards left, I will probably do the MO thing and skip Redbird.

    • Had the same issue with a Target earlier this week. I pointed out I was using a debit card. The only thing they would take is a debit card with my name embossed on it. I went to two other Targets in the area and loading VGC’s worked just fine.

  4. 200 VGCs should never be used at Target to load Red. That is a big no-no now. That just screams “third party…” These are only good for liquidation via Serve/BB.

    Also, Don’t think that someone cleaned them out today for this deal before you got there this morning. Many stores didn’t have any in stock for this deal because there are so many now just buying these randomly instead of buying them during a sale. Makes very little since to me why some of these people would buy $200’s if they’re not on sale because you don’t come out that ahead even when using an Ink card for 5 x UR points. At the normal price they’re doing just a little better than breaking even, but then have the trouble of liquidating. But, it happens and then they’re sorry the next week after they bought to see a sale. Then, there are more and more OM locations not getting any 200’s in stock. They’ve told me their location stopped receiving the 200’s and some locations even the 100’s last year.

    • If you are trying to meet a minimum spend on an Ink card, it could be worth it. And some people buy $200 Visa cards regularly at office supply stores. Too much work for me.

  5. Walked into the Venice Blvd OM here in LA the same time another guy was headed right for the cards. We both searched for the $100 and $200 – they’ve been empty for weeks. I asked a clerk if they had any inside the magic door and she told me they were completely out.

  6. Tried this afternoon in Ofc Max here in MA, and I only saw $25 VGCs, I guess someone got here 1st! Locations are not convenient for me during the week, so I may let this one go

  7. CAUTION: This is a YMVV. There is no deal in the circular or unannounced deal in the OfficeMax’s I’ve checked down in South Florida. Might be a local or regional promotion.

    • From what I have been told this is nationwide. Have you tried to have them ring up cards to see if the discount is applied? The register will automatically take the money off.

    • South Florida stores have them (if you can find them in stock). There is a little yellow sign on the Gift Card Kiosk in stores. HAS to be Office Max though. Office Depots are not part of the promotion. I’ve purchased over 3k in the past two days.

  8. Went into the local OM this afternoon, and didn’t know about the rebate, so a good day. I went back 30min later to try another round, and was told my the manager that there is a $1000/week limit and over that paperwork has to be submitted to the IRS and the FBI. Needless to say I walked at this point, but only after learning that this is a “company policy”, and he said it was a weekly limit, not daily. Seemed like he didn’t appreciate my MS’ing at his store.

    I am going to try again tomorrow morning with a different manager….

    • My travels took me by 4 different Office Max stores yesterday. I hit up each one for $600. One manager was a nut case overwhelmed by life itself, but especially back-to-school season. He put his code in to approve it, but he had to call Chase first. The other 3 were a breeze. One store only had 5 $100 cards out on the rack. They got more out for me…. and were nice about it. 😉

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