HOT! $20 Instant Rebate on $300 in Visa or MC Gift Cards at Officemax: Make Money & 5X!

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Free Points & Profit at Officemax

Officemax is offering a $20 instant rebate on the purchase of $300 or more in Visa or Mastercard gift cards through 11/28. (In-store only.) There is a limit of 2 rebates per customer/business, so purchasing $600 in cards in one transaction should trigger a $40 instant rebate.

After being alerted by a few readers, I was personally able to confirm the deal in my local Officemax store today. The discount is taken off instantly and there is a sign on the gift card rack with all of the terms. Unfortunately it seems that the discount is not available at Office Depot stores.

Update: The registers are taking off more than 2 discounts on higher denominations. For example here is what the receipt for $1,800 in gift cards looks like. The register has taken $120 off instead of only $40.

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The Math

If you purchase 3 x $200 cards, the total should come out to $580.85. For those people with a Chase Ink, this means a $19.15 profit plus 2,904 Ultimate Rewards points. If there aren’t any $200 cards left, you can purchase 6 x $100 cards for a final profit of $4.30. Not nearly as good a deal, but with Ink it would still generate close to 3,000 points.

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Liquidating

Visa gift cards sold by Officemax are issued by Metabank and Mastercards are issued by U.S. Bank. Both are pin-enabled. These cards should work fine to load Bluebird/Serve at Walmart, but the Mastercards do have a quirk if you are loading at a register. See the link below for more details.

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.


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31 COMMENTS

  1. Great deal. Unfortunately only Walmart and Safeway offers visa and MasterCard gift cards with denomination greater than 100 in my local area

  2. Great deal but all OM registers were supposedly hard coded now to only accept cash for GCs. Good deal if a. Yours weren’t and b. You can find them.

    I’ve learned that this type of benefit does NOT exceed the opportunity cost of finding them, then dealing with idiot managers who think they are GC sheriffs, then trying to liquidate. If others have the time and patience for such a meager return – have at it …

  3. Shawn,

    I did not find any good deal from my local OM, so i bought some gc from Ralfs. Have you tried reload to BB today? Seems like gc from grocery store and gcm are not working at WM. I tried a couple of WM and it were kept showing invalid pin. I’m sure pin were 100% correct. Plz check. Thank you.

  4. In southern Idaho… Office max is having this deal…. Buy they don’t allow you to purchase ANY gift card with a credit card.

  5. OM said cash only for the fixed value, I politely asked a manager if they could verify that policy was only for the variable and not the fixed value cards and was told it came from the district manager. Thanked them and walked out, you can’t argue with stupid.

  6. there was a HUGE stack at my Office Max in Marshfield, WI. Can I make an initial purchase of $600 with a normal credit card and then go back in tomorrow and buy $600 again using the cards I bought today?

      • I’m new to MS and not familiar with how to liquidate via Bluebird… Would I load the Bluebird and then be able to get cash from the bluebird? Or would I need to load the bluebird and then just make purchases with the bluebird? If its the latter…why not just leave the funds on the visa cards I’m buying?

        I don’t have a card that I get extraordinary benefits from shopping at office supply stores. I’m really just trying to knock out the min spend on my Marriott rewards card prior to the end of the calendar year (then I’m knocking out two min spends on Soutwest cards to get the Companion Pass!)

        • Please don’t take this the wrong way, because I sincerely mean this to help you. But these questions you’re asking about Bluebird are incredibly basic. You need to read the wikis of the major threads in FlyerTalk’s manufactured spending section so you know how to do this without getting in over your head. Don’t buy giftcards to MS without knowing how to properly liquidate them! Dangerous.

          • no offense taken friend. I’m happy you took the time to warn me. I’m easing my way into this hobby and typically just do it via normal spend.

      • Hi, thanks for posting. Have a question. Can we do it in two transactions? I have already bought 3 $200 this afternoon and hope to get three more now before they sold out. Do you need to use your OM membership card to get the discount? If so, it may prevent my further purchase with discount since I have already reached the max. Any thought? Anyone has them in two transaction under same membership card? Anyone, please advise me as I am trying to hit the store tonight. TIA.

        • Yes you can do as many transactions as they will let you. There is nothing in their system to block it, even if you use your rewards card. With that said, I don’t use my rewards card since gift cards don’t give any rewards.

    • Just keep in mind that taking cards out of a store (even unactivated ones) is considered shoplifting by almost all of the major chains. It isn’t something I would risk personally, but there are plenty of people who say that they do it.

  7. Also purchased nine $200 cards for a $57 profit in PHX on Monday. Sadly, all $200 cards were gone yesterday at the few OM stores close to me. Plenty of $100 cards though.

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