$20 off $300 in Visa Gift Card at Staples – More Free Money & Points!

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staples visa gift card deal may 2015

Staples Visa Gift Card Deal May 2015

Staples is bringing back their negative cost Visa gift card deal. While the deal varies slightly every time they offer it, this time they are giving a $20 prepaid Visa card via rebate with the purchase of $300 or more in Visa gift cards.

Key Terms

  • In store only.
  • Offer is good from Sunday 5/24/15 through Saturday 5/30/15.
  • Limit of one rebate per household.

How to Maximize

This deal is best utilized if you have a 5x earning card such as the Chase Ink or Amex SimplyCash. I normally purchase 2 x $200 Visa gift cards with my Ink which works out like this:

  • Cost: $413.90
  • Minus Rebate: $20
  • Final Cost: -$6.10
  • UR Points Earned: 2,070

Purple Cards

Staples has started to replace the $200 Metabank cards that come in a yellow package with new purple cards. All reports are that these new purple packaged cards work exactly the same when loading to Bluebird/Serve/REDcard. As always with Metabank issued cards, the last four digits of the card number is the pin.

Related: How To Liquidate Prepaid Visa & Mastercard Gift Cards

Liquidate the Rebate Visa Card & Strategy

This rebate comes in the form of a Visa gift card which unfortunately doesn’t have a pin number. I haven’t really found any good ways to liquidate these other than to use them for normal purchases. Also, there is a limit of one rebate per household, but you can always consider recruiting friends/family to help out.

Conclusion

I am glad that Staples continues to have these deals with regularity. While this isn’t quite the score that the recent Office Depot/Officemax deal was, it does provide a fee-free way to generate valuable points with little hassle.

HT: Frequent Miler


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8 COMMENTS

  1. The way I’ve liquidated the cards is use them to buy gift cards to stores I normally frequent. I am IN-N-Out lover and Chipotle-holic so I just bought a few from theses places. Free food is always good

    • It takes a little effort, but the best way to find out is to just try. There is no national answer to this question, since regionally stores all have different policies.

      • Hi Shawn,

        I got the silver one (PIN enabled) which can be managed on gowallet.com. Can I load them to redcard? Thanks.
        When you say ‘you can always consider recruiting friends/family to help out.’, how does it work? Can I pay with my credit card and fill out rebate form with my girlfriend’s info(including different address) ? Thanks.

  2. Hi Shawn,

    I checked a couple of Staples and Office max nearby my house. They only sell $200 max value of gift card. Is it suspicious that loading $200 a bunch of times especially my name is not on the card? Thanks

  3. On the 24th my wife and I went to our local Staples to buy our three $200.00 cards with our Ink cards. The cashier said that you have to use a Debit Card or Cash to buy the cards. They no longer accept credit cards for gift cards. I don’t know if this is a local policy but she said she couldn’t take my credit card when I tried to use it.

    Fortunately my wife is a regular there and the store manager recognized her. He was able to override the register denial of a credit card and we were able to buy the cards. We had a couple issues with the cards not activating but we were able to buy the cards with his help.

    I hope this is not a signal of what is to come. This isn’t a money maker like our Publix cards, spend $50.00 buy a $50.00 visa gift card for $40.00 + $4.95 fee, but it is a way to reach the minimum spend on new cards. It takes ALOT of $50.00 cards to reach a $3000.00 minimum.

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