Free Money & 5X Points! Staples $20 Rebate on Visa, Mastercard & Amex Gift Cards Returns

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Staples Visa, Mastercard & Amex Gift Card Deal

This upcoming week Staples is bringing back their popular negative cost gift card deal with a twist. Instead of being limited to a specific type of prepaid card, you can earn a $20 rebate with the purchase of $300 or more in Visa, Mastercard or American Express gift cards.

Key Terms

  • Offer valid 12/6/15 – 12/12/15. (See ad on page 3)
  • In store only most likely. (All past deals have been in-store only.)
  • Limit of one rebate per household.

What to Buy

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To start, you should most likely go for the Visas since they are the easiest to liquidate. Also keep in mind that the Amex gift cards are NOT pin-enabled. For more information on liquidating these cards, see: How To Liquidate Prepaid Visa & Mastercard Gift Cards

Maximizing the Deal

This deal is best maximized by using a card that earns 5X at office supply stores like the Chase Ink cards. You can also use an Amex SimplyCash which earns 5% cashback at office supply stores.

Using the Chase Ink, the optimal strategy is to purchase 2 of the $200 cards. Here is the math:

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

Liquidate the Rebate Gift Card

Since this rebate comes in the form of a Staples gift card it is less than ideal. You can of course use the gift card to purchase items at Staples or gift card resellers will buy it for up to 87% or $17.40. By going that route, you would end up with an overall gain of $3.50 plus the points.

Conclusion

These deals are nice if you have a Staples nearby. With the limit of one per household I wouldn’t go out of my way to get it since some stores run out of stock quickly. Either way, you can’t argue with free points and money.


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12 COMMENTS

  1. shawn, just want to clarify that we can use its store GCs to buy other retailers’ GCs in store but not VGCs, right?

  2. Do the cards have to be purchased in the same transaction? If not splitting into two purchases and using Amex cards with the 20 off 100 offer would also be a nice option.

  3. This offer is one per household meaning you can only apply it once per address.

    Easy Rebate refers to their web site rebate where you have to enter in your purchase information and a staples gift card will be mailed to you 6-8 weeks. I have had no issues with staple easy rebates in the past.

    • Thanks William! I happen to be moving next weekend, so I could actually go for this offer twice I think. Once at current address, and once for new address. Might be best to do second offer to the new address on my wife’s name though to be safe.

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