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$500 Mastercard Gift Cards Officemax
The other day I reported that Officemax has started carrying variable load Visa & Mastercard gift cards. Since this past weekend when these cards went into stock, the Visa cards have been ringing up fine, however the Mastercards were having issues. Specifically the maximum that could be loaded to them was $.02! No good.
Thankfully I have heard from several readers today that this issue has been fixed and these cards are now ringing up correctly. I was also able to get to an Officemax today to confirm this as well. Each card can be loaded with up to $500 for a fee of $5.95 and the system allows credit cards as the payment type.
Here are a few answers to questions that a lot of people have:
Who issues these Mastercards?
These cards are issued by U.S. Bank.
How do I set the pin?
The pin should come in the packaging. If for some reason there isn’t a pin or if you want to change it, simply call 1-866-952-5653
Do these cards work at Walmart?
Yes they do, however there is a trick. If you are loading at the kiosk, then they will work fine. If you are loading at the register, you have to quickly hit the cancel button to change the tender type from credit to debit.
How many can I purchase?
Every store has their own limits, however the register seems to limit them to 4 X $500 or $2,000 per transaction. Some stores may let you do multiple transactions.
Are these available at Office Depot?
As far as I know they are Officemax only at this point. Office Depot carries variable load Vanilla Visa gift cards which are hard-coded as cash only.
Visa or Mastercard – Which Is Better?
First off, despite the fact that they are supposed to be $5.95, the Visas are ringing up at $3.95. For that reason alone they are better. Also, the Visas work without needing to trick Walmart’s registers, so they definitely are preferred over Mastercards. With that said, the Officemax stores I have seen seem to have many more of the Mastercards than Visas, so these may be easier to find.
$500 variable load Mastercard gift cards are now ringing up correctly at Officemax. I have been successfully able to use a credit card to purchase them as well. Keep in mind some stores may be cash only, but the system doesn’t prevent credit cards from being used. Happy shopping.
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