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Merry Christmas With Free Money From Officemax
While not quite a miracle, Officemax is running another unadvertised in-store Visa/Mastercard gift card promotion. (The last one was on Black Friday.) Unlike the recent Staples promotion, Officemax offers an instant rebate. Lets look at the details.
Here are the details of the deal:
- Buy $300 or more in Visa/MC gift cards.
- Receive $20 off the price instantly.
- Limit of 2 per household/business.
- Discount only works once per transaction.
- Deal expires 12/27.
Ways to Maximize
Even though the discount can be had twice, I have confirmed that there is a limit of one per transaction. This means that the transaction must be split up.
Since $200 gift cards are only $1 more than $100 gift cards, it is better to buy 2 x $200 gift cards per transaction in my opinion. Doing this results in a cost of $393.90 and a net profit of $6.10.
The real sweet part of this deal comes if you have a Chase Ink (or Amex SimplyCash) card which earns 5x points at Officemax. With the Ink card, the $393.90 purchase earns 1970 points. Double that and it is a nice haul.
Which Cards to Buy
The Visa gift cards sold at Officemax are easily loaded to Bluebird/Serve at Walmart by using the last four digits of the card number as the pin.
The Mastercard gift cards sold at Officemax are a little tougher. They are issued by U.S. Bank and have a couple of issues. Sometimes the pin is in the packaging, but if it is not, you have to call 1-866-952-5653 to set it.
Also, if you load the Mastercards to Bluebird/Serve at the MoneyCenter kiosk then everything goes as normal. If you try to load them at a register, the POS system will think they are a credit card and the transaction will fail.
To get around this, you must hit cancel almost immediately after swiping the card. This will take you to a screen where you can select debit as a payment option.
Sooner Rather Than Later
While this promotion runs until December 27, don’t expect your Officemax locations to have anymore gift cards remaining. They don’t often restock and once the word goes out about these deals, they tend to go fast.
Normally after a day or two, $200 gift cards are almost impossible to find. Fortunately, if you buy 3 x $100 gift cards, then you can still make a small profit and keep the points.
This deal is only available at Officemax. Since both Officemax and Office Depot now share a weekly ad, these deals cannot be in the circular.
My guess is that Officemax had some sort of contract for these types of promotions before the merger and the new company is being forced to honor them. That is just a guess of course, but remember that you cannot get this deal at Office Depot.
In the end this is a wonderful deal. You may have luck maximizing it by going to different stores or the same store at different times to stretch the per person limit.
Even if you are only able to make one visit, if you have an Ink card, the profit margin is pretty good considering the modest time commitment. Happy gift card hunting!
HT: Frequent Miler
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