Activating Staples Visa Gift Cards Purchased Online
Almost two months ago GiftCardMall changed their website completely. As part of their new site, they lowered the Visa gift card maximum denomination to $250 which hurt, but luckily the backdoor link to their old site has stuck around.
I noticed when the new site launched, that the new activation page doesn’t work for cards ordered on the old site. In my original post I detailed how to go to the backdoor activation site to activate Visa cards ordered from GiftCardMall’s old site.
Activating Staples Cards
What I haven’t had to do since the new site went live is activate Visa gift cards purchased from Staples online. Those cards are issued by GiftCardMall and use the same activation site as the normal Visas. I just got back from traveling, so I finally had time to activate the cards I had purchased when Staples discounted $200 cards a few weeks ago.
Unfortunately I found that the new activation website does not work to activate Visa gift cards purchased from Staples despite what the packaging says. Instead, when trying to activate the cards at the normal site (www.giftcardmall.com/activate) I received the following error:
Thankfully I remembered the backdoor activation site’s address. (wl.giftcardmall.com/activate) I won’t draw this out, but I was able to successfully activate all of my cards on the old site with the card numbers and activation codes I received in the mail. For more on the full activation process, see this post.
One More Thought
$200 Visas briefly disappeared from the Staples website (but not other denominations) and eventually returned last week. Maybe with their absence, Staples has switched over the cards to the new system. My hope is that cards ordered now will activate properly, but if you get the error, now you know how to fix it with the old site.
Despite the instructions on the paperwork that comes with the cards, the normal activation website does not work to activate Visa gift cards purchased at Staples. (At least it does not work for me.) Instead, going to the old site still works, so that will be my continued strategy. Hopefully the backdoor links continue to work and/or GiftCardMall gets their act together.