Visa Gift cards at Staples(2014-2015)

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As of 5/12/2014, all known portals are dead.
  1. Get Chase Ink and BB/Serve
  2. 1% discount: Sign up Ink (must be Visa) at https://www.visasavingsedge.com/ to get 1% cash back at Staples Ended 12/31/14
  3. 5x points: Buy Visa gift cards at Staples or the website. $200 ones charge a hefty $6.95 activation fee (with 1% back it was effectively $4.88).
  4. Liquidate gift cards like any other
Do not order to store, as they sometimes lose the envelopes. The cards come through the mail from GCM just as they would if sent directly to you.

*Note- max purchase at one time seems to be 9x $200 (stays under their $2000 limit)

Pluses to Online purchase:
1. Less time/effort/gasoline vs traveling to store to purchase
2. No mgr override or cashier call to Chase needed for large purchases
3. Can bulk activate by phone after receipt of VGCs
4. Email is a nice way to keep record of your purchases
5. Avoids stupid sticky gum (4x per card) that has to be peeled off of each VGC
6. Rare opportunity to liquidate rewards and/or rebate card (YMMV)

Pluses to in-store purchase:
1. No wait/immediate gratification- mail order can take weeks
2. No risk of someone getting to your mailbox to steal your VGCs before you get them out of there
3. Activated at time of purchase- no need to call in or wait for stupid letter containing one activation code/card that comes in the mail separately (the letter sometimes arrives AFTER the VGCs arrive; this can be mitigated, see Pluses to Online #3, above)
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Old Apr 28, 14, 11:30 am
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Originally Posted by WhateverDude View Post
I ordered a $200 VGC and got herpes. True story. Be careful.
Good lesson. Remember, when you gift card with a company you are also gift carding with everyone they have gift carded with.
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Old Apr 28, 14, 11:30 am
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Originally Posted by Szamboti View Post
How about Upromise at 5% rather than the other cashback options presented?
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Just to have your money tied up for over half a year like I did? No thanks.
I have been using Upromise for Staples since the beginning of the year. I am seeing payout in about 5-6 weeks.
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Old Apr 28, 14, 11:37 am
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Originally Posted by MilesGator View Post
Anyone ever try Discover portal for 5% cashback while using Ink to pay?

5% of $200 = $10 - $6.95 = $3.05 profit + 1000 UR pts per Visa GC
Correction..... It's $3.40 profit per $200...5% applies to the fee as well 😀.... from my ShopDiscover experience...
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Old Apr 28, 14, 11:51 am
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Originally Posted by OHijAAzi73 View Post
Correction..... It's $3.40 profit per $200...5% applies to the fee as well 😀.... from my ShopDiscover experience...
Could you get 5% from Shopdiscover buying visa gift card? I never got.
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Old Apr 28, 14, 11:56 am
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Originally Posted by ericliujian View Post
Could you get 5% from Shopdiscover buying visa gift card? I never got.
Yes...but YMMV....
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Old Apr 28, 14, 12:14 pm
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How are people planning on liquidating these? If the rumors of Walmart, Bluebird and VGC are true. I can't do a $800 MO with 4 $200 gift cards, that is probably where I draw the line of what I will do for MS. Much rather get shot down for $2000 with 4 $500 gift cards. Haven't tried Evolve yet, is that the next best option?
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Old Apr 28, 14, 12:37 pm
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Originally Posted by mjcohen82182 View Post
How are people planning on liquidating these? If the rumors of Walmart, Bluebird and VGC are true. I can't do a $800 MO with 4 $200 gift cards, that is probably where I draw the line of what I will do for MS. Much rather get shot down for $2000 with 4 $500 gift cards. Haven't tried Evolve yet, is that the next best option?
Buy 5 $200 cards and 2 $500 cards for 2 $1000 MOs at Walmart.
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Old Apr 28, 14, 12:54 pm
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Originally Posted by cdancer20 View Post
I have been using Upromise for Staples since the beginning of the year. I am seeing payout in about 5-6 weeks.
I just looked at my Staples purchases from Upromise this year, to my surprise they were funded at 6 weeks as well. Last year they were taking 3 months and another month to arrive after withdrawing, which makes me hesitant.
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Old Apr 28, 14, 1:28 pm
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Originally Posted by PaulMSN View Post
Buy 5 $200 cards and 2 $500 cards for 2 $1000 MOs at Walmart.
Limited to 4 swipes per transaction, it's much easier to say 4 $500 debits than screwing things up and throwing in a $200. My cashier's are on top of things, the $500 debit is already being punched in by the time I am walking to the register.
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Old Apr 28, 14, 1:31 pm
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Originally Posted by mjcohen82182 View Post
Limited to 4 swipes per transaction, it's much easier to say 4 $500 debits than screwing things up and throwing in a $200. My cashier's are on top of things, the $500 debit is already being punched in by the time I am walking to the register.
To each his own. I think the UR points are worth doing 2 transactions for.
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Old Apr 28, 14, 1:50 pm
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Is there any way to get this thread turned off before it gets circled and arrowed to death? I have enjoyed using a portal to get cash back and 5X's UR points, but with the addition of the $200 cards this is surely to be dead in days if not hours.
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Old Apr 28, 14, 1:50 pm
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Originally Posted by PaulMSN View Post
Buy 5 $200 cards and 2 $500 cards for 2 $1000 MOs at Walmart.
I thought it was a 4 swipe max. Plus, is it prudent to swipe so many different cards and attract attention?
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Old Apr 28, 14, 1:51 pm
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Originally Posted by whitey4545 View Post
Is there any way to get this thread turned off before it gets circled and arrowed to death? I have enjoyed using a portal to get cash back and 5X's UR points, but with the addition of the $200 cards this is surely to be dead in days if not hours.
It's already up on two different blogs on BA.
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Old Apr 28, 14, 1:53 pm
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Originally Posted by TheDapperDon View Post
It's already up on two different blogs on BA.
So disappointing. Oh well such is the life of MS... I had better get my orders in now then I guess.
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Old Apr 28, 14, 1:58 pm
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Originally Posted by TheDapperDon View Post
I thought it was a 4 swipe max. Plus, is it prudent to swipe so many different cards and attract attention?
Two transactions - 1 $500, 2 $200s and half of another $200 for a $1000 MO, then repeat. At my WM there are no problems and they're all helpful.
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