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 29, 14, 12:14 am
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Pick2pay

I use www.pick2pay.com to compare various portals all in one place..shows upromise and discover at 5%.
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Old Apr 29, 14, 4:07 am
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I ordered 20x$100 just a week ago. What a waste...

Oh well, time to order another 10x$200
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Old Apr 29, 14, 12:53 pm
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This is going to be a fun summer for MS. It's shaping up to be like last year with the no fee Chase GCs, but this year the miles aren't just free, we're actually getting paid for them through Staples, and there's no limit! Yet...
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Old Apr 29, 14, 12:58 pm
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Originally Posted by donnoyet View Post
I use www.pick2pay.com to compare various portals all in one place..shows upromise and discover at 5%.
WOW!
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Old Apr 29, 14, 1:01 pm
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Have any of these orders shipped?
Mine still say 'Processing' and I ordered them on Sunday night.
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Old Apr 29, 14, 1:06 pm
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Originally Posted by cyclotron View Post
Have any of these orders shipped?
Mine still say 'Processing' and I ordered them on Sunday night.
Like I said before...
STAPLES DOES NOT ship the cards. GiftCardMall is the one that PROCESSES and SHIPS the cards.

Relax.
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Old Apr 29, 14, 1:07 pm
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swagbucks is at 6% -> can use to get paypal credit
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Old Apr 29, 14, 1:08 pm
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Originally Posted by f0xx View Post
Like I said before...
STAPLES DOES NOT ship the cards. GiftCardMall is the one that PROCESSES and SHIPS the cards.

Relax.
For egiftcards, I get the giftcardmall code before staples tells me they've "shipped."

But yeah the physicals cards take over a week and there's no tracking. it's sloooow
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Old Apr 29, 14, 2:47 pm
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How are these shipped? USPS? UPS? Does it come in a box where it will sit on my door or is it delivered to my mailbox?
Thanks!
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Old Apr 29, 14, 3:06 pm
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How are these shipped? USPS? UPS? Does it come in a box where it will sit on my door or is it delivered to my mailbox?
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USPS. unless you buy a 100 or something, they ship in envelopes that should fit in your mailbox.
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Old Apr 29, 14, 3:08 pm
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USPS. unless you buy a 100 or something, they ship in envelopes that should fit in your mailbox.
Thank you!
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Old Apr 29, 14, 3:43 pm
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Originally Posted by youngmoneyhack View Post
swagbucks is at 6% -> can use to get paypal credit
Be careful - you might not credited for gift card purchases on Staples.com through Swagbucks. Rumors are that Swagbucks no longer gives points on gift card purchases due to a crackdown on "abuse." I am still waiting for the Swagbucks points for the order that I made last week (they have taken longer to post than usual); luckily I was able to cancel my orders. I'm not sure how this affects other cash back portals.

http://www.doctorofcredit.com/staple...y-opportunity/

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Old Apr 29, 14, 4:21 pm
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I ordered 9pm pdt yesterday and I just received an automated call from staples saying the delivery is delayed until May 12.
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Old Apr 29, 14, 4:37 pm
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My orders just got cancelled. The orders disappeared from my order status page. no call or e-mail
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Old Apr 29, 14, 4:51 pm
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My orders just got cancelled. The orders disappeared from my order status page. no call or e-mail
I checked mine and all five are still at

Status: [Processing Order]

ordered 27th, 28th and today.
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