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Visa/MasterCard Gift Cards at Staples(2017-2019)

Visa/MasterCard Gift Cards at Staples(2017-2019)

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The VGCs sold at Staples are issued by Metabank. The activation code for online purchase comes in separate envelope. Cards purchased at store are activated at check-out.
To activate cards over the phone (without activation codes), call (877) 426-2551 to talk to a rep.
To activate cards over the web, www.giftcardkey.com.

The max VGCs sold at Staples.com are $300. No $500 cards. With its $8.95 or 3% card fee, it is only good if there is promotion (or rebate).

As of 5/12/2014, all known portals are dead.

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Buy Visa gift cards (Metabank) at Staples ($200 for $6.95) or the website ($300 for $8.95).

2k Limit per transaction / 10k per day for online. In-store is usually 2k but YMMV

Often times, there are promotions with no or reduced activation fees
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Old Jan 25, 19, 9:52 pm
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Old Jan 25, 19, 10:00 pm
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During the last promos I was able to purchase $2000 per store with no problems. Last promo all stores I frequent had the sign of 1 per customer and enforced it.

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Old Mar 18, 19, 1:37 am
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Shipping to non 48 states

Does anyone live in Alaska/Hawaii know how to get the gift cards shipped? I used to order gift cards with free shipping to Hawaii with no problems but sometime this January it started to show an error message for shipping. Since then I can't order any gift cards.
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Old Mar 18, 19, 9:53 am
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Originally Posted by Jatan View Post
Staples website has $100 MC GC with no fee

Remember to wait for activation letter that comes separately after the cards (takes a few days to a week) -- do not try to use the card or check balance until you've activated them to avoid cards being blocked
i am not sure what you are looking at but i looked at staples 100 mc card and it is $106.95
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Old Mar 18, 19, 11:03 am
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i am not sure what you are looking at but i looked at staples 100 mc card and it is $106.95
And you're 2 months too late -- that was back in Jan
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Old Mar 21, 19, 8:13 am
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No fee $200 MC GC starting this Sunday.
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Old Mar 21, 19, 8:35 am
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No fee $200 MC GC starting this Sunday.
Not as attractive as the VGCs since MCGCs are still hard to liquidate. Citi bill pay?
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Old Mar 21, 19, 8:38 am
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I don't do MCGCs. The anxiety of trying to liquidate them isn't worth the fees paid for SMGCs IMO.
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Old Mar 21, 19, 2:11 pm
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I don't do MCGCs. The anxiety of trying to liquidate them isn't worth the fees paid for SMGCs IMO.
$4 fee SMGC vs. $0 fee? just quickly change pymt to debit on WM pad
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Old Mar 24, 19, 9:46 am
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The latest MCGC sale is on. $2k daily max. Plan to have another trip tomorrow.
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Old Mar 24, 19, 10:11 am
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If I get a visa/mc gift card and use it to purchase something at, say, target or costco, what happens if I need to return that item (esp if I no longer have that GC)?
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Old Mar 24, 19, 11:20 am
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My Staples used to have US Bank MCs with an initial PIN slip in the packing. Today I got MetaBank MCs and there’s no slip. The insert doesn’t say the initial PIN is the last 4 of the CC #.

Is is the initial PIN set by default or do I have to set each one manually online or by phone?
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Old Mar 24, 19, 12:25 pm
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My Staples used to have US Bank MCs with an initial PIN slip in the packing. Today I got MetaBank MCs and there’s no slip. The insert doesn’t say the initial PIN is the last 4 of the CC #.

Is is the initial PIN set by default or do I have to set each one manually online or by phone?
Metas default to last 4
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Old Mar 24, 19, 1:39 pm
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Originally Posted by Stgermainparis View Post
If I get a visa/mc gift card and use it to purchase something at, say, target or costco, what happens if I need to return that item (esp if I no longer have that GC)?
Depends on the store. The POS system at some stores send it back to the original card. Others require you to swipe/insert "the card used" but really you can use any card in that case, including debit. Putting the refund back to a points earning card will likely deduct from anything earned on that card.

If you don't have the prepaid anymore and you can't put it to a different card, you can probably get a merchandise credit/gift card for that store.
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Old Mar 24, 19, 1:55 pm
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I know the last 4 has always been the case with Meta VGCs, so now these new Meta MC's (without PIN card) also default to the last 4? I really don't want to assign a pin to all these cards, so the last 4 would be great if it works.

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