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

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

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This is the thread for 2017. The previous discussion can be found here.

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.

Earn 5x points with Chase Ink, or Simply Cash for 5% cash back

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 Apr 18, 19, 5:27 am
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Any DP's if Dosh terms on GC are enforced?
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Old Apr 18, 19, 6:15 am
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Per DoC - Zero cost MC next week
Any DP's if Dosh terms on GC are enforced?
I presume that you are going to buy them whether you get the Dosh rebate or not. So why don't you tell us if you did receive it.

The DP will be very useful in the future. Thanks.
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Old Apr 18, 19, 7:11 am
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Originally Posted by radonc1 View Post
I presume that you are going to buy them whether you get the Dosh rebate or not. So why don't you tell us if you did receive it.

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Actually it is 50/50 whether I bother or not. MC $200 are a pain to get rid of, so even if Dosh does come thru, I am not sure I could be bothered with the hassle.
If I do buy, I will post my DP
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Old Apr 18, 19, 7:34 am
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Actually it is 50/50 whether I bother or not. MC $200 are a pain to get rid of, so even if Dosh does come thru, I am not sure I could be bothered with the hassle.
If I do buy, I will post my DP
You can try to use Plastiq or Citi bill pay. At least something to consider.
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Old Apr 20, 19, 11:32 pm
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Are the Meta MCs difficult to drain? I have been doing Serve at DG. Will they be OK there?
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Old Apr 21, 19, 5:37 am
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Per DoC - Zero cost MC next week
Any DP's if Dosh terms on GC are enforced?
Even if they're not, it's only $5 per day.
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Old Apr 21, 19, 2:30 pm
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Picked up three mcgc right at opening today. The clerk is chill, but she said corporate wants them to enforce the limit. I was able to get three this time because they hadn't put their signage up yet.
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Old Apr 22, 19, 8:18 am
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My go to limited me to two. No signage on the rack. Will try again this afternoon.
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Old Apr 22, 19, 9:21 am
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I did get the dosh cashback on the purchase
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Old Apr 22, 19, 5:04 pm
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How often does staples restock gift cards? My two stores only have 2k worth of mcgcs left at each store, so that means that once I get them tomorrow, there will be no more
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Old Apr 22, 19, 8:00 pm
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Originally Posted by stormpelt View Post
How often does staples restock gift cards? My two stores only have 2k worth of mcgcs left at each store, so that means that once I get them tomorrow, there will be no more
Staples and I believe OM/OD have an outside vendor that stocks the gift card kiosks once every several weeks. They do leave additional cards inside the kiosk but usually the popular cards are not around very long.
If you are cleaning out the cards by Monday there probably weren't many to begin with.
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Old Apr 22, 19, 8:42 pm
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Main store limited me to 1 for the first time ever. Backup store had no limit. 3rd store had no limit either. Dosh came through fine.
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Old Apr 23, 19, 12:00 pm
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What's the default PIN for these MCs?

Bought 5, no problem. No signage in the store though, and the cashier was surprised I wasn't being charged an activation fee.

And DOSH must be targeted, because I checked before I bought the cards and the offer wasn't even available to me.
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Old Apr 23, 19, 12:03 pm
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What's the default PIN for these MCs?
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Old Apr 23, 19, 12:05 pm
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Nope, the PIN is printed in a "hidden" pocket in the packaging.
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