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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.

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 May 13, 19, 1:00 am
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I must be one of the few that actually buys these cards to use for non-bonus category spend. Instead of rolling the dice on what grocery store will allow multiple swipe MO's anymore (those were the days), I buy ~$1000-$2000 whenever one of these promotions come around and use it for any spend I earn 1x or 2x on (gas, groceries, and some bills). Makes them all 5x UR earning purchases.
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Old May 13, 19, 4:52 am
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Originally Posted by alanisrox69 View Post
I use every cent. The cards auto drain at my local grocery store, I just go thru SCO (when buying groceries) and swipe a bunch of cards in succession. 12 cents a swipe, I don't care. That's 12 of my cents!
So do I as I said I did, its just at times I get a MO for $399.10 (2 $200s) and with a $.89 fee that leaves $.01 on the card not gonna waste my time using that penny up
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Old May 13, 19, 8:23 am
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Originally Posted by bigshooter View Post
I must be one of the few that actually buys these cards to use for non-bonus category spend. Instead of rolling the dice on what grocery store will allow multiple swipe MO's anymore (those were the days), I buy ~$1000-$2000 whenever one of these promotions come around and use it for any spend I earn 1x or 2x on (gas, groceries, and some bills). Makes them all 5x UR earning purchases.
What is your total monthly budget for gas and groceries?
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Old May 13, 19, 8:43 am
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Originally Posted by RedSun View Post
What is your total monthly budget for gas and groceries?
Not a huge amount, maybe $75-100 a week (typically less than that but am on a cooking kick), but I also spend $50-$200 a week on gas depending on where I need to drive for meetings, and have other expenses. I'm sitting on ~$1500 right now with the $1000 i bought on Saturday. If there's not more than one promotion a month between OD/OM and Staples I can easily spend it down, otherwise I can always fall back to MO if I find I overbought.
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Old May 14, 19, 1:34 am
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I have to make a purchase of $2000 for getting the sign up bonus on the chase ink cash. Is there a office store, which sells $500 visa/MC gift cards? I checked my local staples and they only had $200 gift card. $200 is a pain to use and the fee is also very high. My store didn't allow me to get more than 1 visa gift card under the promotion.

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Old May 14, 19, 6:22 am
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Originally Posted by bigshooter View Post
I must be one of the few that actually buys these cards to use for non-bonus category spend. Instead of rolling the dice on what grocery store will allow multiple swipe MO's anymore (those were the days), I buy ~$1000-$2000 whenever one of these promotions come around and use it for any spend I earn 1x or 2x on (gas, groceries, and some bills). Makes them all 5x UR earning purchases.
I thought this was a manufactured spending forum?
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Old May 14, 19, 9:58 am
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Originally Posted by ankitaroramba View Post
I have to make a purchase of $2000 for getting the sign up bonus on the chase ink cash. Is there a office store, which sells $500 visa/MC gift cards? I checked my local staples and they only had $200 gift card. $200 is a pain to use and the fee is also very high. My store didn't allow me to get more than 1 visa gift card under the promotion.

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When I did my min spend for chase ink, I just bought the VGCs at Walmart for 4.94 for each $500 vgc. Yeah, it doesn't earn the 5x points. But you can earn the 5x later, when staples or od have a promotion which sells vgcs fee-free.
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Old May 14, 19, 10:07 am
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Originally Posted by stormpelt View Post
When I did my min spend for chase ink, I just bought the VGCs at Walmart for 4.94 for each $500 vgc. Yeah, it doesn't earn the 5x points. But you can earn the 5x later, when staples or od have a promotion which sells vgcs fee-free.
There are plenty $500 GCs at our WMs, but no one takes CCs for the sales.
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Old May 14, 19, 10:09 am
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There are plenty $500 GCs at our WMs, but no one takes CCs for the sales.
Huh, I guess YMMV. Have you tried local grocery stores and drug stores? Kroger? Safeway? Rite aid? They should all carry VGCs. At kroger you can do self-checkout with VGCs.
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Old May 14, 19, 10:11 am
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Originally Posted by ankitaroramba View Post
I have to make a purchase of $2000 for getting the sign up bonus on the chase ink cash. Is there a office store, which sells $500 visa/MC gift cards? I checked my local staples and they only had $200 gift card. $200 is a pain to use and the fee is also very high. My store didn't allow me to get more than 1 visa gift card under the promotion.

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None of the OD/OM/Staples allow credit card on teh up to $500 variables. They only allow it on the $200's. If it's for MSR then just go to Simon Mall or a grocery store like someone mentioned to get a $500 there. You don't get the 5x, but at least you get the MSR bonus.
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Old May 14, 19, 10:13 am
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Originally Posted by beast7276 View Post

I thought this was a manufactured spending forum?
Only replying because I'm kind of crabby this morning...

This is a MS forum, with a thread on VGC at Staples. Many comments on what a PITA $200's are to dispose of so I added commentary. Sorry for ruining your day... if i have time I'll take a picture of the stack of $47500 worth of spent SMGC on my desk if that will somehow make up for my post.
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Old May 14, 19, 10:32 am
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Originally Posted by stormpelt View Post
Huh, I guess YMMV. Have you tried local grocery stores and drug stores? Kroger? Safeway? Rite aid? They should all carry VGCs. At kroger you can do self-checkout with VGCs.
Not looking for more places now. There are plenty places to find.
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Only replying because I'm kind of crabby this morning
Yes, you are, quite.
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Old May 14, 19, 3:29 pm
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Yes, you are, quite.
Im better now.
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Only replying because I'm kind of crabby this morning...

This is a MS forum, with a thread on VGC at Staples. Many comments on what a PITA $200's are to dispose of so I added commentary. Sorry for ruining your day... if i have time I'll take a picture of the stack of $47500 worth of spent SMGC on my desk if that will somehow make up for my post.
whale alert!
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