May 8, 2012
This past Saturday I posted a great offer: Up to 14.5% off Amazon and Barnes & Noble. This week only, OfficeMax has a deal where you can buy two $25 Nook or Kindle gift cards and get $5 back. That alone amounts to a respectable 10% discount. Since the cards can be used at Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble, respectively, this is a great deal. Depending upon how you pay for the cards, you can do even better:
- American Express business card with OPEN Savings: 5% back on purchases of $100 or more at OfficeMax (until June 15).
- Chase Ink: 5 points per dollar at office supply stores
- American Express SimplyCash card: 5% cash back for office supplies plus 5% back with OPEN Savings. That amounts to a 19% total discount!
Visits to OfficeMax on Sunday were mostly disappointing. OfficeMax hadn’t yet figured out how to actually ring up these discounts. A few people managed to get the discounts anyway, but others left empty handed.
OfficeMax fixed their register issue. They now have a sheet of paper with a bar code that applies the discount when scanned. I’ve heard from a number of people who have successfully bought a bunch of gift cards with this discount. A few stores limited people to no more than 6 cards, but most stores had no limit. I walked out of a local OfficeMax yesterday with 40 gift cards! Today, my mom (AKA Mom Miler) bought 20 cards at an OfficeMax near her!
The main problem you’ll face now is that many stores are sold out. I highly recommend calling before making a trip. Once in the store look near the e-book reader displays as well as at the gift card rack. They tend to put e-book gift cards in both places. Also, ask a manager if there are any more. I only found 8 in the store before I asked a manager who dug up 32 more for me!
Which card to use?
If you have the SimplyCash card, that’s clearly the best option. Otherwise, the Ink and the Amex business card options are very close. With the Amex cards you get 5% back plus the usual 1 point per dollar from your card. With the Ink you get just the 5 points per dollar. If you value points at the Fair Trading Price of 1.31 cents each, then each option is about the same. Go with whichever card gives you points that you value the most.