Last night I passed along a report from the blog Travel with Grant saying that $500 gift cards are back at Office Depot. He found $500 Visa gift cards at a local Office Depot and was able to buy one with a credit card. Since then, blogger Travel-Summary found the same thing, but readers have had mixed success. Most people have found empty gift card racks. Some people who found cards were supposedly told “cash only”. And, a FlyerTalk thread was started in which someone reported being told that Office Depot would soon only accept cash for gift cards. Based on past experiences, I expect that this will be a store by store decision.
For reference, here are the blog posts that I mentioned above:
- Travel with Grant’s post: $500 Visa Gift Cards are Back at Office Depot!
- Travel Summary’s post: I Can Confirm that $500 Visa GCs Have Returned to Office Depot
- My post: $500 Visa gift cards return to Office Depot!
The cards found by Grant and Travel Summary can be used in places that require debit cards with PINs (see “Gift card PINs“). With Vanilla Visa gift cards, you don’t even have to set the PIN ahead of time. The first time you are asked for a PIN, simply give four numbers (any four numbers) and that will be the PIN.
Today, I visited two local Office Depot stores, but neither had the $500 cards on display. At the second store, I asked the manager. He told me that they were expecting a new display to be setup on Monday, July 8th. He specifically said that he thought there would be “those cards that can be loaded between $25 and $500″. That sounded like good news to me. It’s possible that the few people who have had luck were at stores that put out the new displays too early.
If you were planning to rush out to your local Office Depot stores, I’d now recommend waiting until Monday. Instead, enjoy the July 4th holiday weekend.
As to the reports about Office Depot going cash-only – we’ll just have to wait and see. I will be very surprised if that is a new nation-wide policy.