OfficeMax offers $20 off $300 in Visa or Mastercard Gift Cards

Valid through 12/27/2014:

Save $20 when buying $300 or more in Visa or Mastercard gift cards at OfficeMax.  Official limit: two offers per household. 

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  1. OM’s GC promos have been *very* strange since they’ve ‘combined’ forces with OD – last week’s promo was *in* the ad (shared ad now with both names), and thus available at both stores (OM/OD). It also was visible in the weekly ad online (although the deal was available in store only of course).

    But this deal, along with the after-TG deal seem to be OM-only deals that aren’t in the weekly ad, but instead advertised with small signage by the GC display. As such, since it’s not in the ad or shown in the online ad, it’s tough to get OD to match. Which makes no sense, since they’re supposed to be one company now…

    Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining (and will still take full advantage of it at OM), just strange that they’re running it like this.

  2. FM you’re on fire!

    Fyi local bay area OM didn’t know about it; had to go in the back and look it up — mgr ended up finding it and honoring but took a while. Also — had a scan sheet in the coupon binder for $15 of $300 v/mc gcs that looked like a standing deal (no exp date!).

  3. OK, two questions for everyone…does “limit 2” mean you can buy $600 and get $40 off the transaction? Also…anybody have an idea how hard one can go with Ink before Chase brings down the hammer? I went pretty hard on the AMEX deal last week….

  4. After finally finding the deal in his system, the MOD had no problem allowing me to get the discount twice on $200 gcs ($787.30 total for $800 in GCs). I’m also on great terms with the team there; they really deal with some knuckleheads and a little sugar goes a long way…

  5. Only at OM, not at OD. OD didn’t know. they called OM and OM confirmed the offer. OD honored..but all they had was Vanilla GC. Took 600 worth.

  6. The pin based cards are only available at Office Max so dont waste your time at Office Depots. Also dont buy Vanilla Visa Gift cards at Office Max as they are not reloadable onto BlueBird.

  7. My local OD won’t allow GC purchases with a CC — they even vetoed vendor GCs like Amazon etc. Ruthless! How you got them to let you purchase VGCs with a credit card is beyond me…

  8. My store will not honor the promotion because it’s not in the weekly ad and said that this might be a fake promotion because it’s not in their system(I am in Honolulu). Anyone else encounter this issue? It’s true that I can’t find it on the official website.

    • Similar response in Seattle area. The clerks there had no idea if it was valid and told me that the promo expired last week. Based on their conversation, it sounds like few other people came in to no avail as well.

  9. Can you use vanilla to buy MO at WM? I am doing Redbird and am done with bluebird/serve. I’ve been doing the 200 staples VGC to buy MO at WM. Will Vanilla visa gift cards work for MO?

  10. @yeshu – I tested that out tonight and was successful. $600 MC GC’s in one swipe yielded a $40 discount. I then did $1,000 MC GC’s in one additional swipe for another $40 discount.

    One thing to note for the future is that my store (an Office Max) recently upgraded to new computers. There is a message coming up on the screen discussing “tender” when I purchase these cards.

    Although I can’t read what the message says before the cashier clicks out of it, I’m a bit worried that the Office Supply gift card gravy train may come to an end.

    Has anyone else noticed this?

  11. @ Dovertime –

    The tender message that comes up on screen is just a message stating that gift cards cannot be purchased with officemax gift cards. Not sure if you’ve ever tried, but even if a cashier allows it the POS system itself is hard-coded to not allow it.

    I honestly don’t see them eliminating the purchase of gift cards with credit cards nationwide – it would be too much of a loss for them – think about all of the gift cards that are purchased this time of year (not by people like us of course). If anything, I can see the GC companies raising the price of the fixed value cards, OM/OD only carrying the lower denomination cards (100 or even 50 as the max), or chase lowering or eliminating the office supply category bonus. But OM/OD has too much revenue to lose to stop selling GCs altogether with CCs.

    • Hey Scott,

      Mind sharing which ones in South Florida have that policy? Maybe you could save me a trip (was planning on hitting all of them at some point next week between Boca and Homestead!)

  12. @ scott –

    Yep, completely aware of that, and I didn’t say it doesn’t happen. My statement was that I don’t see them eliminating the purchase of GCs with CCs nationwide. It could happen of course, I just honestly don’t see them passing on the revenue corporate-wide.

  13. @jay @scott –

    I think you’re both right on in that we should always have a method of using credit cards to purchase gift cards, but some stores may have policies against using credit cards to purchase them.

  14. Scored $2400 in 3 days (3x$800) in Philly suburbs … yes that is 2 sets of $400 per transaction, as advertised limit of 2. No issues of any kind. Paid with Chase Bold cc for nice bonus 12K Chase UR points.

  15. I have done $800 per day for four days now on Ink Bold. Loading them to Serve at Family Dollar, just can’t load ’em as fast as I buy ’em, as Family Dollar has a $500/day limit. I’m loving it! A hella lotta bonus points getting racked up.

  16. Live in Chicagoland OM very limited and stores have been out for days. Got in first day and next day but not since and the stores tell me they don’t know when they will get more in stock.

  17. The OD near me said they would match OM but all they have are the $20-$500 vgc. Does anyone know if those can be loaded to the max and cashed out via redbird?

  18. Bought these and the OM messed it up and isn’t really willing to help fix it. They were sold out of most the cards also at one I went to. Waiting on corporate to respond, but manager lost it on me and staff cursing and screaming. He also said any purchase over $200 in gift cards they have to call a bank and confirm. Who knows as this guy was nuts.

  19. I just bought $1400.00 of Mastercard GC at OM yesterday, I went today to Walmart to load my serve as debit but I couldn’t do it. Has anyone had this problem? I didn’t have any problems with Visa GC last time.

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