Fee free $200 Visa gift card at office supply store (unconfirmed)

A few months ago there was a brief glitch at OfficeMax in which people could buy $200 Visa gift cards with no fee even though the packaging showed a $6.95 fee.  Now, it seems that the same glitch has appeared in a different office supply store. 

No, not Staples. 

So far, I’ve only received one report of this from a person who shopped in Maryland.  Anyone else experience this?  It could be a big win if you pay with a credit card that earns 5X at office supply stores!

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39 Comments on "Fee free $200 Visa gift card at office supply store (unconfirmed)"

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Todd
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Two “glitches” this close together. That’s surprising. Wish I had a chance to check this out right away, but it will probably take me a few hours.

Econjon
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Is this B&M only?

Frequent Miler
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Yes.

Anonymous
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All visa prepaid cards in my area are cash only, so no way to independently test this.

Anonymous
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What store OD?

Frequent Miler
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Yes, OD

AE_GT
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FM..how come you can’t subscribe to comments on quickdeals?

Frequent Miler
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Because I made the mistake of using blogger for the quickdeals page. I need to port this to WordPress!

Anonymous
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Well it’s not OD, just tried and was charged the fee. Located in LA.

Anonymous
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Not OM, OD, or Staples… There’s another store?!

Chris
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I tried OD in San Diego at 4PM, was charged the fee. No big deal–with the 5x I still got 1000 UR points for $6.95.

Econjon
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Mission Valley?

Chris
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Yep.

Denrick Bayot
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Tried the 200 OD GC in Chitown. Rang up with a fee so I had them cancel the transaction.

bmau09
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I’m just curious, can you buy it in $200 increments using an Ink Bold (at any office supply store), and Chase won’t take back the points and charge a cash advance fee?

Anonymous
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Yes you can. Chase does not take the points back nor do they charge a cash advance fee for buying gift cards. In fact, you can buy visa gift cards online directly from Chase and earn points for it.

Anonymous
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I just tried at OM in FL. The $200 Visa cards rang up with the fee.

c2d
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Wonder what could be the office supply store if it is not OM,OD, or S? Any hints anyone? I’m in MD and can test this and report back.

Anonymous
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I’m pretty sure FM was talking about OD. Apparently it was only at one location or only for a very brief time (or maybe just a one-time computer glitch).

c2d
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Thanks. I’ll check tomorrow morning at nearby ODs and see if the glitch gods are still smiling.

Anonymous
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No go in the Denver area.

Anonymous
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@c2d
http://visa.via.infonow.net/locator/usa/supplier/ListLoadAction.do

put in your zip code, select Office Supplies.

c2d
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Thanks! Nothing surprising turned up now, but I’ll keep this link in mind for future use.

Anonymous
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Are you saying any of the stores on that list would charge to Visa as office supply and therefore earn the 5X?

Anonymous
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@8:28PM
the list has proven accurate in the past. if your visa card is a chase ink then yes. i did not wish to imply ‘any’ ol visa would earn 5x. now that would be huge.

Anonymous
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Tried 3 stores in ABQ, NM. fee charged at all. Bummer.

Anonymous
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Replying to myself.
Tried 3 OD stores, specifically.

All silver bow cards, exp 7/21. No go.

Anonymous
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No go at 2 San Diego area ODs at about 3:50pm local time – this may be urban myth.

Grant
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@FM, any luck paying the activation fee with a office supply gift card and the rest with an ink card?

Anonymous
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that’d be brilliant. wonder what the cashiers would think of that

Frequent Miler
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Interesting idea. I’ve never tried.

Anonymous
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@FM
Post a suspect (fake) story to push your Chase Ink affiliate links. Way to go. This must be a new low for you. Bravo.

Frequent Miler
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That’s an insulting accusation. I’ve never published a post for the purpose of pushing affiliate links and I never will. The reader in question sent me a very convincing photo of his receipt. Combine that with the fact that this happened before at OfficeMax and I believed it was worthy of a QuickDeal (which I partly titled: “unconfirmed”).

Anonymous
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For what it’s worth, I kept quiet on this when it happened to me last week. It was Wednesday, 8/14 and I was not charged the fee on a purchase of 5 $200 cards. I am also in MD, so it’s very possible that I had visited the same store as the reader who emailed.

Frequent Miler
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Glad to hear that the fee free thing worked for at least one other person! Have you tried going back to that store since then?

Linda@faxonline
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I’m glad that Denrick made his comment. I was wondering if that was what anyone else would do if it came up with a fee. They shouldn’t make that a glitch. There should be cards available for less than that. Seems to me sometimes that paying high fees is almost regular now for cards that used to be a lot more affordable.

Thanks for sharing this. Hope it makes Visa rethink some of the high charges and even offer a special for a week.

Kathryn Koo
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Not sure if it’s a holiday promotion, but just purchased 1k in Vanilla Visas at an OD in MD and was not charged the 6.95 fee per $200 card

Frequent Miler
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Awesome!

AE_GT
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Is no fee working in other parts of the country? Won’t be able to verify for another 6 hours.