Officemax Now Selling $500 Variable Load Visa & MC Gift Cards

officemax variable visas

Variable Visa sold by Officemax.

UPDATE: Unfortunately OfficeMax is now cash-only for variable load gift card purchases.

Many Officemax locations have started to sell variable Visa & Mastercard gift cards which can be loaded with up to $500 each for a fee of $5.95.

Some people have been reporting that the fee only rings up at $3.95 for the Visas. Additionally, it seems like the Mastercard gift cards aren’t ringing up properly yet. (Update: Mastercards are now ringing up properly as of 10/20/15. A $500 card costs $505.95.)

Notes:

  • The Visa cards are issued by Metabank and should work at stores like Walmart and Family Dollar as debit cards. Use the last four digits as the PIN.
  • The Mastercards are issued by U.S. Bank and have some quirks when loading at Walmart. You can find more info here.
  • Rene’s Points is reporting that these cards can be purchased with a credit card such as the Chase Ink which earns 5X points.

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ATM
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ATM

Does this apply to Ofc Depot as well? Any data points?

Greg The Frequent Miler
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No, Just OfficeMax

Jeremy
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Jeremy

My office Depot had had these for years but a big sign that says cash only. I’ll have to check OM.

Dee
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Dee

I’m I confused and overwhelmed, or does Office Max take Apple Pay? I presume no one has solved the gift card mystery with any certainty.

Greg The Frequent Miler
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Yes, I believe that OfficeMax accepts Apple Pay. Haven’t had a chance to try it yet though

SDO
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SDO

Here we go again…. Too bad most of the OMs near me have closed or are in the process of closing since the merger.

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[…] Yesterday the news broke that Officemax has started carrying $500 variable load Visa gift cards with a $5.95 fee. @Konorth (Karen) first shared the news on Twitter and then it spread through the Chicago Seminars. I eventually heard it from Greg the Frequent Miler. […]

LACLONGQUAN
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LACLONGQUAN

DISCOVER IT Card.

Please let me know if anybody got cash back from Discover when buying gift cards and other items and paid together.
Thank you

jeff
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jeff

This means nothing to MS’ers unless one can purchase these $500 cards with a credit card, or, I suppose, with Apple or Android pay linked to a credit card……am I correct or missing something here. All I know is that Office Depot and Office Max has long taken cash only for these variable load cards. So, what is all the excitement about? Shed some light please?

PhatMiles
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PhatMiles

@jeff: The cash only thing is with Office Depot. AFAIK, OM never carried these cards before.

Will S
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Will S

last time Office Max had the instant rebate on the $200 Gift MC’s, I had no trouble buying them with cc’s (at least not in Richmond, VA)…. and then they deposited just fine into bluebird via Kate.

Ed
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Ed

Variable amount gift cards are cash only at office depots in Indianapolis. Set amount cards can be purchased with credit cards but the set amounts are too small for our interests.
Much to do about nothing 🙂

Brion
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Brion

Local OM had a bunch but neither cashier nor manager knew how to key in the amount, blamed out on system issue. Anyone else having issues? Or any guidance on what they needed to do to make it work? Thx

Dale
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Dale

Yes, I had the same issue in WI. Called today and the manager told me the cards have been recalled due to being faulty.

Ed
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Ed

There’s some false assumptions with saying the 500 vgc is in OM nationwide. It is not. These are in limited locations. Many locations I personally checked this week have never seen these. And, the very few who happened to have the MCGC variety couldn’t sell them since they didn’t know how to select the amount the customer wanted put on the card.

Ed
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Ed

This rumor that it was nationwide came from assumptions made by some bloggers at the Chicago Seminar recently. Just because certain larger metro areas sell them, and therefore OM Corp had to have new skews, doesn’t mean it’s everywhere. This is highly limited.

Brion
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Brion

I went to three I’M in the Seattle area today. Two didn’t have them and the one that did (MCGC didn’t know how to sell it, per my earlier post. #fail

Bay11
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Bay11

And then it will be either removed from selling, or cash only, just like VR back in the days. Ofc supply stores make my life excited and my days not bored.

lumangoy
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lumangoy

OM in Oak Valley, Ann Arbor, MI had the MCGC, but it was ringing up as $.02. CSR think they are discontinued.

Someone was already in before me looking for the VGCs.

Brion
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Brion

This is exactly what happened to me. Manager had no idea what was wrong.

ATM
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ATM

Ditto, the cashiers said that trying to ring up MCGC failed to give them a gray box in which they would enter the variable amount ($500). They thought it was because the item is “so new the computer does not recognize any SKU.” BTW, got one of the staff to look around in the back room and he found a new unopened package of 10 VGCs. Jackpot! The VGCs ring up just fine.

Gabriel
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Gabriel

Did your VGC actually load? There’s reports that people who bought VGC’s had their credit cards charged, but no money on the visas….

ATM
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ATM

Yes, successfully loaded.

SDO
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SDO

Sadly, this feels like a cruel hoax for those of us not in the targeted regions. 🙁

Skor
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Skor

Does not seem to be nationwide 🙁

Toadie
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Toadie

Doesn’t even seem to be statewide. I checked an OM near me. Nada. Friend got few in another location.

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[…] Frequent Miler, you can purchase Visa gift cards at OfficeMax and load them with $20 to $500.  There’s a […]

Craig
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Craig

If VGC works as debit card at Walmart is there a way to get cash out? If so, please explain. Thank you.

Milezjunkie
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Milezjunkie

I bought the MasterCard version. Has anyone else had trouble loading to Bluebird with these? When I tried WM treats them exactly like they do One Vanilla and it can only be used as a credit card. So these are useless for BB/Serve loads.

bexho2000
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bexho2000

Can corfirm MC sales are active at OM today…just bought $4K during lunch break. Loaded one at the WM Kiosk into my BB (all limit I had left) and it went thru w/o a problem

SDO
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SDO

State/region?

bexho2000
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bexho2000

Midwest….about 7 hrs drive from the beautiful Michigan….

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[…] to $500) were now for sale at Office Max stores.  It’s been covered by Miles to Memories, Frequent Miler and […]

kim
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kim

Please help! Every time I go into family dollar to load a vanilla visa for $500. the register will only allow one load of $500. After that it says fraud alert. The cashier even tried using another Serve card as I have 5 with a completely different vanilla visa for $500. Register said something about Fraud. The store manager thinks her store can only load $500. per day and for no other people! I said that can’t be. We tried another register with a third serve card with a third $500. vanilla visa and it still wouldn’t go through. Please send advise on how to load my Vanillas as walmart won’t take them either. Thank you

Bay11
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Bay11

There’s a limit with Fam$. You can load $999 at a time. So do $500 first, and do $499 right after. Then you can come back maybe after 15 min then repeat. or go to another store. 1 store cannot do $1k at a time, does not matter how many different serve cards u use or different registers.

Lee Jansen
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Lee Jansen

Data point…morning of Oct 29th….tried to purchase one of the variable MetaBank Visa’s in the newer “festive” packaging shown on top of this article at an OfficeMax (def. was at an OfficeMax, not an Office Depot) in Boca area. Cashier scanned the card and the register said the SKU was “not found”. Manager could not provide any assistance. From what I can tell, looks like the midwest and west regions are the only OM’s that have registers coded for the MetaBank variable Visas. If anyone has success at one of the few remaining OM’s in FL, pls reply with store location.

Lee Jansen
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Lee Jansen

Correction to my post…the packaging on the MetaBank variable Visa that I attempted to load was “flowery” as shown on top of this article…not “festive”

craig
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craig

Just a heads up just went to walmart today to load the mastercard gift cards onto bluebird and had no problem last couple days but today would not load, have to call authorizer even after telling them buying a tv it still would not work so just an fyi to all buying the mastercard gift cards ended up buying moneyorders at the post office instead to cash them out.

Andrew
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Andrew

Just went to an OM in Kirkland, they told me that there s a new policy starting today (Nov 1) that over $200 in gift card purchases needs to be cash only… (((

tjp74
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tjp74

Darn it… I went to one not too far from Kirkland and told cash only going forward… and wondered if it was a new store policy or corporate wide policy. didn’t ask and was going to try the Kirkland one tomorrow. Oh well…

Todd
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Todd

No luck at two different OM stores in Michigan today. Register gives message that these are cash only. Both managers were surprised and said that they have not heard anything about a change in policy with Visa/MC gift cards. Looks like this was pretty short lived.

Albert
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Albert

I was able to purchase 4 $500 gift cards with CC Tuesday night. But this morning, the cashsier showed me the “Cash Only for variable load GCs” message on screen while helping to check out. The Cash Only policy is effective 11/1/15 and the system is hardcoded either yesterday or early this morning. Another dream deal is gone.

bay11
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bay11

Yep indeed, it is gone. My OM says the same on the computer when I buy the MC. Cash only now just like OD. We took it by the storm so the storm did do some good damage 🙂

Albert
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Albert

Another user reported that OD/OM were shocked after seeing soooo many $2000 GC purchases paid by CC and decided to enforce Cash Only policy like OD had done before. So glad I got some deals while the storm was on. Two weeks are too short, literally.

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[…] few weeks ago Officemax once again began carrying variable load Visa & Mastercard gift cards. Better yet, they were allowing these cards to be purchased with credit cards. Since cards like […]

Bill
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Bill

Office Mac, and Office Depot now CASH ONLY..,