(EXPIRED) Fee-free $100 Mastercard GCs at Staples.com

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Staples.com is offering fee-free $100 Mastercard Gift Cards right now. The maximum order may be 10 cards. A reader reports a previous successful order for a quantity of 10 when this unannounced promotion happened recently, though YMMV as to how Staples enforces limits.

The Deal

Key Terms

  • Limit of 10 (note that I do not see this limit on the site, but a reader reports the limit was 10 during the most recent sale and that they successfully ordered 10 this time. YMMV)

Quick Thoughts

As noted under the key terms, I don’t actually see the limit expressly written on the product page. They have run this and other similar promotions previously. For example, Stephen posted a similar deal last August, but the limit was 3. YMMV as to the limit – feel free to share any contrary reader reports in the comments. I did successfully place an order for 10, though we’ll see if it ships. Note that the estimated delivery date is more than 2 weeks away.

Speaking of reader reports, several readers have reported that these cards can be a pain to activate (sometimes requiring multiple phone calls). Keep in mind that Mastercard gift cards have been known to be more susceptible to fraudulent draining and they can be harder to liquidate. That said, if you have a system for these, fee-free is a nice deal. That is especially true if you’re paying with a card that earns one of the Best Category Bonuses at office supply stores. For example, you’d earn 5x Ultimate Rewards if paying with a Chase Ink Cash card. If you are able to buy ten of these cards, that’s an easy 5,000 UR points.

H/T: Reader Peter

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jeremy
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jeremy

has anyone used these to pay Geico online? I recently tried using the VCG’s to pay a utility bill online and it was denied. Called the number on the back of the card and was told they can not be used online to pay bills. Wondering if these MC’s work with Geico??

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I paid geico, no issues, though you need to register the card with a zip code.

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Bill Van Tuinen
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Bill Van Tuinen

I’m still waiting for my activation codes from the last promo — how long after the gift cards do these usually take to arrive?

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Well, this reader ordered 10 GCs last time Staples ran this promo, and Staples canceled my order without giving me any notice of cancellation. When I called to find out why the cancellation, the Staples rep stated that the limit is 3 GCs when the GCs are on special, like here. Good luck if you order more than 3.

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Well, I did get the 10 cards after seven days. They were neither loaded, nor activated, nor registered. It took me five phone calls, two with long hold times, to get it all accomplished, and even then I have found it impossible to register one of the cards, so I’ll just spend that $100 on unbonused general purchases rather than suffer another long hold. I suppose the hassle was worth it in the end, but I’m no fan.