[Dead] Easy 5x: Online Fee-free $100 Mastercard GCs at Staples.com

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Update: This deal is back again. The maximum is 10 cards per account, which will come to exactly $1,000 with no activation or shipping fees, as shown in my screen shot below. (H/T: Dan’s Deals). The terms state it expires 1/25/20 but this will. not. last. Run, don’t walk. Keep in mind that there is also a new Amex Offer out that’s good for 10% back up to $50.

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 per account.
  • The terms state that these are available while supplies last and expires on 01/25/2020, but this won’t last that long.

Quick Thoughts

They have run this and other similar promotions previously a couple of times. I did successfully place an order for 10. Note that the estimated delivery date is 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.

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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??

geico gecko
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geico gecko

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

ithrowpoop
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ithrowpoop

I have specifically paid Geico before with these. Like others said – register your card with your address and it’ll work. I’ve also paid water, sewage, and electricity bills online.

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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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ABC

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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DaveS
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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.

Dee
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Dee

I ordered 10 just now. We’ll see what happens.

iahphx
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iahphx

I guess if you just want to pay an online bill with these (and it actually works!), these cards are a good way to harvest the credit card bonuses. But since there are so many $200 GC deals at physical Staples stores, I’m inclined to just wait for the next round.

david
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david

more trouble than it’s worth tbh

Barry
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Barry

This promo makes it easy to use up the Staples AMEX offer that was just posted yesterday.

Pam
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Pam

Used 2 Biz cards for $1,000 total and $100 back in AMEX Offers. I actually use some of these for gifts, the $100 ones are the best. Love discounts on cash, thx Nick!

Barry
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Barry

Anybody have any luck getting a portal to pay out on gift card purchases?

Pam
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Pam

(also have a 10% off Staples offer with Chase, up to $6)

kay
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kay

Do the Chase Staples offer works on egc and gc on staples dot come?

Bill
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Bill

Sold out online already

LaurainA2
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LaurainA2

Already says “This item out of stock for delivery”

Cheryl
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Cheryl

Got in one purchase of 10! Then was using my daughter’s account, and got the message they are sold out.

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