(EXPIRED) Office Depot / Office Max: Buy $300 Mastercard Gift Cards, Get $10 Off Instantly

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Office Depot / Office Max is offering another instant discount of $10, this time on $300 of Mastercard gift cards.

Office Depot Mastercard Gift Card

The Deal

  • Buy $300 or more in Mastercard gift cards and save $10 instantly

Key Terms

  • Limit one discounted offer per transaction
  • Discount applied at register
  • Offer valid 4/1/18 to 4/7/18
  • Offer valid in store on Mastercard gift cards only

Quick Thoughts

This is similar to the offer they had a few weeks ago on Visa gift cards. One interesting difference though is that the terms state that there’s a limit of one discount per transaction, whereas the Visa gift card offer stated there was a limit of one discount per customer.

In theory, you could’ve done several separate transactions on the previous Visa gift card offer to get multiple discounts, but that required a friendly cashier or visiting different stores. With the terms of this new offer clearly stating that you’re limited to one discount per transaction, you shouldn’t have any such issues. You’re therefore only restricted by how many Mastercard gift cards your local Office Max / Office Depot has in store.

As with the previous deal, there are several ways to maximize your returns from this offer.

1) Category Bonus

Use a card that offers a bonus at office supply stores such as the Chase Ink Plus (5x Ultimate Rewards), Chase Ink Cash and American Express SimplyCash Plus Business credit cards (both 5% cashback).

2) Spend More, Earn More

You have to purchase a minimum $300 of Mastercard gift cards in order to get the $10 instant discount, but the best option is to buy two $200 cards. That’s because activation fees would then make up a lower proportion of your overall cost than buying one $200 card and one $100 card.

If you buy two $200 Mastercard gift cards, your cost and points / cashback work out as follows:

$413.90 ($200 Mastercard gift cards x2 + $6.95 activation fees x2)
-$10 instant discount
$403.90 + 2,019.50 Ultimate Rewards or $20.20 cash back

3) Rewards

This deal can be slightly more profitable as you can earn $4 in Office Depot / OfficeMax rewards. Those rewards are only payable on the first $200 of gift cards per quarter though, so it’ll only work on one transaction.

4) Cashback

If you have a card enrolled in Visa Savings Edge (e.g. Chase Ink Plus), you can also earn 10% back albeit with a maximum earn of $5 per enrolled card.

Office Depot Visa Savings Edge

Last updated on April 7th, 2018

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Stay away from this! Tons of reports of U.S.-Bank issued MC gift cards being compromised – the scammer drains it quickly after you buy it. Happened to me last year, and U.S. Bank wouldn’t refund my money until I filed a CFPB complaint. I’ve never had a problem with Amex and Metabank Visa gift cards.

Rob P
Rob P

Thank you for the heads up, Stephen.


Hey, I thought I’m the only Rob P around here!

Joe Pepitone
Joe Pepitone

Hey Dr. Pepper, liquidating MC gift cards, what’s the skinny on this? Best places and worst places.

Yes it’s me, and no, I have never seen Mickie Mantle hung over during a game. And yes, I was the first ball player to bring a blow dryer to the locker room. Old news!


How do you enroll in the Visa Savings Edge?
Can you load a Serve card (yes, I still have one) at Walmart with a MC gift card?
Lastly, what dio you think about 02NZ’s concern that was previously posted?


Has walmart stopped accepting visa GC as a form of payment? We have had 2 walmarts decline visa GC for payment this week??


I also recommend staying away from this.
I’ve also had these kinds of cards get compromised. Still in the process of getting it resolved.
Because the scammers registered the cards in their name, I have to first send in a request to get replacement cards that I can register in my name. Only then can I start a fraud complaint with the issuer. At least that’s what I was told by customer service.


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