(EXPIRED) Office Depot / Office Max: Buy $300 Visa Gift Cards, Get $15 Off

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Office Depot / Office Max is back with another promotion on Visa gift cards, this time offering a $15 instant discount when purchasing $300 or more in Visa gift cards.

Office Depot $15 Instant Discount Visa Gift Cards

The Deal

  • Buy $300 or more of Visa gift cards and get a $15 instant discount.

Key Terms

  • Limit one offer per customer.
  • Discount applied at register.
  • Offer valid April 8, 2018 to April 14, 2018.
  • Offer valid in store on Visa gift cards only.

Quick Thoughts

This is better than the offers in recent weeks as the higher $15 instant discount makes this instantly profitable when taking into account the activation fees.

The only downside is the limit of one per customer. That doesn’t necessarily mean you can’t take advantage of this promotion more than once, but it might involve visiting multiple stores or on different days unless you have a friendly cashier.

As always, there are multiple ways to maximize this Visa gift card offer:

1) Category Bonus

Although the deal’s profitable regardless of which credit card you use, you can maximize your rewards by using a card that offers a bonus at office supply stores. These include the Chase Ink Plus (5x Ultimate Rewards), American Express SimplyCash Plus Business and Chase Ink Cash credit cards (both 5% cashback).

2) Spend More, Earn More

You have to buy at least $300 in Visa gift cards to get the $15 instant discount. However, your best return will come when buying two $200 cards. That’s because activation fees make up a lower proportion of your overall cost than buying one $200 card and one $100 card.

When buying two $200 Visa gift cards, your cost and points / cashback work out as follows:

$413.90 ($200 Visa gift cards x2 + $6.95 activation fees x2)
-$15 instant discount
$398.90 + 1,994.50 Ultimate Rewards or $19.95 cash back

3) 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.

You used to be able enhance your return by earning a limited amount of Office Depot Rewards on gift card purchases each quarter. Unfortunately that avenue’s just been closed, but this deal’s still profitable nonetheless.

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