(EXPIRED) (Back) Easy 5x: Staples fee-free $200 Mastercard gift cards 3/22 – 3/28

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Staples has released its weekly ad and this Sunday will be offering $200 Mastercard Gift Cards with no purchase fee. Note that this time there is a limit of one per customer or transaction.

The Deal

  • Staples will be offering fee-free Mastercard gift cards from 3/22/20 to 3/28/20
  • Direct link to weekly ad (see page 5 of next week’s ad)

Key Details

  • Valid 3/22/20 to 3/28/20
  • Valid in-store only

Quick Thoughts

Poor timing on this one as I imagine that most of us aren’t interested in going out for an extra unnecessary trip to the store next week (and with many stores and shopping malls closing temporarily, it’s hard to know whether that will even be an option next week).

Note that Mastercard gift cards have been subject to a higher rate of problems than Visa gift cards. If you buy these, I recommend using them as soon as you can (probably another reason to pass on these). There was a time last year when these were auto-draining at some stores even though the purchase was declined at the register. That eventually got resolved, but it’s a headache that probably isn’t worth inheriting right now.

That said, if you’re buying, make sure you’re using a card that earns one of the best category bonuses at office supply stores. For example, with the Chase Ink Cash card, you’d earn 1,000 Ultimate Rewards points for each $200 Mastercard you buy. Alternatively, this could be an easy way to pick up spend towards a big spend bonus. While some stores enforce a limit of 1 per customer, this week’s ad doesn’t mention a limit. Some folks have success with multiple cards and/or multiple transactions. YMMV depending on city/store/cashier.

See our Current Visa and Mastercard Gift Card deals page for other currently-available deals.

This deal recently ran on the following dates:

Fee-free Visa Gift Cards

  • 9/29/19-10/5/19
  • 9/1/19-9/7/19
  • 8/4/19-8/10-19
  • 6/30/19 – 7/6/19
  • 5/5/19 – 5/11/19
  • 1/13/19 – 1/19/19
  • 11/11/18 – 11/17/18

Fee-free Mastercard Gift Cards

  • 10/20/19-10/26/19
  • 7/21/19-7/27/19
  • 4/21/19-4/27/19
  • 3/24/19-3/30/19

H/T: Doctor of Credit

Last updated on March 28th, 2020

About Nick Reyes

Nick Reyes is a (fairly) regular guy with an animalistic passion for maximizing the value of miles and money to travel the world in comfort and style. There is little in life that he loves more than finding a fantastic deal and helping you shop smarter & harder to achieve your travel dreams.

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Francis
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Francis

Do you think this would stack with AMEX offer of 10% off staples purchases?

Neil
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Neil

Add card to Dosh – 3% on Staples I believe (probably a $5 limit)

Beth
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Beth

I have a chase offer for 10% off Staples purchase. Will it work for gift card purchases?

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[…] is $60 to get this bonus. Still, that might be worthwhile in conjunction with next week’s fee-free Mastercard gift cards if you do not have a card that earns a better return on office supply purchases and/or are looking […]

Mike
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Mike

“What’s more, the ad does not mention a limit per customer or transaction.”

Except the ad does specifically state “Limit 1 per customer”.

Eric C
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Eric C

With $200 Meta MCGCs, do you still need to do the “Change Payment” method at WM? Or was that just a USB MCGC thing?

Bill
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Bill

That’s a MC thing at WMT. Always have a backup Visa ready because if you miss the button the first time, it won’t appear again.

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[…] transfer bonus. With nearly two months before it expires, there is plenty of time to hit up that fee-free Mastercard Gift Card deal at Staples this week or your other favorite way of increasing credit card spend in order to build up some more […]

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[…] you stocked up on last week’s fee-free Mastercard deal at Staples, this could be an easy way to liquidate those gift cards from the comfort of home, albeit at a […]

Ed. C
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Ed. C

The link in the article to the Office Depot / Office Max deal is from April as are most of the comments to this article. Was this just a bad cut and paste jib????

YoYoPedro
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YoYoPedro

Yes, and I just made a trip to Office Depot and embarrassed myself because there was no such deal going on… #sad

02nz
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02nz

Thanks for warning people about the fraud problem, which I experienced myself. But I believe that was mainly with U.S. Bank-issued cards. I’ve not seen widespread reports of problems with MetaBank-issued cards. I’ve used hundreds of MetaBank Visa GCs and more recently several MasterCard GCs with no problem. This looks to be (99% certain) a MetaBank, not U.S.-Bank, whose GCs I haven’t seen at Staples in some time now.

YoYoPedro
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YoYoPedro

Hey, Nick! The current Office Depot / Officemax VGC deal isn’t on your “Current Deals” page. Just FYI…

Clara
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Clara

Have a couple amex staples 40-10 offers, wondering if the cashier would let me split the $200 to 5 cards with $40 each, lol

Rick
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Rick

I bought 2 $200 gc today and went to Walmart to get a money order. It didn’t work. Also, I linked it with dosh, mileage plus shopping and Rakuten, but as of right now I didn’t receive any confirmation saying the deal went though. Do you guys think it counts as MS on Amex cards? I have a bonvoy biz.

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YoniPDX
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YoniPDX

Can you still use MCGC with plastiq for Mortgage/Auto payments – Haven’t played with GC – but IIRC something changed with MGCG/ VGC or was it just that the lower fees before changed – looking to use up a stash off FFD

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Rob
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Rob

Does the PIN on these Metabank Mastercards default to the last 4 digits of the card number like the Visas?

Creditian
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Creditian

BOGO..MGC+Corona

jeph36
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jeph36

Yeah, seems to me to be a bit irresponsible to make this an in-store-only (in-person-only) deal, even though all the prior similar ones have been as well. Or maybe I am just still sour about there being no Staples stores within 60 miles of here despite being in a metro of 1.5M+ people.

Hans
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Hans

Please stay home. Please be smart. Please, let’s not have these kinds of posts. Thanks.

dan
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dan

don’t folks go out 2-3 times per wk for necessities or basic essentials? a trip to staples is like 1 to the supermarket or WM, right? have to try our best to keep the distance

frugalman
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frugalman

I usually like such deals, but at this moment, I think it is a fool’s game. Let’s do the math: your trip will earn about 200×5%x1.75 (my UR pt value)= $17.5, but if you, for god forbidden, got caught by the virus, your lose $??, for worst case, $??? (help me to fill in the dollar value of your life, will you? No, for simplicity, you don’t need to count your family member’s lives here). After carefully assessment, you conclude: (1) a big deal! Yeh, go ahead and good luck; (2) no, not worthy the risk and my life is worth more than $17.5. Then stay home.

Today is the only date of this week that I went out for necessary grocery supply (no next go-out plan for the next 1-2 weeks). I wore disposable glove and face mask. When I was back, instead of a welcome hug, my wife stopped me when I opened the car door and sprayed disinfectant literally all around my body and then I took a shower and wash all the clothes while my wife cleaned my car and all the grocery packages. Overdone? Yeh, probably. But I would rather over do it than regret. Still your life, your decision.

Gabriel
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Gabriel

+1 for not leaving the house to go on a MS run at the moment. Good thing I still have 26 $200 Visa’s from the last go around at OM/OD. Right now liquidation is the hard part. Don’t even think a run to wally world is worth it. I’m thinking whatever easy points I have right now are what I’ll have for a while. It’s not like I’ll be burning much in the near future anyway (although, I did literately just book a ticket to NZ today with some AA miles for next year).

Anthony
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Anthony

Is there any chance of the manufactured spending industry getting a bailout? LOL

d.k
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d.k

Went to a WM store today to try a Visa and get a Money Order. Lady asked what I was using. I said debit. she asked to see it. Said I could not use it. Two different stores said the same thing.