(EXPIRED) Easy 5x: Staples fee-free $200 Mastercard gift cards Oct 20-26

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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

Key Details

  • Valid 10/20/19-10/26/19

Quick Thoughts

Note that Mastercard gift cards have been subject to a higher rate of fraudulent draining than Visa gift cards. If you buy these, I recommend using them as soon as you can.

That said, this is a great opportunity to generate some easy spend. Be 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

  • 7/21/19-7/27/19
  • 4/21/19-4/27/19
  • 3/24/19-3/30/19

H/T: GC Galore

Last updated on October 26th, 2019

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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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[…] 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

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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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[…] $200 fee-free Mastercard: Via Frequent Miler, Staples has another great deal next week on a fee-free Mastercard. If you have a card that earns […]

YoniPDX
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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?