Having trouble finding those Vanilla Reloads or using a credit card? OfficeMax has a promotion running this week whereby your receive an instant $10 rebate per card after purchasing two $50 MasterCard gift cards. The cards normally carry a $4.95 activation fee per card or $9.90 for the two, so with the $10 rebates you’ll be making $10.10 on the transaction (Update – Reader Justin reports that OfficeMax updated their registers this morning and now the rebate is for every two cards not per card (probably the original intention), meaning you come out on top by .10). More importantly, you’ll be earning almost 500 UR points for every two cards you purchase with 5x points at OfficeMax using your Ink Bold/Ink Plus cards. While you can’t load the value from these cards directly to a Bluebird card, you can sign up for Amazon Payments which has no PayPal style fees on the first $1000 sent/received per month and allows you to make payment/transfer funds to “friends and family”. Several readers have been able to buy multiple sets of cards in one store visit (only 2 per transaction though to get the rebate).

Important, while authorizing the card, Amazon Payments places a temporary hold of up to $1 on the account, preventing you from transferring the full balance on the card. To avoid this, you may want to make a typo on the expiration date when first entering your account details on the add an account page. Then, when you are ready to send funds, realize your mistake and fix the expiration date prior to sending payment for the full amount.

The promotion expires this Saturday. Full promo details here (click weekly ad and check out page six).

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Richard January 17, 2013 - 3:02 pm

It is actually $10 instant rebate per gift card. After taking account of the activation fee of $9.90, you make $10.10. I bought 6 sets of 2 $50 MC GC.

adam January 17, 2013 - 3:34 pm

@Richard – Thanks, I updated but have now switched back as OfficeMax updated their registers this morning to reflect only one rebate for every 2 cards.

Justin January 17, 2013 - 3:52 pm

Officemax updated their registers this morning. It is now a ten cent money maker. $99.90 for two mastercards

adam January 17, 2013 - 4:14 pm

@Justin – Thanks, updating again!

Kyle January 17, 2013 - 4:14 pm

This is out of date, they’ve fixed it so you only can get one rebate per set of 2.

sil January 17, 2013 - 5:57 pm

When you use the gift card for purchasing, do you press the Debit or Credit button at the register?

timmer1001 January 18, 2013 - 3:39 am

I do not see the restriction of $1000 per month to be sent via amazon payments. There seems to be nothing in the FAQs about that.

can you refer me to where that is stated? I’d like to liquidate my $5000 immediately

dave January 18, 2013 - 10:54 am

i missed out, went to 2 stores on 01/17 & they only allowed only $10 off on set of 2 cards.

adam January 18, 2013 - 7:35 pm

@Dave – Sorry! Yea the registers were updated as the post was being published!


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