Update on $500 Mastercard Gift Cards at Officemax

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500 Mastercard Gift Cards Officemax

$500 Mastercard Gift Cards Officemax

The other day I reported that Officemax has started carrying variable load Visa & Mastercard gift cards. Since this past weekend when these cards went into stock, the Visa cards have been ringing up fine, however the Mastercards were having issues. Specifically the maximum that could be loaded to them was $.02! No good.

Thankfully I have heard from several readers today that this issue has been fixed and these cards are now ringing up correctly. I was also able to get to an Officemax today to confirm this as well. Each card can be loaded with up to $500 for a fee of $5.95 and the system allows credit cards as the payment type.


Here are a few answers to questions that a lot of people have:

Who issues these Mastercards?

These cards are issued by U.S. Bank.

How do I set the pin?

The pin should come in the packaging. If for some reason there isn’t a pin or if you want to change it, simply call 1-866-952-5653

Do these cards work at Walmart?

Yes they do, however there is a trick. If you are loading at the kiosk, then they will work fine. If you are loading at the register, you have to quickly hit the cancel button to change the tender type from credit to debit.

How many can I purchase?

Every store has their own limits, however the register seems to limit them to 4 X $500 or $2,000 per transaction. Some stores may let you do multiple transactions.

Are these available at Office Depot?

As far as I know they are Officemax only at this point. Office Depot carries variable load Vanilla Visa gift cards which are hard-coded as cash only.

Visa or Mastercard – Which Is Better?

First off, despite the fact that they are supposed to be $5.95, the Visas are ringing up at $3.95. For that reason alone they are better. Also, the Visas work without needing to trick Walmart’s registers, so they definitely are preferred over Mastercards. With that said, the Officemax stores I have seen seem to have many more of the Mastercards than Visas, so these may be easier to find.

Bottom Line

$500 variable load Mastercard gift cards are now ringing up correctly at Officemax. I have been successfully able to use a credit card to purchase them as well. Keep in mind some stores may be cash only, but the system doesn’t prevent credit cards from being used. Happy shopping.

Shawn Coomerhttps://milestomemories.com/
Shawn Coomer earns and burns millions of miles/points per year circling the globe with his family. An expert at accumulating travel rewards, he founded Miles to Memories to help others achieve their travel goals for pennies on the dollar. Shawn also runs a million dollar reselling business, knows Vegas better than most and loves to spend his time at the 12 Disney parks across the world.

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  1. I was able to purchase 4 $500 gift cards with CC Tuesday night. But this morning, the cashsier showed me the “Cash Only for variable load GCs” message on screen while helping to check out. The Cash Only policy is effective 11/1/15 and the system is hardcoded either yesterday or early this morning. Another dream deal is gone.

  2. I had no problem puchasing the m.c.’s in fl today…….but…..not able to buy money orders with them as last 4 did gets do no constitute a pin like vanilla caeds.

  3. These continue to be MIA at many locations. Some locations have confirmed they won’t be receiving the 500s and most do not have the VGC 500s.

  4. Been doing this for a long time, this is nothing new…, before OM and OD Merged…

    Buy with INK CARD, Ihave 3 of them….

    • Officemax has never had variable load cards. (At least not nationwide or that I have ever heard.) Office Depot has had variable loads, however they have been cash only for a long time.

    • I thought $500 were no longer available for a couple years now. If you are saying you did this before OM and OD merged, that was in 2013. If you were able to do this between then and a week ago, congrats..

  5. Just a heads up, someone reported on the MMS blog the following:
    “I have the Chase Ink and stopped receiving the 4 bonus points per dollar at Office Max because Chase told me that Office Max is no longer categorized/coded as an “office” supply store but recently changed to an “office and stationary” store so the bonus points are no longer eligible. Anyone else notice that their bonus points weren’t posting at Office Max and got the same answer from Chase?”

    Might be a good idea to call before purchasing a bunch, just to doublecheck. Not necessary for me since I don’t have an OM anywhere nearby.

    • because certain business cards, like Chase Ink or Amex Simply Cash, pay 5x the rewards for purchases made at office supply stores

  6. Here in WA I found $500 MC. Bought 1, was $5.95 service charge. Not sure if it is lucrative enough to get a couple of thousand worth?

  7. The OM here haws not carried VGC over 100-200 for ages. Just bare holes on the rack always. I asked and they do not seem to be interested in having them, either. There are some $500 MC though.

  8. My local Office Depot is carrying the $20-500 Vanilla Ones, like the ones sold at CVS. The labels at the top of the rack says “cash only”, but the packaging doesn’t. It might be worth a try, but in any event the CVS down the street has plenty.

  9. Has anybody tried to load PIN enabled Visa/Master Gift Card at any Walmart Neighborhood Market? Do they have KATE and if their cashier register has authority to process BlueBird/Server Reload? Thanks.

    • I regularly go to the WM Neighborhood Market to liquidate gift cards. My local store has KATE, and the cashiers can also reload Bluebirds.

        • Hi Shawn,

          Back in Feb. 2015, there’s an incident and you wrote an article about it, “Latest With Loading Gift Cards at Walmart – Worrisome But Mixed Reports”

          After the demise of RedBirds, I convered back to AMEX Serve and was waiting for my new card. Other members told me they had no issues to load PIN Enabled VGC/MGC onto BlueBird/Serve in WM or WM Neighborhood at cash register or KATE. I am a little confused now. I live in Bay Area and I saw lots of “No Go for GCs” comments these readers had left on the blog in the past 6 months. Please advise. Thanks.

          • I am not in the Bay Area, but the truth is it varies from store to store. Hopefully someone from that area can comment here to give you an update on how things are, but I suggest going out and giving it a try. The systems aren’t coded to prevent it, so it comes down to the employees.

        • I’ve heard that many WM in the Bay Area enforce explicit instructions / store policy not to let customers load Bluebird or Serve with PIN enables I’ve heard that many WM in the Bay Area enforce explicit instructions / store policy not to let customers load Bluebird or Serve with PIN enables VGC/MGC at Register or Money Center. And there is NO KATE in this area. Is that still the case?

    • Of course not… that would just be too lucrative…
      currently highest you can buy is $300 visa from staples.com at much higher fee ($8.95) than this $500 ones.

  10. At OM… no visa but happy to buy 4 of these master. much better than 200 or even 300 ones ive been buying from staples


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