Over the past week my favorite Staples has had no stock in $200 Visa gift cards. I asked the friendly early morning cashier what was going on and she told me that it seemed like more and more people were coming in for them.
If I wasn’t in such a hurry to get the cards, I’d just order more online. However, with there not being a Walmart close to home, I need to capitalize and visit Walmart to load my Bluebird whenever I can.
(Later today we’re heading to Atlanta for a long weekend. While there I plan to visit Walmart a bunch of times.)
I decided to visit another Staples location.
I went over to the gift card rack and it looked pretty bare. Besides a couple of $50 Amex gift cards, I didn’t see a single Visa or Mastercard. (Yes they had some store & restaurant cards but besides Visa, the only cards I buy are Shell gas cards, Whole Foods & Groupon on occasion.)
I decided to ask an associate about the cards. I thought he’d check inside the display where many cards are stored but instead he headed straight to an area behind the main registers. I asked for five $200 Visa cards. I saw him pick up one card and keep searching through one of the shelves.
A moment or so later, he turned to me and said that he could only find four cards. I was happy with what I got and figured that I could always try to find a Staples in Atlanta.
This made me wonder- Are Staples stores starting to make their own policies when it comes to gift card purchases? Better yet, are some stores starting to keep $200 gift cards off the shelves, hiding them behind the registers?
Considering the Staples associate knew exactly where the cards were kept it seems like this was consciously done and not a case of the store not getting a chance to re-stock the gift card racks.
Have you been having a hard time finding $200 Visa gift cards at Staples locations?