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Last Edited by widgit January 29, 2014 at 02:25 PM
Hello all,

Direct link to Amex site [americanexpress.com]

Saw this on creditcards.com [creditcards.com] third one down. The sign up bonus isn't huge, but for 5% cash back on Office Supply stores and no annual fee, it doesn't seem like a bad deal.

Also, you get to designate a second category for 3% cash back.

This would be a good card for manufactured spending at Office Supply stores since the Chase Ink has a fee.
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Choose your 3% cash back category by logging in at open.com/cashback

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https://www.americanexpress.com/u...h-business

simply cash
250 statement credit after 3000 in 3month
5% back in cash on the first 25000 purchase in office store every year
3% back in cash on the first 25000 purchase in selected category(good for google purchase)
no annul fees

plus amex open beneift
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Last edited by widgit January 29, 2014 at 12:42 PM
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5% Cash back at U.S. office supply stores and on wireless telephone services purchased directly from U.S. service providers

3% Cash back on the category of your choice from a list of select categories

Categories available include: airfare purchased from airlines, hotel rooms purchased from hotels, car rentals purchased from select car rental companies, U.S. gas stations, U.S. restaurants, U.S. purchases for advertising in select media, and U.S. purchases for shipping
1% Cash back on other purchases


the 5% cash on wireless bills sounds sweet. 3% cash back (for me) would be on gas
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Hello all,

Direct link to Amex site [americanexpress.com]

Saw this on creditcards.com [creditcards.com] third one down. The sign up bonus isn't huge, but for 5% cash back on Office Supply stores and no annual fee, it doesn't seem like a bad deal.

Also, you get to designate a second category for 3% cash back.

This would be a good card for manufactured spending at Office Supply stores since the Chase Ink has a fee.
25K limit on the bonus categories.

Anyone know if this would be eligible for the Amex offers that pop up occasionally ($25 off $100 Staples, etc).
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Last edited by widgit January 29, 2014 at 12:45 PM
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There are two threads two minutes apart about the same card and I am sure there will be many more threads for this card.

OP, can you tell me what sort of manufactured spend is possible these days at Office Supply stores, I would say very very minimal. May be if we can add drug stores to 3% category, this should be worthwhile and everyone hope that amex does'nt throw FR on you!
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Cash Back details

5% Cash back at U.S. office supply stores and on wireless telephone services purchased directly from U.S. service providers

3% Cash back on the category of your choice from a list of select categories

Categories available include: airfare purchased from airlines, hotel rooms purchased from hotels, car rentals purchased from select car rental companies, U.S. gas stations, U.S. restaurants, U.S. purchases for advertising in select media, and U.S. purchases for shipping
1% Cash back on other purchases


the 5% cash on wireless bills sounds sweet. 3% cash back (for me) would be on gas
Good point on the wireless bills! An additional 5% discount on wireless is pretty good over the course of the year.
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There are two threads two minutes apart about the same card and I am sure there will be many more threads for this card.

OP, can you tell me what sort of manufactured spend is possible these days at Office Supply stores, I would say very very minimal. May be if we can add drug stores to 3% category, this should be worthwhile and everyone hope that amex does'nt throw FR on you!
Mostly buying and reselling. I like Bighabitat.com which throws out a lot of these opportunities at Staples.

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25K limit on the bonus categories.

Anyone know if this would be eligible for the Amex offers that pop up occasionally ($25 off $100 Staples, etc).
My guess is that it would. I have the Amex BRG (also a business card) and it gets all those offers.

Of course, even the Amex Serve gets those offers and it is a Prepaid card.
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Last edited by hduncan January 29, 2014 at 08:35 AM
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Good point on the wireless bills! An additional 5% discount on wireless is pretty good over the course of the year.
I know right, the average American pays almost 200$ (statistic was taking from my head) for wireless bill a month...that's 10$ off every month...ill take that! lol
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There are two threads two minutes apart about the same card and I am sure there will be many more threads for this card.

OP, can you tell me what sort of manufactured spend is possible these days at Office Supply stores, I would say very very minimal. May be if we can add drug stores to 3% category, this should be worthwhile and everyone hope that amex does'nt throw FR on you!
most common MS in office supply stores is buying $200 visa gift cards with a hefty $6.95 fee and unload that via amazon payments/serve/bluebird.

ex: with 5% casback, you will get ~10.35 cashback minus the 6.95 fee, that is a $3.1 money maker, depending on how easy it is to unload the gift cards.....

or, buy free after rebate items at staples and enjoy the 5% cashback....u will still need to pay for the tax though..
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most common MS in office supply stores is buying $200 visa gift cards with a hefty $6.95 fee and unload that via amazon payments/serve/bluebird.

ex: with 5% casback, you will get ~17.30 cashback minus the 6.95 fee, that is a $10 money maker, depending on how easy it is to unload the gift cards.....

or, buy free after rebate items at staples and enjoy the 5% cashback....u will still need to pay for the tax though..
Lots of buzz that a few of our favorite avenues will be closed soon. Just be careful before jumping in head first.
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most common MS in office supply stores is buying $200 visa gift cards with a hefty $6.95 fee and unload that via amazon payments/serve/bluebird.

ex: with 5% casback, you will get ~17.30 cashback minus the 6.95 fee, that is a $10 money maker, depending on how easy it is to unload the gift cards.....

or, buy free after rebate items at staples and enjoy the 5% cashback....u will still need to pay for the tax though..
Don't any of the office supply stores have the variable load cards up to 500$?
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Lots of buzz that a few of our favorite avenues will be closed soon. Just be careful before jumping in head first.
oh? got a link to that discussion?
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Don't any of the office supply stores have the variable load cards up to 500$?
those days are gone lol
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Don't any of the office supply stores have the variable load cards up to 500$?
Yes, but most don't allow payment for those by credit card anymore. Those were the golden days...
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