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Old 03-25-11, 07:09 AM   #26
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I've spent a lot of money at REI over the years. It was never worth my while to become a member. And that which was bought, was the best price anywhere at the time. Same with EMS.

If there was anything that required full retail price, it was done at the local shop.
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Old 03-25-11, 08:00 AM   #27
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Dropped REI like a bad habit in '08. Got tired of the elitist staff and realized that Campmor and various bike shops would do a better job of meeting my needs. I still have an REI Visa that is waiting for the first sign of an inactivity fee before I chuck it.
The local store gave our mountain biking club a $10,000 grant for trails and signage, so they're not all bad. I think there were other instances of grants last year as well.

I'm an online shopper, but it will be interesting to see what happens to it once the state/local governments figure out how to effectively tax it.
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Old 03-25-11, 08:11 AM   #28
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Not much of a dividend here either. But at 20% off, I am eyeing up this for the new Vaya.
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Old 03-25-11, 08:23 AM   #29
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$22.85
I like their "garage sales". Their selection of clothing / accessories is better than any of the LBS's near me, so I don't mind spending some money there.
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Old 03-25-11, 08:26 AM   #30
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42, which should let me get 5 of these
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Old 03-25-11, 08:33 AM   #31
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$14 & change. I thought I was going to get more, but evidently "some" of my purchases weren't dividendable.

We have an REI and a Campmor about equidistant from our house. I find the Campmor to be better stocked, but the dividend is nice to get on things that I know REI will have there. Some of their activities are interesting to do too.
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Old 03-25-11, 08:45 AM   #32
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$7.53 I'll probably pair it along with a gift card I have and their 20% special to get a decent pair of hiking boots. My current ones suck.
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Old 03-25-11, 09:01 AM   #33
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We became members back when membership was only $5. My dividend this year is $5.98. Have no idea how the wife is going to spend it.
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What's the REI membership dividend?
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Old 03-25-11, 09:23 AM   #35
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The one complaint I have as a cyclist is they only offer the 20% on their brand of bikes. I realize a frame is a frame, but the Novara frames are, for the most part, pretty generic and you can get nicer frames online, hang components and actually still beat their price if you shop smart and aggressively.
I think that was their point, in reverse; hey, bike frames are generic, we should make our own! Works for performance and bikesdirect too
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Old 03-25-11, 09:50 AM   #36
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only 12 dollars
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What's the REI membership dividend?
i believe you pay a one-time fee of $10 or 20 to become a member. Then all purchases made get you 10% back at the end of the year.
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i believe you pay a one-time fee of $10 or 20 to become a member. Then all purchases made get you 10% back at the end of the year.
All the non-sale purchases. I found that out the year I bought one of my bikes. Thought I was in for a nice dividend but no
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nada, 0, zilch, nunca, nothing, big fat zero!
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Old 03-25-11, 11:48 AM   #40
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I usually only buy things when they are on sale so I only got $3. Guess i'll get a water bottle or tube.
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Old 03-25-11, 12:01 PM   #41
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$16
The only non-sale items I bought were some Christmast presents.

Going to spend it this weekend along with the 20% coupon on a Saris Bones. The 20% + $16 will make it cost less than the majority of used ones I've seen on eBay (including the shipping cost).

But of course since I'm using the coupon, this won't count towards the 2011 dividend.

I love REI and REI-Outlet.com. One of the big bonuses to me is the ability to buy two sizes of something, have it shipped to the store for free, try them on when picking them up and immediately return the item that doesn't fit with no hassle whatsoever. A couple years ago I was buying a bunch of camping/hiking stuff. After spending over an hour with one salesperson trying on backpacks and walking around the store with them full of beanbags, I left and bought nothing. Later on, I bought three bags off of rei-outlet and had them shipped to the store. Went back in and did the walk around the store with beanbags in the packs again. Kept the bag I liked and returned the other two. Thanks to billing cycles on my credit card, I never actually spent money on the returned items.

I know you can do similar at other stores, but at REI they have never made me feel that I am somehow trying to cheat the system -- which I'm not.
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Old 03-25-11, 01:23 PM   #42
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$2.00 ... seems I bought everything on sale last year.
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Old 03-25-11, 01:30 PM   #43
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What's different about the Visa....
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Old 03-25-11, 01:53 PM   #44
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What's your dividend?

I got a whole .84 cents.
I share a card with two other friends... we usually get back alot of money and we split it. Of course I like REI and shop there lot.
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Old 03-25-11, 03:11 PM   #45
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I've spent a lot of money at REI over the years. It was never worth my while to become a member. And that which was bought, was the best price anywhere at the time. Same with EMS.

If there was anything that required full retail price, it was done at the local shop.
And here I thought that REI was a 'members only' kind of joint, like Sam's Club...
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Old 03-25-11, 04:42 PM   #46
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And here I thought that REI was a 'members only' kind of joint, like Sam's Club...
used to be (actually not quite, you didn't need to flash a card to get in and shop, just to pay at the end)
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Old 03-25-11, 04:47 PM   #47
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$84 this year (had to replace a roof rack and all the attachments when my wife's car was stolen). I think it's time for a new shell.
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About $30. I need to buy a dry bag for a kayak trip, so that's where it's going. I'm heading to the big flag ship store in Denver tomorrow.
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Old 03-25-11, 08:03 PM   #49
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I love the REI in Schaumburg. All the staff is nice and helpful without any pushy salesman crap. When you're a member, they never question returned merchandise, everything is on file, no receipt needed.
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Yo tambien. I have more than enough crap around to pay retail. I probably will not use my coupon this year.
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