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Old 03-25-11, 09:01 PM   #51
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$18.56

Apparently Smartwool stuff does not count toward the dividend, for some odd reason.
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Old 03-25-11, 09:04 PM   #52
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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.
I love REI. The one near me has the best employees. The next closest one.... Well....maybe they need more training.
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$18.56

Apparently Smartwool stuff does not count toward the dividend, for some odd reason.
I used to wear wool sweaters during the 80s in college, because crew neck sweaters and prep were popular then, and couldn't figure out why my nose was runny and stuffed all the time. Turns out that I'm allergic to wool... including smart wool
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I love REI. The one near me has the best employees. The next closest one.... Well....maybe they need more training.
I've been impressed with the employees at all 3 of the REIs here in Sacramento. I love REI to the point that when I look at possible new jobs involving relocation, I'm not sure I want to go somewhere that doesn't have REI...
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I am excited we are getting an REI and I will be able to order stuff online and go pick it up; definitely a better deal to pay for shipping than schlep up the freeway to Tacoma

On the other hand, store-wise, the Tacoma one is a far cry from the Seattle one (but they all are), and I suspect ours will be a far cry from the Tacoma one
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$1.80, and I don't even remember what I bought.
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$5 :/ 2 years ago it was over $1,000. And the only reason it was $5, is because in 2009, I didn't spend all of the previous dividend. I don't think I have been back and bought anything at REI since. Now, through my club and shop, I get really good deals. And on my way to REI, there is a Performance Bike. Location! Location! Location!
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I went to my local REI yesterday with my $18 dividend and 20% off coupon hoping to buy a new heart rate monitor. The store was packed. The heart monitors were locked behind a cabinet across from the cashiers. One of the cashiers called for assistance several times. No one came to help me and another lady standing there, we waited over 10 minutes. They were also calling for backup cashiers and no one showed up to help.

I decided to leave and as I went to put back an item I had decided not to buy, I passed the kiddie rock climbing wall. There was one little kid climbing it who had been climbing it when I walked by 20 minutes earlier. So the store decides that having an employee man the kiddie rock wall for a single kid is more important than taking care of customers waiting to check out. Maybe I'll just order stuff online from now on.
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Old 03-27-11, 09:42 PM   #60
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$17.84, + the 20% may get some racks for the Nissan SE-R.
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I decided to leave and as I went to put back an item I had decided not to buy, I passed the kiddie rock climbing wall. There was one little kid climbing it who had been climbing it when I walked by 20 minutes earlier. So the store decides that having an employee man the kiddie rock wall for a single kid is more important than taking care of customers waiting to check out. Maybe I'll just order stuff online from now on.

The BF Risk Manager points out that for liability and insurance reasons, an employee has to be there at all times when the climbing wall is being used.

I usually order online myself, even though there is a nice REI about seven miles from me. But when I go there, at least half the time, the item I want is out of stock. Easier to order it online, pick it up at the store and see if there might be anything else I want. That way, at least I will get something out of the store visit.

PS: Especially now that the very nice and large Borders bookstore at the same mall will be closing. Whenever I couldn't find something at REI, I would stop at Borders to browse a bit.

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$190.20 It's like Xmas in April.
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The APS Risk Manager points out that for liability and insurance reasons, an employee has to be there at all times when the climbing wall is being used.

I usually order online myself, even though there is a nice REI about seven miles from me. But when I go there, at least half the time, the item I want is out of stock. Easier to order it online, pick it up at the store and see if there might be anything else I want. That way, at least I will get something out of the store visit.
The kiddie rock wall is cordoned off when an employee isn't manning it. I don't know why they didn't shut it down when the store was so busy.

I'll probably do the same as you and order online for store pickup.
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I have noticed that it takes a few days to order-online-for-pickup whether or not the item is already in stock at the actual store itself.
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I have noticed that it takes a few days to order-online-for-pickup whether or not the item is already in stock at the actual store itself.
That is because on the West Coast, all online and phone orders are processed and shipped from the distribution center in Sumner, WA. Someone at the local store does not fill these orders using store inventory. I have had several friends who worked at the distribution center. Half-a-million square feet, and it is just huge with hundreds of workers on three shifts.
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That is because on the West Coast, all online and phone orders are processed and shipped from the distribution center in Sumner, WA. Someone at the local store does not fill these orders using store inventory. I have had several friends who worked at the distribution center. Half-a-million square feet, and it is just huge with hundreds of workers on three shifts.
Wow cool. I had a friend who worked at LL Bean's version of that in Maine.
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Old 03-28-11, 09:43 AM   #67
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Zero. Everything I ordered from REI last year was on sale so no divi for me. If I can bring in some money in the next week, then I can use my coupon to buy a new bike computer.
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Thanks for the reminder! Just found out I have $10.49, which was more than I thought it would have been.
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My dividend is $107, looks like I'll be able to buy some nice shoes and socks! A good portion of the dividend was from using my REI Visa card, not bad.
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