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Old 05-04-06, 09:40 AM   #1
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Novara Touring bikes 15% or 20% off at REI

FYI---REI has an Anniversary Sale running from May 5-14 with all Novara Bikes (including Randonee) for 15% off, or apply their 20% off one full-price item coupon (code: 6ANNV) to your Novara bike and get 20% off (can't use both coupons together). Knocks the price of a Randonee from $950 to $760 with the 20% off coupon. Avoid shipping charges if you can ship it to an REI store near you. Be aware that according to the REI website, that all sizes of the Randonee are backordered, but REI honors the coupon price if the bike is ordered before the end of the sale.
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Old 05-04-06, 10:54 AM   #2
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Sadly, REI 'sales' are not as good of a deal as they first appear. If you are an REI member and bought the bike at it's regular price, you would receive 10% back as a dividend at the beginning of next year. But sale items are not elible for the 10% dividend, so a 15-20% sale is really only 5-10%. It's still money off, but not as good a deal as it first appears.
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Sadly, REI 'sales' are not as good of a deal as they first appear. If you are an REI member and bought the bike at it's regular price, you would receive 10% back as a dividend at the beginning of next year. But sale items are not elible for the 10% dividend, so a 15-20% sale is really only 5-10%. It's still money off, but not as good a deal as it first appears.
I find it very difficult to get any good deals from REI.

I've been a member for years, and have a credit card that gives me 1% back in REI credit. I use it in march-april when they send out their member payments (whatever they call it). Even with their one time 20% off, after i pay 7% sales tax its not much of a reduction from full MSRP, which is what REI always charges. After all the calculations i can usually get a better deal from a random vendor on ebay.

I like REI and their brand name merchandise is top quality, but they're just too expensive. Campmor usually has better prices (and excellent service). Guess i want a campmor credit card...
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That may be true, but isn't it the case that the Rondonee is a reasonable bike with a good price in the first place, and therefore a further 20% by whatever means is going to make it very cheap?

As far as I can see, other than just making do with something that isn't a touring bike, or buying second hand, the only thing that is cheaper is to build from a Nashbar frame if you just happen to have a bunch of left over components or donor bikes. Particularly if they ever go to 149 again.
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Old 05-04-06, 03:45 PM   #5
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Sadly, REI 'sales' are not as good of a deal as they first appear. If you are an REI member and bought the bike at it's regular price, you would receive 10% back as a dividend at the beginning of next year. But sale items are not elible for the 10% dividend, so a 15-20% sale is really only 5-10%. It's still money off, but not as good a deal as it first appears.
True, you get a dividend of 10% in '07 if you make a purchase of a Randonee at retail price this year and get the $95 savings in Spring, 2007. I would rather save $190 now, pay the $760 for the Randonee during the sale vs. paying full retail now, and then have to wait for a dividend savings paid out next year. I am fortunate to live in a sales tax free state, so it does make it more of a bargain.
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I'm a fan of REI. While I use ebay to buy a good deal of touring related gear. If I ever need something "right now", in my area REI is the only sure thing. Someone new to touring could walk in there and completely outfit themselves for an exended tour. While it might not be the most cost effective way to do so, they'd be well equipped and have a local place to have issues worked out at no additional cost. In *my* experience, they have great customer support as well.

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I'm a fan of REI. In my experience, they have great customer support as well.
Tailwinds,
2nd that, Trailwinds.
I have found Rei.com customer support's special ordering of stuff they do not carry in inventory but stuff that vendors with which they already have accounts to be stellar as well - no sale discounting, however, on special orders.
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