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Jason Cravens
(packpack)

Locale: Cumberland Plateau
REI Dividend? on 03/04/2012 12:25:52 MST Print View

Anyone know when the REI dividend comes out?

Michael Huffman
(air2mud82) - F

Locale: Germany/Montana
Re: REI Dividend on 03/04/2012 12:29:26 MST Print View

14 March

Jason Cravens
(packpack)

Locale: Cumberland Plateau
thnx on 03/04/2012 12:33:34 MST Print View

Thanks

John Quinn
(inspector8598) - M

Locale: Northeast
Re: REI Dividend? on 03/04/2012 12:34:02 MST Print View

When I sign on to my REI account, it says to check back after March 14th to view my 2011 dividend balance.

Rebecca Canode
(bcanode) - F
I heard March 23rd on 03/05/2012 10:21:37 MST Print View

We were in REI last week and were told Dividends came out on March 23rd.

Dale Wambaugh
(dwambaugh) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Re: REI Dividend? on 03/05/2012 10:35:04 MST Print View

Go to your REI account on line (or create one), click on "Find Your Dividend Balance" and you will get:

Looking for your 2011 dividend?

Please check back after March 14, 2012 for your new balance.

Jason Cravens
(packpack)

Locale: Cumberland Plateau
code on 03/05/2012 16:25:42 MST Print View

Doesn't this usually accompany a discount code as well?

Nigel Healy
(nigelhealy) - F

Locale: San Francisco bay area
Re: code on 03/05/2012 20:51:00 MST Print View

there's usually a 25% off one regular-priced item about 2-3 times a year, I think they launch next one when they send dividend notices, from memory of last few years.

I'm hoping for a big dividend, I bought a bike there and I been using the REI creditcard for all my business expenses :)

Nice thing is you can take dividend it as cash, the universal discount.....

Noel Tavan
(akatsuki_the_devil) - MLife
Re on 03/06/2012 00:27:13 MST Print View

My rei told me it could come at any moment this month...

lisa m
(BoulderHiker) - F

Locale: Colorado
code and sale on 03/06/2012 01:00:36 MST Print View

blip...

Edited by BoulderHiker on 03/07/2012 14:03:30 MST.

Bill Law
(williamlaw) - M

Locale: SF Bay Area
Re: REI Dividend? on 03/06/2012 08:19:24 MST Print View

Another anecdote:

I am looking to purchase an expensive item for which a big rebate is being offered through 3/22. I asked if I would get the 20% off coupon that comes with the dividend before then.

The customer service desk rep called her manager and he said dividends would be mailed (starting?) 3/21 and the coupon would be effective starting then.

I think maybe he read that here :-)

Jason Cravens
(packpack)

Locale: Cumberland Plateau
the card on 03/06/2012 09:20:31 MST Print View

I used my REI card for all my business expenses this year also. I am hoping for a pretty decent dividend. I am looking to upgrade my older Half Dome to a newer family tent!

Tommy Franzen
(Tomlike) - F

Locale: Pacific Wonderland
online on 03/12/2012 09:34:52 MDT Print View

Dividends are now showing up online, even though it said to check back on the 14th

Eric Carlsen
(cooleric1234) - F
REI Dividend? on 03/12/2012 09:41:12 MDT Print View

Yep, dividend shows up for me now. But I still don't know when the 20% off sale starts. Hopefully soon.

Tommy Franzen
(Tomlike) - F

Locale: Pacific Wonderland
20% off on 03/12/2012 09:51:00 MDT Print View

20% Off usually happens around March 15-25, so I'd say in the next week or 10 days? Just a guess though...

Jason Cravens
(packpack)

Locale: Cumberland Plateau
rei on 03/12/2012 09:54:49 MDT Print View

My dividend showed up this morning. $159.01, now what to buy....

Larry M
(Maethros) - MLife

Locale: Mid South
Re: REI Dividend? on 03/12/2012 09:58:24 MDT Print View

Now the hard part... how to spend $175...

P. Larson
(reacttocontact) - F
Re: Re: REI Dividend? on 03/12/2012 10:41:14 MDT Print View

Oh boy oh boy oh boy. Going to check mine now. Let's just say this: my fiancé and I got back into skiing this season. We upgraded our older stuff to all new stuff...at REI. Rut ro raggy.

Travis Leanna
(T.L.) - MLife

Locale: Wisconsin
Re: Re: Re: REI Dividend? on 03/12/2012 10:53:11 MDT Print View

My wife and I had a combined return of $76. Thats ok. I still have my Echo I to play with. (comment for Paul)

Samuel Kau
(Skau)

Locale: Southern California
Dividend on 03/12/2012 11:55:50 MDT Print View

Mine is $33. I guess more socks!

Scott Smith
(mrmuddy) - MLife

Locale: No Cal
REI Dividend on 03/12/2012 14:01:11 MDT Print View

For kicks..Would be inetersting to see who thinks they have the Biggest Div coming . and . also who has the samllest :)

Nigel Healy
(nigelhealy) - F

Locale: San Francisco bay area
Re: REI Dividend on 03/12/2012 14:39:17 MDT Print View

well I'm not the largest so far but its $170.06 that's from buying a bike there and fact I have a REI creditcard I've been using for most things the last year.

Steven Adeff
(TinCanFury) - F

Locale: Boston
yay! on 03/12/2012 18:43:07 MDT Print View

$236.27

the 20% coupon is off any purchase iirc?

I want to get a whisperlite for winter trips. don't really know what else I need though...

Scott Haddon
(rebeldawg63) - F

Locale: Southeast
You could buy: on 03/12/2012 19:20:51 MDT Print View

SAWYER SQUEEZE WATER FILTER: .1micron absolute filter, weighs 3oz.

That will about cover my dividend!!

Scott Haddon
(rebeldawg63) - F

Locale: Southeast
What you can't buy on 03/12/2012 19:25:49 MDT Print View

They are out of the Womens version of the NeoAir XLite Darnit!!
Was hoping to get a discount on this pad. Has a sweet R factor of 3.9!!

Martin Van Laarhoven
(vtrek)

Locale: NorthEast
dividend on 03/12/2012 20:16:49 MDT Print View

I get $59.17, my biggest so far.

Steven Paris
(saparisor) - M

Locale: Pacific Northwest
REI Dividend? on 03/12/2012 20:42:02 MDT Print View

@Scott:

You can still order the XLite and use your dividend and 20%, either at rei.com, a computer in the store or at customer service. If you have an REI nearby, shipping is free to the store, too.

Edit: mine is $56.86 this year.

Edited by saparisor on 03/12/2012 20:43:49 MDT.

Stephan Doyle
(StephanCal)
mine on 03/12/2012 22:29:56 MDT Print View

$18.19

I try not to buy full-priced items from REI. I'm sure much of it was items under $20.

Noel Tavan
(akatsuki_the_devil) - MLife
Yay on 03/13/2012 00:21:00 MDT Print View

$211.70

I will spend it throughout the year :-)

P S
(xeren) - F

Locale: Southern California
neoair xtherm on 03/13/2012 00:24:28 MDT Print View

$107 - yikes. Spent too much last year.

I'm hoping that REI starts carrying the neoair xtherm before the 20% off window ends! I'll easily carry an extra couple ounces for something that can be used in every season.

Andrew Schmucker
(vwtech76) - M
rei on 03/13/2012 16:09:52 MDT Print View

257.98 I have no idea how i have so much, After finding this website, REI usually doesn't carry the ultralight stuff. I'll find someting to spend it on.

gunther kirsch
(goonch92) - F

Locale: Northern California
20% on 03/13/2012 17:03:27 MDT Print View

i don't see any 20 percent disount coupon, whats the deal?

Adam Wallace
(A.Wallace) - F

Locale: somewhere
REI Dividend on 03/13/2012 17:26:29 MDT Print View

$2.86 enough to buy an energy bar

a b
(Ice-axe)
Fifty Seven! on 03/13/2012 17:29:36 MDT Print View

I have a whopping 57 dollar dividend. I have all the gear i need but i could always use some socks... I will probably just blow it on freeze dried "Astronaut" neopolitan icecream.
Hey.. does buying something with our REI dividend count as "buying" new gear? Ya know.. that whole "Don't buy new gear" thread thingy.
Anyhow, if i don't spend my dividend it evaporates right? Seems like in order to save the world i need to go spend this 57 bucks. :)

Travis Leanna
(T.L.) - MLife

Locale: Wisconsin
Re: Fifty Seven! on 03/13/2012 17:38:12 MDT Print View

Matthew, you can take it as cash and spend it on something other than gear..... But that's no fun!

Keith Bassett
(keith_bassett)

Locale: Pacific NW
30 cents! on 03/13/2012 17:42:26 MDT Print View

Judicious use of Garage Sales and sale prices have allowed me to keep my full price spending low enough that I am receiving $0.30 on my balance.

I'm actually proud, in a sick way. :)

a b
(Ice-axe)
Dividend on 03/13/2012 17:42:58 MDT Print View

Hey Travis, I actually did not know i could take it as cash. That is 3/4 of a tank of gas... Nah.. you are right, that is no fun.
Must spend it on something ridiculous.
Hey 57 bucks is like Half of a Patagonia Down sweater! Or maybe 1/3 of an Arcteryx Jacket.
I think in the spirit of American Consumerism I should use my dividend as merely a fraction of payment on an object of much greater value. Hmm. Dead Bird or Gucci?

Roger Dodger
(RogerDodger) - F

Locale: Wess Siide
10 cents on 03/13/2012 17:46:23 MDT Print View

I've bought mostly from REI outlet and Clearance, that the only item I got at reg price was a map. REI Div 10 whole cents, which I already applied toward a headlamp :)

Hiking Malto
(gg-man) - F
Already Spent on 03/13/2012 17:58:49 MDT Print View

I only had a $24 rebate this year which was mostly for buying socks last year. I already spent it replacing my headlamp which I broke last year.

Matt,
Take up another hobby like trail running. Then you can buy more gear without it being backpacking gear.

Mina Loomis
(elmvine) - MLife

Locale: Central Texas
REI dividends and coupon and visa card on 03/13/2012 18:03:14 MDT Print View

1. REI dividends last until the end of the second calendar year from when they are posted. So, for example, dividends posting now, from 2011 transactions, will be good through 12/31/2013.

2. You don't have to use REI dividends for store credit, but of course that's the easiest thing to do--combine them with your coupon. Beginning on 7/1 of the year they post, you can have them send you a check. Large as it is, REI is structured as a real cooperative, and its patronage rebates are real money.

3. Yes, for a change, this year the Member Rewards 20% off coupon, which officially kicks in on 3/23, is supposed to be good on full price, sale, and clearance items. There are as usual a few exclusions, but not many.

4. Do you normally only buy sale and clearance? You too can earn a dividend. Get an REI Visa card and use that for all your REI purchases, and you will still earn a 5% dividend on everything at REI. Earn 1% on everything else you use it for. No annual fee. I don't remember what the interest rate is because I never carry a balance. The REI Visa is the only way we REI employees ever earn a dividend, because of our discounts. My REI dividend, using the card for everything, runs over $600/year.

5. Furthermore, if you are an REI member and don't already have a REI Visa to use for your REI purchases (to earn your extra 5%), they are currently having a Visa promotion, through 5/31. Apply by then, get approved, make any purchase by 6/30, pay the bill, and you get a $100 REI gift card. Why are they doing this? Saves the coop a lot in bank fees! And they want to "add value" to your membership. (The employee whose referral code you use gets $40 too--so be sure to get it from your favorite REI employee.)

a b
(Ice-axe)
REI Credit Card on 03/13/2012 18:12:54 MDT Print View

Thank You Mina for clarifying the Dividend rules.
I have a question about the REI Credit Card offer you mentioned.
Personally I have never had a credit card. In 42 years I have always paid cash or else saved up money until i could afford things otherwise i don't buy them.
Perhaps this is the wrong place to post this but: What is the value of a credit card?
If oyu eventually have to pay back the money plus interest, why not just buy things with cash and skip the interest?
As it relates to the REI Visa would there be any other benefits for a guy like me that never uses credit to have an REI Visa Card?
In other words, if I got the Visa, made purchases with it that I immediately paid off with cash, would their be additional fees etc.
As you can tell I really don't get the whole idea of credit.
Maybe someone can explain it?

Joseph R
(Dianoda) - MLife

Locale: Chicago, IL
Re: Fifty Seven! on 03/13/2012 18:15:49 MDT Print View

FYI, after July 1, you can request REI issue you your dividend back in the form of a check or cash (at retail locations). So, if you would like actual funds for your upcoming thru-hike, or need to pay rent, etc., you can, just wait a few months.

Personally, I'm thinking about blowing my dividend on a Therm-a-Rest xTherm short - my POE Ether Elite can't seem to stay airtight for more than an hour at a time (patched multiple times and it keeps finding ways to leak air as soon as it enters the backcountry), my Z-lite is uncomfortable (I'm a side sleeper) and bulky, and my Nemo astro insulated is heavy (20oz). But with the xTherm, I could pepurpose/retire/sell/give-away all of those pads and have one lightweight and compact pad for everything. It almost sounds too good to be true.

Seth R
(Lerxst) - F

Locale: Northeast
Squadoosh on 03/13/2012 18:34:34 MDT Print View

$0.00, bought a few things but I guess they didn't qualify.

Mina Loomis
(elmvine) - MLife

Locale: Central Texas
visa card on 03/13/2012 18:38:23 MDT Print View

Matthew, your questions are good ones. The details vary by card. The REI Visa does not have any fees if you pay before the due date each month. There is also (as is typical with credit cards) a "grace period" on the interest so that if you pay your full balance before the due date each billing cycle, you do not incur interest. Personally, each time I post receipts in my household accounting, I update a running "dummy" entry on my checking register, for the total amount of current credit card charges. That way my checking account always has enough in it to pay the credit card bill, which I have set on automatic draft, so I don't even have to remember to pay it.

Yes, for folks who have trouble avoiding running up balances, it might not be such a good idea. But it can be a good strategy.

I also don't use my REI dividend for store credit. (Even though I have more than enough gear, I still get my clothes at REI.) I keep using that card for the 5% and order up my annual check in July.

P S
(xeren) - F

Locale: Southern California
Re: Re: Fifty Seven! on 03/13/2012 18:40:11 MDT Print View

Right there with you- any word on when the xtherms are supposed to be in stock at REI? I read elsewhere on bpl that the REI warehouse was supposed to get them in in february.

Edited by xeren on 03/13/2012 18:40:44 MDT.

a b
(Ice-axe)
Thanks Mina on 03/13/2012 18:45:34 MDT Print View

So if i used a strategy similar to yours; which is to pay the balance during the grace period in full each month, the benefit is a 5% extra dividend on everything I buy at REI.
I suppose the other reason for a credit card is to not have to carry cash but i already have an ATM card that works that way.
Thanks again for enlightening me and sorry for posting my ignorance on this matter everyone.
It is just hard to get straight answers and I can't figure out the legal wording of those credit card offers so i burn them.
Thanks Mina!

USA Duane Hall
(hikerduane) - F

Locale: Extreme northern Sierra Nevada
Pay it off. on 03/13/2012 19:22:08 MDT Print View

Matt, a credit card is just convenient. I pay it off every month, so no interest to pay. I need to get the REI card, as I have been charging a lot of stuff the last two years from buying old stoves and this would get me some new bp clothes. I could look like one of the beautiful people then. Not!
Duane

Nathan V
(Junk) - MLife

Locale: The Great Lake State
visa card on 03/13/2012 19:32:01 MDT Print View

Matthew, I've had the REI Visa for years and have never paid one penny in interest, by doing exactly what you said ( I pay it off every month ). I use it for almost everything that I buy, not just at REI. You earn 1% of anything you purchase anywhere : gas, groceries, electronics, anything.

Jim Colten
(jcolten) - M

Locale: MN
REI visa card on 03/13/2012 20:19:42 MDT Print View

We've (almost) always paid off our credit cards before interest and penalties kick in. Same with the REI card. I did a major exterior remodeling job on our home in 2011 and purchased all the materials with the card ... I might trouble spending the dividend this time around.

Have since switched "allegiance" to a card that racks up points towards airfare on Southwest flights. There's an annual fee of $69 but it'll yield 2-3 one way tickets per year, not a bad swap! The REI card will still get used on REI full price purchases so as to get the extra 5% dividend. That'll mainly be for incidentals.

The key is to have discipline to control spending so that we can pay it down to zero promptly each month ... hasn't been a problem for us.

a b
(Ice-axe)
Re: REI visa card on 03/13/2012 20:56:20 MDT Print View

Thanks everyone! I kinda feel like Rip Van Winkle when it comes to this stuff. I must seem pretty dumb.. and i am when it comes to this stuff.
I suppose the only way these credit card companies can offer benefits is if some of the credit card carrying people are missing payments and thus the CC companies can charge interest.
I get these offers all the time and it says 0% etc but in the fine print it says up to 26% or something like that. Or "rate subject to change without notice".
Seems like a heck of a risk to take.
42 years and i have not needed credit yet.. probably not a good time to start "needing" it.
It is just interesting finding out how this stuff works. Mostly it seems like I had it figured out for what it really is after all.
I just get this feeling in my gut that this credit stuff isn't for me.
I think I will stick to cash for now.
It is good to know many of you can actually use your cards to your advantage.

@Nathan re: mobile phone, I use a prepaid mobile phone from T Mobile. No credit, no balances, no overages. I guess i am the "anti-credit" now that i think about it. Ditto for apartments, they only ask for a bank account number for their credit checking.
As for "points" and balance transfer stuff.. that is where I get lost and why I wont play the game. The rules seem too obscure and easily changed. Cash is reliable and predictable.
I see my cash as congealed energy earned by working. Credit scares me because I feel like it makes me beholden to work i have not done yet. I cannot take the money until my effort has created it's worth in equal value.
Well.. I guess I ain't making much sense.

Edited by Ice-axe on 03/13/2012 21:37:22 MDT.

Nathan Watts
(7sport) - MLife
Re: Re: REI visa card on 03/13/2012 21:14:31 MDT Print View

"42 years and i have not needed credit yet.. "
-M.E.

Matthew, that's pretty amazing.
Wouldn't hurt to build yourself some credit though. Never know when or why you might need it - and I don't just mean for borrowing money. Someone can correct me if I'm wrong here, but don't you need some sort of credit history to get a mobile phone nowadays among other things?

And another reason is that you're just leaving money on the table by not using one. I use a card that nets me 1.25% cash back on every purchase. I pay off my balance about every week so no interest ever accrues and I cash in my "points" for a transfer of cash directly into my checking or savings account whenever I get to about $250 or $500 worth ($20k or $40k worth of purchases). It's not much, but it's actually quite a bit higher yielding than I think my savings acount is.....go figure.

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: Re: REI visa card on 03/13/2012 21:50:34 MDT Print View

"I suppose the only way these credit card companies can offer benefits is if some of the credit card carrying people are missing payments and thus the CC companies can charge interest."

Not exactly. Many people work this way. They buy a $200 item with plastic. Two weeks later the credit bill shows up. They pay only the minimum amount, say $10 or $20, and leave the rest of the bill accumulating interest. Pretty soon, they are struggling to pay even a minimum amount. That is when a real missed payment gets them into credit trouble, and sometimes that gives the credit company the right to increase the interest rates, which makes the problem even worse.

Many of the rest of us use credit cards mostly as a convenience. Anything that I purchase locally over-the-counter is paid in cash. I purchase some stuff online, but that is mostly when the stuff can't be purchased locally, so that goes on the credit card. We pay off the entire balance when the credit bill first shows up, so there is never any interest to pay.

Now, in that last case, who is paying for that convenience? Mostly the merchants since they pay the merchant fees to the credit card company.

Who is making money on this? The postal service and UPS. I think I am on a first name basis with the UPS driver and the FedEx driver.

--B.G.--

Travis Leanna
(T.L.) - MLife

Locale: Wisconsin
Re: Re: Re: REI visa card on 03/13/2012 21:59:26 MDT Print View

>. I think I am on a first name basis with the UPS driver and the FedEx driver.


I tried to get on a first name basis with the fed ex lady. All I ever got out of it was a restraining order.

Ben 2 World
(ben2world) - MLife

Locale: So Cal
Re: REI Credit Card on 03/13/2012 22:26:38 MDT Print View

@ Matthew, who wrote, "As it relates to the REI Visa would there be any other benefits for a guy like me that never uses credit to have an REI Visa Card?"

Yes -- if there are things that you buy from REI. Say you spend $2,000 in grocery, gas, and other expenses every month, paying cash. If you charge them all to your REI VISA instead, then you get these benefits:

1. Fewer trips to your ATM machine -- you pay your REI VISA statement $2,000 just one time at the end of the month.
2. Simplifying... but you get $240 (1% of your annual charges) of FREE MONEY to buy gear/supplies at REI.

If you are going to shop at REI anyway, the better question is really, why not get an REI VISA card?

But even if you don't shop at REI -- you can always get a gas station credit card or an airline mileage credit card. You charge everything to the card and pay everything monthly. It costs you nothing (except for certain cards that charge an annual fee). And you get free cash back or free gas or free flights or whatever at the end!! Why not?


My own example -- I travel internationally, so I got myself an airline VISA card. It takes me 3 years of charging daily living expenses to accumulate enough miles for a round trip, business class ticket to Asia. My card also charges me $75 a year plus $70 when I redeem my miles. So, a business class ticket basically costs me $295, But do you know how much a ticket would cost me if I were to buy on my own? Around $6,200!

So, just by charging instead of paying cash for the stuff that I buy anyway... I basically get to buy a $6,200 ticket for just $295. Why not?

In conclusion, a credit card can be very worthwhile!! Pick the card whose return is going to be something that you will use -- like gear, or gas, or mileage, or hotel nights, etc., etc.

Edited by ben2world on 03/13/2012 22:29:46 MDT.

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: Re: REI Credit Card on 03/13/2012 23:29:07 MDT Print View

The other side of Ben's argument has to do with privacy.

I don't like any more commercial enterprises tracking my purchasing than what there already are. I think that is the prime reason why REI offers a patronage dividend at the end of the year, so that they have you tracked. God only knows where that data is flowing. Not only does REI see how much or how little I spend there, but they see my patterns. I don't like having so many companies tracking patterns to figure out how to extract the next dollar out of my pocket. That's why I much prefer to shop locally and pay cash. The local stores all offer me their special membership card, which I decline: "Not necessary today."

Somebody will claim that local companies don't have the resources to track customers that closely. Then why does one local auto dealership send brochures to me every month with the VIN number of my auto included?

Only the paranoid survive!

--B.G.--

Ben 2 World
(ben2world) - MLife

Locale: So Cal
Re. REI Credit Card on 03/13/2012 23:41:20 MDT Print View

I haven't received a single piece of unsolicited email from either REI or my airline card issuer. Not a one.

Given this, and for the benefits I am getting (as described above) -- my airline can track my trips all they want. Indeed, I am sure they do since they are the ones awarding me the tickets!

As for other card issuers, it's a business relationship, so go with a reputable company.

Edited by ben2world on 03/13/2012 23:42:21 MDT.

Noel Tavan
(akatsuki_the_devil) - MLife
Re on 03/13/2012 23:54:32 MDT Print View

Matthew, Don't forget that stores also have to pay a fee to the banks when they swipe a credit card. In the 7 years that I have had my cc's I have only missed payment once when I was traveling in Europe. You can make auto payment to avoid forgetting. Some people tend to spend more than what they are making and putting in their checking account. It sounds like you are a wise man. You shouldn't have a problem paying your card before the end of the bill cycle. I first got my cc to build credit so I can buy a house. You usually need a good credit score to buy a car when taking out a low interest loan. They want to make sure that sure that you can manage your money wisely. Especially the "free" money that you have... I love cashback, the drawback is this can make you spend more or falsely justify making purchases (at rei) by making you think that you are getting a better deal. Now paying most of your bills (some dont accept cc's coz of the added fees they have to pay) with cc's makes it worth it.
ReI is curently giving a $100 gc if you open a view cc with them. Make sure you fill out the actual brochure with the sale mentioning it. You can always make 1 purchase, pay it off, then put it away and use it once a year or so to make sur it doesn't get canceled.

Edited by akatsuki_the_devil on 03/13/2012 23:57:09 MDT.

Steven Adeff
(TinCanFury) - F

Locale: Boston
Re: Re: Re: REI Credit Card on 03/14/2012 09:01:50 MDT Print View

I for one prefer targeted ads, I have my own ability to not purchase things, but if something exists that I may be interested that I don't know of, that interests me too.

90% of that data is mined not to pick you out as an individual consumer but to better track all their consumers as a whole, and to more efficiently run their business, be it stock count, stock type, etc.

American's are too self centered, of course this data is used to target them individually!
The fact is, that data is not at all interesting to anyone, but you and 10,000 of your fellow shoppers, now THAT data is interesting.

Why don't you ask the dealership to stop wasting paper in sending you monthly brochures?

Greg F
(GregF) - F

Locale: Canadian Rockies
20% off coupon works now on 03/14/2012 22:13:32 MDT Print View

The REWARDS20 coupon works now at REI even though it is not supposed to start until next week.

David Vo
(sygyzy)
Re: 20% off coupon works now on 03/15/2012 01:37:52 MDT Print View

Awesome, nice to hear. Thanks Greg

Kier Selinsky
(Kieran) - F

Locale: Seattle, WA
Re: Re: 20% off coupon works now on 03/15/2012 10:12:06 MDT Print View

What about in stores? Or is it online only?

Greg F
(GregF) - F

Locale: Canadian Rockies
In Store on 03/15/2012 12:55:51 MDT Print View

I think they usually mail out the physical coupon that you can use in stores so I assume that would have a start date on it that might be enforced. I don't know. I haven't gotten my coupon yet. I just saw that someone had posted the code so I figured I would try using it online as programmers are lazy so its likely when they add coupons to the system they only put in expiry dates.

Kier Selinsky
(Kieran) - F

Locale: Seattle, WA
Re: In Store on 03/17/2012 22:35:08 MDT Print View

I confirmed it today - you cannot use it in stores until the actual coupon shows up.

Chad Poindexter
(Stick) - F

Locale: Wet & Humid Southeast....
Re: 20% off coupon works now on 03/18/2012 10:38:13 MDT Print View

Thanks Greg...I wish I had realized this sooner...I have been sitting around waiting...anyway, it does work...I just ordered the Sawyer Squeeze for $47.89 (after the 20% coupon) using my dividend and a few other small items to get my order up to $50 for the free shipping.

(I saved $12.06 on the filter and $8.99 on shipping. Then after my dividends, I only spent $4 so I am a happy camper now... :) )

Art ...
(asandh) - F
Re: Re: 20% off coupon works now on 03/18/2012 11:59:42 MDT Print View

a lot of personal information on a very public forum.
guess not everyone's worried about privacy.

Open Space
(OpenSpace) - F

Locale: Upstate New York
Re: 20% off coupon works now on 03/18/2012 12:26:39 MDT Print View

Worked for me. Thanks for the info!

d k
(dkramalc) - MLife
Re: Re: 20% off coupon works now on 03/18/2012 12:46:51 MDT Print View

OK, now that the coupon's in effect, when are they going to stock the NeoAir Xtherm???

Kier Selinsky
(Kieran) - F

Locale: Seattle, WA
Re: Re: Re: 20% off coupon works now on 03/18/2012 13:22:15 MDT Print View

NeoAir XTherm is supposed to be release for sale by Thermarest on 4/1. REI will be able to sell it on or after that date.

d k
(dkramalc) - MLife
Re: Re: Re: Re: 20% off coupon works now on 03/18/2012 14:31:35 MDT Print View

Thanks. I have been wanting one of those VERY much (I hope that I will like the horizontal baffles, I know that I like the R-value).

David Lutz
(davidlutz)

Locale: Bay Area
REI Dividend Coupon on 03/18/2012 19:17:06 MDT Print View

Does anyone know if the dividend coupon is valid for bikes?

Randy Martin
(randalmartin) - F

Locale: Colorado
Re: Re: Re: 20% off coupon works now on 03/18/2012 19:25:44 MDT Print View

"a lot of personal information on a very public forum. guess not everyone's worried about privacy."

What's to be worried about? No one is putting the credit card numbers out there.

Nigel Healy
(nigelhealy) - F

Locale: San Francisco bay area
Re: REI Dividend Coupon on 03/18/2012 20:03:17 MDT Print View

Typically no. Here's an example from an earlier such coupon

" Offer not valid on bikes, hard-shell boats, stand up paddleboards, any item with GPS technology, personal locator
beacons, skis, ski boots or ski bindings; snowboards, snowboard boots or snowboard bindings."

They do have bike sales through the year, a trick is that the sale is advertised from a certain date but the bikes are marked down just before you can can buy before the main rush of bargain hunters. I bought an REI-brand Novara bike last year using that method, and laid down a decent 5000 of hard hill mileage and no problems.

Edited by nigelhealy on 03/18/2012 20:15:34 MDT.

Tim Zen
(asdzxc57) - F

Locale: MI
Re: REI Dividend? on 03/19/2012 19:12:09 MDT Print View

My dividend was $0.00. Thank me cottage industry.

Ken Thompson
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: Behind the Redwood Curtain
Re: REI Dividend? on 03/19/2012 20:20:57 MDT Print View

$1.76 here. No REI within a 3 hour drive. Stocked up on fuel last time I was there.

Shane Duff
(falco) - F

Locale: South Eastern Sierras
Dividend and Coupons on 03/20/2012 10:56:00 MDT Print View

I feel like I made out fairly well. $20 dividend + 20% off of the Exped Schnozzel pumpbag + 20% off a Mt. Hardwear button up shirt in the outlet means everything for around $35 plus free shipping. I'm pretty excited to try out the pumpbag.

P. Larson
(reacttocontact) - F
About our REI dividend. on 03/22/2012 22:45:17 MDT Print View

Has anyone ever wondered if they are actually getting what they are supposed to be getting? As in there is no way I can look up my purchases from last year. And since I am a member, I always tell them that I don't need my receipt. It saves paper, blah blah blah. It makes me wonder...is REI keeping my money?

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: About our REI dividend. on 03/22/2012 22:50:07 MDT Print View

"As in there is no way I can look up my purchases from last year. And since I am a member, I always tell them that I don't need my receipt."

You just answered your own question. Get the paper receipt and take it home for storage in a cigar box. Keep the cigar box full for about 18 months, and then discard. For one thing, that gives you the ability to look up old purchases.

--B.G.--

Greg F
(GregF) - F

Locale: Canadian Rockies
Re: About our REI dividend. on 03/23/2012 19:02:17 MDT Print View

Well technically you would be keeping your money as REI is a coop therefore owned by its membership. Beyond that REI doesnt have to give a 10% dividend. Technivally the dividend is determined by the board and could be increased or decreased at any time based on company performance.

I would bet that their computer system makes errors on how they classify sale and outket items where you dont get a discount but i dont believe they would ever intentionaly cheat you

Daniel Cox
(COHiker) - F

Locale: San Isabel NF
Re: About our REI dividend. on 03/23/2012 19:45:51 MDT Print View

REI obviously keeps a record of your purchases. I've seen a print out of everything I bought on a certain day when I returned something. One could potentially get a print-out of all purchases since becoming a member if sales staff were accommodating.
If you have an REI Visa, that's pretty easily accomplished via monthly statement.

smith david
(smithdavid) - F
"REI Dividend?" on 03/25/2012 23:35:34 MDT Print View

Thank you for your information.....

d k
(dkramalc) - MLife
Re: "REI Dividend?"/Xtherm on 03/27/2012 14:41:35 MDT Print View

From REI today:

Hello,

Thank you for your email regarding the Neo Air Xtherm pad.

We do not have any information as to when we will get them. We do not have a purchase order for them either. That could happen at any time so keep checking back. There will be another coupon in May if you miss this one.

P S
(xeren) - F

Locale: Southern California
xtherm at REI on 03/27/2012 15:12:33 MDT Print View

weird, I emailed REI a week or so ago about the xtherm and got the following reply:

"Thank you for the email response.

We don't know the exact date for sure. You can check back on the website early April. The 20% coupon is good through April 10, 2012.

If you purchase a different pad with the coupon, you can also exchange it for the REI Therm-a-Rest xTherm pad when it comes in and we will still honor the 20% off coupon.

Please let us know if we can be of further assistance."

Mary D
(hikinggranny) - MLife

Locale: Gateway to Columbia River Gorge
REI Dividend? on 03/27/2012 15:15:30 MDT Print View

Does REI's left hand know what the right hand is doing?

The back of the coupon I received in the mail says it expires April 15.

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: REI Dividend? on 03/27/2012 15:17:30 MDT Print View

"Does REI's left hand know what the right hand is doing?"

It never has in the past, so there is no reason to expect it to start now.

--B.G.--

Kendall Clement
(socalpacker) - MLife

Locale: Southern California
RE: "REI Dividend?" on 03/27/2012 15:20:09 MDT Print View

I got my dividend last week.

Edited by socalpacker on 03/27/2012 16:09:34 MDT.

Tyler Miller
(FightingTheTide) - F - M

Locale: Southeast
Pulling my chain? on 02/22/2013 11:14:43 MST Print View

I went by a local REI today to kill some time and asked one of the sales reps when the dividend and 20% off coupon were expected to arrive. She said sometime in mid March. Then she told me about their current offer to get a $20 gift card if you buy $100+ of merch. I said I knew about it, and then she said I might be better off doing that instead of waiting for the 20% off coupon because, "they still have not decided whether they will send one out this year."

I'm sure their $20 gift card offer is simply a way to get people to buy on impulse prior to the dividend sale (no brainer). But am I crazy to assume that she was just pulling my chain with the 20% off coupon. I'm not buying it. Why wouldn't they send one out.

Nathan Watts
(7sport) - MLife
Re: Pulling my chain? on 02/22/2013 19:07:48 MST Print View

I wouldn't worry about it. I'm sure they'll be having the sale

HK Newman
(hknewman) - MLife

Locale: Western US
Not Re: Pulling my chain? on 02/22/2013 19:37:41 MST Print View

Got an official flyer in the mail a couple days ago about it, so it's apparently official, ... and too late.

Nigel Healy
(nigelhealy) - F

Locale: San Francisco bay area
20% off $100 item on 02/22/2013 20:09:00 MST Print View

Yes I got the card but as I don't need anything that expensive its just encouraging me to buy something I don't need.

The 20% off one item is useful, I'll get one my regular wear items like socks.

Ken Thompson
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: Behind the Redwood Curtain
REI Dividend? on 02/22/2013 20:18:29 MST Print View

$1.70 this year. I bought fuel last year. Nearest REI is 3 hours away.