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PostTue Jul 11, 2023 9:26 pm 
Getting back on topic, here's another reason REI sucks so bad (sometimes). If you are a member and use your $100 REI gift card from Target for a purchase 7/14-7/24 you can also get a $20 bonus REI gift card.
More info with tips to cash out the bonus card: https://slickdeals.net/f/16767701-rei-co-op-members-make-100-purchase-get-20-bonus-card But yeah, just another example of why it's a horrible idea to pony up for the one time membership.

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PostSat Jul 15, 2023 11:00 am 
See the thing is as I mentioned I worked in retail for 30 years and I was trained to not lose a sale, sometimes skirting the rules in order to do so. Y'all can spin it any way you want but the bottom line is that REI lost a sale in my case AND for sure any possible future sales. As I also said I like to shop around, I really dislike Walmart and try to avoid them at all costs...but they have the best deal on honey, viagra, and kitchen appliances...so sometimes I hang my head in shame and head to frickin' Walmart. Ok, I am finished protesting now. clown.gif

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PostThu Aug 10, 2023 6:50 pm 
They only have these in Andres the Giant sizes, I bought a pair last year in normal perks size and they're warm and comfortable. I would definitely buy another pair if they fit. https://www.rei.com/product/193972/rei-co-op-teton-fleece-pants-mens

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PostThu Aug 10, 2023 9:25 pm 
Anne Elk wrote:
But by now I'm sure that "loophole" had been closed.
I doubt it tax evasion is a sport in NYC. I guess it depends on how they keep their records and they have a scheme for recording the sale to a no sales tax state like Oregon, but then shipping to an address in Washington. Seems like the credit card billing zipcode would provide a trace that an audit could uncover such a scheme. Or the phone salesperson is lying and they remit the sales tax to Washington, but don't charge you -- and you feel you are getting a great deal , the salesperson gets their sale and you tell your friends what a great deal you got at B&H photo.

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PostFri Aug 25, 2023 9:01 am 
REI's Labor Day sale is on. Good place to buy quality sunglasses. https://www.rei.com/b/maui-jim/c/sunglasses?ir=category%3Asunglasses&pagesize=90&r=c%3Bb

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PostFri Aug 25, 2023 8:30 pm 
Randito wrote:
what a great deal you got at B&H photo
B&H for a while was not adding WA "use tax" but they WERE reporting the sale to the state! That's over now and they add the tax Here's a stranger thing that both Costco and REI did for quite a while. If you bought something in OR and returned it in WA, they would refund you the WA tax that you never paid! I explained that I was not owed the tax back but they said there was no way to ring it into the system that way. REI didn't pester me last time I was there and I actually purchased something. Improvement!

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PostMon Oct 16, 2023 12:41 pm 
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Are you aware of any retailer (not private parties on Marketplace or Craigslist) that doesn't charge online sales tax anymore? If so, please let us know. up.gif
My personal favorite is OMC gear in Oregon. Still no sales tax charged. I just bought some Western Mountaineering down pants which cost a pretty penny, and even though they were 10% more expensive than anywhere else, that was pretty much mitigated by not having to pay 10% tax. Better yet coupon code couponcause20 took another 20% off. Western Mountaineering is generally excluded from coupons but I found if you throw in an item in your cart that isn't excluded it gets around the coupon exclusion. angel.gif Used a cash back portal to save another 5%. So basically came out ahead 25% vs. purchasing elsewhere.

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PostTue Oct 17, 2023 3:57 pm 
Don’t know why I never noticed this thread before since it started almost 20 years ago. I guess because I rarely open the gear talk topic. Anyway, I didn’t read all 20 years worth of comments but from what I did read I didn’t see any REI employees chiming in. I’d be really surprised if there are no REI employees in the NWHikers family. Maybe they opined and I just missed it in my cursory glance. I’m not employed by REI but have close family members and friends that are and/or were. Generally speaking, long time employees are quick to admit that years ago it was a “more fun” place to work than it is now. They used to treat employees really well and the atmosphere was one where your REI extended family was a huge part of your support group and social life. Sadly, growth has lead to their admin becoming more of a nameless machine, and that’s not lost on the employees. Along with the changes on how they treat employees came changes in the shopping experience. The two are not unrelated. There’s no question the Eddy Bauer-ization of REI has taken a lot away from the way store it once was. I’m old enough to remember the old store on Cap Hill fondly, and the catacomb-like walk down to the lower floor. I have a 5 digit member number, I think my dad had one that was only 3 digits. Dad was a huge supporter of REI and would be sad to see what it’s become today. I guess I don’t really have a point, other than back when this thread was started (2004), my friends/family members that were REI employees were still pretty happy with the company. As a customer, I still liked REI a lot at the time - they stood by their products, they trained employees well, so you could discuss the various pros/cons of what ever you were buying with them, they gave back to the outdoor community through charities and trail work. The “downtown” store, while lacking the charm of the old one still had character in its own way. Fairly recently REI started the “opt-outside” concept for Black Friday and closed their doors the Friday after Thanksgiving so employees could spend the day outside with family. A lot of that has changed mostly in the past 5-10 years. A lot of my friends/family members that were employed by REI have seen company changes in how they treat employees that caused them to leave. This change has been a lot more recent than 2004, so I don’t really know what the issue was then. However, at this point it’s not surprising that a company who no longer treats employees well is seen as “sucky” to the customers.

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PostTue Oct 17, 2023 7:26 pm 
REI changed significantly when shopping there no longer involve smelling creosote. The REI closest to me now is the Bellevue location. It really reflects their market position these days. As you come through the front door various "glamping" items are on prominent display. The profit margin on items like Yeti coolers and water bottles is impressive (55%). But is it worth $450 vs $130 for a 50 quart cooler because the Yeti can fall off the back of your truck at 60mph and survive. (Be very careful opening those beers) https://www.fool.com/investing/2021/07/08/yetis-margins-are-excellent-heres-why-thats-a-prob/

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PostTue Oct 17, 2023 7:54 pm 
Randito wrote:
REI changed significantly when shopping there no longer involve smelling creosote.
The diesel (don't think it was creosote) smell was a big step up from the store downtown. I remember going up some stairs and stuff laying around in piles. Got my first ice axe and crampons there and membership. Still have the old forged 10-pt'ers hanging on the wall.

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PostTue Oct 17, 2023 8:03 pm 
The way I recall it was the creosote smell was strongest walking between the two buildings on a ramp made of old dock piers or something. My buddies and I used to camp on the sidewalk outside the store back in the '70s to get in the store at the front for the spring sale. I was super stoked to get a REI down sweater for $10. I used that sweater until the 90s when my wife started objecting to me wearing a jacket that was 1/4 duct tape on the from from patch campfire sparks.

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PostThu Oct 19, 2023 8:36 pm 
Their shipping has been really fast lately.

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PostSat Oct 21, 2023 9:57 am 
Tom wrote:
The fine print said limit one per customer. I didn't realize that, and made two qualifying purchases, but only got one card. I asked if I was misunderstanding, they said "yes, but here's another $20 anyway."

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PostTue Oct 24, 2023 7:35 am 
mike wrote:
The diesel
It was definitely creosote. Diesel has a distinctly repulsive smell that clings to clothing and no one would fondly remember.

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PostThu Nov 02, 2023 1:20 pm 
Here's a coupon for $40 off $200: 40111-9FX94-N5FG7 It expires at midnight. I wanted to use it on some new Hoka Speedgoats but the checkout fails with an error that indicates they're exempted. I'm guessing via the "Selected Brands" clause :/

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