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#3157 - 03/22/10 09:27 PM REI Dividend has arrived...
Go Bears Offline


Registered: 01/14/10
Posts: 39
Loc: Placer County, Ca
Not as large as usual, but still triple digits. How much was yours?

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#3159 - 03/22/10 09:43 PM Re: REI Dividend has arrived... [Re: Go Bears]
Steve C Offline


Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 7209
Loc: Fresno, CA
Measly $35   frown

I spent more last year, but not at REI. If they don't carry the lightest weight stuff, I have to buy it elsewhere.

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#3163 - 03/23/10 04:30 AM Re: REI Dividend has arrived... [Re: Steve C]
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Registered: 10/07/09
Posts: 2205
Loc: Humbug Reach (Pop. 3)
$2.60! Hope it's better for this year.
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#3166 - 03/23/10 07:40 AM Re: REI Dividend has arrived... [Re: Go Bears]
wbtravis Offline


Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 1239
Loc: Corner of Jack Benny and Roche...
My goal every year is to have a $0 dividend check at REI. Meaning everything I buy there is at a sale price. Unfortunately, this year my dividend was $16.06.

And like Steve, I bought most of my stuff elsewhere not because the other retailers had lighter stuff, the other retailers had better prices.

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#3171 - 03/23/10 09:32 AM Re: REI Dividend has arrived... [Re: Go Bears]
JeffB Offline


Registered: 02/23/10
Posts: 9
Loc: Santa Barbara, California
$24.00 - my lowest dividend in 5 years.
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#3173 - 03/23/10 10:06 AM Re: REI Dividend has arrived... [Re: JeffB]
CaT Offline


Registered: 09/24/09
Posts: 694
Loc: Blacklick, OH (formerly SoCal)
Must be the economy. wink
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#3177 - 03/23/10 10:46 AM Re: REI Dividend has arrived... [Re: CaT]
KevinR Offline


Registered: 11/03/09
Posts: 578
Loc: Manchester, NH
This will be the last year I'll have any REI dividend to speak off. While most of the items I buy from them are via REI-Outlet, we did use the REI Visa card as our primary card until their vendor, US Bank, failed to maintain its online capacity in a responsible manner. After several months of total ineptitude on US Bank's part, we pulled the plug on that account and cancelled it.

I'll miss the REI dividend that purchases via that Visa card provided. However, I've been getting a bit disgusted with REI of late anyway. Who needs 75 different LED headlamp choices? Or 35 different hiking boots? Or 20 different rain shells? That's an excessive number of selections, and it drives the item costs up.

I visited my first MEC recently. It's what REI used to be. Let's hope they don't follow the same path.

And - back on track - a pair of MH softshell pants are on the way thanks to the dividend. My old EMS ones are getting a bit weary.

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#3178 - 03/23/10 10:54 AM Re: REI Dividend has arrived... [Re: KevinR]
Steve C Offline


Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 7209
Loc: Fresno, CA
Kevin, I've got the REI Visa card, but don't use it much. I use a Wells Fargo Visa because, instead of a dividend, they post a $25 principal payment to my house loan every time I charge $2500.

What happened with US Bank and their on-line access?

35 different hiking boots, and I STILL have to get mine elsewhere because I have a super-wide foot.


Edited by Steve C (03/23/10 10:56 AM)

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#3182 - 03/23/10 12:46 PM Re: REI Dividend has arrived... [Re: Go Bears]
DobeMom Offline


Registered: 10/16/09
Posts: 29
Loc: Palmdale, California
Just over $300, mostly because the REI Visa is my only credit card, blush. Used the 20% discount, and a pair of Marmot precip full-zip pants is on the way, grin
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#3183 - 03/23/10 07:09 PM Re: REI Dividend has arrived... [Re: Steve C]
KevinR Offline


Registered: 11/03/09
Posts: 578
Loc: Manchester, NH
Steve -

Their website simply wouldn't work on a regular basis. I recall one month my wife tried over consecutive days to make a payment, once trying 17 times, all to no avail. It would take 2 or 3 days for their tech support to reply to emails, and then they were non-nonsensical. With so many choices re: plastic available, there's little incentive to wait for an IT Dept to get their server farm fixed.

They also raised their rates ... got the letter "you've been the perfect customer, but ... the rates are going up". And REI was no help, so ... good-bye.

Kevin

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#3188 - 03/24/10 07:31 AM Re: REI Dividend has arrived... [Re: JeffB]
+ @ti2d Offline


Registered: 10/22/09
Posts: 801
Loc: Oh Cursed, USA
$127.00 and some change...

My lowest, too, but I have everything REI has to offer!

My wife got a whopping $0.00 cuz she bought those sale items ending in a "3" or "9"

But, hey, that 20% will come in handy, too!
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#3191 - 03/24/10 10:08 AM Re: REI Dividend has arrived... [Re: + @ti2d]
CMC2 Offline


Registered: 11/04/09
Posts: 160
Loc: CO
REI member since 1961. (I'm almost as old as Bob R!) This year with 2 REI Visa cards (1 joint ownership and 1 for my wife by herself),we have received nearly $300 in dividends. We too find it hard to find anything we need anymore but use the dividends for things we normally wouldn't buy. Just got a pair of Vasque Mindbender Trail-Running Shoes with the 20% coupon (page 14 of dividend catalog) & can state that they are comfortable and very light weight.

I swear by Vasque and have missed their Catalyst Goretex boots which are not made anymore. I have purchased about 8-9
pairs over the years and hope the Mindbender is a good sub, although not Goretex & are low cut.

Unlike Kevin R, we have never had a problem with US Bank and use on line viewing to check our account daily.
Hope this doesn't jinx us and we start having trouble now.



Edited by CMC2 (03/24/10 10:11 AM)

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#3192 - 03/24/10 10:16 AM Re: REI Dividend has arrived... [Re: CMC2]
AlanK Offline


Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 583
Loc: Glendale, CA
I am a new REI member -- only since 1971. I have also had no trouble with US Bank, which is good because that credit card is responsible for almost all of my dividend this year.

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#3199 - 03/24/10 04:17 PM Re: REI Dividend has arrived... [Re: Go Bears]
Bulldog34 Offline


Registered: 11/12/09
Posts: 1254
Loc: Atlanta
$127, all on purchases. No REI Visa here, or much of anything else - I buy everything on my AX Rewards to build airline miles for these hiking jaunts out west. No joke, I pay my real estate taxes each year through AX; all my utilities are charged to it automatically each month as well. Until I paid the house off a few years ago, I was paying my mortgage through AX. That kind of diligence typically got me 5 or so round trip flights per year.

As for 2010 REI, I see a big year. I need to outfit my wife and daughter with newer and lighter stuff for our Whitney trip in July. And I can't have them getting new stuff and me just using the same ol' same ol' . . .

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#3200 - 03/24/10 04:31 PM Re: REI Dividend has arrived... [Re: Bulldog34]
hypoxic Zombie Offline


Registered: 11/06/09
Posts: 7
Loc: SD ca.
My div was 68.oo .......lame two years ago it was 430.00 those days are gone. cry
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#3206 - 03/24/10 05:15 PM Re: REI Dividend has arrived... [Re: hypoxic Zombie]
Rod Offline


Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 660
Loc: Santa Clarita, Ca. USA
The only thing I have bought at REI in the past year is a nalgene bottle and I paid for it with last years dividend.Not gonna get a dividend this year.

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#3211 - 03/24/10 06:05 PM Re: REI Dividend has arrived... [Re: Bulldog34]
Steve C Offline


Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 7209
Loc: Fresno, CA
> I was paying my mortgage through AX

What? You can make mortgage payments using a credit card???

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#3218 - 03/24/10 06:52 PM Re: REI Dividend has arrived... [Re: Steve C]
Bulldog34 Offline


Registered: 11/12/09
Posts: 1254
Loc: Atlanta
Yep, if you talk really sweet and pay in full each month. And carry their Rewards card since 1982. I didn't get the full dollar-for-mile/point benefit that I did for other "normal" purchases, but roughly a mile/point for every 3 dollars on that puppy. Unfortunately that extra bump on my points each month is gone now, but I have the satisfaction of being a homeowner. The other bummer is that we really can't itemize on tax returns anymore since we have no home mortgage interest deduction. Without the mortgage on the AX card, I've been down to about 3 round-trip flights earned per year instead of the 5-6 I used to earn. Essentially, one family vacation per year.

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#3238 - 03/25/10 09:59 AM Re: REI Dividend has arrived... [Re: CaT]
Arne Offline


Registered: 03/25/10
Posts: 13
Loc: Huntington Beach
If you really need another credit card or want to replace what you have in your wallet, get the REI credit card and that adds money to your yearly total. Dividends plus credit card usage for me was $145 this year.
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#3239 - 03/25/10 11:12 AM Re: REI Dividend has arrived... [Re: Arne]
Arne Offline


Registered: 03/25/10
Posts: 13
Loc: Huntington Beach
A number of you are mentioning better places and prices than REI to make outdoor equipment purchases. Adv. 16 moved out of Costa Mesa. What else is there in the Orange County area?
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