REI 2013 Dividends!

5:12 p.m. on March 20, 2014 (EDT)
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Hey, y'all,

Checked my REI account this morning, and - sure enough - my 2013 dividend had gone through!

Talked to a representative to clarify, as it was originally marked as my 2012 dividend (long since spent). Was in fact for 2013, just mislabeled. 

Also looks like the usual member discount coupon is due out around March 28th - I'd advise y'all out there to hold onto it for a bit (if you're not opting for the check/cash equivalent) to take advantage of the coupon.

It's a fun topic to bring up every year, so...

...what are you guys and gals planning to spend yours on?

11:50 a.m. on March 21, 2014 (EDT)
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I work at REI- It fun when divendeds/ 20% of on full-price item comes out. It's like Christmas!!!!- PEACE-RANDY.

12:23 p.m. on March 21, 2014 (EDT)
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I've been wanting to give the Inov-8 Roclite 295's a go.  This seems like a great way to see what they're all about.

2:26 p.m. on March 21, 2014 (EDT)
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I joined REI back in December and made my first purchase in January. No dividends for me but I'm looking forward to the 20% coupon.  

It's tax season for me now and there were two weekends in a row with two stores having Garage Sales...not for me because of our schedule.  Can't wait to go to another one planned in June though!

Any advice for Garage Sales?  Time to arrive, etc? Thanks in advance!

11:10 a.m. on March 22, 2014 (EDT)
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When every few years I buy something I tend to shop at REI just for the dividend at the beginning of the following year. I usually use the extra money to buy fuel for my stove,batteries or some new little gadget. I bought a few new items last year from REI so I will be interested to see how much it is this year.

I have been a member of REI since 1978 when it cost me $1-2 to join. I joined when I was living in Anchorage AK. Back then I bought all my gear from them. Now I tend to shop at Amazon for much of my needed gear.

1:10 p.m. on March 22, 2014 (EDT)
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My dividen is a whopping 2.00 thats how Often I shop from them..Not that they have a bad  selection..I just shop at my local outfitters that has a bigger selection for Long distance hikers..

5:14 p.m. on April 2, 2014 (EDT)
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My dividend wasn't much since I had twice as many dollars in sales purchases as in qualifying purchases.  I did make good use of the 20% coupon though. 

Mrs Stranger's new Osprey Ariel 65 just arrived and she did the happy dance during the unboxing ceremonies.  I picked up a new headlamp with the outlet side of the coupon and am still seeing spots two hours later so it must be a good one.

Now we just have to hope for a short mud season because she just asked when can we go ;)

8:08 a.m. on April 3, 2014 (EDT)
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I got a $29 dividen, but as I browsed REI's website, I couldn't find anything I wanted that I haven't already bought or can find cheaper elsewhere. Guess, I'll just hold on to it until something comes up.

8:56 a.m. on April 3, 2014 (EDT)
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Since I buy most of my gear from the cottage vendors I really don't need much from REI. I will probably pickup some fuel canisters, odds n ends and maybe some food 

10:21 a.m. on April 3, 2014 (EDT)
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Mine is $184.00! (I have an REI credit card I use to pay bills to up my div.) I also have two $100.00 gift cards to use. Going to get stuff for my Peru trek!

10:29 a.m. on April 3, 2014 (EDT)
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Giftogab, You must buy a lot from REI, my dividend is $19.03. I didn't spend much last year from them. Last year I bought from, and other places though I don't buy much new gear any more. In the late 70's and early 80's I used to buy exclusively from REI mainly just to get the dividend in the following springs.

1:39 p.m. on April 3, 2014 (EDT)
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Ewker said:

Since I buy most of my gear from the cottage vendors I really don't need much from REI.


1:44 p.m. on April 3, 2014 (EDT)
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GaryPalmer, I think giftogab uses her REI credit card for all her bills like she said, not necessarily just at REI.  You also get an add'l 5% at REI (new or used) on top of 10%, plus the $100 gift card.  Not bad if you need an extra credit card!

2:29 p.m. on April 3, 2014 (EDT)
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Goose, don't get me wrong, I'm all for supporting the cottage vendors - this past year alone, I've bought from Warbonnet, Dutchware, QiWiz, Trail Designs, AntiGravityGear, etc., but REI serves two purposes for me:

1.) Gear I need in a hurry. Cottage vendors - because more often than not, they make things one at a time, and by hand - rarely if ever ship things out on the same day they're purchased. It's a necessary evil, but one, nonetheless.

2.) Utilitarian gear. Stuff sacks, p-cord, FD meals. That stuff. While I like buying things that will hold up over time, I - to this day - cannot justify spending bananas money on cuben stuff sacks, etc. Easier, cheaper, and quicker to just buy them at the brick-and-mortar store and just as easy to replace/restock when the time comes.

Contrary to the two points above, I'm cashing-out my dividend and putting it towards gear from the cottage industry. :) WB Travel Sock, here I come.

2:47 p.m. on April 3, 2014 (EDT)
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I buy most of my mainstream big ticket gear from online retailers.  I usually get things for a fraction of the cost of REI and I avoid paying sales tax.  I do go to REI a couple times a year for fuel and sometimes mountain house meals though.  

3:15 p.m. on April 3, 2014 (EDT)
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I'll use my dividend for stove fuel or something like that. Not much at REI for $19.03

9:45 p.m. on April 3, 2014 (EDT)
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I bought a Bug Hut 2 shelter for this Summer's pack trips, and I'll likely end up buying my wife an REI Flash 52 pack.  I just love dividend time!!

8:27 a.m. on April 4, 2014 (EDT)
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My big purchases are infrequently nowadays, I have all the toys I desire, therefore significant purchases are usually to replace worn out items.  I have recently replace my solo tent, and both my synthetic and down bags each rated to 20, and a down bag rated to -25.  The rest of my gear is good to go.  Hence my dividend for the next several years will probably go into food and gas.


10:46 a.m. on April 4, 2014 (EDT)
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Thinking I will get some well needed socks, they have a lot of them on their 20% off sale.

12:13 p.m. on April 4, 2014 (EDT)
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i wish i had giftogab's dividend.  (ours was about 65 bucks).  i don't have any plans to spend it right away. 

1:24 p.m. on April 4, 2014 (EDT)
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Giftogab Pretty good idea on the credit card! We have little tykes running around so we use a Toys 'R' Us credit in kind of the same way. 

What's the Peru trip for? Are you going just for fun to hike and explore? 

8:49 p.m. on April 4, 2014 (EDT)
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GaryPalmer said:

Thinking I will get some well needed socks, they have a lot of them on their 20% off sale.


 I have to agree. For the last few years, this is almost exclusively what I spend my dividend on. To me dividend time equals new sock time.

 I think this year my dividend was just shy of $15, and with the 20% discount (good for REI-Outlet too), that equates to a new pair of socks. 

However, I do appreciate what Ewker, Goose and Eric L. have mentioned regarding purchases from cottage vendors.

1:10 p.m. on April 5, 2014 (EDT)
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I haven't seen this mentioned but it is also possible to get the dividend amount returned as a check, if (gasp) you don't need any new gear. I'm sure that doesn't apply to any TS community members though :).

1:11 p.m. on April 5, 2014 (EDT)
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Originally made an impulse buy with my dividend which I regretted.

When I returned the item, and because I spent my own money atop the dividend, they just refunded the entire amount back onto my card. 

Wound up being an accidental way of being able to "cash out" early.

Came home, gave it some good thought, and promised myself I'd only spend it on something I needed, or would allow me to do more than I can with my current gear. 

Headed over to good 'ol Warbonnet, and ordered a prototype "Travel Sock" from Brandon, offered at a discount to the normal price. It's a cold weather over-cover for the hammock that buys the user another 10 to 15 degrees of warmth.


Here it is hung in my backyard.

Ironically, the landscapers removed half the damn trees in my backyard at about the same time I got into hammock hanging. Go figure. Pardon the not-exactly-thirty-degrees angle - blame the landscapers on that one.

Hopefully can get out there sooner, now, and be able to stay out later.

3:41 p.m. on April 5, 2014 (EDT)
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Actually I decided to go with a:

Kabletek Flexweave Cable 3/16'' X 6'


I do a lot of cycling so I can really use this to secure my bike to trees,fence posts and other things my standard U lock won't fit around. 

Its was $7.00, shipping was $5.95

I have about $6 left.


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