REI Garage Sale Thread

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  1. lilblade25

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    There's a garage sale this weekend at REI! I'm going to be camping out tonight at a local REI. Anyone else?
    If you've gone in the past, what deals were you able to find? Post up your experiences with the REI Garage Sale here! Let's see those deals!

    (I will post about my experience after the sale)

    More info and to see if there's a garage sale near you: https://www.rei.com/events/86150/members-only-garage-sale
     
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    There's definitely some good deals, UT camping out may not be necessary. How the one near me does it, is by lottery. They don't let everyone in at once because the garage sale area is small. They have everyone draw differet color pieces if paper to determine what group/time slot they're in. After all the groups go trough, then it was opened to anyone. They put new stuff out for each group so later groups had a shot at some good stuff too. For example, I found stuff at the end when it was open to all that wasn't there when it was my groups turn. So give them a call to find out. Maybe stores with a bigger area (it wasn't on the regular sales floor) do have a FCFS approach.
     
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    There are some good deals but they don’t outfit sasquatches so I don’t buy clothes from them. Last year’s gear is just as good and often deeply discounted.
     
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    REI wants to destroy my family traditions and culture. I try not to buy from them.
     
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    ... wut?
     
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    You mean their scratch & dent sale? I got a pair of Asolo boots back in 2011 for like 80 bucks, brand new. The tag on them said they were returned because they didn't fit the first person who bought them. To this day they are still my go to hiking boot.
     
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    I'm an rei member but I only attended one garage sale and want much left. I wish our local store would do it the way yours does @Usingmyrights, because it's just not worth the trouble for me otherwise.
     
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    REI joins gun-related boycott of major Utah outdoor gear company

    Ugh, I did not know this. As a rule I do not spend my money at businesses that work to curb my rights as an American citizen. This is a shame as REI was one of my favorite places for gear and they just opened one up close to me...
     
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    I know one of the managers that helped open that store. It's a shame when companies get involved in politics that don't reflect that of some of their employees.
     
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    The sales aren’t what they used to be. I went to one around 2005. That was great. Then in a few years folks started camping out and would just dump whatever they could get their hands on quickly into their cart until their cart was full then move to a corner to sort through it. Many of those camping out actually mentioned they were re-selling things for a profit on eb*y.
    A few years after that, more controls were added and prices went up. Some of the best parts of the early days was reading the reasons for returns. A Titanium camp cup was returned because it “Boiled Over”. A Kayak was returned because it “Tracked left”. A new looking camp shirt was returned for “In water”.
     
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    I saw one of those biolight charger things and the reason for return was along the lines of, "Customer didn't know how to properly make a fire". I got a good laugh out of it. Prices at the one near me are hit or miss, but pretty good over all.
     
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    This was REI's canned reply to me earlier this year when I emailed my extreme disappointment in their outspoken, politically motivated, anti-gun stance. I don't care if they put hiking boots and backpacks on sale for pennies on the dollar, I will not spend a single cent with them. To the contrary, I donated to the NRA.

    "REI statement on relationship with Vista Outdoor

    03.01.2018

    REI does not sell guns. We believe that it is the job of companies that manufacture and sell guns and ammunition to work towards common sense solutions that prevent the type of violence that happened in Florida last month. In the last few days, we’ve seen such action from companies like Dick’s Sporting Goods and Walmart and we applaud their leadership.

    This week, we have been in active discussions with Vista Outdoor, which has recently acquired several companies that are longtime partners of REI. These include Giro, Bell, Camelbak, Camp Chef and Blackburn. Vista also owns Savage Arms, which manufactures guns including “modern sporting rifles.”

    This morning we learned that Vista does not plan to make a public statement that outlines a clear plan of action. As a result, we have decided to place a hold on future orders of products that Vista sells through REI while we assess how Vista proceeds.

    Companies are showing they can contribute if they are willing to lead. We encourage Vista to do just that."
     
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    I have been an REI Co-op member since 1970 and over those decades I bought a lot of things from them. As a Co-op they are essentially a member owned business and the executives that run this company have absolutely no right to inflict their personal, liberal agenda and beliefs on the members that they are there to serve. All they have accomplished is to screw everyone that has a need for a spare part for their Camebak that they likely bought at REI.

    The leadership of REI has only taken their anti 2nd amendment mentality and figured a way to take that out on the membership, the customers, that they are there to serve. Typical socialists. Inflicting your beliefs on customers of your business is not something to be forgiven.

    I will never buy another thing from REI and one of their stores is 5 miles from my house. I will buy from any source other than REI. I also have a small dividend coming and I will not use it but rather will wait until July and go ask for a check. REI is never again a place to shop for me.
     
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    BOYCOTT REI. Nothing else to say.

    Too toney for me in any case.
     
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    Yeah, I tried a reasonable appeal to them that 2nd amendment and outdoor recreation are closely linked, and a limit on the rights of one would eventually affect the other. Got the same canned response, mailed my membership card, and dividend back to them. Tools.
     
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    This is a great point, and it's the perspective I'd look at it from too. Trying to imagine their perspective I would guess that they believed that the "good" PR about what "responsible corporate citizens" REI are by "taking action against gun violence" would outweigh the "bad" PR from those who value their 2nd amendment rights. They probably hired consultants, did surveys/statistics, and decided the majority of their consumer base had no strong feelings about gun rights either way or have ideologies that would prompt them to spend more money at REI to "support" their "bold stand against gun violence", and it is a big enough margin to offset the losses from a minority of their consumer base which would reject the "anti-2nd amendment knee-jerk response" and boycott REI.

    If REI profitably sold guns, as many other outdoors gear outfitter companies do, you can bet they wouldn't be taking this stance. I'd be curious what the figures for Camelback sales are at REI, and other Vista brand products too. I always thought that the camelback concept was a little faddish in the outdoors world. Maybe it's just going out of style and this is a convenient way to drop the line. They can divest themselves of a line that is sinking claiming it is on prinicple so as to deflect consumer anger from those who still like Camelback. Is their supplier contract with Vista coming due for re-negotiation and is REI playing hardball for leverage? Who knows? Just the people in the boardroom, and the statements they release to shareholders are not anymore representative of their actual discussions than politicians' canned statements to constituents after closed door meetings. I do know that big businesses rarely, if ever, take a stand on principle alone. That is just the corporate BS they put out in canned PR responses. They craft statements to spin it in a way that they believe will boost the business or gloss over shortcomings. But behind closed doors in the board room, I don't believe for one moment they are speaking of idealistic values and making business decisions on social principles. They make a business decision economically and find a way to spin it to seem virtuous thinking people want to shop at a company with a virtuous image, and that will overall boost revenue so they can get bigger bonuses.

    I wonder if this backfires on them, will they pay back the losses they caused to shareholders by giving their bonus checks back to the shareholders? Or altering their "principles" to do business with Vista again?

    Back to the OP thread, if you do decide to go to the REI sale, good luck finding a deal on some good gear! I've never shopped REI myself, but I've heard of some steals from the garage sale. Knew a guy that got a really nice down sleeping bag super cheap because it was returned without a stuff sack. Bag was perfect, just no stuff sack with it.
     
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    Return equipment immediately.
    I'm not a fan of Rei, I'm sure utheir garagesales house some steals, but yore better off spending your time building and sewing your own gear. Impulse decisions cause regret
     
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    "f you do decide to go to the REI sale . . ." you are supporting tyranny.
     
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    I just check REI's website for the brands they stated they would not be reordering. Every one of the brands is in stock, and NOT on clearance. Those brands(Camelbak, Blackburn, Giro, Bell, Camp Chef) are huge sellers. I think REI is hoping no one noticed that "Vista" called their bluff.

    My local REI is NOT a Gun-Free zone like so many other left-leaning businesses here in Madison. I still shop there, but if they follow through with any anti-Second Amendment action I will cancel my membership.

    MAGA
     
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    IF you cancel, please tell them why.
     
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    Well , I needed a UL tent, a winter bag, and sleeping pad, for the wife as well. They just lost that business. And a member.
     
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    Since most of you all are younger than I, a little more of my perspective overall of REI. When I joined REI it was a place that had gear that was impossible to find elsewhere and it was at a very good price. They were almost the sole source for certain mountaineering type gear, like ski mountaineering equipment, cross country ski gear, expedition gear (the things you need for Denali or the Himalayas). They had super deals on general climbing items and on backpacking/hiking gear.

    Somewhere along the journey through time, REI evolved away from the highly specialized equipment and began to concentrate on outdoor clothing that attracts people besides climbers and hikers, the urbanites, yuppies and wannabe outdoor types. The company also began to sell items at a retail, not very discounted price. Mostly you can find the same items for the REI price anywhere that carries the item. REI is just another retailer today.

    The side effect of REI opening stores all over the country though, is at the loss of small shops that were locally owned and staffed. It isn't that REI sells items at cheaper prices (as they once did), it is because they offer a huge selection of a variety of items all under one roof. The little shops go out of business, unable to generate enough revenue to survive in the harsh brick and mortar world.

    They still carry hiking, climbing and other outdoor gear but the regular prices are not a special deal, just normal retail prices. They do have sales several times per year and there can be some bargains, sometimes on top of the line gear. If you can accept their knee jerk reactive politics, it can be a convenient place to shop. Not to defend them, in any way.

    Side note about the knee jerk reaction to the unfortunate rash of school shootings and other shootings in this country. I have a bunch of guns that have never shot anyone and hopefully never have to. The guns are pretty much some machined and pressed metal with an occasional chunk of wood on them, that just sit still and cause no harm. Not a single firearm I own has ever jumped up and gone and hurt someone. In order for a firearm to become a deadly weapon it requires the action of a human operator that is determined to cause harm. The firearm is still innocent and not capable on it's own of doing damage.

    I was thinking that I own a rake and I have had the rake for a few decades, it has not once gone out and raked my yard by itself. It requires a motivated human operator to get the leaves collected. My guns are no different, really. They are perfectly harmless as long as they are not used by a careless or corrupt human being. To call for a ban of guns does not solve the problems with harmful people and to think that it would is pretty ignorant. As people in many European countries are being attacked by rental vans, bad people are still set on doing bad things to others. Sad but true.
     
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    Dang, I had no idea about this issue with REI. It sucks that it seems that it is getting harder and harder these days to consume products without stepping into the political realm based on what companies you buy from. I'm just over here in my own little world saying, "I just want to get some cheap, practical gear (buying on a college student budget), so that I can get outside for bushcrafting and backpacking!" But then these issues come up about supporting companies that have so-much-less -than-perfect ethical views and world-views. I'm not only talking about REI and 2nd Amendment rights. I'm also talking about buying from companies overseas; and not only overseas, but from companies that don't treat their workers fairly or humanely. And again, on my college budget, sometimes I feel like I'm forced to choose between "supporting" these companies or not getting the necessary items I want.
    However, I know that all of these points have counters like "bushcraft isn't about the gear!" and "just wait and save up in order to buy ethically! If you love it enough, you'll do what it takes!" and "there are some cheap, ethical alternatives! You just have to look!" I guess my only excuse is that I'm still pretty new and not experienced with everything.

    I'm sorry if I offended anyone in buying from REI. My accident was truly out of ignorance of these issues. I hope you understand.
    Thank you.
     

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