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Old 02-11-2020, 07:30 AM
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I was driving by REI and got an email saying they had a package for me


What are the odds of that? I plan to buy lottery tickets.
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Old 02-11-2020, 07:55 AM
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"REI operates 158 retail stores in 37 states"...

Most of just read the subject and wondered what the hell "REI" is.
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Old 02-11-2020, 08:04 AM
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I thought REI were pretty well known. They are well known among people who kayak,camp,hike, climb etc. Maybe not well known by city slickers.

And just a few minutes ago I was driving to a dog training place and they emailed me while I was in the car.

up until recently REI guaranteed every item for life. Now it's just 1 year. So people said it meant Rent Every Item.

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Old 02-11-2020, 08:30 AM
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I thought REI were pretty well known.
They are well known by all the people I want to know.
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Old 02-11-2020, 08:39 AM
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I thought REI were pretty well known.
158 stores in 37 states isn't very much. Having said that, I'm suprised to see that there is one only 11 miles from my zip code (the next two closest, 51 miles and 77 miles.)
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Old 02-11-2020, 08:50 AM
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REI does very little advertising. Never seen a REI TV ad, they run radio ads now and then, mostly for sales. Mostly they email their 17 million members with ads.
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Old 02-11-2020, 09:07 AM
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They are well known by all the people I want to know.
Yep.

I live in the NW where REI started so they are very well known. I was able to attend a presentation by Jim Whittaker many years ago that was fantastic. At the time, I was big into mountaineering and had the knees to pull it off.
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Old 02-11-2020, 09:41 AM
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I thought REI were pretty well known.
I would have thought so as well. I've never been in one, but I know of its existence. Seem to show up quite a bit in crosswords, so maybe that's why I thought they were pretty well known. I do know one of the malls here (Oakbrook Terrace) has one, so I was familiar with it from that, as well.

That Wikipedia page is slightly out-of-date. Not that it matters much, but they're in 39 states plus DC, and 161 stores, according to the store map on their website.
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Old 02-11-2020, 10:02 AM
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they only expanded to east coast in the early 90s. They opened their store here in 92 and Jim Whittaker gave a talk and proceeds went to the local Sierra club chapter. they also mail sales catalogs to members. And for a one time fee of $20 you get around 10% of what you spend back every year. They are a co-op so all the profits go back to the members. I normally get at least $50 back a year. You don't get the rebate on sale items

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Old 02-11-2020, 10:13 AM
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I thought REI were pretty well known. They are well known among people who kayak,camp,hike, climb etc. Maybe not well known by city slickers.

The flagship REI store is in downtown Seattle. Other flagship stores are in New York City and Washington DC. They wouldn't put the stores there if "city slickers" didn't buy their stuff.
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Old 02-11-2020, 10:14 AM
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city slickers thing was a joke
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Old 02-11-2020, 10:25 AM
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My sister went to Evergreen State (WA) in the 1970's; when I visited her she took me shopping at the (only) REI store. At that time it was a funky little store with a new ethos for those days: gear for wilderness sports that do not require motors. Believe me, that was a novel concept. My sister led Sierra Club and Outward Bound trips at that time so it was already part of her world. I became a member then, and am to this day.

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What are the odds of that?
You might want to consider getting the tracking chip surgically removed.
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Old 02-11-2020, 12:15 PM
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I thought REI were pretty well known.
They are. I don't know why the first response started this hijack.
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Old 02-11-2020, 12:18 PM
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"REI operates 158 retail stores in 37 states"...

Most of just read the subject and wondered what the hell "REI" is.
It's like Patagonia or North Face except less hippie than the former and less 20-something white girl than the latter.
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Old 02-11-2020, 12:34 PM
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their REI branded clothing items are less expensive than Patagonia, North Face, etc. but the quality is about the same.
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Old 02-11-2020, 02:09 PM
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up until recently REI guaranteed every item for life. Now it's just 1 year. So people said it meant Rent Every Item.
It's not so recently; almost 7 years now.


I had a bicycle floor pump that the bushing/o-ring/washer that held the inner tube's valve stem wore out. I took it out & went to REI to see if they had replacement parts. The long-time, full-time employee stated that they didn't & I should just warranty it for a new one. Ummm, okay. I went home, got the pump & brought it in; the guy who went to do the exchange was a bit incredulous given it was a number of years old but I was like, "Hey, it's your cow-orker who suggested I do this when I came in to purchase replacement parts." Got a new(er) one, which I still have, all for a 50Ę piece.
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Old 02-11-2020, 02:48 PM
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Why would you be looking at your email while driving?
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Old 02-11-2020, 03:00 PM
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You might want to consider getting the tracking chip surgically removed.
That "tracking chip" is the GPS unit plus some (Google?) software in your smart phone. Yes, I know you were joking (and probably the OP was as well), but some people may not realize this is a real phenomenon. We've had threads on this before.
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Old 02-11-2020, 03:44 PM
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Within a retail store, customers can be tracked via Bluetooth (paywall warning).

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Old 02-11-2020, 05:07 PM
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Why would you be looking at your email while driving?
I was at a stoplight
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Old 02-11-2020, 05:41 PM
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I remember REI from way back in the catalog days -

I purposely keep bluetooth turned off while driving in town I've found i'll get spammed texted like crazy when it's on. And after every update have to go back into settings and restrict access across apps. unneccesary stuff I don't need 24/7

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Old 02-11-2020, 06:17 PM
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Back when I lived in Montana, the public library was right next to the park where the summer arts festival was, both on the opposite end of town from me where I seldom went for any other reason. About a decade ago, I was walking to the festival, and got a call from the library that the book I ordered was available, right as I was on the sidewalk directly in front of the library.
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Old 02-11-2020, 07:01 PM
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The flagship REI store is in downtown Seattle. Other flagship stores are in New York City and Washington DC. They wouldn't put the stores there if "city slickers" didn't buy their stuff.
There's also one not far from downtown Chicago, and another 3 in the metro area. I certainly know of them, and I am quite the city slicker.
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As a student my friend and I were walking to a store my friend says "I really hate Mr X, he's a jerk" (can't recall his name) and right after that a guy yells "Come have a beer" and it was Mr X. We had no idea he lived there but we stopped and had a beer. We only knew him a little.
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The flagship REI store is in downtown Seattle.
No, there is an REI store in Seattle. The flagship original store used to be between Pike and Pine, a couple blocks up from Broadway. It was awesome. It had character. Then they closed that iconic place and moved their operation into an REI store that is really quite generic as compared to most other REI stores.
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A flagship store isn't necessarily the original store, but instead a large store in a prominent location. And in many cases, there is more than one flagship store.
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No, there is an REI store in Seattle. The flagship original store used to be between Pike and Pine, a couple blocks up from Broadway. It was awesome. It had character. Then they closed that iconic place and moved their operation into an REI store that is really quite generic as compared to most other REI stores.
Sing it. I miss that old store so much. I remember how you'd go down some nondescript hallway and discover a whole room of gear that you didnít even know was there. Every visit was its own adventure in itself.
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"...I was driving by REI and got an email saying they had a package for me..."

I recently upgraded my very basic phone (trac-fone).

The next morning I went to McDonalds for breakfast (leaving my phone at home) as I am not tethered to like

When I turned on phone, I got a popup message if I wanted to download the McDonalds App. I was kind of freaked out.
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Sing it. I miss that old store so much. I remember how you'd go down some nondescript hallway and discover a whole room of gear that you didnít even know was there. Every visit was its own adventure in itself.
Yes, I miss that as well. It is kinda like that in Powell's book store in Portland Oregon, & The Tattered Cover book store in Denver. It is always an adventure.
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These stories always freak me out.

But when Siri called me by my name, I realized we are not alone.
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