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Props to REI

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Offline mule ears

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Re: Props to REI
« Reply #15 on: January 28, 2018, 06:25:06 AM »
I still have my paper card, which never fails to elicit a response whenever I pull it out of my wallet. 

Don't have my paper card any longer, but get a similar reaction when I rattle off my 6-digit number.

Okay, without giving away too much information, who has the lowest REI number?

Mine is 27****

presidio, I knew you were crusty but you must also be old and crusty.  I say that with the greatest respect.

You might be surprised at the old part  :dance:

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My 6 digit number starts with 30****.  I think the numbers may even go to 8 digits now and yes they recoil when I pull out my paper card with such a low number.  I keep it right next to my Eagle Scout card but that is yet another discussion.    :)

Might be  7 digits, might be 8. The REI 2016 Stewardship report says there are 16 million members; however, their 2016 financial statement says 6.3 million "voting eligible" members.

I got mine in 1971 or 1972. The outdoor environmental/backpacker movement was beginning to crest then, and the numbers went up pretty quickly in a short period. A blog where folks were crowing about their numbers had one guy with 311565 who said he got it in the early 70s.

Interesting that your number is lower than mine when I got mine in 1970 (I was 13 going on 14), maybe they recycle numbers like Delaware recycles license plate numbers.   :eusa_think:

Now my paper card is not the original as it has my current address which wasn't even assigned until the mid 80's (it was a Rural Route Box number before that) but I don't think they gave me a new number.
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Re: Props to REI
« Reply #16 on: January 28, 2018, 11:10:10 AM »
My only gripe, and itís not REIís fault really, is that we have lost our smaller local shops that were a little more focused on backpacking and climbing. Some of you guys in Texas are probably familiar with Backwoods. In the KC area it was my go to store from the late 1970ís.  REI opened just a few blocks away, and then a huge Sheels store opened just across the parking lot from Backwoods. Between that, and the cheaper online competition, the local  Backwoods just couldnít compete, and they closed their doors 2-3 years ago.

I looked it up, I joined REI in 1987, member numbers were up to 1,9xx,xxx by then.

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Re: Props to REI
« Reply #17 on: January 29, 2018, 12:48:37 PM »
I found the best camping chair I've ever used there.
It's big, holds 400lbs and it's comfy!
https://www.rei.com/product/847137/rei-co-op-camp-xtra-chair
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Re: Props to REI
« Reply #18 on: January 29, 2018, 10:10:58 PM »
I completed the exchange today at the NW Houston REI.  They guy at the counter interrupted me as I began to explain why I wanted to return the pack.  He kindly i said, "It doesn't matter.  The pack isn't damaged.  You are well withing the time rams."  That was it.

A new mid-sized Baltoro is on its way.

Leave "quit" at the car.  Embrace the trail as your friend.  Expect to enjoy yourself, and to be amazed.

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Re: Props to REI
« Reply #19 on: January 30, 2018, 08:07:13 AM »
My only gripe, and itís not REIís fault really, is that we have lost our smaller local shops that were a little more focused on backpacking and climbing. Some of you guys in Texas are probably familiar with Backwoods. In the KC area it was my go to store from the late 1970ís.  REI opened just a few blocks away, and then a huge Sheels store opened just across the parking lot from Backwoods. Between that, and the cheaper online competition, the local  Backwoods just couldnít compete, and they closed their doors 2-3 years ago.

I looked it up, I joined REI in 1987, member numbers were up to 1,9xx,xxx by then.

Backwoods used to get my money in KC. Then (my opinion) they sold out and moved to south Johnson County into la-la land. I have to question how many outdoor people actually live in that area unless you count folks that require Patagonia and North Face gear to shop at Trader Joe's or Whole Foods. OK that was snarky :). I loved the old store on Broadway but the new one left me cold and after a few trips and them totally ignoring customers you could tell they wouldn't be for long. I'd guess their lease/rent was 4-6 times the old location which I loved.

If you shopped there you might be familiar with Sunflower Outdoor and Bike in Lawrence. They're going strong, still my main source for gear. Great shop.
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Re: Props to REI
« Reply #20 on: January 30, 2018, 08:38:45 AM »
My only gripe, and itís not REIís fault really, is that we have lost our smaller local shops that were a little more focused on backpacking and climbing. Some of you guys in Texas are probably familiar with Backwoods. In the KC area it was my go to store from the late 1970ís.  REI opened just a few blocks away, and then a huge Sheels store opened just across the parking lot from Backwoods. Between that, and the cheaper online competition, the local  Backwoods just couldnít compete, and they closed their doors 2-3 years ago.

I looked it up, I joined REI in 1987, member numbers were up to 1,9xx,xxx by then.

Backwoods used to get my money in KC. Then (my opinion) they sold out and moved to south Johnson County into la-la land. I have to question how many outdoor people actually live in that area unless you count folks that require Patagonia and North Face gear to shop at Trader Joe's or Whole Foods. OK that was snarky :). I loved the old store on Broadway but the new one left me cold and after a few trips and them totally ignoring customers you could tell they wouldn't be for long. I'd guess their lease/rent was 4-6 times the old location which I loved.

If you shopped there you might be familiar with Sunflower Outdoor and Bike in Lawrence. They're going strong, still my main source for gear. Great shop.

"folks that require Patagonia and North Face gear to shop at Trader Joe's or Whole Food" Nugget, you are my kind of guy!
Leave "quit" at the car.  Embrace the trail as your friend.  Expect to enjoy yourself, and to be amazed.

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Re: Props to REI
« Reply #21 on: January 30, 2018, 02:07:36 PM »
My only gripe, and itís not REIís fault really, is that we have lost our smaller local shops that were a little more focused on backpacking and climbing. Some of you guys in Texas are probably familiar with Backwoods. In the KC area it was my go to store from the late 1970ís.  REI opened just a few blocks away, and then a huge Sheels store opened just across the parking lot from Backwoods. Between that, and the cheaper online competition, the local  Backwoods just couldnít compete, and they closed their doors 2-3 years ago.

I looked it up, I joined REI in 1987, member numbers were up to 1,9xx,xxx by then.

Backwoods used to get my money in KC. Then (my opinion) they sold out and moved to south Johnson County into la-la land. I have to question how many outdoor people actually live in that area unless you count folks that require Patagonia and North Face gear to shop at Trader Joe's or Whole Foods. OK that was snarky :). I loved the old store on Broadway but the new one left me cold and after a few trips and them totally ignoring customers you could tell they wouldn't be for long. I'd guess their lease/rent was 4-6 times the old location which I loved.

If you shopped there you might be familiar with Sunflower Outdoor and Bike in Lawrence. They're going strong, still my main source for gear. Great shop.

"folks that require Patagonia and North Face gear to shop at Trader Joe's or Whole Food" Nugget, you are my kind of guy!
The unfortunate truth of the Outdoor Industry is it is all about clothing sales not hard goods both in amount sold and the profit margin.  So all those Trader Joe's folks need to look good and healthy too.
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Re: Props to REI
« Reply #22 on: January 30, 2018, 02:51:28 PM »
Enjoying reading all the REI and my "locally owned" store talk.

In my opinion it's a Catch 22.  You gotta' love supporting a mom and pops shop owned by people who use the products or participate in what they sale.  Feels good to put money in their pocket.  They usually have the most knowledgeable employees too.  People that also know the sport/equipment. 

However, being a long ways from rich, I do like to compare prices - hitting the large box stores or on-line shopping.  And if you think about it, on-line shopping has actually allowed some mom and pops to not only survive to but grow!   

Patagonia?  North Face?  Good looking stuff.  All those people who wear it to show off the brand do the rest of us a lot of good though.  Those high profit margins put money back into the machine and I figure some of that goes into R&D and new innovative products making things better for those that hit the backcountry. 

I don't own a YETI...still trying to win one somewhere as a door prize.  However, I did splurge on a RTIC (same thing really) and I thank YETI and all those people who made them so popular and allowed copy companies to make cheaper versions.  Love the savings on ice when I'm car camping.

Commerce has benefitted us tremendously.  Look at the advancements in the last few decades; water purification devices, the thinness of our clothing layers, the lightness of our packs and tents, the navigating ability of our GPS instruments, weather prediction, and countless gadgets and gizmos. 

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Re: Props to REI
« Reply #23 on: January 30, 2018, 03:32:24 PM »
I used to live close to the Round Rock store and my wife would cringe when I told her I was going to REI.  I can almost see the downtown location from my office so I get my REI fix there now.  It's only 3 miles from our new home too.

I bought a REI quarter dome tent about 7 or 8 years ago.  The year before they changed the return policy I had issues witht he strap hooks that the rain fly attaches too.  Several had come unglued.  Not a big deal.  I stopped by the store, not to return the item, but to ask if they had a repair kit.  This was at the Round Rock store.  The guy took a look at the tent and said, "Yeah we can fix that.  I'll be right back."  A few minutes later he gives me a new tent!  I tell him I can't accept that and to just give me a repair kit.  He says, "This is the repair kit" and tossed it to me!

Had a pair of REI hiking boots too.  They lasted for years and finally the sole started separating and no way to fix that.  They were very comfortable boots too.

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Re: Props to REI
« Reply #24 on: January 30, 2018, 05:24:07 PM »
Commerce has benefitted us tremendously.  Look at the advancements in the last few decades; water purification devices, the thinness of our clothing layers, the lightness of our packs and tents, the navigating ability of our GPS instruments, weather prediction, and countless gadgets and gizmos.

YES!!!

It's all about innovation in equipment.   :notworthy:

It's given us KNIVES!!!!  :dance:


And, especially, watches!!!  :dance:


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Re: Props to REI
« Reply #25 on: January 30, 2018, 08:49:25 PM »
I loved the old store on Broadway but the new one left me cold and after a few trips and them totally ignoring customers you could tell they wouldn't be for long. I'd guess their lease/rent was 4-6 times the old location which I loved.

If you shopped there you might be familiar with Sunflower Outdoor and Bike in Lawrence. They're going strong, still my main source for gear. Great shop.

I grew up in midtown, my early stops in Backwoods were usually side trips walking home from high school. Mostly those were look and dream trips as I didnít have a lot of money, but one day I walked home with brand new Alpenlite frame pack, my first backpack. I generally agree on the move to Johnson County not being great, but midtown had become a tough market, too. 

Itís been awhile since Iíve been out to Sunflower, but itís a great shop thatís been around forever. The owner Dan has a good head for the outdoor business.

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Re: Props to REI
« Reply #26 on: January 30, 2018, 10:12:21 PM »
Commerce has benefitted us tremendously.  Look at the advancements in the last few decades; water purification devices, the thinness of our clothing layers, the lightness of our packs and tents, the navigating ability of our GPS instruments, weather prediction, and countless gadgets and gizmos.

YES!!!

It's all about innovation in equipment.   :notworthy:

It's given us KNIVES!!!!  :dance:


And, especially, watches!!!  :dance:


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Re: Props to REI
« Reply #27 on: January 31, 2018, 11:01:23 AM »
" I have to question how many outdoor people actually live in that area unless you count folks that require Patagonia and North Face gear to shop at Trader Joe's or Whole Foods. OK that was snarky :). "

LOL. This is an entire demographic in Austin, TX.  :icon_lol:

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Re: Props to REI
« Reply #28 on: January 31, 2018, 11:06:13 AM »
" I have to question how many outdoor people actually live in that area unless you count folks that require Patagonia and North Face gear to shop at Trader Joe's or Whole Foods. OK that was snarky :). "

LOL. This is an entire demographic in Austin, TX.  :icon_lol:

Truth!  You should see my "hipster" neighborhood.  When I'm out walking I always have my backpack on.  People have offered me money, food coupons, etc. thinking I'm a homeless person.  :icon_lol:

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Re: Props to REI
« Reply #29 on: January 31, 2018, 11:31:36 AM »
" I have to question how many outdoor people actually live in that area unless you count folks that require Patagonia and North Face gear to shop at Trader Joe's or Whole Foods. OK that was snarky :). "

LOL. This is an entire demographic in Austin, TX.  :icon_lol:
You misspelled Patagucci.  :icon_wink:

 


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