Yea, I mentioned that. I'll also point out again that most of their items still end up being more expensive even if you pick it up.
Sorry, not trying to make the company I work for look better. I used to shop at REI when I was a beginner. I have since learned that I overpaid for all my stuff. The worst part is that it isn't even a shop. It's a massive retail chain.
I edited my post while you were replying. On the specific binding you posted, she would save a little at REI on the rides, and spend a couple dollars more on the burtons. But the thing I like about them is you basically get a lifetime warranty on anything you buy. It sounds like she's worried about durability. If her bindings break even 3 years from now, REI will refund her money no questions asked.
I personally wouldn't pay full retail at REI, but their clearance prices are reasonable. Also, if you sign up for a $20 membership, you get 10% back at the end of the year. They'll send you 20% off coupons from time to time. And sometimes you'll get lucky at their scratch and dent sales.
Plus shipping, the Rides will come up to be more expensive actually.
I never knew about the lifetime warranty thing. That part is pretty damn awesome
I mean if she has them shipped to her local REI, they'll be a little cheaper.
The way they put it is you get a lifetime satisfaction guarantee. If you're not satisfied for any reason (reasonable or not) they'll refund your money. My office is right above an REI, so I'm in there quite a bit. The other day, I saw a guy return a 3-year old backpack that he put in the dryer and melted. They gave him a full refund even though it was his fault. I've heard people refer to them as Rental Equipment Incorporated because so many people abuse the return policy.
One other thing, if you get a membership, they keep everything you buy in their system. That way you can return it to any store in the country without a receipt. If you don't have a membership, you have to keep your receipt. Either way, it's a great policy
Also, you get a lot of people buying tents, sleeping bags, etc. for a one time camping trip, then returning it. They turn around and sell that stuff at scratch and dent sales. You can get basically new stuff up to 80% off.