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Barnes & Noble Bi-Annual 50% off Criterion Sale

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#141 of 304 OFFLINE   Charles Smith

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Posted August 04 2013 - 09:33 AM

That pretty much describes my situation.  I've got just about everything that I (presently) know I want.  Of course, as I learn more about more films, they get added to the list, and on and on it goes.  But with some 400 Criterion titles in my collection (a few of those are still laserdisc), I'm feeling pretty good about it right about now.



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Posted August 04 2013 - 03:17 PM

I forget that I also got Repo Man this time around too. Plus, I bought some Bergman and Jarmusch titles for a friend that is higher class than me.

 

Since you guys brought up the amount of Criterions owned, I took a look and was surprised to see that I own more than 60 between DVD and Blu-ray (and probably closer to 70 if I count my laserdiscs). I figured I only had maybe 25 or 30. Needless to say, I'm lagging behind those with 400 titles or nearly all (!) of them but I was 'impressed' with my total.


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#143 of 304 OFFLINE   DavidJ

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Posted August 05 2013 - 07:17 AM

My haul:

 

The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp

A Man Escaped

The Darjeeling Limited

Following

Wild Strawberries 

Kiss Me Deadly

On the Waterfront

and of course, Safety Last!

 

I may go by today and pick up one more. I did have some difficulty yesterday with coupons though. 



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Posted August 05 2013 - 07:10 PM

And I've now added 8 1/2 and Breathless. I watch 81/2 at least once a year so I figured it was finally time to upgrade the DVD set. 



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Posted August 07 2013 - 03:52 PM

I got:

Shochiku eclipse

kobayashi eclipse

 

Following

Brazil

Pina

On the Waterfront

Tin Drum

Man Who Knew Too Much

Sunday Bloody Sunday

Les Visiteurs du soir

Badlands

Life and Death of Cololel blimp

Richard III

Repo Man

Ballad of Narayama

Ministry of Fear

Gate of Hell

Wild Strawberries

Marketa Lazarova

Things to Come

Safety Last

Life of Oharu

Babette's Feast

Ice Storm

Medium Cool

 

The only things on my list I didn't get were: Qatsi Trilogy, Pierre Etaix, Shoah, Lord of the Flies and Devil's Backbone.  And I probably should have had Two Land Blacktop, Ivan's Childhood, Chronicle of a Summer, The Blob, a Man Escaped, Monsieur Verdoux, Naked Lunch, and 3:10 to Yuma on my list as well, but I ruled all those out (along with the above) in an attempt at sanity.

 

I saved in members discount and coupons, 93$ more or less, membership cost me 27$ so it seems as though it was a good investment.  Or not, I'd have probably bought fewer than ten titles if I didn't have the membership this sale!


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#146 of 304 OFFLINE   Moe Dickstein

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Posted August 07 2013 - 05:31 PM

I should do a figuring of my assualt on this sale. Are you calculating your savings of MSRP? Seems like you should have saved a LOT more than that buying all those...


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#147 of 304 OFFLINE   Adam_S

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Posted August 08 2013 - 09:24 AM

member discount of 10% was worth $52  this sale on the titles I bought.  Various member coupons netted me another $43.95.  (I'm counting the 15% off coupon there, I never receive coupons from BN by email to my member address).

 

Savings off MSRP I'd have gotten without buying the membership, so the membership value is the member discount plus the member coupons minus the membership fee.

 

I realized too late that if you aren't buying only $40 MSRP titles that the perfect value maximizing way to use the $5 off coupon is to buy a $50, $40 and $30 title on the same purchase, this adds up to an MSRP of 120, discounted to $60, discounted by membership to 54, discounted with the $5 off coupon to $49.  I had three 3 $50 titles and 3 $30 titles I wanted to buy and instead of combining those with three of the many $40 titles, I bought two of the 50s at once and 2 of the 30s in combination with two of the 40s.  I could have used another $5 coupon if I'd planned it out better. 


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#148 of 304 OFFLINE   Moe Dickstein

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Posted August 08 2013 - 09:41 AM

My sweet spot is similar, 3 $40 titles for a 5/50. With $50 titles you're far better off using the 8/40 coupon.

I didn't realize you were just calculating the membership aspect of your savings and not the entire savings of MSRP
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#149 of 304 OFFLINE   Adam_S

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Posted August 08 2013 - 05:34 PM

I've only ever got the 8/40 coupon to work once on a $50 title, it's very rare that you get to pass it on one of those. I didn't even get it to work on the $60 eclipse titles this time, usually those are more of a 70 or 80% success rate.

 

I miss the Pico/Westwood BN, they accepted almost any coupon every time. 


 

#150 of 304 OFFLINE   Moe Dickstein

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Posted August 08 2013 - 05:54 PM

I've never been turned down on an 8/40 for a $50 title.
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Posted August 09 2013 - 06:44 AM

I'm still waiting for my first batch of titles to arrive. Getting close to 20 days now. As much as I love these B&N sales, the shipping is ridiculous. They might be lost for all I know. I might just skip them in the future and do the 50% flash sales that Criterion themselves sometimes host. At least when you buy direct you receive the titles in a couple weeks. I'm in Canada so don't get the coupons anyway. :S



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Posted August 09 2013 - 07:14 AM

That's a little strange -- many of the Canadians on the other forums were amazed at how fast they received them this sale (5-10 days instead of the usual 4 weeks). Most isn't all of course -- I'm assuming you mean 20 days after shipping and not after ordering.

#153 of 304 OFFLINE   Malcolm R

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Posted September 01 2013 - 04:59 PM

Another Criterion sale thru Sept 30. Buy 2, get a third free.


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Posted October 15 2013 - 08:02 AM

anyone know the Nov 2013 sale dates that B&N have planned for the 50% off sale, just wondering if the date will cover that massive Zatoichi set, or will end before then?


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Posted October 15 2013 - 08:06 AM

I don't know for sure, but I expect it to cover the Zatoichi set. In the past the sale covered titles that came out the week after the sale date, so it should fall in line. fingers crossed anyway.


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#156 of 304 OFFLINE   Moe Dickstein

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Posted October 15 2013 - 08:22 AM

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It will cover Zatoichi.

On another site is is mentioned the sale runs through Dec 2. This time they have just done the 5 week sale in advance rather than extending it during the sale. All November releases will be covered
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Posted October 19 2013 - 11:21 PM

Starting Nov 5th?
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Posted October 20 2013 - 08:27 AM

Starting Nov 5th?

 

Expected to run 11/5 to 12/2



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Posted October 20 2013 - 11:01 AM

I just sat down and planned out my purchases for this sale and it's not going to be much since I was naughty and got the Bergman/Rossellini set and I Married a Witch at the flash sale
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Posted November 03 2013 - 07:49 AM

Updates on BN Special Sales

 

Criterion 50% Sale   11/5/2013  through 12/2/2013

 

British TV 50% Sale  12/10 -- 12/16

 

40% All Movies  -- 12/17 - 12/24

 

 

No special discount coupons available yet though I'm hoping for a couple rounds of email coupons before the end -- 15-20% at least and maybe 25-30% for Black Friday weekend.    Usually they send these through email every 2-3 weeks.

 

Also   November GC  Promotion --

Starting today BN is replaying it's "Free BN $10 GC for Purchase of BN $75GC" for the next month -- expires 12/2.

The free $10 Promo GC will not be active until 12/26 however though this didn't always seem to be followed last year particularly for the instore GC.   If the same rules apply it's once per account online, but can be used multiple times in store. An easy 12% added savings if you're going to buy stuff anyway.


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