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Barnes & Noble Semi-Annual 50% off Criterion Sale

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    Hey David ... many thanks for the info on the 40% off sale. So much for those 20% off coupons, at least
    as far as Criterion Goes.
     
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    Well there still is hope that they;ll allow some coupons during the actual Criterion Sale. The current group expire at the end of the week, but usually another set should show up in a couple weeks.

    There were at least signs in store today though they were HomeMade version and not the usually professional signs.
    Looks like someone hit their computer and there were about 20 signs all over one of the stores today, then printed them on standard
    white printer paper and ran off a bunch of copies. Taped them on all the doors, Customer Service, the Media department, the cafe.

    40% All Blu-ray and DVD through July 17th
    Excludes Disney, Marvel, and the Criterion Collection.

    Normally it goes through Monday, but maybe a misprint or they decided to end it after Fathers Day.
    Regular coupons were working. 40% discount was applying to Ship to Home orders so I ended up with a bunch of Warner Archive
    items released since Christmas many/most which likely won't be part of a 4/44 sale until November. Nice to be able to get them for under $12 now instead of waiting. Just have to wait for them to ship
     
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    I don't recall them excluding Criterion from the previous 40% off sales. In fact, I had used coupons during the 40% off on Criterions, which are now usually forbidden during the 50% off Criterion sales
     
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    David Norman

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    It's been hit of miss though I'd have to go back to the old threads to be sure -- maybe 2016 they did. I think both 2017 sales allowed them. Certainly could be faulty memory again since a lot of the sales become a blur after a few years.

    If not coupons this year, maybe they'll have another double discount weekend since those seem to be a lot more frequent the last couple years instead of the once per year in September when no sales are happening.
    Best one of those I think was last Dec when the British TV 50% sale became a 60% sale and a Double Member weekend. Some of the deals got absurd enough I didn't mind returning and rebuying a few expensive items.
     
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    It is very hit or miss how you can use the coupons and on what- it can vary from store to store it seems, or even cashier to cashier....Last year was the first time I noticed that the coupons I receive by e-mail specifically excluded Criterions during the semi-annual 50% sale.
     
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    The 1st time instore coupons were ever blocked at the source for the entire sale was Nov 2016, though July 2016 was odd (1st part of the sale everything worked, then by the end of the sale only certain coupons worked). There were always stores and managers that made up their own rules. You are definitely right on the Same store/Different clerks and Different store rules. Luckily most of mine were always pretty easy about the coupons as long as they scanned OK -- they wouldn't allow anything extra, but they would along what the system said was OK even if it differed from super-strict reading of the coupon fine print.

    Online there was always a sale to sale and even day to day variation. Early sales online was blocked though sometimes the first 6-24 hr or 1st week would work, then for a couple of years everything worked online. July 2016 was the changeover when they put out a pile of Whole Cart codes from 10-25% that worked initially then got shut down. I don't think online any have worked for Criterions since then.

    Actually some stores will still allow some of the Snail Mail member coupons to go through and a few older clerks who remember the way it used to work are even a bit more aggressive, but those stores are rarities. I think it's one of the things everyone warned against when people complained to corporate about Uneven use of coupons -- "It's not fair, every store/manager/clerk should be using the same rules ." The chance of a YMMV getting everybody blocked was always a lot more likely than the other direction.

    Oh well - it was great for 7 years and it's still not bad. Criterions for $18 (net less using GC discounts and reward CC) is still pretty good even if it's not as good as it was.
     
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    Did a ship to home today for the 4k Gladiator, Braveheart & Saving Private Ryan. After 40% off, member 10% off & 3 20% off coupons they were $15.98 each before tax.
     
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    Those are UHd priced that I would buy at. Pricing has been the reason I have only picked up a few UHd titles thus far.
     
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    2nd report on possible 50% sale since I think the 40% Instore sale MAY be over (all the stores that has signs and a couple of clerks were telling customers it ended last night).

    A BN Phone Rep over the weekend said the Criterion Sale would be starting July 5th. Almost always BN sales start on Tuesday so the 3rd makes a little more sense though the Nov Sale started on Wed, but it's possible they may not want to start a sale the day before a Holiday. For right now I'd say be flexible and heads up for further updates if you were planning a trip on Day 1
     
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    All sorts of confusing information on the Criterion Sale. 6/29 had now been added to July 3 or July 5th as possible start dates. I guess maybe to catch the Pre-Holiday weekend? For now I'd just assume it's going to start within the next week and keep an eye out for the exact dates

    EDIT: Just checked with one of my better stores and the Manager sounded adamant that her email from HQ this morning confirmed the date had been moved forward from July 3 to June 29 and run through Aug 1.
     
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    David:

    I just got some more B&N coupons (right BEFORE the big sale. Thank you, B&N!). And, the 20% off one item coupons don't seem to exclude Criterion items. Isn't that a bit of a surprise? It does note that they are not supposed to be combined with any other coupon or promotional discount "except where noted." But I thought such coupons usually specifically made note that Criterion Collection titles were excluded.

    The coupons are valid through July 29.
     
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    Did you get two 20% codes or some folks are saying they got a 20% and a 25% -- haven't gotten mine yet, but mine often don;t show up until Friday or Monday (if they come at all) compared to others.

    Unfortunately the Mailer coupons rarely included the Criterion language that was often on the email type coupons.
    Often the website linked on the coupon does include the Criterion language after the sale starts (of often adds it a couple days later) and
    even if the language isn't there the coupons exclusion is built into the coupon and it won't automatically scan, If the language isn't on the coupon and it won't scan, there is at least a bit of hope that a clerk will allow an over-ride at least on the Member special coupons.

    The hope with the multiple start changes is that possibly early in the sale they'll not have that programmed in at the beginning.
    Of course, best hope is they go back to old coupon rules and at least allow normal in-store use. After a couple sales completely excluding
    coupons, the clerks are keyed into the Coupon+Exclusion and anytime I've bought any movies lately (my WAC orders during the 40%) during a sale they seem to automatically mention the Criterions and often seem shocked when a couple applies without a fuss..
     
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    Thanks for that explanation. :thumbsup:

    I guess I should consider getting to the sale on opening day--whenever that is going to be.
     
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    It appears the website is starting to load the banner and Sale Information, but not the prices. A third end date appears to be the official date as was hinted at earlier today by some people.

    Barnes & Noble Criterion 50% Off MSRP Sale
    June 29 through August 6, 2018


    CRITERION 50% OFF SALE

    It appears they're pretty serious about no coupons since most of the online items I've spot checked already have the "NO COUPON" language added. As always in-store rules can often run on a different rules, but I expect this will be another no extra coupon sale like the last 2 full sales.
     
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    The site is down as I was on it then suddenly I was booted out.
     
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    It been up and down a couple times for me over the last 30 minutes. None of the prices were changed 10 minutes ago so hopefully some of them will start changing soon though it rarely is fully functional until 1-2 am ET on a good sale.
     
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    For pre-orders that get released during the sale, do they automatically become eligible for the sale or do you have to come back and order when the actual release date arrives, for example July 17th?
     
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    The last 3-4 years I'm pretty sure the prices are half off on preorders immediately.

    The new thing last year was on the in-store generated ship to home orders which allowed 50% off items released well after the sale.
    Early last July it was noticed that the Aug and some Sept titles were 50% off on the STH orders. The last few days (early August), the last Sept and all the October titles were also 50% off. Pretty much I had all the titles I wanted through Halloween already ordered running almost right into the November Sale letting me bypass the mid Oct Flash sale completely.

    STH orders are considered in-store purchases which allows the 10% member discount
    Hopefully they'll schedule a Double Member Discount weekend again like in Dec or one of the Criterion sales though since they just had one in May I'm not sure they'll have another in July.


    EDIT -- noting that some of the prices are now 50% off including several of the July titles (not the Dietrich Box yet) so that part is confirmed. None of the Aug titles are discounted though that wasn't expected online
     
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    The Dietrich Box has been discounted and I ordered it.
     
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    The site won't let me order Bull Durham so I'd completed my first order with the following titles:

    Midnight Cowboy
    The Awful Truth
    Moonrise
    A Matter of Life and Death
    Dietrich and von Sternberg in Hollywood
     
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