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Maybe it will be different this year because of...well...you know.

Since B&N has pulled back on most other incentives I'm going to say not. Pretty much all the email coupons and even Member Special Coupons have dried up. Since the new ownership group arrived, they sent out 1 single 20% coupon in the mail in mid November instead of the usual pair, skipped December's and usually what would be Feb's pair completely.

Email Coupons were sent in Mid Jan, Pres Day and a small one in mid March, none for Easter nor May 5. Used to be we'd get at least an email code every other week. If they miss Mothers Day then I'm not holding my breath for at least one of their two major Summer sales leading into Fathers Day. The weeklong "Semi-Annual 40% off all Bluray" was one of the 5 of 6 major Bluray sales they had every year. It was primarily an In-store Sale with a lesser Online version so I;m not sure what to expect.

Somewhere last Fall they eliminated a Decade long NEW MEMBER WELCOME coupon packet that was sent for most 1st Time Members
 

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With many or possibly even most physical B&Ns closed right now due to the virus, and shipping times delayed on the website, I would question whether or not there will even be a Criterion sale this summer.

I have Marriage Story pre-ordered with Amazon for the time being, but would switch and get it from B&N if they do have a sale because it is coming out in July during when they would normally have one. But I'm not expecting one. I'd love to be wrong.
 

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This isn't specifically related to a sale, but is about Criterion so I thought I would post it here rather than creating an individual thread.

I have shopped with Criterion before, but I have not done a pre-order directly from their store before.

If I were to pre-order an upcoming disc from the Criterion store, would they bill me when I place the order or would they bill me only upon shipment? Also, if the former, would they put through a pending charge like Best Buy does, or would they just not touch the card until shipment like Amazon?

And finally, let's say I have two gift certificates. Is there any reason I couldn't stack both of those onto the same order? Thanks to anyone who shares anything.
 

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Since the orders are filled via ALLIANCE I;m assuming they'll use the same process as they do at Deep Discount or B&N

I THINK (actually pretty sure):
Final Charge is usually at time of shipment
Preauth is usually done at time of order and fall off in a few days (number seems to be diff depending on the Bank holding the card)

100% sure -- 2 GC or Cert can be used on the same order. I've done a $50 Reward Cert and $10 Promo Cert on the same order at least once.
I want to say I used two different $10 once as well, but that could be be faulty memory. I do remember it being a little tricky making sure the GC were actually applied to the order
 

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Thank you, David!

I have two gift cards for $10 each. I'm debating whether to use them now to pre-order Marriage Story (which I already have on order with Amazon and could cancel) or if I just want to save those for an eventual future 50% flash sale and keep Marriage Story where it is. The price of Criterion's shipping would also be a factor, because with Amazon I have Prime. The gift cards are both pretty old, so they have not been burning a hole in my pocket yet or anything.
 
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My opinion -- with Marriage Story coming out in July I'd wait to see about the B&N sale. If the sale happens then Amazon would like PM anyway assuming you don't want to switch to B&N pickup -- my opinion on whether to buy from B&N vs amazon is pretty easy

IMO save the GC for a 50% sale. If you were going to use it for a June release or even mid August rather wait for the presumed sale I could make a better case for preordering now while Criterion has the 30% off prices, but only if you can hit the FS limit
 

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As a heads up Bullmoose is running a $19.97 sale on certain Criterion blu-ray titles. Not newer releases but something like Blue Velvet or Local Hero or Do the Right Thing is $19.97. A title like Roma is $23.97. The Jackie Chan Police Story double feature is $25.97.
 

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It's gone back and forth a few times, but nothing confirmed.

Last week all the rumors were freaking out over unsubstantiated reports of NO SALE

A little better rumor and a Screenshot of a B&N computer that showed a sale banner saying a Criterion 50% sale, They mentioned (not showing) a date starting July 10 and ending early August

The latter fits my initial 'insider' info from 4-6 weeks ago that the sale would happen, but later than normal do to the virus
 

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It appears there are now several people reporting a July 10, 2020 start date but no clear end date so for now I'll assume the original reddit 8/2 will apply

Items releasing during the sale should be 50% OFF as soon as the sale starts -- all should be 39.99 MSRP (19.99 at 50%) except those boxsets noted with higher prices

Items releasing after the sale end shouldn't be 50% off either online or via shiptohome orders, but occasionally there have been glitches and if the sale extends a week or two that could bring s few more titles into the 50% Sale so I'll list them anyway

CRITERION RELEASED SINCE LAST B&N SALE
Tunes of Glory (Criterion Collection)7155152389153-Dec-2019
The Story of Temple Drake (Criterion Collection)7155152387173-Dec-2019
Old Joy (Criterion Collection)71551523931810-Dec-2019
Until the End of the World (Criterion Collection)71551523911010-Dec-2019
Holiday7155152398137-Jan-2020
The Fugitive Kind71551524001714-Jan-2020
Le Petit Soldat71551524021521-Jan-2020
Fail Safe71551524041328-Jan-2020
All About My Mother (Todo sobre mi madre)71551524061128-Jan-2020
Roma Blu-ray71551523731411-Feb-2020
Antonio Gaudí Blu-ray71551524171718-Feb-2020
Teorema Blu-ray71551524081918-Feb-2020
Paris Is Burning Blu-ray71551524151925-Feb-2020
Three Fantastic Journeys by Karel Zeman Blu-ray71551524131125-Feb-2020$100
CRITERION RELEASED SINCE LAST CRITERION.COM FLASH SALE
Salesman Blu-ray71551524101410-Mar-2020
Bamboozled Blu-ray71551524261517-Mar-2020
Leave Her to Heaven Blu-ray71551524281324-Mar-2020
The Cranes Are Flying Blu-ray71551524301824-Mar-2020
Show Boat Blu-ray71551524321631-Mar-2020
The Prince of Tides Blu-ray71551524341431-Mar-2020
Army of Shadows Blu-ray7155152440157-Apr-2020Re-Release
Destry Rides Again Blu-ray71551524441114-Apr-2020
The Cremator Blu-ray71551524421321-Apr-2020
Me and You and Everyone We Know Blu-ray71551524501228-Apr-2020
The Grand Budapest Hotel Blu-ray71551524461928-Apr-2020
Six Moral Tales Blu-ray7155152401165-May-2020$100
The Great Escape Blu-ray71551524581412-May-2020
Dance, Girl, Dance Blu-ray71551524621719-May-2020
Wildlife Blu-ray71551524661326-May-2020
Scorsese Shorts Blu-ray71551524641526-May-2020
Husbands Blu-ray71551524601926-May-2020
An Unmarried Woman Blu-ray7155152448179-Jun-2020
The Cameraman Blu-ray71551524731316-Jun-2020
Tokyo Olympiad Blu-ray71551524701623-Jun-2020
Portrait of a Lady on Fire Blu-ray71551524751123-Jun-2020
Come and See Blu-ray71551524771930-Jun-2020
The War of the Worlds Blu-ray7155152486177-Jul-2020
CRITERION RELEASING DURING EXPECTED B&N SALE
Bruce Lee: His Greatest Hits Blu-ray71551524721414-Jul-2020$125
The Lady Eve Blu-ray71551524901014-Jul-2020
Marriage Story Blu-ray71551524721421-Jul-2020
Taste of Cherry Blu-ray71551524851821-Jul-2020
CRITERION RELEASING AFTER END OF SALE (Current Known Date)
The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum Blu-ray7155152498124-Aug-2020
The Complete Films of Agnès Varda Blu-ray71551524791711-Aug-2020$250
Town Bloody Hall Blu-ray71551524991118-Aug-2020
The Comfort of Strangers Blu-ray71551525031318-Aug-2020
Toni Blu-ray71551525011525-Aug-2020
 

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Well, it's after midnight in some parts of the country but not here just yet. I went over to the BN website to check and see if the new prices were active yet on account of it being past July 10 in some time zones.

My cart includes Inside Llewyn Davis, The Squid and the Whale and Marriage Story. The first two are older releases I just haven't gotten yet, while Marriage Story is a preorder for July 21 release. Thus far, Marriage Story has been reduced to $19.99 already, but the two in-stock titles are still showing as $36 each.

I'll check back when I wake up tomorrow. If the other two drop as well, I'm in. If they don't, then just Marriage Story would not be enough to trigger free shipping. In that case, I would just stick with Amazon for Marriage Story and get the others at the next Criterion flash sale.

Edit: I refreshed, and now two of the three are $19.99 but The Squid and the Whale is still showing at $36. It seems that B&N is slowly updating the prices of all their Criterion titles but not all there yet.

Edit #2: There goes The Squid and the Whale, which fell in line with the others. I'll pull the trigger on the order in the morning.

Edit #3: Inside Llewyn Davis is now showing as out of stock online. It was in stock less than an hour ago. That was quick. Not sure if I want to go out to the store get it given current circumstances.
 
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I just ordered at 5AM Central time, everything was 50% off. Several things were out of stock online already and I had to choose store pickup. But it the sale is going on. Godzilla Showa collection, Bruce Lee Collection, Lady Snowblood Collection, Time Bandits, The Game, all 50% off, all had been on my Amazon wishlist for years or since I heard about them a few days ago (Bruce Lee). Add it all up, cheaper than they are at Amazon right now, cheaper than I've ever seen many of them at Amazon ever, so nice deal indeed.
 

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How long is this sale going on and should I be checking back for items coming back into stock?
 

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They were out of stock of Bruce Lee: His Greatest Hits by the time I checked, and I was so disappointed I didn't bother looking at anything else. Not sure why they won't take my order and fulfill when they get more in stock.
 

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They were out of stock of Bruce Lee: His Greatest Hits by the time I checked, and I was so disappointed I didn't bother looking at anything else. Not sure why they won't take my order and fulfill when they get more in stock.

Not sure if you are close to a B&M but I was able to get the store I was at today to hold one of the 5 copies they got in for next week.
 

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Not sure why they won't take my order and fulfill when they get more in stock.

I said exactly the same thing this morning in the other thread in the Blu-ray software section and was really ticked about it. Then by this afternoon, everything I wanted to order was suddenly back in stock. The moral of the story is, check back. You might get lucky.
 

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