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Why shop at a B&N brick & mortar now where you possibly can pick up COVID along with your Parasite? I’ll just order at Amazon and safely have it delivered AND get money back along with the purchase. I can’t believe the manager told me the discount was over in January and I had to correct them not so here in NYC on 5th Ave. At one point you were able to use their coupons to the sale and that stopped but this is just wrong. Why get a membership if it excludes anything? They will go the way of Borders next. Sad.
 

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The signs for the Criterion sale in Albany still says you get an additional 10% if you are a member.
 

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Why shop at a B&N brick & mortar now where you possibly can pick up COVID along with your Parasite? I’ll just order at Amazon and safely have it delivered AND get money back along with the purchase. I can’t believe the manager told me the discount was over in January and I had to correct them not so here in NYC on 5th Ave. At one point you were able to use their coupons to the sale and that stopped but this is just wrong. Why get a membership if it excludes anything? They will go the way of Borders next. Sad.

This pandemic won't last forever... certainly, we should want and hope not.

I don't hold a grudge against Amazon like some do, but it's still in all our best interest to have significant competition (and that's been steadily dwindling to almost zilch now)...

It's not like we haven't benefited a whole lot over the years from B&N's Criterion sales afterall. And even w/out these extra discounts, the sale remains essentially unsurpassed and pushes others, including Amazon, to compete.

Criterion itself might also actually lose some as well if B&N goes under -- and they probably can't afford to lose much sales. Not every Criterion customer wants to shop (much) online for these titles. I (and many others) definitely prefer in-person particularly for such boutique titles -- for many, it's simply a nicer way to shop at least once in a while plus it's helpful to ensure the packaging isn't ruined (whether in manufacturing, the warehouse or during S&H), which happens often enough w/ online orders from just about everywhere, including Amazon.

Anyway, I get that their poor approach to all this urked you, and of course, it's certainly your prerogative what you do about it. Some of us are just looking at the bigger picture and see it's best to basically give B&N a mulligan on this...

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The signs for the Criterion sale in Albany still says you get an additional 10% if you are a member.

In that case, definitely insist they honor it -- speak to a supervisor, if needed.

I didn't notice such at the Tribeca B&N here in NYC, but admittedly, I didn't doublecheck -- only had the briefest, passing glance of one sign I think.

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This pandemic won't last forever... certainly, we should want and hope not.

I don't hold a grudge against Amazon like some do, but it's still in all our best interest to have significant competition (and that's been steadily dwindling to almost zilch now)...

It's not like we haven't benefited a whole lot over the years from B&N's Criterion sales afterall. And even w/out these extra discounts, the sale remains essentially unsurpassed and pushes others, including Amazon, to compete.

Criterion itself might also actually lose some as well if B&N goes under -- and they probably can't afford to lose much sales. Not every Criterion customer wants to shop (much) online for these titles. I (and many others) definitely prefer in-person particularly for such boutique titles -- for many, it's simply a nicer way to shop at least once in a while plus it's helpful to ensure the packaging isn't ruined (whether in manufacturing, the warehouse or during S&H), which happens often enough w/ online orders from just about everywhere, including Amazon.

Anyway, I get that their poor approach to all this urked you, and of course, it's certainly your prerogative what you do about it. Some of us are just looking at the bigger picture and see it's best to basically give B&N a mulligan on this...

_Man_

1,) There are many, many boutique titles- Shout Factory for one where I can’t go anywhere to find a physical copy to paw over before I buy. So that’s definitely not an issue for me.
2.) Asking to subsidize any company that is charging more where I can purchase for less elsewhere completely makes no sense. I must not be in the same economic bracket as you to pay more and see this bigger picture.
3.) Amazon has always honored any return with a pronto replacement if a product is received either damaged, lost or stolen.
4.) Just received a B&N holiday coupon via email where the * shows Criterion is specifically excluded. Never saw it specifically mentioned like that before- like department stores excluding specific designers in their sales.
5.) Not sure whether Criterion isn’t involved in this 50% semi annual sale to begin and it’s not driving it as well so not sure whether Amazon would ever not continue it.
Just my thoughts.
 

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Made what will likely be my one store run to B&N this sale
Picked up a couple of the boxsets and fill-ins I saved from the Flash Sale.

Bought a few B&N GC with the extra $10 Reward with my already discounted AMEX Happy Cards I bought a couple months ago for this sale
essentially ending with $110 for $85 OOP (roughly 30% off). The store was giving out a Std Gift Card loaded with the bonus amt instead of the delayed onset PROMO cards like before so I was able to use those immediately -- so much the better. Makes up a little for the missing 10% member discount and taking a sack of Criterion Home still feels good.

Used the remainder to place an online order for 4 preorders.

I had to make a Grocery run to Costco anyway so figured it was a perfect time to combine trips during a less busy time. Luckily we aren't in a super high Virus area, but I did notice a much higher Mask Use than a few weeks ago.
 

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1,) There are many, many boutique titles- Shout Factory for one where I can’t go anywhere to find a physical copy to paw over before I buy. So that’s definitely not an issue for me.
2.) Asking to subsidize any company that is charging more where I can purchase for less elsewhere completely makes no sense. I must not be in the same economic bracket as you to pay more and see this bigger picture.
3.) Amazon has always honored any return with a pronto replacement if a product is received either damaged, lost or stolen.
4.) Just received a B&N holiday coupon via email where the * shows Criterion is specifically excluded. Never saw it specifically mentioned like that before- like department stores excluding specific designers in their sales.
5.) Not sure whether Criterion isn’t involved in this 50% semi annual sale to begin and it’s not driving it as well so not sure whether Amazon would ever not continue it.
Just my thoughts.

Dude,

First, nobody's suggesting for you to "subsidize" B&N. You keep ranting like that's the case, but nobody's saying that at all. Again, if the membership isn't worth anything to you anymore, don't keep it -- you could maybe even complain to B&N to get a partial refund over this. You're certainly in no way obligated to keep it to still shop the sale. I certainly don't plan to renew my membership... but will likely still get a somewhat better deal w/ B&N than Amazon (as some others like @David Norman show) -- there actually still are other additional deals one could use w/ B&N, if one cares to.

Some of us are merely saying competition is good... and much needed going forward, especially if it helps preserve some local presence after this pandemic no less. And buying from B&N's 50%-off sale is good for that... and there's no subsidizing needed nor requested for that.

IF you don't agree w/ us about giving B&N a mulligan over this situation (particularly in the middle of a pandemic that probably complicated such things for them and many other businesses), so be it. I and (hopefully) many others will do so... just as we might/would for any other businesses, including Amazon -- Amazon's customer relations isn't actually perfect either afterall even if you're perfectly happy w/ them so far.

Criterion may well be partnering w/ B&N to make these sales possible, but if so, what do you think that means if B&N goes under in part over such niggling issues? Highly doubtful Criterion has quite the same (likely mutually beneficial) arrangement w/ Amazon -- the fact that Amazon's pricing clearly reflects their usual pricematching behavior (perhaps on overdrive) points to that.

Again, I'm not holding grudges against Amazon or anything (like some do) either and do my own share of shopping w/ them. I would even consider working for them a while back if they were looking to hire in NYC at the time -- they actually reached out to me on LinkedIn, but was only hiring for their Seattle HQ...

RE: shopping boutique titles, one (Shout titles being largely online-only) doesn't need to dictate the other at all. Nobody implied at all that should be some all-or-nothing proposition, except if all the brick-and-mortars disappear, then you're left w/ the "nothing" side of that. Anyway, if you don't care to shop in-person at all and don't see such accessibility/availability being a good for the market and society (and again, not suggesting you actually subsidize anything in this), so be it.

Just telling it like I see it... while, of course, promoting what good and such I do see...

Peace...

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Dude,

First, nobody's suggesting for you to "subsidize" B&N. You keep ranting like that's the case, but nobody's saying that at all. Again, if the membership isn't worth anything to you anymore, don't keep it -- you could maybe even complain to B&N to get a partial refund over this. You're certainly in no way obligated to keep it to still shop the sale. I certainly don't plan to renew my membership... but will likely still get a somewhat better deal w/ B&N than Amazon (as some others like @David Norman show) -- there actually still are other additional deals one could use w/ B&N, if one cares to.

Some of us are merely saying competition is good... and much needed going forward, especially if it helps preserve some local presence after this pandemic no less. And buying from B&N's 50%-off sale is good for that... and there's no subsidizing needed nor requested for that.

IF you don't agree w/ us about giving B&N a mulligan over this situation (particularly in the middle of a pandemic that probably complicated such things for them and many other businesses), so be it. I and (hopefully) many others will do so... just as we might/would for any other businesses, including Amazon -- Amazon's customer relations isn't actually perfect either afterall even if you're perfectly happy w/ them so far.

Criterion may well be partnering w/ B&N to make these sales possible, but if so, what do you think that means if B&N goes under in part over such niggling issues? Highly doubtful Criterion has quite the same (likely mutually beneficial) arrangement w/ Amazon -- the fact that Amazon's pricing clearly reflects their usual pricematching behavior (perhaps on overdrive) points to that.

Again, I'm not holding grudges against Amazon or anything (like some do) either and do my own share of shopping w/ them. I would even consider working for them a while back if they were looking to hire in NYC at the time -- they actually reached out to me on LinkedIn, but was only hiring for their Seattle HQ...

RE: shopping boutique titles, one (Shout titles being largely online-only) doesn't need to dictate the other at all. Nobody implied at all that should be some all-or-nothing proposition, except if all the brick-and-mortars disappear, then you're left w/ the "nothing" side of that. Anyway, if you don't care to shop in-person at all and don't see such accessibility/availability being a good for the market and society (and again, not suggesting you actually subsidize anything in this), so be it.

Just telling it like I see it... while, of course, promoting what good and such I do see...

Peace...

_Man_

i obviously struck a chord.
Don’t call me “Dude”
Not even going to finish reading this diatribe.
Done.
 

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2.) Asking to subsidize any company that is charging more where I can purchase for less elsewhere completely makes no sense. I must not be in the same economic bracket as you to pay more and see this bigger picture.
If you want to save money, how can you criticize Barnes and Noble for trying to do the same? The last few years haven't been kind to them and the pandemic has only made things worse. That's not to say that you have to continue to shop there but I can understand why they dropped the extra discount. Personally, I'd rather continue to support them just so there will be a bookstore that people can go to.
 

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The signs for the Criterion sale in Albany still says you get an additional 10% if you are a member.

Huh. I looked at the fine print on the sign at that store, Wayne...and could have sworn it specifically said that the member's discount was NOT in play as part of the sale. And I was thisclose to taking a picture of it with my phone but didn't.
 

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No doubt, the loss of that extra 10% off for B&N members is a bit of a drag; but still, that twice-a-year 50% off on every Criterion title still feels pretty damned good to me.:thumbs-up-smiley:
 
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