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Old 07-14-17, 11:53 PM   #76
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Re: Barnes & Noble Criterion Sale 2017!

Cool, thanks. I see it's in stock in a nearby store, but if I reserve it I'll have to pay the "store price" of $79.99. Yikes. $39.99 is already plenty for a blind buy. I mean, I hear it's great, but that's an unfortunate reservation system. Am I reading it correctly?
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Old 07-14-17, 11:53 PM   #77
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Report from the field...

First store: as soon as I started producing coupons from my pocket, the sales clerk told me that they didn't take any coupons during Criterion sales, period. I sheepishly told him that I always used them in the past. He showed me the corporate memo prohibiting any coupons for the Criterion sale. I surrendered all the titles and left the store while emphasizing to the clerk that they just lost $100+ sale.

Second store: no reaction from the clerk when I produced the coupons. Coupons didn't scan, he diligently overrode them all while apologizing that today coupons were giving them trouble all day. I used a few 15% coupons (no exp date ones) and $5 off 10.

So, shop around. The second store will get more business from me, for sure.
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Old 07-15-17, 12:12 AM   #78
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Cool, thanks. I see it's in stock in a nearby store, but if I reserve it I'll have to pay the "store price" of $79.99. Yikes. $39.99 is already plenty for a blind buy. I mean, I hear it's great, but that's an unfortunate reservation system. Am I reading it correctly?
That is incorrect -- luckily in this case. You are just reserving a copy for pickup (having them pick one off the shelf and holding it for you), not actually buying an item and picking it up later. Though it is improving, that reserve price is often just MSRP regardless of actual current price. Some sale items are actually marked 50% off though that's irrelevant as well.

You won't pay the price listed on the website. You will pay the going in-store price at the time of pickup minus any member/coupon discounts you can apply.

If you pick it up during the 50% sale it will be half off. If you reserved it while it was listed at 50% price on the last day of the sale, but then didn't pick it up 2 days (after the sale ended) you would pay regular price the day of pickup, not the price it was when you reserved it.

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Old 07-15-17, 08:57 AM   #79
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First store: as soon as I started producing coupons from my pocket, the sales clerk told me that they didn't take any coupons during Criterion sales, period. I sheepishly told him that I always used them in the past. He showed me the corporate memo prohibiting any coupons for the Criterion sale. I surrendered all the titles and left the store while emphasizing to the clerk that they just lost $100+ sale.

Second store: no reaction from the clerk when I produced the coupons. Coupons didn't scan, he diligently overrode them all while apologizing that today coupons were giving them trouble all day. I used a few 15% coupons (no exp date ones) and $5 off 10.

So, shop around. The second store will get more business from me, for sure.
Exactly the issues with the stores around me as well, which compounds the reluctance to hit a store during these sales. The thrill of a retail hunt is in finding a title I want, not a manager I want.
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Old 07-15-17, 04:35 PM   #80
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I just got one title, Ghost World, and took it to the register with my coupon. The cashier asked if I had a coupon and I showed her my 10%off email. She scanned it and it didn't work. She apologized that it didn't work and I said, no worries.

It's funny that a small discount can really change your spending habits, but the days of me buying a bunch of titles at once during these sales are over. However, there's absolutely no need to make a scene if you don't get your way. These cashiers are doing their jobs and following the rules. You have to respect that.
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Old 07-15-17, 06:57 PM   #81
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I feel the same way as Ringmaster. Without coupons, my motivation for buying a bunch of titles isn't there. I only bought 2 titles because of the $5 coupon glitch on Monday night.
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Old 07-15-17, 07:23 PM   #82
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I feel the same way as Ringmaster. Without coupons, my motivation for buying a bunch of titles isn't there. I only bought 2 titles because of the $5 coupon glitch on Monday night.
Same here. Of course my local store has been refusing all coupons during the Criterion sale for years before this recent widespread change, so the occasional online deal was always my only option.
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Old 07-15-17, 11:00 PM   #83
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While I was out of town today I went to two stores looking for titles not available locally. I still can't find Mulholland Drive. Guess I'm going to have to just order it online.

Man I'm over $600 on this sale so far.
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Old 07-17-17, 11:31 PM   #84
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This was one of my cheaper years at about $250 with 12 titles (14 if you count the Before Trilogy as 3). A far cry from the 41 titles I bought 2 Novembers ago. For a total price that I've thankfully forgot.

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Old 07-17-17, 11:49 PM   #85
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First store: as soon as I started producing coupons from my pocket, the sales clerk told me that they didn't take any coupons during Criterion sales, period. I sheepishly told him that I always used them in the past. He showed me the corporate memo prohibiting any coupons for the Criterion sale. I surrendered all the titles and left the store while emphasizing to the clerk that they just lost $100+ sale.
Why would you emphasize that to the clerk? The clerk didn't write the memo and is just doing their job.

I should really avoid these threads when this sale comes around because I just get annoyed. 50% off on these titles is a good value on its own. Intentionally attempting to use coupons you know the clerks aren't supposed to accept and that the store has intentionally invalided in the system is disgusting, in my opinion. Going further than that and making any comment at all to a clerk just doing their job when they don't accept the coupons is a whole other level of entitled BS.
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Old 07-18-17, 01:49 AM   #86
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I've worked a bunch of minimum wage jobs in my life, so I know whats its like to take shit from a customer about things that are almost comically high above my pay grade. So I wouldn't do number 1, and using a stack of coupons you know will probably get some kid in trouble who's at the bottom of the food chain, honestly, I'd sooner steal the blu ray. I can empathize with the clerk who's just grinding it out, a big billion dollar corporation however, I'm pretty indifferent about.
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Old 07-18-17, 12:26 PM   #87
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Why would you emphasize that to the clerk? The clerk didn't write the memo and is just doing their job.

I should really avoid these threads when this sale comes around because I just get annoyed. 50% off on these titles is a good value on its own. Intentionally attempting to use coupons you know the clerks aren't supposed to accept and that the store has intentionally invalided in the system is disgusting, in my opinion. Going further than that and making any comment at all to a clerk just doing their job when they don't accept the coupons is a whole other level of entitled BS.
It's what some would call the slick deals effect. Its the mentality that it is ok to game the system because my need to save a buck on some movies that are most likely going to sit unopened for years to come is more important than anything else, including that poor cashiers job. These are the same people that buy up all of a certain product and resell it back to consumers at a highly inflated price and think that what they are doing is the exact same thing as what Best Buy does.
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Old 07-18-17, 12:41 PM   #88
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I should really avoid these threads when this sale comes around because I just get annoyed. 50% off on these titles is a good value on its own. Intentionally attempting to use coupons you know the clerks aren't supposed to accept and that the store has intentionally invalided in the system is disgusting, in my opinion. Going further than that and making any comment at all to a clerk just doing their job when they don't accept the coupons is a whole other level of entitled BS.
I was annoyed last week when my coupon wouldn't work. I politely stated that I have used them in the past, but it was still a nope. Guess what? I didn't throw a tantrum. I still got a couple titles for more than 50% off (you still get the additional members saving).

I agree the entitlement factor with some of this stuff is annoying,

It's quite possible in the not too distant future that we won't be able to walk into a B&N as they will have gone bankrupt or simply phase out media.
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Old 07-18-17, 12:59 PM   #89
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It's quite possible in the not too distant future
Ah yes -- the weekly refrain every week since 2009

I guess sometime in the future I expect this might happen, but until then.

For members that wish to use coupons that are functioning without any override or hassles unless you are are a store that won't even try a scan -- the only one that is working across the board is the $5 off $50.

3 std Criterions for $16+each is still about as good as it gets esp if you are combining with Discounted GC or a 5% back B&N Credit Card.

A $62.49 boxset for $51
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Old 07-18-17, 07:01 PM   #90
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I finally got a chance to stop by the B&N near where I teach.

I didn't pick up as much as I was planning to but I hope this store will re-stock on titles before the end of the sale. If not, I'll probably just order online.

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Old 07-18-17, 07:03 PM   #91
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Why would you emphasize that to the clerk? The clerk didn't write the memo and is just doing their job.
Just so you know, "emphasize" doesn't mean being impolite or rude. I just wanted him to communicate it to his manager (and, hopefully, further upwards to the corporate) why they'd lost the sale.

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Old 07-18-17, 10:03 PM   #92
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Why would you emphasize that to the clerk? The clerk didn't write the memo and is just doing their job.

I should really avoid these threads when this sale comes around because I just get annoyed. 50% off on these titles is a good value on its own. Intentionally attempting to use coupons you know the clerks aren't supposed to accept and that the store has intentionally invalided in the system is disgusting, in my opinion. Going further than that and making any comment at all to a clerk just doing their job when they don't accept the coupons is a whole other level of entitled BS.
I don't agree with that anymore. Long gone are the days of LD and Pan&Scan DVD. This sale brings these titles down to around where they should be in the first place. Even virtually Mom&Pop labels like Code Red/Vinegar Syndrome/Scorpion amongst others are doing HD scans and extra packed editions for less than Criterion. They even cheap out often when it comes to putting the extras on a bonus disc to maximize audio/video bit rate. Criterion uses this sale twice a year to move product that sits on the shelf collecting dust. The word I heard is that Criterion instructed BN about no more coupons being allowed.

As for the clerks, I agree. I don't see the point in giving them a hard time for what the company decides to tell them to do. Like I said earlier, your best bet for the coupons is try to go in when a college kid is working as that is where I have had the most luck in the past.
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I can easily be happy with 50% off if it's already a title I love.

When coupons were plentiful and more easily redeemed, it gave me an opportunity to blind buy and impulse purchase titles I was curious about. The extra discounts were an incentive to indulge that.
Now, I will still pop for an occasional Blind or impulse purchase during these sales, but I'm more discriminating and it's more likely to be a title I've researched more than in the past.

I have an epic unwatched pile though, so unless it's a very compelling blind buy, I can pretty easily avoid it these days.

Went in to get Stalker today and all six copies the store had were reserved. I placed a store order and will probably just wait and pick it up next week with Lost In America.

That'll make 8 titles for this sale for me. That's on the average to low end for me.

November is almost certainly going to be even smaller.
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So, shop around. The second store will get more business from me, for sure.
There's only one B&N in my whole state.
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Finally found a B&N that had the entire Criterion Collection in stock! I started loading up my cart when an employee stopped to see if I needed help.

"Why, yes!" I declared. "I've been wanting to catch up on Criterions for a while. If my coupons work, I can finally afford them all."

"No problem!" she said. We flirted and talked about movies for a bit. Then she said "In fact, there is one title in the back that we don't put out on the shelves. Let me go get it for you." She turned to go to the back storeroom as I went to the register to start checking out.

The clerk had just wrapped up scanning the titles when the hot clerk-girl came up to the front looking sad. "I have some bad news."

I asked what happened. She looks down at the ground. "I thought we had Goodburger but we don't. But that's not the bad news ... my manager said we couldn't take the coupons but to give you this ..."

I thought she was going to hug me. She kicked me in the balls instead. Never shopping there again.
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For a moment there, I thought the only thing missing from that was "Dear Penthouse" . . .
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For a moment there, I thought the only thing missing from that was "Dear Penthouse" . . .
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This is anecdotal evidence but I see much less traffic in the media section now that Barnes blocked coupons during the Criterion sale. The place would always be very busy during the Criterion sale but once they started heavily enforcing no coupons, the section remains dead as it now usually does outside of the Christmas shopping season.
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Old 07-19-17, 02:37 PM   #99
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I was denied the $5 off $50 coupon at the last BN in my area that has taken coupons in the last year. The clerk said that Criterion notified BN not to accept coupons on top of Membership and Sale discounts--which is a blatant lie since Criterion sells their titles to BN at the same wholesale price regardless of how much BN marks them up for retail. I didn't argue. End of an era.
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Just to be clear -- it's not that the coupon didn't work, they just didn't/wouldn't scan it?

So far I've not run into any of those clerks/stores though you aren't the first to report that policy. To date I've not heard of that coupon not scanning as active. I'm assuming you don't have an alternative store to go to
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