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Old 02-24-20, 08:15 PM
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CRITERION FLASH SALE February 25, 2020 Noon ET for 24 HRS

CRITERION FLASH SALE Starting February 25, 2020 Noon ET for 24 HRS

Blu-ray.com Moderator got notice from Criterion rep saying this sale will start tomorrow



Normally this is approx 24 hrs though it often ends up lasting a bit longer and doesn't always get off the mark exactly on time. Extensions have been anywhere from zero to to several hours depending on demand and if the server crashes enough times (Soccer Penalty Time). The extensions have been much shorter or nonexistent the last couple sales as their website has functioned better in general

50% off MSRP (not current/Usual price) all in-stock movies -- DVD, BD, Includes Eclipse set, but not general merchandise. Backorders and pre-orders usually haven't been allowed. Items will go OOS so don't wait too long though the last few sales, most
things cam back into stock at least once if not several times during the sale.
The website usually gets hammered in the first couple hrs so be patient.


Free Shipping at $50 in the Lower 48 US otherwise $6.95 flat rate shipping USPS or $8.95 UPS
Shipping to Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, PO Box, APO/FPO -- $6.95 Priority Mail

No International orders other than Canada
Less than 4lbs -- WorldMail/CanadaPost 9.95 1st + 2.95ea added
Over 4lbs -- DHL Express 19.95 1st + 3.95 each additional item
Customs and Brokerage fees added by Delivery Service/Collected at Delivery and are the responsibility of the customer

Sales Tax has been expanded and now required -- Alabama, California, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Washington and Washington D.C
New releases included.

Criterion Loyalty program -- $50Gift Cert for every cumulative purchase of $500 even if it takes 5 years. In the past those loyal rewards certs are sent via email almost immediately and are eligible for immediate use.
If you are close to $500 and have enough total items, I'd suggest making an order just big enough to qualify for the Loyalty Cert plus FS, then make another $50+ order with the extra money rather than make one large order and then have to wait 6 months for the next flash sale though the GC/Rewards don;t expire. You can load them into your account and the $$$ will be there next sale.


Released since last Criterion Flash Sale -- all $40 MSRP except as noted
When We Were Kings 715515235815 22-Oct-2019
Matewan 715515236010 29-Oct-2019
Godzilla: The Showa-Era Films, 1954-1975 715515236416 29-Oct-2019 $225 MSRP
The Daytrippers 715515237116 12-Nov-2019
Betty Blue 715515237512 19-Nov-2019
Cold War (Zimna wojna) 715515238311 19-Nov-2019
Now, Voyager 715515237918 26-Nov-2019
All About Eve 715515237710 26-Nov-2019

Released since last B&N Sale
Tunes of Glory (Criterion Collection) 715515238915 3-Dec-2019
The Story of Temple Drake (Criterion Collection) 715515238717 3-Dec-2019
Old Joy (Criterion Collection) 715515239318 10-Dec-2019
Until the End of the World (Criterion Collection) 715515239110 10-Dec-2019
Holiday 0715515239813 7-Jan-2020
The Fugitive Kind 0715515240017 14-Jan-2020
Le Petit Soldat 0715515240215 21-Jan-2020
Fail Safe 0715515240413 28-Jan-2020
All About My Mother (Todo sobre mi madre) 0715515240611 28-Jan-2020
Roma Blu-ray 0715515237314 11-Feb-2020
Antonio Gaudí Blu-ray 0715515241717 18-Feb-2020
Teorema Blu-ray 0715515240819 18-Feb-2020
Paris Is Burning Blu-ray 0883929017164 25-Feb-2020
Three Fantastic Journeys by Karel Zeman Blu-ray 0715515241311 25-Feb-2020 $100

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Re: CRITERION FLASH SALE February 25, 2020 Noon ET for 24 HRS

In for 5 or 6. I think I'll earn a $50 GC with this sale as well, so may get a few more with that.
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Thanks for the recent list hariseldon. I’m in for Roma for sure, and at least enough others to get free shipping. The Zeman box set is tempting, and would help get me close to another $50 cert.
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Re: CRITERION FLASH SALE February 25, 2020 Noon ET for 24 HRS

All About My Mother
Old Joy
Le Petit Soldat
Teorema
Black Girl
Antonio Gaudí
Like Someone in Love

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Sale is live. So far no crashes and the sale price shows up automatically in the cart even if you preloaded it. It appears they eliminated the "Promo Code" step a couple sale back.
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Re: CRITERION FLASH SALE February 25, 2020 Noon ET for 24 HRS

Roma
All About My Mother
Until the End of the World
Fail Safe
Le petit soldat

Received $50 GC...

Swing Time
Local Hero
Holiday
The Story of Temple Drake
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Damn it, Trevor, you broke it!
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Re: CRITERION FLASH SALE February 25, 2020 Noon ET for 24 HRS

Only needed three, and just before the 'maintenance', from the looks of it:
ANTONIO GAUDI
PINA (not overly of interest, yet - just wanted to see it in 3D)
KARL ZEMAN (still kicking myself for starting to acquire the UK imports; shoulda known Criterion would nab them)
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Hey, it took 11 minutes in October and I think that was a new record so they're improving -- except for the sales that took 1hr + to get off the ground where a lot of people left the queue and had to come back later
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Re: CRITERION FLASH SALE February 25, 2020 Noon ET for 24 HRS

My haul:

Wages of Fear
Two Lane Blacktop
Tokyo Story
Night of the Hunter
Passion of Joan of Arc
Fanny and Alexander
The Heiress
Ace In the Hole

This puts me over the 500 point mark!
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For Canadians, they may want to looked unobstructedview.com who are at least attempting to run a 50% off Criterion sale as well. Their servers are having far more trouble than Criterions whose site popped back up pretty quickly this time. With shipping, currency exchange, and potential customs issues it may be significantly cheaper through them. They seemed to get pretty high marks the last couple times they piggybacked on one of these US sales
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Damn it, Trevor, you broke it!
I crawled up under it and fixed it.
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Only needed three, and just before the 'maintenance', from the looks of it:
ANTONIO GAUDI
PINA (not overly of interest, yet - just wanted to see it in 3D)
KARL ZEMAN (still kicking myself for starting to acquire the UK imports; shoulda known Criterion would nab them)
I bought Pina a couple years back just to have a Criterion 3D title, and it’s turned into one of my favorite releases.
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I need to pick up Temple Drake one of these days, but will probably wait for Amazon Prime day since Criterion's now charging sales tax it's probably worth waiting to see if there's a better price.
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For Canadians, they may want to looked unobstructedview.com who are at least attempting to run a 50% off Criterion sale as well. Their servers are having far more trouble than Criterions whose site popped back up pretty quickly this time. With shipping, currency exchange, and potential customs issues it may be significantly cheaper through them. They seemed to get pretty high marks the last couple times they piggybacked on one of these US sales
I did some sample carts with Unobstructed and there's probably some merit in this for Canadians without access to U.S. mailing addresses. Basic pricing on most discs I tried (factoring in Canadian vs. Michigan sales tax, in my case) seems to balance out within a few cents, and the shipping rates are pretty reasonable, compared with shipping through customs, etc. Since they are the official distributor for all of Canada now, though, it would be nice if they allowed points to be accumulated and used on either site. I'll stick with my U.S. shipments for now because free, plus the entire catalog is available on Criterion's site vs. about half on Unobstructed, but it's an option worth considering.

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I bought Pina a couple years back just to have a Criterion 3D title, and it’s turned into one of my favorite releases.
Good to know.
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Can't do it this time. The taxes and the increased prices (what was $19.97 in October is currently $24.97 for the titles I want) prevents it.
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I finally hit the $500 threshold last sale, and am deciding what to spend the GC on. Something I've always wanted, or something I tend to pass on 'cuz I want it, just not $20 want it.

considering:
All That Jazz
Eating Raoul
Videodrome
Mystery Train
Watership Down
Akira Kurosawa's Dreams
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Can't do it this time. The taxes and the increased prices (what was $19.97 in October is currently $24.97 for the titles I want) prevents it.
What title? Some do have a MSRP of $50, not $40.
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My order shipped to Michigan didn't get charged taxes. What's the rule for this over there these days? Don't all online retailers have to charge the appropriate state's tax now? Not complaining, obviously, but kinda curious . . .

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I finally hit the $500 threshold last sale, and am deciding what to spend the GC on. Something I've always wanted, or something I tend to pass on 'cuz I want it, just not $20 want it.
Not sure this will matter, but I only spend my Criterion points on stuff that I've seen (either owned previous DVD editions, or signed out from the library, etc) and want and know exactly what I'm getting for my permanent collection, rather than on less essential titles I might not even keep in the long run. Takes a long time to earn those points.

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What title? Some do have a MSRP of $50, not $40.
Not only that, but criterion doesn't charge tax either.

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Not only that, but criterion doesn't charge tax either. So double untruth.
They do in some states as mentioned in the OP.
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Can't do it this time. The taxes and the increased prices (what was $19.97 in October is currently $24.97 for the titles I want) prevents it.
I'm not aware of any Criterion's that have changed price in the last few months or even few years FWIW
Which items do you see that are more at this site than they were previously?


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Don't all online retailers have to charge the appropriate state's tax now.
Not all sites, but I'm not 100% where the legal lines stand. Kino doesn't charge tax in very many places, Criterion now has 11 states, Bullmoose still only 1 that I'm aware of.
I suspect volumes of sales to certain states, local business fronts, certain state laws are more unforgiving about not collecting tax upfront. It's still a site by site thing, but the default is now to expect
sales tax to be collected.

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Not sure this will matter, but I only spend my Criterion points on stuff that I've seen (either owned previous DVD editions, or signed out from the library, etc) and want and know exactly what I'm getting for my permanent collection, rather than on less essential titles I might not even keep in the long run. Takes a long time to earn those points.
You ain't kiddin', pal.

I don't buy the "big" items like the Bergman boxset (I did get the Lone Wolf and Cub set though), and usually only three at a time to get the free shipping. Takes a while to get to $500 at just $60 intervals.

Although if I didn't hit up the Barnes and Nobles sales too, would have gotten there a lot sooner.
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For Canadians, they may want to looked unobstructedview.com who are at least attempting to run a 50% off Criterion sale as well. Their servers are having far more trouble than Criterions whose site popped back up pretty quickly this time. With shipping, currency exchange, and potential customs issues it may be significantly cheaper through them. They seemed to get pretty high marks the last couple times they piggybacked on one of these US sales
As I have mentioned before, if you factor in the exchange rate, and the shipping to Canada from Criterion, ordering from unobstructedview is just a tad cheaper than Criterion, as long as you get to the minimum for free shipping from unobstructed, It used to be 100 $ (Cdn, of course), but now they have upped it to 150 $. Also, they appear to have low stock available for this sale on some titles. I included the Karel Zeman BD set in my order; there was no special mention when I put in my basket but when it came the time to order 2 or 3 hours later, there was only 1 left in stock. And sure enough, the BD became unavailable immediately after I placed the order. Also, when ordering directly from Criterion, other possible fees may be involved: some orders get hit by Canada Customs from what others have posted, but it has never happened to me,

If Canadians want ot take advantage of the sale, it ends tomorrow at noon (EST) from what I gather.
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Re: CRITERION FLASH SALE February 25, 2020 Noon ET for 24 HRS

I guess they've changed the rules since I last participated. Most of my items were out-of-stock but they still took my order at sale prices (projected ship date 3/20).
Note: They ended up shipping a week later.

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