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Columbia House Sale Offer Codes, Part IV

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Columbia House Sale Offer Codes, Part IV

[This thread supersedes Part III, which has become quite long.]


This thread is intended as a place to list Sale Offer Codes that may be of interest to other Columbia House DVD Club members.

Sale offer codes differ from Enrollment codes. To learn about the best Enrollment codes please check out the CH Enrollment Codes Part II Thread.

thejester and LKRUNNELS have been kind enough to do some code trawling for us in recent months. Thanks!


FAQs:

Q: What is a "sale offer code"?

A: Columbia House offers a variety of promotional offers and sales to its members. Some are worthless but others can be terrific deals if properly used. Sale offers are designated by a six digit number beginning with "80", for example 803048.


Q: Will a sale offer code work on MY account?

A: Perhaps. In the past offer codes were strictly limited to the accounts that Columbia House assigned them to. Then we started finding numerous codes that would work on most or all accounts. Use of codes is strictly a "YMMV" ("Your Mileage May Vary") situation.


Q: Will a Sale offer code work on my TV Edition Club account?

A: Usually; same as with regular DVD Club accounts. TV Edition Club accounts have exactly the same fulfillment requirements and sale offers as regular DVD Club accounts.


Q: Will a Sale offer code work on my CH.com account?

A: Sorry, No. CH.com accounts rarely utilize sale offers of any kind. They are designed to be simple, with free shipping all the time and no Director's Selections to fuss with. But average DVD costs are substantially higher than properly optimized regular DVD club accounts; that's the price one pays for convenience.


Q: How do I enter a sale offer code?

A: Log-in to your account. At the top of the page will be your current sale offer. Click on "details" and you will get an explanation of your current offer. If you click on the "Looking for the Offer in Your Mailing?" link, it will take you to a place to enter your sale offer code. This is described in more detail in The "How do I enter a code" answer! thread.


Q: How long do sale offers last?

A: In the past, sale offers have lasted from two days or so to several weeks. Some codes have expired and then been resurrected weeks or months later. If you spot a code you want to use and it works on your account, remember this: "You snooze, you lose".


Q: Where do I find the BEST sale offer codes?

A: You should be able to find the better codes posted on the last page or two of this thread. That's the purpose of this thread. Certain prized sale offers may be posted in their own threads and draw much discussion.


Q: I got a sale offer in an e-mail; how do I find out what the code is?

A: Using a browser like Internet Explorer, click on the e-mail and then partway through the page loading process stop the load. If you time it correctly, you will see an interim URL and it will have the sale offer code embedded in it: 80xxxx. It takes practice to stop the page load at the correct time. This method doesn't seem to work with current version of the Firefox browser. I am uncertain if it will work with other browsers, such as Safari.

While you don't need the code to use the sale offer (just clicking on your e-mail is enough), by posting the code here others can try it to see if it will work on their accounts.


Q: What are some good sale offers?

A: The most highly prized sale offers here are B1G1F (also abbreviated BOGOF), which stands for "Buy One Get One Free", and various forms of "Free Shipping". Some offer codes can include both B1G1F and free shipping. A recent (3/27/08) code offered B1G4F (plus shipping). Using such a code can lead to per disc averages as low as $4.39 and many of the purchases can be newer titles or 2 disc Special Editions not yet available for enrollment. For fulfilling an account, it doesn’t get any better than that.


Q: I have free shipping on my account, why isn't my box set getting free shipping?

A: Columbia House used to include box sets, and other "Special" priced DVDs in free shipping offers but this is no longer allowed except on rare occasions. So, free shipping usually applies only to regular and sale priced DVDs or HD discs. Free shipping is not allowed on Funcash purchases.


Q: I have a B1G1F sale offer on my account, can I buy a box set or a Pre-order using it?

A: Yes and No. You can't get box sets and Pre-orders (usually) as freebies, but you can use one to qualify for a free regular DVD that is priced the same as, or less than, the qualifying purchase (and the qualifying purchase will count for fulfillment if it is priced at $19.95 or more). An exception to this general rule is that pre-orders often become available as freebies a week or so before release date.


Q: I have a B1G1F sale offer on my account, can I buy a Blu-ray Disc or HD DVD using it?

A: Yes and No. You can't get High Definition disc (usually) as a freebie, but you can use one to qualify for a free regular DVD that is priced the same as, or less than, the qualifying purchase (and the qualifying purchase will count for fulfillment if it is priced at $19.95 or more). Columbia House did have a B1G1F sale on HD discs at one time, so it is possible that they may have future sales of that kind.


Q: I have a B1G1F offer on my account, can I get more than one free DVD?

A:
Sometimes. Some sale offers allow the purchase of more than one free DVD, others limit the account to just one freebie per order.


Q: Can I use a B1G1F offer more than once?

A: Yes, the offers can be used on as many separate orders as you want until they expire.


Q: My account has "Buy one get 50% (or 60%) off". Is this a good deal?

A: No. Those are the standard offers most accounts get and they are completely worthless. Why? Because the sale DVDs don't count for fulfillment yet they cost more than the average DVD cost in a well-optimized account (currently about $4.80 per DVD using a B1G1F plus free shipping sale offer [7-2-07]).

Please understand that it is the business of Columbia House to entice you to spend more money on DVDs than you otherwise would. So, they throw sale offers at you that sound good but really aren't, because they up the average cost of the DVDs that you buy. And they throw "Director's Selections" at you in the hope that you forget to decline them (which is very easy to do on-line). For best results, learn the Clubs Forum "mantra": "Enroll, fulfill, cancel, repeat". Buying the minimum required DVDs after enrolling usually leads to the lowest average cost of DVDs.


Q: Are there any other things I should know about sale offers?

A: Yes, you should be aware that when using complicated sale offers like B1G1F, Columbia House sometimes screws them up and you will be left trying to sort it out after the fact. You might even have to send back the order so that you can start over with a clean slate. If you are using a sale offer code that was not on your account you are in a weak position when it comes to explaining to a CSR (Customer Service Representative) why they made a mistake with your order and that they should fix it. Please be aware of this.

Most of us have no trouble with our orders but you can be assured that those who do will be vociferous when posting their bad experiences in this forum. When correcting a mistake it is best to "let the dust settle" for a few days rather than rush and have an order screwed up even more.


If you have any additional questions about sale offer codes, please feel free to post them here.

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As most will be aware, the topic under discussion was a B1G4F deal, as mentioned in post 976 of Part III.

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Old 04-07-08, 12:59 PM
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thx for making Pt. IV

two more of my b1g4 orders shipped on the 4th. just got the email from CH today.

*edit*

thanks, D.K. i'll be checking at least once a day.

appreciate your efforts

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Codes List

I am currently running codes old and new and will post the results. It's obvious that they go up and down all the time espically the good ones. So we will see what I get.

I listed Dead codes as well so when people go back and check older codes the have some basis. If this is too much I will delete the Dead codes, but this is all I ran for now.

Anything in RED was a Dead code, but next to it is it's last known discount

800558 - [active, but no discounts of ANY kind]
800559 - [active, but no discounts of ANY kind]
800560 - [active, but no discounts of ANY kind]
801050 - B1G1 + 50% off +10 FC w/$35pur
801051 - B1G1 + 50% off +10 FC w/$45pur[/COLOR]
801144 - [active, but no discounts of ANY kind]
801245 - B1G4

801586 - B1G1 Unlimited w/no other discounts
801687 - b1 + 60% off [Clearance $20+(pre-discount) count as b1]
801888 - b1 + 60% off + FREE S&H
802124 - b1g1 + 50% off (Exp 3/24)
802228 - b1 + 50% off + 10% off order (Exp 3/16)
802237 - b1 get 50% off + 10% off Entire Order (Exp 9/16)
802250 - b1g1 + 50% off (Exp 8/24)
802261 - b1 get 50% off + Double FC or Triple FC on 3+ DVDs (Exp 6/28)
802265 - b1g1 + 50% off all DVDs (Exp 9/13)
802266 - b1 get 50% off + Triple FC (Doesn't work for me - shows b1g1 + 50% in cart) (Exp 9/15)
802295 - b1 get 60% off + 10% off Entire Order
802333 - b1g1 (No other % discounts) (Exp 1/30)
802334 - b1g1 + Free S&H (No other % discounts) (Exp 1/30) (Free S&H doesn't work yet)
802335 - b1g1 (No other % discounts) (Exp 1/30)
802349 - b1g1 unlimited (no % discounts) (Exp 8/24)

802446 - B1 + 50%
802515 - b1 get 60% off all DVDs + 40% off Sets w/out purchase
802528 - b1 + 60% off + 10% off order (Exp 3/16)
802537 - b1 get 60% off + 10% off Entire Order (Exp 9/16)
802539 - b1 + 60% + Free S&H
802565 - b1g1 + 60% off (Exp 9/13)
802566 - b1g1 + 60% off (Exp 9/15)
802567 - b1 + 60% off + Dbl FC (Exp 8/31)
802595 - b1 get 60% off + 10% off Entire Order (Exp 8/21)
802639 - b1 get DVDs for as low as $7.95 (50% off) + Free S&H
802661 - b1 + DVDs as low as $7.95(50% off) + Free S&H

802714 - b1 + 50% off
803124 - b1g1 + 60% off (Exp 3/24)
803841 - b1 + 60% off -or- 40% off Sets

804115 - b1 get 60% off all DVDs
804150 - b1 + 60% off
804739 - b1 get DVDs for $7.95 + Free S&H
805365 - 50% off all DVDs & 40% off Sets (Exp 9/13)
805366 - 50% off all DVDs & 40% off Sets (Exp 9/15)
805565 - 50% off all DVDs & 40% off Sets (Exp 9/13)
805566 - 50% off all DVDs & 40% off Sets (Exp 9/15)
805652 - b1 + 60% + $5 FC per DVD
805796 - b1g1 + 60% off

805797 - b1g1 + 60% off
805798 - b1g1 + 60% off
806567 - b1 + 2/3s off (Exp 8/31)
808939 - 40% off Movies & Sets + Free S&H (non-sets?)
809289 - B1G4
809461 - TV & Movies 40% off + Double FC or Triple FC on 3+ (Exp 6/28) (Really 40% off + Free S&H)
809495 - 40% off ALL DVDs + 10% off entire order (Exp 8/21)
809665 - 50% off all DVDs & 40% off Sets (Exp 9/13)
809666 - 50% off all DVDs & 40% off Sets (Exp 9/15)

809922 - [active, but no discounts of ANY kind]

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I just got my second order from the b1g4 code. I got the shipping notice today, so that was a nice surprise.
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I placed about 10 orders with the code, but I left in the xx. Didn't really think about it until I saw a post about replacing the xx with "80" and something else. They all went through all right, but now I have a couple of pending refunds ....


Should I be worried ... is this normal?
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Is there any chance of another B1G4 code coming out? The offer is suppose to be available until the 11th. Do you think they will activate it one more time before the 11th?

Is there any way to get your new account number before you get your enrollment package?
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Drama king..curious as to see all codes begin with 80, when the b1g4 was an 87 code.

Is your script adjustable or?
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Every time I used the b1g4 code, I used xx_ _ _ _ (either of the fantastic codes).
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Originally Posted by j-bo
Drama king..curious as to see all codes begin with 80, when the b1g4 was an 87 code.
It started as an 80 code, died, came back, died, then 87 became active... xx also worked.
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I just checked, and my account has been closed. I made two orders with the B1G4 code, my first one I got today and my second one was listed as "awaiting stock" yesterday. Anyone else have this happen?
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Nick, did you perhaps order a bunch of duplicate titles?
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I did 4 orders.
2 are 'awaiting credit approval'
Those same 2 are listed as pending on different lines as well.
Of the other 2, one has an order # assigned, and the other doesn't and both show pending.

BUT...I've learned never to trust my account status page. Things sometime never show up there but I still get my DVDs...each and every one!
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Nick, did you perhaps order a bunch of duplicate titles?
Never mind, it works now...that was odd.
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Let's get this thing working 1 more time. I need a few more random dvds. Do your thing, Jester.
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Sorry guys. This looks to be dead (for now).

Oh, Drama King, you're missing a few codes. There are currently 616 total codes to be actively checking for.
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616 wow....I don't have the list I just found what I could in old posts....Oh and I tried 87 on most of them or xx, but they were origanlyy listed as 80's in the III forum... Jester I will try to get better next time. I did what I knew....WOW 616 I am not even close.
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Just........1 more order.............code......

I had $22 fun cash an hour ago. I was waiting for another order to clear before making another FC purchase. Now I only have $12. ...well played, Columbia House.
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It started as an 80 code, died, came back, died, then 87 became active... xx also worked.
Anyone know CPR?
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Anyone know CPR?
Paging Dr. Jester!!!!!!!!!!!!

When it comes to codes, Jester is either a certified heart specialist or a faith healer. You know that in hospitals they call certain 'codes' when a patient takes a sudden turn for the worse. The J-Man is at the head of the first-response team.

I'm just hoping that the evil geek squad at Columbia is still messing with us & will dangle one of the codes in front of us for a few hours this week just for kicks so they can sit back & enjoy the feeding frenzy (and the anxiety from us while we wonder how long the code will last, how to maximize the deals, etc.). Think of the mastermind in Saw who got his sadistic kicks from watching the painful choices to be made...that's probably the reactions of some of the CH guys. After all, they have to do something to relieve the monotony. C'mon, CH guys...throw us another code, just like the meanies in Rio Bravo throwing change into the spitoon just to watch drunken deputy Dean Martin have to fish it out in order to get a drink. When it comes to codes, I have no pride...will crawl on my belly like a garter snake just for taste of the code!

Actually, for once I thought I had gotten everything I wanted...then got an email today from Amazon saying a the order for a couple of sets I had ordered from an Amazon merchant had been cancelled. I ordered them last Friday after the first code died & it seemed unlikely that we'd get a fourth shot at the sale. Had the jerks (a store) informed me and the other 30-40 customers who evidently received the same treatment, according to the negative feedback over the past 3 days (the seller's feedback dropped from 98% to 91% over the weekend), I could have ordered the sets Monday morning. Another valuable lesson learned.

New code or not, this has been a great sale. Hope we get a repeat sometime. Thanks again, Jester. Columbia sure got a lot of my $ that would have gone to Best Buy, DD, Amazon, etc. I hope they realize that the occasional opportunity like this encourages customers to stay with the club, purchase more during other times, etc. I got a couple of floaters that were very slightly scuffed but didn't even consider returning them...feel like CH has done me a big favor, so why complain? Maybe we are somewhat like the "deadbeats" who pay off their credit cards (thus not earning any money for the CC company), but I have to think that CH sees an increase in customer loyalty & increased buying habits as a result of these codes.
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Is is true that NBC is canceling ER and replacing it with a new show called CH?
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Is is true that NBC is canceling ER and replacing it with a new show called CH?


Bringin' it back
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Bringin' it back
does this mean there is another b1g4 code...
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CH was so much better than ER..... still not on DVD, right?
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im expectint that this is the exception and not the rule, but damn i hope to see some more codes that kick as much ass as this sale did

i kinda got the vibe from the people posting about the email that this was almost like a "re-enlist today!" kind of test code where you could get a killer deal like this, if you agreed to more commitments. This would be an interesting thing for CH to start offering people with fufilled accounts. Granted the commitment requirement didnt hit on this code [was able to successfully cancel my account upon recieving my orders] but that's not to say this wont happen with a future b1g4 code. I would probibly be willing to take a renewed commitment for a b1g4 freeship code....it would save a lot of the "will i be accepted after 6 tries?" kind of guesswork from account cycling.

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