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post #1 of (permalink) Old 04-03-2007, 10:26 PM Thread Starter
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REI vs. MEC

So I joined REI back four months ago after coming to Anchorage and since then, I've bought snowshoes and a thermarest. That's pretty much it. Well I was down there tonight, spending company money on door prizes for our next safety meeting, and they said "you have a $23 dividend, would you like to use it at this time?" (Of course I said not tonight )

Over the years, I've spent THOUSANDS of dollars at MEC, at easily a thousand dollars a year average. And not one **** penny, ever. I don't know the finer details of how the two businesses work, but I gotta say, I'm a little disappointed in MEC...

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So I joined REI back four months ago after coming to Anchorage and since then, I've bought snowshoes and a thermarest. That's pretty much it. Well I was down there tonight, spending company money on door prizes for our next safety meeting, and they said "you have a $23 dividend, would you like to use it at this time?" (Of course I said not tonight )

Over the years, I've spent THOUSANDS of dollars at MEC, at easily a thousand dollars a year average. And not one **** penny, ever. I don't know the finer details of how the two businesses work, but I gotta say, I'm a little disappointed in MEC...
The analogy for the REI dividend is Canadian Tire money, only with a better sounding name . REI is going to have slightly higher prices than they normally could have so that they can pay out that dividend. That dividend in turn brings people back into the store.
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Did you check to see if they (MEC) have something for you? For years they had an old address for me and one day said "Have we got your correct address? You have over $150 in uncashed dividend cheques.", or something to that effect. They also told me that you need to have over 100 shares before you get a dividend. If you have 150 shares, for example, the dividend would be worth 50 shares and you would be knocked back to 100 shares. I think it was 100.
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I guess I find that REI is what people are always complaining MEC is threatening to become... a big soulless department store with ignorant sales staff and a catalogue full of stuff like cotton print dresses and $200 titanium coffee grinders.
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It's a different ethic, In the past, the excess money MEC made went into funding things like buying land to set aside and protect as wilderness....don't know if they still do that. In fact the whole MEC philosophy is one based on fair marketting practices and pricing combined with good environmental ethics. When Mec makes a huge surplus in a certain year, they will often give back a small portion of what it's members spent that year in the form of the Patron Redemption cheque. REI on the other hand is more about getting good deals for it's customers and rewarding them for shopping with them every year. They both offer great customer service. Some REI stores are better stocked than others but I'm sure the same can be said for different MEC stores.
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You get prizes at your safety meetings?!
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You get prizes at your safety meetings?!
Yep, smaller stuff...
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Did you check to see if they (MEC) have something for you? For years they had an old address for me and one day said "Have we got your correct address? You have over $150 in uncashed dividend cheques.", or something to that effect. They also told me that you need to have over 100 shares before you get a dividend. If you have 150 shares, for example, the dividend would be worth 50 shares and you would be knocked back to 100 shares. I think it was 100.
See, I wondered about that, and I asked them last year and they said they had nothing for me. But yet I know others who spent a lot less than me, that got close to $100. I didn't know the part about having to own over 100 shares?... How much is a MEC share, nowadays?
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Initial share (membeship) costs $5
2% (I think) of your purchases buys extra, non-voting shares at $5 each.

If you have more than 100 shares then they buy back shares at fiscal year end. But here's the catch. They don't buy back from everybody.

The Coop is not for profit. This is how I believe it works: So if they have extra "profit" left over, that's what they buy back with. Say they have $45,000 left over, they buy back 9,000 shares. There's more than 9,000 members out there with extra shares so not all of them get bought back. So if they do a buyback it's by no means guaranteed that even if you have over 100 shares that you will get money.

I have never understood how they choose who gets buyback, though. I think it has sometthing to do with how much you've spent in the last year? Like they pick the most active people first?

I bet you can find out more details on the MEC website.
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So to hold over 100 shares, if only 2% of each purchase went toward shares at $5 each, you'd have had to have spent $25K at MEC! [:0] But I'm sure I've known people who've spent less than that, who got dividends. Not a huge deal, I guess, just a nuisance when I hear about other people getting them...
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