1. You can become a member of the co-op
REI is the largest consumer cooperative in the United States. This means that the enterprise is owned by consumers and managed democratically with the goal of fulfilling the needs and objectives of its members.
Anyone can shop at www.rei.com, but members receive special benefits and incentives. You can become a member by paying a one-time fee of $20, which will provide you with a lifetime of benefits including the annual member refund. This dividend is typically 10% back on all eligible purchases, which mostly consists of regular-price items. To earn a dividend, you simply have to become a member of the REI co-op at www.rei.com and then purchase eligible merchandise during the calendar year. In March of the following year, you’ll find your dividend notice in the mail. You can spend this dividend on any REI merchandise or REI Adventures trips, or you can trade it in for a check or cash.
REI members are also able to buy returned, used or damaged goods at significant discounts during REI Used Gear Sales. They also enjoy exclusive coupons and deals on rentals, shipping charges, and REI Adventures trips. At www.rei.com, you’ll find an exclusive online-only offer giving new members a chance to earn a $20 digital bonus card by spending $100 and buying a $20 lifetime membership.
2. Strong commitment to the environment
REI is dedicated to environmental sustainability. That shouldn’t be surprising, considering that REI initially began as a group of 23 friends who shared a love of mountain climbing. Their roots remain in the outdoors, and they strive to protect nature’s original beauty. REI is committed to increasing their energy efficiency by switching to renewable power sources whenever possible. They provide incentives for all of their employees to reduce the environmental impact of their commuting and travel. REI’s stores, distribution centers and headquarters are built to minimize environmental impact. They aspire to become completely climate-neutral in their operations by 2020 and to become a zero waste-to-landfill organization by 2020.
In addition, REI donates millions of dollars every year in support of nationwide conservation efforts. They provide grants to select nonprofits that are committed to caring for the outdoors. They also send teams of dedicated volunteers out into the world to clean up beaches, build new trails and restore local habitats.
3. 100 percent satisfaction guarantee
All of the products bought at www.rei.com come with a 100 percent satisfaction guarantee. If a consumer is not completely satisfied with their purchase, for whatever reason, they can return the item for a replacement or full refund within a year of purchase. If an item is found to have a manufacturing defect related to its workmanship or materials, it can be returned at any time.