What is really stupid about that is that Barns & Nobles is in the middle of a buyout. Once it gets bought out anything could happen, they could just charge you the $25 and close the program entirely. The thing that sucks about a company getting bought out is that you have no idea if they are going to honor memberships, clubs, gift cards, returns, money back guarantees and other things like that. I could be wrong, they might honor it, and then your point becomes very valid. But, the point is, do not opt in to any memberships until after the buy out is complete. This way you will know what the new Barns & Nobles is going to be like and you won't get screwed by anyone this way.
I wish I could say that I did not fall for this but I did! What a joke right? You are so correct.... Barnes and Noble do charge more than the other stores (Borders does too). I was looking for the Justin Beiber book and at Barnes and Noble and Borders it was almost $22. At Wal-Mart and Target it was $15.88, Toys R Us was $21.50 and Sam's was $13.88. Man can you believe that? So many prices for the same exact book!
The good thing about their membership is that you do get a lot of deals online. I have gotten some great prices on books from BN.com, I would not have been able to get the lower prices without the membership.
We read a lot here at my house so books are always being purchased. I did check at first to see what I was saving and if it was worth it. For us it is worth it. So far this year we have saved about $150 (with shipping and deals for members only).
If you are not one to buy a lot of books, then the membership is a Giant rip-off. If you live close enough to a brick and mortar Barnes and Noble or Wal-Mart, then the membership is not for you. The nearest Wal-mart to me is 30 minutes and they do not always have the newest books and of course their selection is minimal compared to Barnes and Noble or Borders. So the membership works for me.
I purchase most of my books online and have them sent to me. So for now the membership works for me. If I move closer to another store, then I will not renew next year. I guess you just have to ask what the membership gives you. It's not just about cheaper books, it's about the deals and promotions they run too. The ones you can only get if you are a member. If it was just about a lower cost book, I would buy mine through Amazon.com and say stuff the membership!
Most of my friends are members too, so I know for a fact Barnes and Noble has gotten a lot of people to buy into their membership! I am also a member or Borders Rewards program too. That one was free if I remember correctly. It's been a while since I signed up!
I am a member too and I love it. I get a ton of great sales each year - well worth the $25 membership fee. I agree with Bailey, if you live near a discount store, then you would not want to join and be a member.
You get far more than cheaper books with the membership. Yes Barnes and Noble books are more expensive than Sams or Walmart but many other stores are the same price as Barnes and Noble. Borders carries the same merchandise and it is the same price.
I do not feel bad about joining and paying the $25 membership fee, I get a ton of great deals and we love to read too. I buy books for almost all my gifts for people. I send books to my nephew and niece for all holidays and I get free shipping on less than orders of $25. Non members get free shipping with orders over $25.
So to me the membership is so worth it. I guess it is a personal choice. How close are you to a store that sells books. I don’t count Walmart because their selection sucks! It’s not nearly as big as Barnes and Noble.
I do in fact live close to several bookstores including Borders and Barnes and Noble. I am also a member of the Borders rewards program. Not only do I get $10 for every $100 I spend, I also get discounts with partner retailers like Lenovo, Nordstrom and Holiday Inn. I also get special coupons and sales for members only among other things. What is my cost for all of this? Absolutely nothing. I have shopped at both Borders (Waldenbooks) and Barnes and Noble and I think that Borders has much better prices. At least they have sales from time to time, unlike Barnes and Noble.
I guess this is why I think paying $25 for Barnes and Nobles “membership” is a rip off. Maybe I am old school but I do not think you should have to pay to be rewarded for something. I think you should just have to be a loyal customer. Isn’t my shopping there enough for them? For those who said they joined, wouldn’t you rather be a part of a rewards program that rewarded you based on the frequency of your shopping? I just can’t see paying for discounts, it seems oxymoronic to me.
I do read and buy a lot of books in the course of a year. I just choose to do it at a store that does not require me to pay them extra to be rewarded. Whatever the extra perks Barnes and Noble offers I will not do it.
I also get a lot of Kindle books from Amazon, hundreds of which are absolutely free. Sometimes I even download audio books from my local library for free all of which I can burn to CD or put on my iPod.
I guess some people may see some value in Barnes and Nobles program but I am not one of them.
I am not one of them either! I am not paying $25 a year for them to give me rewards, when I can get free rewards through Borders. I also buy a ton of books through Amazon.com. They run great sales from time to time, buy 3 get 1 free is the one when I usually stock up. I also borrow a lot from the library and friends too.
Well, I fell for it too and I'm far away from the store. I thought I would be in town enough to warrant having it but I've got half a year gone and it's still hasn't paid for itself. I wish I hadn't been so stupid and wasted the $25 dollars. I could have bought another book for the price and had something tangible. I did have a Borders card but when they took bankruptcy, I figured they wouldn't accept the card anymore. They accept it alright but the stores near where I live have all closed. I would have to go to another state to the nearest one and that's NOT going to happen.
Ok, instead of ranting out of ignorance, let's deal with some facts. The Barnes and Noble membership card gets you 10% off the price of 99% of merchandise on the B&N sales floor, Nook and Nook items, excepted. The card ALSO gets you an additional 10% off any ticketed item already on sale, free two day ship to home, and $50 in general mdse coupons, PLUS coupons throughout the year. The card is good in the store cafe's as well. If you shop at Barnes and Noble, then it makes sense. You need to spend $250 with them before the card makes sense for anyone. If you buy your books at used, close out, or warehouse stores, then the card doesn't make sense. Our family has been members for $15 becuase it makes sense for us. SECONDLY, as a former independent book store owner, let me tell everyone of you that thinks that any bookstore is rolling in cash, you are very ignornant. The book trade is one of the very last lines of merchandise where the producer, not the merchant sets the price of the item. And the mark up in books is, at best, 30%. In clothing stores, you are looking at 1000% markup for cheap items made in Asia. The reason why we are losing independent booksellers is that you cannot run a business on a thirty percent markup, pay your overhead, salaries, and healthcare for you and your staff and then clear a profit with consumers coming in every day and demanding huge mark downs. So we had to get into the sideline business to make money. But even with that, bookstores, unless they have a buying power advantage can't survive. B&N isn't taking advantage of anyone. If any business is taking advantage of you, it's those Warehouse Clubs, and WalMart becuase they pay their employees less than B&N does now. B&N employees get healthcare that I couldn't afford for my own shop employees, please B&N supports local schools. Teachers get 20% off what they buy at the stores for their classrooms. And what do Warehouse Clubs give teachers? Zip, nothing. So before you think that a program is a rip off, and that you are only going to through your money at Wakton Family, remember, they don't invest in our communities, they don't pay their employees a living wage, they get back at communities by skimming off money and putting nothing else back in. So tell me, which company is the bigger rip off? Is it WalMart and Sam's Club? Or Barnes and Noble? I gladly give $25 fr a program that saved me last year almost a hundred dollars off Christmas presents for my family and the students in my classroom. And WalMart? They gave our district NOTHING.