Did you get M's email for Rewards Program?? Worth it?

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Posted 3/23/2009 by scrapnmklady in General Scrappin'
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Posted: 3/24/2009 12:46:35 PM
I think I would end up buying more crap I don't really want, just to make sure I get my $$$ worth from the membership. That's exactly what happened when I had a B&N card for one year.

I don't think it compares to a Sam's membership... when I did the math, my Sam's membership paid for itself just in the gas discounts.

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Posted: 3/24/2009 7:38:54 PM
I got a different offer than anyone at least that I saw:

10% off all regular priced items
Cost $4.99

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Posted: 3/24/2009 7:40:43 PM
I got a different one: At least I didn't see this one listed:

10% off all regular priced stuff
$4.99 cost

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Posted: 3/24/2009 8:16:23 PM
I think if they were taking away the 40% off coupons and just offering it through the rewards program I would consider paying for it.

I also do not feel they "owe" us free rewards. It is their marketing plan to either make people pay for the rewards or not. How they handle it will determine who shops there imo. I personally don't stop in if I don't have a coupon or what I am after is not on sale. I of course will end up buying more than what I go in for, but for some reason that coupon makes it seem okay...I think they are silly to do away with them.

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Posted: 3/24/2009 8:25:20 PM
I haven't gotten one either.

I would definitely sign up for the free one...it's free.

The $24.99, I'd have to think about though. It would depend on if they still give out coupons in emails/flyers/etc. If it was the ONLY way to get a discount, then maybe...or it might just drive me to only shop their sales or at J's and HL....I don't go there too often to justify having to spend $250 to make back the membership fee if I only got 10% off.

I would definitely go for a $10-15 yearly fee though...and definitely if the points roll over from year to year.

scrappinbetty
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Posted: 3/24/2009 8:40:51 PM
I would think it would depend on how much one shops at Ms (and whether or not coupons are still available to those without a membership) that would encourage a person to sign up and pay for membership or not.

The way I see it, if I buy one item with my membership and I save at least $24.99, then the $24.99 membership offer would pay for itself. And, on top of the 40% discount that saved me $24.99 and beyond, I would be earning points for money that I would be spending anyway, KWIM?

For instance, if I spent $24.99 on the membership and bought one Cropper Hopper Workstation (reg. price $89.99, with 40% off = $58), I already saved $30 on that one purchase (I usually spend a 40% coupon on bigger, more expensive items). I also earned points for the $58 I spent and soon will have earned a GC to use on future purchases.

Would it be nice if they simply gave out the memberships? Yes, but I don't think $24.99 is too bad of a price for what you get in return. I spend $25/year on my B&N membership and believe me, we get our money's worth out of that (and have en being out of the country for most of the last membership year).

I think these kinds of programs build loyalty in a way that non-paid programs can't/don't - wouldn't you tend to always try to make your purchases at Ms if you had spent money on their membership? And, if you got the Ms membership for free, wouldn't you be just as likely to shop at Js or another store, especially when they have coupons too?

The different offers are being "tested" and I applaud them for doing their research prior to rolling out a new program. Many companies just go ahead with something they assume the shopper wants and are disappointed. Ms is being smart about this.

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Posted: 3/24/2009 8:53:55 PM
I got 10% off and pay 4.99
I would do it if I shopped more often. I only go to a craft store maybe once every 2 or 3 months..

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Posted: 3/24/2009 9:10:07 PM
I didn't get an offer (I'm not on their email list anymore I guess-I rarely get coupons) but I would never pay for a program like this.

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Posted: 3/24/2009 9:16:15 PM
I received the email today. After reading this replies on this post, I'm not sure I'm going to do it. It seems like they are offering different programs for different parts of the US. I only get 20% off and 60% off on frames. It cost 24.99/year.

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Posted: 3/25/2009 8:17:58 AM
I was speaking to the head cashier at our M's in Canada and she said they just got their notice about the program. Apparently it won't be offered to everyone, they have no idea if the coupons will be discontinued, points won't be printed on your receipt - it will be done electronically some other way. She also told me that if you return something you won't have to give back your points.

She said when she finds more information out, she'll let me know. They've been given very little information at this point, just a memo in the mailbag.

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Posted: 3/25/2009 10:56:49 AM
I didn't get one, either.

I never have framing done there, so no discount on that is enticing to me.

I would go for the free & maybe $4.99, but not the more costly ones.

I would want to know if the discount is on EVERYTHING (no exclusions like Cricut, MS, etc as happened in the past) AND does this discount apply at all M's. Think about the differences we experience in just shopping at a different store. M's doesn't seem to be able to have any consistency in anything, so why would we think this would be. Just a thought.


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Posted: 3/25/2009 11:53:40 AM

Absolutely not. M's pricing here in Canada is more like robbery. We pay an extra 40% over what you gals are paying in the States and in many cases, 40% more that what lss are charging locally. AS it is I never buy anything unless I have at least a 40% off coupon. At 20% off I still would just shop at my lss even if I had to drive an hour. I certainly wouldn't pay a membership fee of any kind. There is nothing I need that bad that I can't get elsewhere cheaper.

Sorry, but the part that I bolded...I think you are incorrect.

It's more like 50%+ or more, not 40%, that we pay in Canada vs the US i.e. Basic Grey per sheet = $1.00 in US, $1.69 in Canada.

Everything else I agree with though!

slyn11
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Posted: 3/25/2009 4:59:37 PM
My offer was:

* 20% off your entire regular price purchase every time you shop
* 10 points for every $1 you spend at Michaels — once you reach 2000 points we'll automatically send you a $10 Michaels Gift Card
* 60% off custom framing all year long
* An exclusive membership card
* One full year of membership
for 24.99

I think it is a pretty good deal.

melslove
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Posted: 3/29/2009 9:41:17 PM
I think M's majors in complicated and minors in frustration.


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Posted: 3/29/2009 11:06:58 PM
I am so glad this thread was started, because I also received the ''exclusive rewards program designed just for me''.

Mine is:
~ 40% off any one regular price item every time you shop
~ 20 points for every $1 spent
~ 60% off custom framing all year long
~ For a fee of $24.99

It would not be hard to recoup the membership fee since I shop there often, but am curious if they are going to stop emailing coupons...otherwise what`s the point

lemon dropp
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Posted: 3/29/2009 11:27:34 PM
Interesting thread. I didn't get any offers!

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Posted: 4/1/2009 12:37:30 PM
Hello can someone tell me where do u get this offer fron, there email on your checkout rect in the store.. oh where do i get the offer from.....thanks ladies
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