REI Introduces Gear Commerce-In For Members: How It Works

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Cooperative members can now sort their old equipment and exchange it for REI credit.

With more people out and about this year and fewer people looking for new products in retail The market for used equipment has grown significantly. And that's not a guess. According to REI, online sales of used equipment are up 100% from last year!

In order to build on this dynamic and to meet the continuing demand from market participants for used items, REI today presents a Option to trade in equipment for its members. To further support the "Recommerce business", the cooperative also announced that it will open two pilot pop-up stores for used equipment – one in California and one in Pennsylvania.

"Buying used equipment is one of the best ways you or I can reduce our carbon footprint," said Ken Voeller, REI Recommerce Manager. "Looking ahead, we have a number of product launches that will further accelerate our efforts in this area and solve problems for our members when it comes to buying used equipment or trading their own equipment for others to enjoy . "

So, if you have a jam-packed closet that is asking for relief, or if you want to invest in quality, affordable equipment, here's how you can take advantage of it Trade-in for REI equipment.

REI Gear Trade-In

Before browsing your equipment den, this trade-in program is only available to REI Co-op members. If you're not a member, it only costs $ 20 per life and you can join Here.

Once you are a member, you can visit them Trade-in page and look for the products to see if they are eligible. Here are REI's criteria for accepting used equipment:

REI Trade-In Gear

  • What is accepted?
    • Jackets, vests and pants
    • Sleeping bags and pillows
    • Tents
    • Packs
    • Hiking boots
    • Running shoes
  • What is not
    • base layer
    • Swimwear
    • underwear
    • electronics
    • Safety equipment
    • Defective / damaged items
    • Items older than 6 years
    • Items that were never sold at REI

This is not a comprehensive list. But to make it easier, REI has one searchable database This is where you can look up your used equipment to see if it's eligible for trade-in. It will also show you roughly How much is your used equipment worth?. Currently, REI is offering up to 50% of the resale value of an item in the form of a gift credit.

The maximum value applies to items in "excellent condition" (practically new; probably never worn outdoors), but REI accepts eligible products up to "well-worn" condition (visible wear and tear).

A quick search shows that one is in use REI Flash sleeping mat could subtract $ 10-20 on the trade-in market.

Once you've confirmed the items to trade, REI will send you shipping accessories. After you have received and rated the value, you will receive a credit note via email. Best of all, you can even trade items that you didn't buy from REI – it just has to be products that the cooperative has sold in the past 6 years.

Ready to give it a try? Go to Trade-in page and start finding gear to send in. When you're ready to buy them, check this out REI's marketplace for used equipment.

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