Duane Reade to Use Flex After All?

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A few days ago, we reported that the CVS on 96th Street and Amsterdam would be using Flex, partly at least because, according to Student Services, other neighborhood drugstores “have not responded to our invitations to join the program.” However, when Bwog checked in with Duane Reade’s manager, we learned that there may be hope yet for Flex at a closer drugstore. According to the manager, “Students have been coming in and telling me about Flex,” for awhile, and he “sent in the paper work about a year ago.” As for the paperwork going through, “apparently they’re going to be using a lot of Flex next semester so it’ll hopefully be ready by fall.”

In sadder retail news, JAS Mart at 110th and Broadway has shut its doors, according to a sign on said doors, and Morningside Books, after a temporary donor-induced respite, now has signs saying “We are ACTUALLY closed this time.”


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  1. Jeez

    Columbia store are dropping like flies and unfortunately the only things to come in are the Verizon Wireless on 109th, the-not-as-good-as-Swish Vine, and the bane of my existence Ricky's.

  2. ugh seriously  

    fucking ricky's.

  3. The

    Ricky's in the Village (OK, there's probably more than one) takes NYU campus cash. Ridiculous. I guess hipsters need hairdye more than they need food?

  4. dear bwog,

    please never write another article about flex. ever. i think that over the past few months flex coverage has made up around 25% of your content. why do you think we care so much about this topic?

  5. Ron Gejman  

    I really don't understand what the incentive is for students to use flex. Whose parents refills Flex as opposed to giving them cash and/or a credit/debit card? What is my incentive to use Flex as opposed to a personal credit card (where I built, shocker, credit)?

    • name  

      there are some scholarships where columbia gives you a flex stipend. only happens if you have some bizarre outside scholarship columbia will honor (ha!) or if you're paying your own way entirely, but it helps a lot to be able to buy actual groceries with it rather than just columbia food.

      • yeah

        my second year i ended up with something like 1000 bucks extra in fin aid somehow and columbia said it could go into either dining dollars or flex, but i couldnt get it credited into my bank account due to some stipulation.

  6. books

    good fucking riddance

  7. flex...why?  

    why do people care about flex? can someone answer this? why would you not use a credit card and rack up all those bonus reward points than deal with a shitting flex system?

  8. use a credit card

    to buy flex (at Hartley) and then use flex to show your Columbia pride! did somebody say pointless?

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