I know this is an old thread so maybe some folks have changed their tune a little but.....
It really seems like everyone on this thread is saying that it is impossible (or highly improbable) to make a living on REI only. I find that hard to believe.... but if it is true then I am pretty bummed out about that.
I have a feeling there are MANY people out there making a good living doing nothing but REI, I know a few of them in fact. Its not going to happen over night for anyone starting out but it can happen.
I think there is just a little too much doom and gloom in this thread (again, it could be a reflection of the time when the thread was started).
Just my 2 cents, that and a 5 dollar bill will get you a cup of joe.