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Old 06-14-2012, 01:41 PM
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I'm debating renewing my membership there again. I'm finding a lot of the stuff they have that I like is no longer avaliable. Their meat quality has dropped off significantly. And it just doesn't seem worth it anymore. Yes, their quality is still light years ahead of Wal-Mart, but that really isn't saying much. If I was in the market for a few big ticket items, (desk top PC, Big Screen TV, etc.), then perhaps, but for day to day items I don't know. It kills me to have to pay someplace to shop there. I know my neighbor next door has said the same thing, and the place seems less crowded everytime I go in there.
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Still worth it for us. We only go once a month. Don't really buy big ticket stuff, mostly things we use on a regular basis and some things that we like to stock up on in bulk. We also buy our eye glasses and contacts there. We like their return policy. I don't think we save tone of cash. We like the store, the convenience and variety. We definitely save enough to warrant the annual fee.
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i dropped mine last year and the only thing i really miss is their big packs of tortilla's, evrything else i can get cheaper. ive been using smart and final for bulk purchases, their prices are very close to costco's.
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As a small restaurant business person, it pays big time to be a member. My $100 membership gets me a 2% rebate check on everything that passes the front register. My rebate is usually the max $500 or just below. So as long as I purchase at least $5K worth of stuff from them throughout the year my membership is free.

And if you think about it..... $400 a month in personal groceries alone for a family of 4, with 2 teen boys, is not all that much to spend for essentially a free membership for me anyhow. Everything over that is nothing but a discount !
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My biggest issue is the long lines. The costco in northern VA at Potomac Mills mall is flat out terrible. The lines are so long ive walked out, leaving my full cart just sitting there. Doubt im renewing.
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I heard Potomic Mills is one of the busiest stores they have. So I could only imagine the lines...
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What are they charging for a membership where you are? I havent been a member for about 3 years now. You can save as much just doing sales and coupons at the grocery store. I wouldnt mind paying 25-30 to shop there, but Im sure its more than that now.
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to me it depends on if you buy other items. When i look at prices it seems like a lot of them pretty much can be found elsewhere if you look around and buy at sales. We buy dog food at Costco and every now and then some other items. Overall i wouldn't pay the membership for our level of buying. If you concentrate your buying there (which is what Costco hopes you do) it will be worth it
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After seeing that post where they're gouging people on meat I would say no.
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What are they charging for a membership where you are? I havent been a member for about 3 years now. You can save as much just doing sales and coupons at the grocery store. I wouldnt mind paying 25-30 to shop there, but Im sure its more than that now.
For us it's $60.00 per year for a basic membership. (Phoenix, Az.)
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I dont like them having a list of everything I ever bought. I wonder how long it would take for people to go thru the list of people who purchase large amounts of food.
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We don't have a Costco near us, but I have been to one in Florida a few times with freinds, and like them better than Sams Club ( which I'm a member of).
For the last couple years,when my Sams membership was about to expire, I would plan to just let it go, but within a month, I always joined up again.
I like several of the bulk deals, and the fruit and veggies ( especially the big plastic tub of organic baby spinach).I also like the free grub....er, I mean "samples" that they give. Sometimes it's REALLY good stuff,(shrimp,chicken,pasta,) especially nice if I'm wandering through straight from the gym.
As chance would have it, just a minute ago, I ordered a case of Newman Own Keurig K-cups (coffee) because it looked like my local Sams stopped carrying it, but they had it on-line. Go figure.
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I have the one that pays you back. I get my gas there since I drive past it on my way to work so it works for me.
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I've always lived in pretty rural boonhick regions, so we don't get the advantage of Costo's or Sam's Club, etc.

I must say... when all my kids were little, I could certainly see the advantage of having such an opportunity.

Now it's just me and the 2 dogs and 1 cat (the kids grew up and flew the nest)t. Guess I'll stick to the local Wally World and local stores with coupons and sales flyers.

Guess what I'm trying to say is.... it depends on just HOW MUCH MONEY do you spend in a month????
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Totally worth it IMHO if it is just for the gas alone. Gas at ARCO down the street $4.09 a gallon, on base $3.79 a gallon and at COSTCO $3.73.
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I mostly get dog food at Costco. The Kirkland dog food (store brand) is good quality and cheaper than grocery store or wally world.
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Costco gas is much cheaper than gas station gas. If we didn't buy anything else there, it would be worth it just for the gas savings.

We also have the cash back membership. My wife just got the yearly check. The extra cash back paid for the membership plus about $75 in our pockets. You have to do a little math and calculate if it is worth it for you.

They have the best commonly available deals on bulk rice, beans, salt, sugar, etc. If you have a United Grocer that sells to the public in your area, you can get similar deals, but not everybody has these. The only place that beats Costco on bulk food storage items is the LDS dry cannery. I've never seen anyone come close to their prices. Now that WalMart is getting into the market of emergency food storage (#10 cans and buckets) there is going to be a glut of competition.

For us, we buy a great deal of our food at Costco. Since we don't have a lot of the chains that the crazy coupon moms use for great deals, we kind of live in a coupon desert. So Costco is our alternative to paying full prices at grocery stores.
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I have both Costco and Sam's. I am finding that I am going to Sam's more for the stuff that I need. So with that said, I will not be renewing the Costco card. This is my own personall experience though. Distance isn't the problem as they are across the street from each other. Just that I find that there are things at sams that costco doesn't have, and as far as the rest, they are the same price, so I just go to costco to use the coupons once a month, and it isn't worth the cost of the yearly fee...
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Although the business picks up the expense of membership stores, our "visits" to Costco have always disappointed.

From what I understand, the products vary by region. But, the main reason why we don't have a membership is they don't regularly stock the items we would normally buy in bulk. Also, we "charge" all of our groceries and don't care to get another credit card just to shop.

So, for now it's just BJ's, Sam's and the local grocery stores.
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I dont like them having a list of everything I ever bought. I wonder how long it would take for people to go thru the list of people who purchase large amounts of food.
Ummm, your shopping at Costco. The majority of people shopping there are buying large amounts of food. How would you stand out?
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