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View Poll Results: Where are you on this grocery-shopping scale?
10--I buy the best of whatever I feel like, and I don;t even look at the price. 6 5.00%
9 6 5.00%
8 7 5.83%
7 15 12.50%
6 18 15.00%
5 28 23.33%
4 14 11.67%
3 16 13.33%
2 6 5.00%
1-- I dumpster-dive, use food pantries, and stock up from the reduced bin. 4 3.33%
Voters: 120. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 09-19-2016, 06:18 PM
 
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I saved all my Costco receipts -- in state and out state and even foreign country, i.e. Canada.

When Costco put on sale of certain items as listed in the coupon book, I checked with my old receipt and found which item that I have bought at regular price but is now on sale. Then I go buy the item on sale and return it with the old receipt at regular price.

Costco actually does not have a time limit that doesn't allow you to return merchandise except electronics (6 months) and perishable food and tobacco. So you can return goods that you bought one or two or even three years ago.
I don't see that as being frugal, I see that as stealing from the store.
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Old 09-19-2016, 06:47 PM
 
Location: Honolulu
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I don't see that as being frugal, I see that as stealing from the store.
Those are brand new merchandise that have never been used for return and Costco does not set a clear cut return policy. How can that be termed as a "steal"?

That is a loophole. Only those money-smart know about such loophole.

Once I saw a lady returning a suitcase that is totally worn without a receipt. Costco still returned money to her. I would say that is a "steal".
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Old 09-19-2016, 06:49 PM
 
Location: Alexandria, VA
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It's stealing because you specifically stated you buy another item to be able to return it, it MIGHT be diff. if you still had the item YOU PURCHASED at the higher price.
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Old 09-19-2016, 07:09 PM
 
Location: Honolulu
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It's stealing because you specifically stated you buy another item to be able to return it, it MIGHT be diff. if you still had the item YOU PURCHASED at the higher price.
But that is what I exactly told the Costco guy when I returned the merchandise. I told him I returned it because it is on sale. If he thinks it is a "steal", he would not accept my return.

So that is a loophole instead of a steal. Steal is defined as "take (another person's property) without permission or legal right and without intending to return it." Did I take the merchandise without paying for it?

This is an act of frugality -- much wiser than most options proposed here like cut down on food which hurts one's health.
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Old 09-19-2016, 07:19 PM
 
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I bought dinner for the week which came up to $11.47
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Old 09-20-2016, 02:27 AM
 
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Those are brand new merchandise that have never been used for return and Costco does not set a clear cut return policy. How can that be termed as a "steal"?

That is a loophole. Only those money-smart know about such loophole.

Once I saw a lady returning a suitcase that is totally worn without a receipt. Costco still returned money to her. I would say that is a "steal".
Oh, that's a "steal" alright.

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I bought dinner for the week which came up to $11.47
That is wonderful!! Care to elaborate?
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Old 09-20-2016, 12:41 PM
 
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[quote=Ian_Lee;45541905]But that is what I exactly told the Costco guy when I returned the merchandise. I told him I returned it because it is on sale. If he thinks it is a "steal", he would not accept my return.

So that is a loophole instead of a steal. Steal is defined as "take (another person's property) without permission or legal right and without intending to return it." Did I take the merchandise without paying for it?

This is an act of frugality -- much wiser than most options proposed here like cut down on food which hurts one's health.[/QUOTE

Quit trying to justify it, if you didn't think it was underhanded then you wouldn't be saving and switching receipts. What you're doing ends up costing all of us.
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Old 09-20-2016, 12:54 PM
 
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Oh, that's a "steal" alright.



That is wonderful!! Care to elaborate?
Went to a bakery to buy some rolls, meatballs and chicken that came up to $11.47
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Old 09-20-2016, 02:05 PM
 
Location: Honolulu
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But that is what I exactly told the Costco guy when I returned the merchandise. I told him I returned it because it is on sale. If he thinks it is a "steal", he would not accept my return.

So that is a loophole instead of a steal. Steal is defined as "take (another person's property) without permission or legal right and without intending to return it." Did I take the merchandise without paying for it?

This is an act of frugality -- much wiser than most options proposed here like cut down on food which hurts one's health.[/QUOTE

Quit trying to justify it, if you didn't think it was underhanded then you wouldn't be saving and switching receipts. What you're doing ends up costing all of us.
Though now it is off topic, this will be my last answer to the question of "steal".

You can only steal something that you don't legally possess. I legally possess it and I legally return it. And the merchandise I returned is new and intact. So how can that be termed as a "steal"?

Those members who really cost all of us are those who return items which boxes have been opened or even been used. You think Costco can resell those merchandise? That really takes money out of our wallets.

And by the way, there are many credit cards that rebates 5% of warehouse purchase including Costco while Costco Visa just rebates 2% and cash/check 0%.

If you spend $3,000 a year in Costco, that will give you extra saving of $90 or $150. That is an act of frugality -- nobody mentions it but instead talking of how $10 can feed one for a week.
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Old 09-20-2016, 03:28 PM
 
Location: Alexandria, VA
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Then we'll call it was it is: unethical....... feel better?
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