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Old 04-15-2011, 08:27 AM
 
Location: NJ
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i heard on the radio that sam's club is having an open house so non-members can check it out. what do you guys think of it compared to costco? i love costco and dont expect sam's to be better, but maybe they have a great deal on some product that i can take advantage of.

also, anyone know where there is one that is well stocked and nice but not so busy? id imagine this being the weekend when stores are busier plus open to non-members, it may get crowded and id like to not be in a place thats super crowded.
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Old 04-15-2011, 09:46 AM
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i heard on the radio that sam's club is having an open house so non-members can check it out. what do you guys think of it compared to costco? i love costco and dont expect sam's to be better, but maybe they have a great deal on some product that i can take advantage of.

also, anyone know where there is one that is well stocked and nice but not so busy? id imagine this being the weekend when stores are busier plus open to non-members, it may get crowded and id like to not be in a place thats super crowded.
Going to a store that is not busy will give you the same results as going to a restaurant that is not busy.
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Old 04-15-2011, 11:02 AM
 
Location: NJ
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Going to a store that is not busy will give you the same results as going to a restaurant that is not busy.
that may be true in many cases, but this is a big chain and i would assume they are all pretty similar with maybe some differences for the locality. so businesses could just be a factor of how busy of an area it is. for example, when i lived in brooklyn i went to BJ's. it was packed on weekends. however, if i came to the one in new jersey it was basically the same products but a lot less busy because it was a less busy area.
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Old 04-15-2011, 12:30 PM
 
Location: West Orange, NJ
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i heard on the radio that sam's club is having an open house so non-members can check it out. what do you guys think of it compared to costco? i love costco and dont expect sam's to be better, but maybe they have a great deal on some product that i can take advantage of.

also, anyone know where there is one that is well stocked and nice but not so busy? id imagine this being the weekend when stores are busier plus open to non-members, it may get crowded and id like to not be in a place thats super crowded.
Sam's club is virtually the same thing as Costco. Costco often seems to cater to a slightly more "premium" crowd as far as products, but not always. I don't think you'll like it any better than Costco, but having membership at both means if Costco doesn't have a particular brand you want, Sam's might.

you can check out sam's anytime you want. doesn't have to be an open house.
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Old 04-15-2011, 12:35 PM
 
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Sam's club is virtually the same thing as Costco. Costco often seems to cater to a slightly more "premium" crowd as far as products, but not always. I don't think you'll like it any better than Costco, but having membership at both means if Costco doesn't have a particular brand you want, Sam's might.

you can check out sam's anytime you want. doesn't have to be an open house.
i noticed they said something about there not being an upcharge. does that mean if you go without a membership they let you in and purchase but charge you some kind of increase in price when you buy? i wasnt aware that costco did this. i would like to have the opportunity to buy without any extra charge, so that may make this weekend a better chance to go. no way im paying an upcharge.
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Old 04-15-2011, 02:46 PM
 
Location: West Orange, NJ
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i noticed they said something about there not being an upcharge. does that mean if you go without a membership they let you in and purchase but charge you some kind of increase in price when you buy? i wasnt aware that costco did this. i would like to have the opportunity to buy without any extra charge, so that may make this weekend a better chance to go. no way im paying an upcharge.
ohhh. yes, if you "visit", you can shop, but pay more. i forgot they do that.

but to me, you don't have to "buy" something at Sam's Club to check it out. Go in, walk around...if you like the products they offer, great. But honestly, it's set up virtually the same way as costco. they just might have crest instead of aquafresh. Gilette shaving cream instead of whatever other brand exists. you know? that's the only difference really.

Then of course there is the Kirkland brand vs Members Mark. I like Kirkland better. I don't know if they are actually any better or worse than each other.

I pay for a membership at costco, and happen to enjoy a free membership at sammies. costco is closer so i go there. but occasionally i check out sam's club to compare maybe a beach chair, or something like that....
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Old 04-15-2011, 02:50 PM
 
Location: NJ
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ohhh. yes, if you "visit", you can shop, but pay more. i forgot they do that.

but to me, you don't have to "buy" something at Sam's Club to check it out. Go in, walk around...if you like the products they offer, great. But honestly, it's set up virtually the same way as costco. they just might have crest instead of aquafresh. Gilette shaving cream instead of whatever other brand exists. you know? that's the only difference really.

Then of course there is the Kirkland brand vs Members Mark. I like Kirkland better. I don't know if they are actually any better or worse than each other.

I pay for a membership at costco, and happen to enjoy a free membership at sammies. costco is closer so i go there. but occasionally i check out sam's club to compare maybe a beach chair, or something like that....
i can certainly check it out, but its not very convenient for me so there is not much chance id get a membership. so i would go, take advantage of any interesting deals, and never go back. it will be fun for me, the wife and daughter.

do they have a coupon book? if i go there, id like to have that handy. got my costco coupons that started yesterday, so we will be going there this weekend. fun!
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Old 04-15-2011, 03:29 PM
 
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I have membership to both clubs. I prefer Costco but unfortunately since we moved there is none nearby. We do use the membership when we travel in the RV and prefer the meat from Costco versus Sams. IMO Costco carries a larger variety of things that we use and like the Kirkland brand.
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Old 04-15-2011, 05:52 PM
 
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I have membership to both clubs. I prefer Costco but unfortunately since we moved there is none nearby. We do use the membership when we travel in the RV and prefer the meat from Costco versus Sams. IMO Costco carries a larger variety of things that we use and like the Kirkland brand.
so if there is something that sam's has that beats costco, what would it be? if i walk out with strawberry jelly for 75 cents a pound, thats enough for it to be a successful trip.
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Old 04-16-2011, 06:17 AM
 
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We have memberships to both Sams and BJs. Sams is way more conveniently located so we go there more. They really are similar, and it's quite true that one will have a certain brand the other doesn't , and the same with certain products. It's very subjective though depending on your tastes and preferences.
I do think that BJ house brand is better than Sams though. (Sam's Members Mark is totally fine, but BJ's Berkley and Jensen is better. Particularly the toilet paper/// subjectively speaking.
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