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Old 03-12-2012, 02:06 PM
 
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I haven't seen this mentioned yet, but it was an important factor with me and may be with you too. Costco's actually pays their people a living wage and provides decent benefits, unlike Sam's, being the warehouse version of Wal-Mart. I'm not sure about BJs.
Interesting article about how great Costco is to work for and how some stock analyst feel they are to generous to their employees.

Analysts to Costco: Stop treating your employees so well



http://www.nytimes.com/2005/07/17/bu...6a6d68&ei=5088

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Costco's average pay, for example, is $17 an hour, 42 percent higher than its fiercest rival, Sam's Club. And Costco's health plan makes those at many other retailers look Scroogish. One analyst, Bill Dreher of Deutsche Bank, complained last year that at Costco "it's better to be an employee or a customer than a shareholder
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Salary and benefits can play a part in matching employees with the community they serve. Could be a factor in the Triangle.
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Old 03-12-2012, 02:14 PM
 
Location: Raleigh
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Interesting article about how great Costco is to work for and how some stock analyst feel they are to generous to their employees.

Analysts to Costco: Stop treating your employees so well

http://www.nytimes.com/2005/07/17/bu...6a6d68&ei=5088

Salary and benefits can play a part in matching employees with the community they serve. Could be a factor in the Triangle.
Thanks for another example of how Wall Street has all the wisdom of a pack of syphilis addled monkeys. I'm sure these same analysts will pull out all sorts of arguments for why there bonuses should be seen as investments in the company versus expenses.

Anyway...here's another on the topic: The High Cost of Low Wages - Harvard Business Review

Costco's higher pay and better treatment results in much higher revenues per employees than Sam's... which...um... is all relevant to the Triangle and our local decisions of which warehouse to join (for the mod's benefit).
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Old 03-12-2012, 04:11 PM
 
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Thanks for another example of how Wall Street has all the wisdom of a pack of syphilis addled monkeys. I'm sure these same analysts will pull out all sorts of arguments for why there bonuses should be seen as investments in the company versus expenses.

Anyway...here's another on the topic: The High Cost of Low Wages - Harvard Business Review

Costco's higher pay and better treatment results in much higher revenues per employees than Sam's... which...um... is all relevant to the Triangle and our local decisions of which warehouse to join (for the mod's benefit).
It really is relevant to the Triangle as the average family income for a Costco shopper is 75K and they are sensitive to the level of employee they are dealing with. Costco employees visibly work hard and our very courteous and helpful. Not that others aren't but Costco seems to have better quality control.
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Old 03-12-2012, 06:45 PM
 
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The High Cost of Low Wages - Harvard Business Review

Costco's higher pay and better treatment results in much higher revenues per employees than Sam's... which...um... is all relevant to the Triangle and our local decisions of which warehouse to join (for the mod's benefit).
Interesting reading that Costco makes more money with fewer stores and fewer employees and how even though they pay their employees quite a bit better and cover more benefits, their lower turnover means lower overall employee costs. Who knew that treating employees well would work out so well?

Judging from my two dismal experiences with BJ employees, I suspect they are on the Sams Club end of the pay scale.
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Old 03-12-2012, 08:40 PM
 
Location: Charleston, SC
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In our area, we don't have BJ's. Closest is in Charlotte, but Costco is huge here (Charleston). We got ours in 2001 in West Ashley, and it is always packed on weekends since it is the only one around. I know people that drive 50 miles just to go there.

It is strong in food, electronics, and a few other departments. Books and video games are departments that are lacking in our Costco.

They keep books out for months and months. The book section has gotten smaller, as they have adjusted everything in store. In our Costco we have the same local Charleston books which have been on the rack for 3 or 4 years. They maybe have a dozen games out at a time between all consoles.

Sam's has been around much longer. They had an old location on the main shopping strip in North Charleston that was one of the first few to open when the chain began (1984-85), then they moved to a larger shopping center near the airport a few years ago.

They are basically a lower-priced Walmart, but they have a much more varied selection. They have more services than the others.

Both Costco and Sam's have great food courts. You can get a hot dog for $2, and at Costco it's a foot-long dog. The other prices are cheap too.
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Old 03-12-2012, 08:50 PM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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Costco - better quality, and I'm able to buy higher quality foods in bulk. They also have random items that may only be there for a week or two. Every time you go back, you search for that item to no avail only to find another awesome impulse buy to tide you over. I also enjoy their rewards card. Over $300 this year for me. Drawback...1 location in Wake County

Sam's - I'm spoiled by the cleanliness of the one in Morrisville, although I never enjoyed going to the one in Raleigh. The Morrisville location is close to work so I'm always getting gas there...plus the gas station will accept my visa credit card whereas the store will only accept debit. The selection for the Morrisville location is quite good as well, albeit not as good as Costco. 3 Locations in Wake County

BJ's - Never been a member, but co-workers at my old company could go in on a membership together which saved them money on buying individual memberships (not sure if they still do that). They take coupons. 4 Locations in Wake county
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Old 04-20-2012, 06:51 PM
 
Location: NJ
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I was a member of Costco for years and last year a member of both Sam's and Costco. I canceled Sam's and this year canceled Costco. I liked Costco a lot, but found for the 2 of us, I was spending more on quantity I didn't really need, therefore, items were getting outdated before I used them. Not very economical. Now I shop at Shoprite Grocery and Walmart, with savings and control over quantities.

Edit: BTW, I like that you can use more methods of payment with Sam's as opposed to being stuck with Amex at Costco. I have rewards cards and still can get them from Sam's whereas Some retailers do not accept Amex. I don't like being locked into Amex.
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Old 04-22-2012, 09:26 AM
 
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Costco - better quality, and I'm able to buy higher quality foods in bulk. They also have random items that may only be there for a week or two. Every time you go back, you search for that item to no avail only to find another awesome impulse buy to tide you over. I also enjoy their rewards card. Over $300 this year for me. Drawback...1 location in Wake County

Sam's - I'm spoiled by the cleanliness of the one in Morrisville, although I never enjoyed going to the one in Raleigh. The Morrisville location is close to work so I'm always getting gas there...plus the gas station will accept my visa credit card whereas the store will only accept debit. The selection for the Morrisville location is quite good as well, albeit not as good as Costco. 3 Locations in Wake County

BJ's - Never been a member, but co-workers at my old company could go in on a membership together which saved them money on buying individual memberships (not sure if they still do that). They take coupons. 4 Locations in Wake county
Cardinal shopping rule at Costco. If you see something you really like buy it then because it may not be there the next time. I have learned that many a time over the years. Does encourage impulse buying but there is a cost savings tradeoff.
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Old 04-22-2012, 10:14 AM
 
Location: Two years in Raleigh, NC
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Cardinal shopping rule at Costco. If you see something you really like buy it then because it may not be there the next time. I have learned that many a time over the years. Does encourage impulse buying but there is a cost savings tradeoff.
And the return policies are very generous.
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Old 04-22-2012, 01:41 PM
 
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And the return policies are very generous.
Awesome return. Especially on electronics. Not as good as it use to be (abused by people) but still the best.
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