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Old 01-17-2015, 08:29 AM
Location: Rochester NY
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Hi everyone, I currently shop at Sam's Club for my bulk needs because it is the only whole sale store in my location. However, I am relocating soon and I will have access to both BJs and Sams. Which do you prefer and why? I dont know if I should go ahead and renew my Sams membership or wait and sign up for BJs. I would shop at Costco but there are none in either areas. Thanks!
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Old 01-17-2015, 11:52 PM
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Bj's often has 30 day free trials. I would call the one that would be your local store and ask if they are currently offering any free trial. Then you can decide which store best fits your needs.
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Old 01-18-2015, 12:57 AM
Location: Eastern PA
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You will definitely have to see which store suits you best. Back when I did this comparison, for me hands-down BJ's was my favorite. At the time, BJs accepted both manufacturer's coupons and their own coupons, and Sam's Club did not. BJ's would even accept multiple coupons on the same item if the item was a multi-pack. They had a far better selection of organic/all-natural/non-GMO products available at a very attractive price. BJ's also had better stock consistency than Sam's Club did. Sam's Club would sometimes have some really great deals, but they'd be in and out. You would just get used to buying a product and then *poof* it would be gone and never in stock again. Lastly, BJ's offered a much quicker checkout experience, as they offered self-checkout lanes with belts at their clubs, while Sam's Club did not. I am really quick with those, and it made it much more attractive to run in for just a few items when you could simply scan and run, while the lines at Sam's were always long with people with loaded flatbeds in front of me. Your mileage may vary, but this was my experience with BJ's vs. Sam's Club here in Eastern PA.
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