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Old 01-11-2009, 10:41 AM
 
Location: Denver area
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I'm curious at to just what would make a warehouse store yuppy?
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Old 01-11-2009, 02:36 PM
 
Location: The Circle City. Sometimes NE of Bagdad.
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I have memberships in both Costco and Sam's. Sam's is closer to my home, but I prefer Costco, especially their customer service.
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Old 01-11-2009, 03:03 PM
 
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I have memberships at both. Costco is closer to my house; however, Sam's Club carries the stuff for my business that Costco doesn't have in any of their clubs.

The gas at one Sam's Club is the cheapest in town compared to the gas at my local Costco. Both are good clubs.
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Old 01-11-2009, 05:49 PM
 
Location: home...finally, home .
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Costco has great free samples (not that I would ever stand on
line for anything like that.....) .
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Old 01-15-2009, 11:54 AM
 
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I also notice that like any shoppoig you have to be aware of waht the prices are at other stores. Many have higher price on ome product while lower on another. There hyas always been the draw marketing in this country.Sam's club has many itmes that are higher than the same item at Wal-mart.
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Old 01-15-2009, 01:19 PM
 
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I noticed that a lot at Costco when we shopped there. Chicken breasts, for example, routinely go on sale for 2 bucks a pound - at Costco they were always $2.69. Soda is another example - always on sale somewhere for less than the Costco price.
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Old 01-15-2009, 01:20 PM
 
Location: southwestern PA... where the nest is now empty!
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I'm a Costco gal.

Don't like WalMart or Sam's and their policies... so they don't get my money.
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Old 01-15-2009, 01:21 PM
 
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I also notice that like any shoppoig you have to be aware of waht the prices are at other stores. Many have higher price on ome product while lower on another. There hyas always been the draw marketing in this country.Sam's club has many itmes that are higher than the same item at Wal-mart.
And Sam's Club is cheaper than Walmart on many items - gasoline, prescriptions, OTC medications ...
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Old 01-15-2009, 03:07 PM
 
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And Sam's Club is cheaper than Walmart on many items - gasoline, prescriptions, OTC medications ...
Ostensibly, Sam's should be cheaper than Wal-Mart on every single item they sell, since you pay for the privilege of shopping there and have to buy large quantities. It's annoying to be paying for a membership and still have to comparison shop, and it would doubly annoy me to have to comparison shop between Sam's and its parent corporation.
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Old 01-15-2009, 03:44 PM
 
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We have a Sam's & Costco near us, but we are die hard Costco shoppers.

Why?

- In General, While both offer good value I think Costco sells better merchandise. In car terms, Costco sells Buicks & Cadillacs while Sam's sells Chevy's.
- Costco seems less focussed on brands & brand names. They will sell an item from a lesser known brand if it offers quality at a better value then a category leader from a national brand. Sam's - in my limited experience with them - seems focussed on selling large sizes of mid-tier national brands at a low cost.
- Costco's Kirkland line has alot of outstanding products.
- Costco associates are the most engaged of any retail employees I interact with. Costco takes care of its employees, and it reflects in the way they deal with their shoppers. Employees seem happy or proud to work there and I've never gotten the rolling eyes, apathetic, don't-bother-me-I'm-working attitude so prevalent in front line employees at other retail and service employees now a days.
-Costco operates on a cost + 11% margin model that I trust. They make all there profit on membership dues, not reatil markup. I might be able to get a better deal on some items elsewhere, but if I don't have the time or inclination to do alot of research on a new product or category, I'll purchase an item from costco. It may not be the rock bottom cheapest, but it will be a good value & I know i'm not getting screwed.
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