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Old 04-30-2013, 09:42 AM
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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I know this is an ongoing debate, so I thought I would ask my friends on this forum, which they prefer, why and if they sometimes shop at both or neither?

I will go first, we do strictly Sam's. When we moved from Texas to NM we belonged to both, but seeing there are only 2 of us, we didn't feel we needed both. We made our choice based solely on, belonging to Sam's longer. I think Costco stores, overall are a little nicer and less crowded (at least the ones I have been in) but I like Sam's prices a little better; just a tab bit. Of course living in NWA we have no choice. There are no Costco's within maybe 100 miles, if that close. In fact we have very few Targot's as well. It is totally Wal-Mart.

Old 04-30-2013, 09:59 AM
Location: Kirkwood, DE and beautiful SXM!
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We don't have a Sam's close to us; it is about 30 miles from us. At one time, we would make monthly trips, but when we joined Costco, we liked it better. We also have three BJ's near us and they take manufacturer coupons and have gas stations. I find Costco to be cleaner, more spacious, and to have a better selection. They are priced a little higher and do not take manufacturer coupons, but even their brand products are usually excellent and they have an excellent return policy.
Old 04-30-2013, 10:35 AM
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I like BJ's better than both.
Old 04-30-2013, 10:42 AM
Location: Savannah GA/Lk Hopatcong NJ
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Costco...the selection is better, return policy beats anyone and they seem to have happy employees as Costco treats their employees well as far as wages & benefits
Old 04-30-2013, 10:43 AM
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal -> Ottawa
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Originally Posted by Bulldogdad View Post
I like BJ's better than both.

I like Costco the best, by far. (And so does Bulldogdad, based on all his posts... except this one.)
Old 04-30-2013, 11:18 AM
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BJ's has a more retail oriented selection of merchandise...not sure the prices are great, but if you watch where you step you'll be okay.

SAMS....i have to admit i shop there for certain things.....laundry detergent, paper towels, certain electronics, printer cartridges.....

But I really, really hate giving my money to Walmart. The way they leech off the government just makes me sick to my stomach. I just wonder how many billions it costs America every year subsidizing Walmart employees, while the corporate types get filthy rich off the backs of their lowly employees?

Catch 22....all of which makes thier prices attractive, even though they probably make MORE from lower prices than do stores which charge more--and cover their own employee benefits.
Old 04-30-2013, 11:57 AM
Location: Harbor Springs, Michigan
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A friend added me to her membership at Sam's so I shop there, we are moving soon and it seems I will still be shopping at Sam's as our nearest Costco will be over 100 miles away.
Old 04-30-2013, 12:07 PM
Location: Denver 'burbs
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Costco. Cleaner, less crowded, great return policy and more conveniently located (for me).
Old 04-30-2013, 12:14 PM
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Originally Posted by DawnMTL View Post

I like Costco the best, by far. (And so does Bulldogdad, based on all his posts... except this one.)
Damn Caught in the act.
Old 04-30-2013, 12:15 PM
Location: Way up high
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I like BJ's the best but now that I've moved its not out in CO Sooo I need to compare between Sams and Costco. I've been with Sams for years and never been into a Costco..
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