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Old 11-01-2012, 15:41   #26
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Whether you personally choose to open carry or not, you should have a problem with a store that refuses to allow you to do so as a matter of corporate policy, like Costco.

Where I live, I have a choice between Costco and Sam's Club. The latter specifically allows all forms of legal firearms carry as a matter of corporate policy.

Costco's policy is also to give you a full refund of your current year's membership fee if you ask for it. I know several people that have taken them up on their offer and now shop at Sam's Club.

Perhaps you feel the proximity of Costco and lack of other choices makes this a necessary compromise. Others live in an area where their local Costco does not enforce this aspect of their corporate policy.

But at least make an informed decision before you give Costco your money.
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Old 11-01-2012, 15:45   #27
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I used to be a Costco member when there was one closer to my apartment. Where I live now the closest one is almost an hour away and the closest Sam's is about 20 minutes so I don't go there.

I have bought tires at Sams but was disappointed to learn you have to go to Sams for the free rotations and balancing (instead of being able to go to Walmart).

If there is one close it is worth it but to me it really isn't.
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Old 11-01-2012, 15:50   #28
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We don't open carry here in TX and I don't show my gun when I carry concealed. I do send business to companies that believe as I do but the reality is that I still have to do business with company policies I don't agree with. I just try to be a light to others of what is right.

Costco will extend the warranty by one year of the TV's there.
Their photo area is top notch as well as their affiliate that produces photo books which I use personally and for business.

We also get our eye exams and contacts there. Any problem we have had with items purchased have been returned with no questions asked. Their pharmacy is great and even offer Vet meds. Don't need to be a member to use their pharmacy either.

Customer service is high and employee satisfaction ranks very high as well.
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Old 11-01-2012, 15:51   #29
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I have bought tires at Sams but was disappointed to learn you have to go to Sams for the free rotations and balancing (instead of being able to go to Walmart).
Why you would want to go to Sams or Walmart for vehicle services is beyond me. Most (good) automotive shops will pricematch Tirerack.com, I have mine match and then buy the lifetime roadhazard/rotation and balance package for $15 a tire.
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Old 11-01-2012, 16:10   #30
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Costco is not a bargain basement superstore like Walmart. Costco has a lot of great prices on bulk stuff (like AA batteries) but not the best price on everything. One reason is that Costco does not sell cheap junk, they sell higher quality items and they stand behind those items with a no-hassle guarantee. They've done a lot of your homework for you.

One annoying thing: The items on their web site are usually different than what's in the store. You have to go into the store to see what they carry.
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Old 11-01-2012, 16:24   #31
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If you switch over to their brand of generic over the counter medicines like ibuprofen, tylenol, immodium, etc, then your membership will pay for itself on that alone! They are insanely cheap!
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Old 11-01-2012, 16:26   #32
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We use Costco a lot. We also belong to Sams. I prefer Costco but Sams has some stuff I like. We are considering BJ's since that is all that is near the Florida house, no experience with them though.
I have a Costco membership and it is worth it to me. I was just given a 60 day trial membership to BJ';s on Monday. It is a lot closer to my house.

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Old 11-01-2012, 16:34   #33
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Definitely worth it for us. Their fruit is very good at a very good price, then add batteries, paper towels, tp, paper plates, lots of pistachios, canned/dry food, and their salsa is quite tasty.
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Old 11-01-2012, 16:37   #34
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Screw Costco!

http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2012...nst-costco-sh/

If they don't like my gun then they, sure as Hell, ain't going to like me, either. We've got two Wal-Mart's, one Sam's Club, two Shop-Rites, and a BJ's Discount store. They're all we've ever really needed.
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I like Costco and have never noticed a posted policy against carrying. There was a show on TV that stated the Costco goal is to sell items at no more than 15% over their cost.

Most items are sold in large containers or by the case, etc. but you need to figure how much you can reasonably use. If you need a 55 gallon drum of pickle slices, Costco is the place!
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Old 11-01-2012, 17:17   #36
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I like Costco and have never noticed a posted policy against carrying. There was a show on TV that stated the Costco goal is to sell items at no more than 15% over their cost.

Most items are sold in large containers or by the case, etc. but you need to figure how much you can reasonably use. If you need a 55 gallon drum of pickle slices, Costco is the place!
Just don't, 'pattern' your EDC while you're rolling that 55 gallon drum past the Costco checkout counter because, then, the store manager might get upset and ........ (You won't be needing anymore pickles!)

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Old 11-01-2012, 17:19   #38
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I probably save the annual membership fee just on gasoline purchases alone.
My local grocery (Smith's) has a loyalty program where you get gas discounts when you buy groceries. Today I bought gas there for $2.97, way less than Costco.
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Old 11-01-2012, 19:09   #39
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Sure, we go to Costco fairly often..

The first thing you notice is the size of the Carts.. they're twice as big as normal grocery carts..

That should tell you something.

The second thing you notice is that they also have FLATS.. these are like 60x36 heavy duty platform carts, like construction guys use..

That should also tell you something..

The 3rd thing you'll notice is that they sell Hot Dogs, Pizza, and other goodies.. pretty cheap..

And finally, you'll notice that if you spot something unusual, and you like it.. you better buy it, cause it won't be there a week from now!!


All in all, a good deal.. if you know how to take advantage of what they offer..
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Old 11-01-2012, 21:01   #40
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Great.. Thanks for the replies. I failed to mentioned I already ahve a Sam's club membership and was wondering how it compares to it. Sam's is actually closer to where I live. Looks like I am not missing much Costco..
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Old 11-01-2012, 21:13   #41
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Their house-brand Kirkland Handcrafted Ale is an absolute steal for how good it tastes. Ours is not posted, BTW. HH
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Old 11-01-2012, 21:23   #42
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Oh, definitely consider them. Marriage is an awfully high cost for them but still well worth it. Also, don't be shelfish, be a giver

I actually made the exact same edit and thought twice before posting........
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Old 11-01-2012, 21:28   #43
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I actually made the exact same edit and thought twice before posting........
Well that right there is scarey. I am adopted and have stolen your Moron Lube so maybe it all makes sense.

I didn't think twice and that has gotten me in trouble before too.
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Old 11-02-2012, 06:21   #44
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Costco supports democrat politicians almost exclusively.

Sam's/Walmart supports mainly Republicans.

Who do you want to give money to?
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Old 11-02-2012, 06:48   #46
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Do they carry high quality equipment?

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Old 11-02-2012, 06:57   #47
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I dropped my membership at Costco the day their "No Firearms" sign went up. The nice part of that was my membership was up for renewal in a couple of weeks and they refunded me the whole year. I then went straight to Sam's Club and joined there for $40.

I save enough between gas and prescriptions to pay my membership fee many times over. Any other savings are just gravy. When I bought my Samsung Smart TV, theirs came with the USB Wifi adapter that was $70 extra everywhere else.

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Old 11-02-2012, 07:13   #48
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Can't speak for Costco, but Sam's

Our local Sam's store is struggling. We are a community of 50,000, but with neighboring states. Sam's has been discounting memberships to small business to encourage sales. I personally cannot justify a membership.
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Old 11-02-2012, 07:35   #49
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FYI, get an entertainment.com coupon book and Costco will give you $50 worth of free stuff.
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Old 11-02-2012, 08:31   #50
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We have Sam's, BJ's and Costco, nearby.

We gave up the BJ's membership.

Sam's - my wife goes there a LOT, to buy coffee and such, for the coffee room, at work.

Costco - Pretty nice store. Good selection.
Gasoline prices are lower than Sam's prices, by a few cents per gallon.
Got a GOOD price on a "Little Giant" 22' ladder (with a LOT of accessories!), the day we joined.

I don't go into any of them, on a regular basis.


As for concealed (or open carry). . . . in Maryland. . . .
(That means it's a non-issue, here.)
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