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Old Feb 9th 2005, 9:46 pm
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Here's a couple of things I learned about shopping at Costco today (from a messageboard for my district - and I've plagiarised it!):

They mark down items on Mondays and Tuesdays. Marked down items have prices which end in a "7" like $19.97. These items are always sold below their cost. They're great buys.

Also, Costco warranty on all items = *forever*. If you're not satisfied because your ten year old LCD has a dead pixel (and you're a cheap bastard trying to take advantage) just whip out that receipt and take it back for a full credit.

You can buy a 42" plasma TV today for $2000, watch it for three years and take it back for a full refund - which will probably buy you two at that time!

There was a response (the thread was about the merits of Costco vs BJ's and Sam's Club) where the poster wrote: .....'last month I returned the $150 Eureka vacuum I bought there (Costco) six months ago, no receipt, and said "it clogs too much". They took it right back, no complaints. Of course I then spent the cash on the $500 Dyson, but that's another story...."

(Source: http://www.maplewoodonline.com - 'soapbox' forum.)

Why oh why have I thrown away receipts on stuff I bought there when we first moved to the States 4.5 years ago?! Six months with no receipt is probably pushing it, but I wouldn't take back stuff from a few years ago with no receipt! I've already had to chuck out a Eureka vacuum cleaner (it was really crappy) and a couple of irons...and our toaster oven is on the way out.

Just thought this info might be good in particular to newbies to the US.

Does anyone have any other little-known tips?

PS> I know that Costco also sells cars and tyres....but I doubt you could return them for a full refund LOL!
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THere's a 6 month limit on computers but that's great to. Not having to take it back to a technical dept store for them to try and fix. Costco just swap it out, even notebooks.

I don't abuse the Costco system but it's a great system. We are after all, members of the same club.

Ink Cartridges are much cheaper and pays for the membership by iteself alone.

The other tip. Take only enough cash to buy what you intend to buy. I need to use that tip myself as I always spend 4 times more than intended
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and remember that they don't take Visa.
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and remember that they don't take Visa.
Probably just as well

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I posted this a while ago, but am more than happy to give the same advice again.

Sears will match 'any' price and will give you an additonal 10% of the difference between their price and the lower price. The 'any' price includes price matches for internet stores.

If we are looking to buy big home purchases, TV's, washing machines etc, we find what we want in Sears, go home, check the internet and then take the print-out to them showing the lowest price. Not sure how they make money on this, but they've got a customer for life (well as long as I'm in the US) in me from this.

We saved over a 1/3 on a plasma screen TV when we moved out here in August last year.

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We saved over a 1/3 on a plasma screen TV when we moved out here in August last year.

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But will Sears take it back in three years time and give you a full refund LOL!
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Good point :-), maybe I'll have to chance my allegiances, easily swayed aren't I??

Seriously though, I would love to shop at Costco (and return everything in 3 years time!), but are there specific criteria you need to meet (like in the UK?), or can anyone join as long as you pay the joining/membership fee?

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Ah Costco, or as we call it in our house, the "$200 dollar store" because we always seem to end up paying this when we leave.
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and remember that they don't take Visa.

They do take visa debit though - and Amex - which they don't in the UK!!

Its great out here - we use our UK card - prices are good, and the layout is the same as home - even the pizza and chicken bake is the same!

We always end up spending far more than intended too - and sadly its on my way home!!! Just too tempting!
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Ah Costco, or as we call it in our house, the "$200 dollar store" because we always seem to end up paying this when we leave.

Bizzare spent $200 there Sunday ! - now have enough bog roll to last until 2007
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bugger...shame there ain't any of 'em stores in maine....sams' club ain't to bad...but wouldn't want to get anything to large over there though...
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Bizzare spent $200 there Sunday ! - now have enough bog roll to last until 2007

and sweetcorn - no connection
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In your opinions, is Costco better than Sam's Club, as my membership to Sam's has just expired, and there is a Costco not tooo far from where I live, even though Sam's is closer

I do like a bargain, being Scottish you know
 
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Shopping in US tip: Take sleeping bag, camping stove, long novel, portabel DVD player, drinks, snacks etc on shopping trip for that wait at the checkout line.
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and sweetcorn - no connection

Oh I dont know, my dog got some sweetcorn the other day, and blimey, we would have needed the unlimited supply of loo roll LOL

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