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How to Shop at Costco Free Without a Membership

Posted: 05/03/15 06:50 am ( 3 weeks ago )
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How to Shop at Costco Free Without a Membership

Costco Wholesale allows non-members to shop if they are using Costco Cash Cards

Step 1
Ask your friend with a Costco membership to buy several $10 gift cards at Costco or they can buy several $25 gift cards online

Step 2
Wait until the gift card arrives.
If you received it by mail, you need to activate the card

Step 3
Go to your local Costco and show the gift card when entering the door. They will let you enter just like a Costco member.

Step 4
Give the cashier the gift card when checking out. Remaining balance can be paid by cash, debit or american express

Other Notes
- Same discounts apply for non-members
- Same lenient return policies apply, you just need to keep your receipt
- If you would like to join Costco, here are the membership rates

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Guest - 6 days ago
just walk into any costco with your expired membership card eat all the freebies and buy a pizza hotdog etc at the food court.
Guest
Guest - 1 week ago
Well, like many said: if you do buy at Costco, frequently, then of course your membership is worth it. However, if you are like me: buy maximum 3 times a year - maximum of $300/year... Then, it is not worth the membership and then having to look for one near your house or drive up too far... Talking about it: their gas prices might be worth the membership too: if you do not need to drive 20 mi to get to a location, that is! I think the one day pass is a good option, however, they add 15% (am I right?) to the cost of merchandise ... Hmm... in that case, unless you are purchasing something that has a huge price difference from other places, it is still not worth it. Also, Costo prices can be very deceiving: some items are cheaper at your local grocery store - like cereal boxes, for instance. However. Costco bakery is probably the best of all! Price is great too! :-) Either way: with or without a membership, Costco is still making money: every one I know, never spend less than $250/purchase every time they go to Costco! I even wished some of their items were not individually wrapped/packed to reduce waste and price.
kvkirk21 (L2 Curious Member) - 3 weeks ago
You'll enjoy everything about being a member with Costco. For $55 or $110 it's worth it. It's so easy to get your money back, people. Don't waste time trying to get around their blessed system - just get the membership or do not.
Guest
Guest - 3 weeks ago
This is actually a good Idea for those tight on money. Good article. Funny to see all the Costco affiliated hating on this article.
Guest
Guest - 3 weeks ago
So lame and wasting of time. Being a Costco member for last 15 years, never had any regret paying the membership fee. Save your cheap idea to use somewhere else
Guest
Guest - 3 weeks ago
if you don't mind being embarrassed, while the cashier calls for management card holder to open access. Everyone else in their mind is saying [removed by mod] holding up the line.
Guest
Guest - 3 weeks ago
Just shut up & stop wasting everyone's time!You're so smart...yes, we can see that you have a great scheme! Enjoy it quietly! The rest of us Costco members hate you!
Guest
Guest - 3 weeks ago
I tried to use the cash card last week but the cashier did not accept it without a valid membership card. The store manager told me to get a membership in order to use the gift card. I get a refund at the end. So I would say it may not work on all Costco store.
Guest
Guest - 3 weeks ago
Talk about being an overly cheap bastard
upx1 (L4 Interested Member) - 3 weeks ago
I've probably done this about a dozen times over the past year or so. It's great.
Thanks Spoofee !
Guest
Guest - 3 weeks ago
One of the best benefits of Costco is their infinite return policy. It works very well as a customer, as every purchase is connected to your membership number. If you buy with these cash cards, you may not be as fortunate.
Guest
Guest - 2 months ago
Got like a dollar or so left on the card? No prob. Keep it and use it to enter the store, then pig out on the free samples.
Guest
Guest - 4 months ago
I used the girft cards 4 times, the first 3 allowed me to use debit card to pay for the remaining balance after the card value. The fourth time at the same store I used the twice with debit card, they told me cash only. I called their corperate and went to the store manager to ask why this was happening, then he allowed me to use debit card. So just so you know you might get some cranky employees trying to make it hard to 'skip' the memebership
Guest
Guest - 4 months ago
The only reason you need to show your card when entering Costco is so they know you are able to check out when done shopping without causing a problem at the registers. It is not a requirement to enter the store as much as it is to leave with merchandise. You can say that you're going to the pharmacy, food court or optical (open to non-members) and walk right in, or enter through exit without a problem. This is what Costco management actually told me.
Guest
Guest - 5 months ago
So what about just wanting to buy a pizza..still need to show a card right
Guest
Guest - 9 months ago
i dlost my cosco ca
Guest
Guest - 9 months ago
LOL just pay the $55 and shop for a year you will save major money over any other store. I personally shop BJs but same issue. I would consider Costco but I use Visa for the points and at about 6K per year I am not stopping that to shop Costco.
Guest
Guest - 9 months ago
http://www.marketwatch.com/story/costco-profit-up-22-on-revenue-growth-2013-12-11

membership
fees were 549 million revenue and total revenue was 25.02 billion. divide it and membership revenue is 2.2% of total revenue.
Jexx (I killed Ms. Pacman) - 9 months ago
FYI revenue and profit are two separate things.
If Costco sold a TV for $1000, then $1000 is the revenue. However, their cost of the TV might be $950. Gross profit is $50.
On a $55 membership, revenue is $55, gross profit is $55.
If you compare membership revenue and merchandise revenue, then yes, the membership is 2.2%.
The CEO of Costco said 80% of gross profit comes from membership. So that means their markup (profit) on merchandise is almost ZERO!
spazntwitch (It's like déjà vu again) - 9 months ago
Reply to Guest

They used to provide a one-time pass, but no longer do. If you are interested, see if you can go with someone who already has a membership. We do and really enjoy making our large purchases from them.
Guest
Guest - 9 months ago
Can I get a one time pass to see if I want a membership?
spazntwitch (It's like déjà vu again) - 10 months ago
Reply to Guest

You are being scammed.
Guest
Guest - 10 months ago
Today, I had received a complement card in the mail indicating that I won a gift certificate from WalMart and Target. So they are giving me $200.00 in gift cards . However, the representative to [redacted] indicated that I had to say okay for 2 offers that totaled $7.94. The offers were on Travel, Gift certificates, Perscription, and ID theft which I have already gotten. So tell me if this company is legal. They are right out of AZ
Guest
Guest - 10 months ago
At least Costco treats their employees with respect, fair wages and the chance to move up in the company. Maybe you right wingers should shop SAMs and WALMART .
In fact if you get a job there you'll be eligible for the food stamp program you hate so much.
Guest
Guest - 10 months ago
JEEEEEEEZUZZZ. READING COMMENTS of all the crazies on here reminds me why right wing Fox News fans are so very ignorant and pinched off mentally. I ALMOST feel sorry for your stupidity and lack of insight. Go back to Walmart where ignorance is rewarded.
Guest
Guest - 10 months ago
I love your vision , to help the poor & needy high & low. I will be shopping with you soon. Highly favored prayer ministry. More blessings
Guest
Guest - 10 months ago
Do you ever have a day that a non member can shop to see if we like your store. We are thinking of becoming a member . We have been to SAMs and we are interested in seeing your business
Guest
Guest - 11 months ago
This is nothing new. I did it in 1990. LOL..
Guest
Guest - 11 months ago
At the Costco I go to to make a big deal if you don't have a membership at the check out line. They say this is not a membership card. We need a membership card. So I tell them that I am not a member and this was a gift. They call the manager to come over then it takes a while to override. Everything else though was easy enough.
Guest
Guest - 1 year ago
All about money
Guest
Guest - 1 year ago
is membership required for Rx and

optical?
spazntwitch (It's like déjà vu again) - 1 year ago
Reply to Guest

Yup, just go to the service desk and request a card. There may be a fee for her depending in the membership type you have.
spazntwitch (It's like déjà vu again) - 1 year ago
Reply to Guest
Yes. If you would like to join Costco, membership rates are located here.

Quote: original post by Guest;836655
can you get one free pass to go into Costco
No, Costco does not offer free passes anymore.

Quote: original post by Guest;836658
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO JOIN?
If you would like to join Costco, membership rates are located here.
Spoofee (Spoofee.com!) - 1 year ago
This should show you a Costco near Brisbane
https://www.google.com/search?q=brisbane costco&oq=brisbane costco&aqs=chrome..69i57j0l5.1963j0j4&sourceid=chrome&espv=210&es_sm=91&ie=UTF-8
upx1 (L4 Interested Member) - 1 year ago
@Hot Tub - "How do you get in the door without a Costco membership card to use your gift cards? I don't think they would except a gift card at the door. "

In AZ, I get in using the Costco CashCard (gift card) with no problems.
Before that, I just said, "Pharmacy", and they let me in -- (then I went to their hot food area, cash only)

PS - I get my friend to buy me $10 CashCards, then I use one per visit. Any amount over $10 can be paid with debit card or cash.
morriefisher (L9 Spoofeed Member) - 1 year ago
Reply to Guest


Try it. Sometimes they put on 5%.
Hot Tub (L5 Interested Member) - 1 year ago
How do you get in the door without a Costco membership card to use your gift cards? I don't think they would except a gift card at the door.
Spoofee (Spoofee.com!) - 1 year ago
That's why it says 'Ask your friend with a Costco membership to buy several $10 gift cards or buy several $25 gift cards online '
precocious (Goody 2 Shoes Goddess TY) - 1 year ago
Reply to spazntwitch

I have plenty of good advice.:wink:
spazntwitch (It's like déjà vu again) - 1 year ago
Good advice Preco. Hadn't thought of that.
precocious (Goody 2 Shoes Goddess TY) - 1 year ago
Reply to Guest

1) Let him put you on as his secondary member

2) Why not have you get the membership in your name and you can do his shopping
morriefisher (L9 Spoofeed Member) - 1 year ago
Reply to Guest

Use it to get in & pay cash. Same as if he was with you.

Questions about this sort of thing you can ask @ the desk.
elvisaintdead (L5 Interested Member) - 1 year ago
*aw geez, not this thread again.....*
spazntwitch (It's like déjà vu again) - 1 year ago
Reply to Guest

You'll need your father to contact Customer Service at 800-774-2678 and find out. I'd be curious if this is possible.
spazntwitch (It's like déjà vu again) - 1 year ago
Reply to Guest
You'll need him to contact Customer Service at 800-774-2678 and add you to the membership. I don't know if there will be any fees involved.
spazntwitch (It's like déjà vu again) - 1 year ago
We ended up returning an item to Costco: the kitchen faucet that we had for nearly two years. We purchased a brand new one that supposedly had a lifetime warranty through the manufacturer, but the manufacturer never responded to my e-mails, phone calls, or other correspondence. I wanted to give the manufacturer a chance first to fix the broken handle. Since they never responded after several months, we finally took it in to Costco.

No questions asked and Costco refunded every penny. We ended up buying another faucet from a different manufacturer from Costco. Folks, it was worth our money to buy it from Costco the first time and I am glad we did. That would have been nearly $150 out of pocket to get a new one.
morriefisher (L9 Spoofeed Member) - 1 year ago
Reply to Guest

ask for one .
precocious (Goody 2 Shoes Goddess TY) - 1 year ago
Reply to Guest

I belong to all three. You are paying dearly for your "friendliness". I made the mistake of joining Sam's upgraded membership at $100 per year. What I have found is...merchandise overpriced (constantly finding prices lower on regular store shelves, not even sales, overpriced by dollars! and limited selection), extremely limited coupons and no cash back. AND!!! coupon kiosk always broken, they don't even mail a coupon book. Costco, however, is $55 (I think) for their membership, plus I have the AmEx Costco card....I get a ton of coupons plus cash back from the upgraded membership and the Costco AmEx....HUNDREDS OF DOLLARS BACK EVERY YEAR!. There is no comparasion between the 2. Keep your smiles and show me the money....lots of money back! BJ's is reasonable and has great prices and terrific coupons as well.
warsurplus (L1 Semi-Newbie) - 1 year ago
Reply to sensei

Yes as another poster already pointed out..."Please go check Costco's SEC quarterly report filing and look for the Income Statement. It shows as 12 weeks end of May 2013, total Revenue - $24,083 Millions, and Membership fee revenue - $531 millions, which makes the membership fee a 2.2% of total Costco's revenue." This is the same as my earlier post stating 2.2 percent.

I realize that the SEC data doesn't line up with your businessweek story but it does concur with the Bloomberg story. I tend to think the SEC filing is correct and the businessweek story is hyperbole but I'm open to being corrected. I don't think my claim was as ridiculous as you suggest since this is what Costco reported to the government.
morriefisher (L9 Spoofeed Member) - 1 year ago
I don't shop there but have before. People buy a months worth of food. Open it, see it only stays fresh for two weeks, so must eat it. Thus, Costco shoppers are usually a bit fatter than say TJs shoppers.



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