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How to Shop at Costco Free Without a Membership

Posted: 08/02/14 06:48 am ( 3 months 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 - 3 months ago
i dlost my cosco ca
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Guest - 3 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 - 3 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) - 3 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) - 3 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 - 3 months ago
Can I get a one time pass to see if I want a membership?
spazntwitch (It's like déjà vu again) - 4 months ago
Reply to Guest

You are being scammed.
Guest
Guest - 4 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 - 4 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 - 4 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 - 4 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 - 4 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 - 5 months ago
This is nothing new. I did it in 1990. LOL..
Guest
Guest - 5 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 - 6 months ago
All about money
Guest
Guest - 6 months ago
is membership required for Rx and

optical?
spazntwitch (It's like déjà vu again) - 6 months 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) - 8 months 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!) - 10 months 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) - 10 months 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) - 10 months ago
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Try it. Sometimes they put on 5%.
Hot Tub (L5 Interested Member) - 10 months 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.
sensei (howdy y'all) - 1 year ago
Costco CEO Craig Jelinek Leads the Cheapest, Happiest Company in the World - Businessweek

From page two of the article
Quote:
"Eighty percent of its gross profit comes from membership fees"
sensei (howdy y'all) - 1 year ago
Warsurplus - do you have any data to backup your ridiculous claims?
warsurplus (L1 Semi-Newbie) - 1 year ago
Reply to sensei
Please do some research. Costco's membership fees represented only 2.2 percent of revenue in 1Q 2013 and its private label brands have a respectable profit margin.
sensei (howdy y'all) - 1 year ago
Costco makes 80% of their revenue from membership dues. They either break even or make pennies on purchases. Yeah sure use this to see if you like the place but if you do, sign up.
magwheels (L6 Experienced Member) - 1 year ago
Do not be shocked when all of you who go this Gift Card route find out unexectadly one day that this no longer works. Loop holes can close.
spazntwitch (It's like déjà vu again) - 1 year ago
Reply to morriefisher

This makes me sick. As a business owner, I've had to fire customers because they were belittling to me or my staff. Granted that only happened a couple of times, but the bad customers ruin it for the good ones.

Remember, as a customer you are NOT entitled to walk all over a business. Their policy is to try to make you happy but when you abuse it, then policies change, and usually not for the benefit of the customer.
morriefisher (L9 Spoofeed Member) - 1 year ago
I talked to a gal that works the return desk there she said that 90% of the customers are rude. try to be nicer.
Uleepera (L6 Experienced Member) - 1 year ago
I think all these people critiquing the deal need to create their own accounts and stop posting as a guest. This isn't a cheat to the system of Costco as they are choosing to honor the purchase. Good god man, save your inane speech about dishonesty/quality for something actually deserving and if you don't like Spoofee go join one of the dozens of other deal sites out there instead of harping on Melonie's find. I love this site and find their posts significantly more useful than most of the other deal website that just bomb you with a 1000 items a day. Thanks Melonie!
rjmaerz (L2 Curious Member) - 1 year ago
Only members can purchase cash cards, although anyone can use them.
Spoofee (Spoofee.com!) - 1 year ago
This policy is mentioned on Costco's very own page.

It has been this way for many years and Costco remains a highly profitable business.

Costco Cash Cards exist so members can give the gift of shopping at Costco to others.

Maybe they are counting on the gift card shoppers to eventually become a paying member.

Costco's profit margin on products are on the lower side, but at the end of the day, gift card shoppers make Costco happy by adding to the profit.
upx1 (L4 Interested Member) - 1 year ago
This seems like a great idea, thanks, I'm going to try it when my membership expires in November.
Spoofee (Spoofee.com!) - 1 year ago
I just called Costco and all the same benefits apply with a cash card.

1. There is NO surchage

2. You get the same discounts as every regular member

3. Same lenient return policy.. you just have to hold onto your receipt. While the membership folks just swipes their card
morriefisher (L9 Spoofeed Member) - 1 year ago
buy a membership, you can get a full refund on it anytime.
NuttyBuddy (L3 Curious Member) - 1 year ago
The simple math on this offer ... if you'll spend more than $550 in a year at Costco, membership saves you money. If you'll spend less, then this method is cheaper.
c627627 (L1 Semi-Newbie) - 1 year ago
There has always been a 10% non-member surcharge if you don't have a membership card and are *only* using a gift card. The deal would be valid if you stated that Costco has somehow dropped this charge, have they?

I am guessing not and that non-members have to pay 110% of the price with a gift card and no membership card. Hardly a good deal.
Hot Tub (L5 Interested Member) - 1 year ago
Deal will probably remain valid until Costco discovers their membership numbers dropping.
Spoofee (Spoofee.com!) - 1 year ago
Costco Cash Card's website clearly states "Members and non-members may use the cash cards to shop at any Costco location in the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico and online at Costco.com or on Costco.ca"

Deal is valid!

Costco Cash Card



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