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Good Citizen / Bon Citoyen

Re: Shopping at costco without membership

I was honestly contemplating quitting there too. Most of the time I find food cheaper at other grocery stores. So really I’m paying for a membership to pay more for food. Kind of irritating. And tell me who has fridges and freezers big enough for the quantity they give. Family of 5 here and my muffins still don’t last. 

Great Neighbour / Super Voisin

Re: Shopping at costco without membership

The Costco in Vancouver has the food court set up so that you don't have to enter to eat there! Everyone goes before hockey, soccer and football games as it's so much cheaper than stadium food! I think you probably need a card to use the pharmacy. 

 

My husband received a Costco giftcards before we were members and we were issued a day pass to use it. If you can get your hands on a few gift cards, you could just do that each time!

Mayor / Maire

Re: Shopping at costco without membership


@kpantaleo wrote:

The Costco in Vancouver has the food court set up so that you don't have to enter to eat there! Everyone goes before hockey, soccer and football games as it's so much cheaper than stadium food! I think you probably need a card to use the pharmacy. 

 


@kpantaleo this isn't limited to that Costco, most/all Costco locations have the food court area outside of the members only area. You access it by going in the exit door, which takes you over where customer service desk is and the prepared food.  


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Model Citizen / Citoyen Modèle

Re: Shopping at costco without membership


@mynewhome wrote:

Contemplating cancelling my costco membership even though I love shopping at costco!

Since we are all thrifty and cost conscious here, did you know you can use costco cash cards to shop and also buy gas?

 

Also, you do not need to be member to eat a the foodcourt or use the pharmacy and they have the lowest dispensing fees.

 

Take that with your $1.50 hot dog and softdrink!


If you shop there less than x2 annually, you could just do with the one day guest pass.

 

If you find yourself shopping there more often; you'll most likely make up the cost of their Executive Membership membership with the annual rebate cheque.  (Note: $120 @ 2% of $6,000 annual spend with Costco = Free Memembership.)

 

If you combine it with the CapitalOne Costco exclusive MasterCard, you could also take advantages of the cash back on purcheses too (cash back breakdown below).

 

  • You earn 3% on restaurant purchases, 2% on gas purchases, 0.5% on the first $3,000 you spend annually on all other purchases, and 1% after that

Since they offer you 2 cards per membership; it's been "hinted" that one could split the membership with a friend.

Good Citizen / Bon Citoyen

Re: Shopping at costco without membership

We recently got a puppy and I was told Costco’s dog/puppy food is very good and cheap but we don’t have a membership. I was searching their site on my phone one evening and clicked “add to cart” and lo-and-behold I was able to get the dog food without a membership number and got free shipping!

Great Citizen / Super Citoyen

Re: Shopping at costco without membership

yes, you also use the foodcourt and pharmacy without being a member as well as certain some items online!

 

the pharmacy has the lowest dispensing fees and waives them for seniors too

Great Citizen / Super Citoyen

Re: Shopping at costco without membership

I never got the appeal of paying to do business with a store. If my money is not good enough for you the guy next door will gladly take it.

YVR
Model Citizen / Citoyen Modèle

Re: Shopping at costco without membership


@kpantaleo wrote:

The Costco in Vancouver has the food court set up so that you don't have to enter to eat there! Everyone goes before hockey, soccer and football games as it's so much cheaper than stadium food! I think you probably need a card to use the pharmacy. 

 

My husband received a Costco giftcards before we were members and we were issued a day pass to use it. If you can get your hands on a few gift cards, you could just do that each time!


There are some limitations on the number of times that you can entering a guest using a gift card without a membership.  I did it for a friend and they were told they can only do it twice in a lifetime?  Can anyone confirm that?

Mayor / Maire

Re: Shopping at costco without membership


@mynewhome wrote:

why don't we organize a costco day where 1 member brings the entire public mobile community?


Why stop there?

 

Public Mobile could partner with Costco (and other businesses)... Let those Rewards be applied to or cashed into various kinds of discounts at each of them, let these partnered businesses all support (and Reward) customers buying into products/services from each other, even increase their brand visibility across each other's websites, etc.

I might be more inclined to buy a Costco membership if they give me a 10% discount on any PM vouchers/etc I buy in their store, or Reward Dollar Match, or whatever. 

I might be more inclined to join PM if I'm shopping at Costco and notice that they happen to be a PM retail vendor/partner/kiosk, especially if I see a Costco-exclusive PM promo in store.

I'd be cool with free pizza, discounted carwash, cheaper movie tickets, haircut coupons, whatever - things I would have to buy somewhere from someone anyways - if I could pool and synergize them all, be rewarded for loyalty in many small ways.

Yeah, of course freebies for customers cost businesses money. But some profit from cheapskate business is always better than no profit from no business, return business and customer loyalty (and word of mouth) pays for itself, "losses" like these are better categorized as "advertising expenses". 

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Mayor / Maire

Re: Shopping at costco without membership


@YVR wrote:

@kpantaleo wrote:

The Costco in Vancouver has the food court set up so that you don't have to enter to eat there! Everyone goes before hockey, soccer and football games as it's so much cheaper than stadium food! I think you probably need a card to use the pharmacy. 

 

My husband received a Costco giftcards before we were members and we were issued a day pass to use it. If you can get your hands on a few gift cards, you could just do that each time!


There are some limitations on the number of times that you can entering a guest using a gift card without a membership.  I did it for a friend and they were told they can only do it twice in a lifetime?  Can anyone confirm that?


Non-members may only be issued a one-day pass twice per calendar year and the one-day pass may not be used as a replacement for a Costco membership.

 

More details can be found here: https://www.costco.ca/Costco-Shop-Card.product.10284381.html