Costco or Sam’s? The debate has raged for years and typically involves a pricing breakdown of each warehouse retail giant. But what most comparisons fail to cover are all the intangibles that a membership brings things like the return policy and member services that you probably didn’t know exist until now. Here’s how the two warehouse giants stack up so you can make an informed decision:
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Return Policy (Winner: Costco)
Costco has alegendary return policy which states they’ll allow you to return any item, at any time, no questions asked.
Unfortunately, their policy was abused in recent years, especially on electronics, and has changed to a 90-day return policy on computers, TVs, tablets, cameras, cellphones, and the like. But what makes Costco’s return policy so amazing is that you can bring items back for a full refund without the original packaging, and without your receipt, as they have a record of all your purchases in their system. I was recently able to bring back a Keurig coffee maker that stopped working six months after I purchased it, and they gave me full refund, no questions asked. The only items you flat-out can’t return at Costco are alcohol, cigarettes, and special orders.
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- [By Lisa Levin]
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- [By Jim Robertson]
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