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Unread 02-05-2013, 07:21 PM   #31
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SAMs has decent prices on butts, but we are lucky enough to have Wegmans in the area; $1.29lb non-enhanced product.

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Got rid of my free SAMs club membership and now only use RD and costco
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All of the big box stores also differ from location to location. If you are thinking of adding or switching your membership, ask at the customer service desk for a day pass (sometimes they have a 30 day trial) and walk around the club, look for the stuff you use, look for stuff you might like to use. Only you can decide if one or the other ( or both) is best for you.
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I also prefer Costco's over Sams, I rarely use my Sams card now day's. My Costco's has choice full packers that's the only reason I got a membership, all the Sams I have been to around here only have select packers and Angus flats never any choice or prime packers that I've heard so much about on this here brethren and I live in brisket country and the best you get is select. Sams has all the vending machine and a nice selection of food service stuff and spices. The seafood/meat selection at Costco's is nice along with there cheeses, you need to take a walk around.
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You guys and your "whole packer briskets" at ANY place (SAMs, Costco, whatever) that carries them, well, I am pisssed! To even think of that 55 mile drive (one way thru Wash, DC traffic) to RD makes me mad!!!

SAMs or Costco doesn't even know what a "whole packer brisket" is in this area. Gas aint getting any cheaper here.

SAMs has flats for $4.79lb, and Costco is about the same. And, those are flat by all means!!!

Wish I had a better option...................

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I've got a same membership (much closer and have NO complaints). I've been to Costco a few times and have n solute,y no idea how anybody pretends to claim a difference. It's like exactly the same store.
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I was a Sam's member for years. Now I am a COSTCO member.

Meats and other products are about the same, IMO, as well as prices.

However, COSTCO employees are definitely happier in their jobs, from my observations. The founder of COSTCO catches a lot of flack on Wall Street for treating his store-level employees too well in pay and benefits. Wall Street prefers Sam's, for sure.

IMO, the employees at COSTCO are more friendly and helpful than the employees I dealt with at Sam's. They actually seem to like their jobs better.

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This did it for me Sams has been screwing there employees forever. Talk to one person who work there and she couldnt get insurance after three years!!!!
Employees who like their jobs take better care of their customers. I immediately noticed a difference what I switched.

On a different note, my COSTCO sells a different brand of chicken than some I have seen of this thread, and mine is un-enhanced and excellent.

But, then again, I can almost always find choice brisket packers in my COSTCO.

So, location matters, it seems.

No matter where you shop, you have to be a smart shopper.

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Like many others I current have at both Sam's and Costco. The brisket packers at the 3 closest Sam's are always select. While the Costco has always had choice packers and they are the same price that Sam's is selling the Select packers for. I prefer the ribs at Costco as well. Now just like others have pointed out Sam's does have the bone in pork shoulder.

As far as the friendliness cleanliness I think that is more to do with the demographics of the area unless you are lucky enough to have a Sam's and Costco directly across the street from one another. At which point the CostCo does prove to be better IMO.

If I had to only chose one membership to keep I would keep Costco.
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Is there a way you can work a trade on memberships with a friend? We signed up for a Costco membership a while back-the line in Sams was too long, and I didn't feel like waiting. I mentioned it at a family dinner and our niece informed us that we were still on her Sams card. I called up Costco, and put her name down for my second person. Now My girlfriend has a Sams card we can use, I have a Costco card we can use, and the niece has both. It's a win-win, and only costs each person a single membership.
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All of the big box stores also differ from location to location. If you are thinking of adding or switching your membership, ask at the customer service desk for a day pass (sometimes they have a 30 day trial) and walk around the club, look for the stuff you use, look for stuff you might like to use. Only you can decide if one or the other ( or both) is best for you.
Great idea.

I'll give this a try on my next trip over that way.



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Is there a way you can work a trade on memberships with a friend? We signed up for a Costco membership a while back-the line in Sams was too long, and I didn't feel like waiting. I mentioned it at a family dinner and our niece informed us that we were still on her Sams card. I called up Costco, and put her name down for my second person. Now My girlfriend has a Sams card we can use, I have a Costco card we can use, and the niece has both. It's a win-win, and only costs each person a single membership.

Interesting solution.

I may be able to do this very thing.
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Strictly from a meat buyers perspective, Sams wins hands-down for us. We have a membership to both clubs and I can honestly say that I am very rarely purchasing meat at COSTCO.

The bonuses for us:

No bone-in butts at COSTCO, Sams has.
No Briskets of any kind at Costco, Sams has.
I like the ribs I get better at Sams.
I can get online and check Sams current meat prices locally.

I think it really does have a lot to do from location to location as another poster mentioned.

It should also be noted that 99.9% of Brethren do not live in our state, so we may be the exception to the rule.
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We have memberships to both Costco and Sams, and through work my wife has a BJs membership too, and we use them all.

Not much to add to what has already been said above.

For us, the things that we prefer are split amongst them. Example: Sams has half gallon jars of slices jalapenos @ $3.25, and Costco doesn't have them. What I save at Sams, over the supermaket price, on Jalapenos alone almost covers the cost of that membership. Yeah, I use a lot ... put them in my salad every night.

I just pick which one I'm going to go to based on what will be most advantagous (depending on what I need) that wekend, and I am not averse to hitting two in one trip if my needs and the savings warrant it.
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It really depends on your area. I love Costco for everyday stuff, but they do not carry any competition meats except for chicken, and it is not that great. My Sam's club carries bone-in butts, IBP hand trimmed ribs and ok chicken. It sometimes carries angus packer briskets, but rarely. They have a larger selection of catering/cooking supplies than Costco. But for everyday stuff I prefer to shop at Costco. It is cleaner, has better samples and has a better electronics. So long story short, you need to check them out if you can see which one in your area has what you need. And then join. BTW the sams club where I used to live was way better than costco. So it really depends on where you are.
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We used to switch back and forth between the two: One year at Costco, the next year at Sam's. Due to their warranty policy (the warranty is only good as long as you are a member) we stopped switching and stuck with Costco since we needed to extend a particular warranty. However, this year I think we are going back to Sam's.

We have four Costcos and two Sam's near us and there does not appear to be any set standard for either. The stores carry different products and have different prices (I purchased a clock radio that was $10 cheaper at one Costco than the one we normally frequent.)

Customer service also varies. Unfortunately, the Costco we normally frequent has the worst (the major reason we are considering going back to Sam's this year). The checkers just sit and talk with each other while the lines back up.

The best thing to do is to visit the stores near you and decide based on your impressions.
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