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WardamnHOGGLE:

Which one do you like better?  Price, Quality....?

sevenof400:

Most of us don't have a choice since Costco has far fewer locations.  I'd like a Costco nearby as a choice but the closest one to me is in Memphis.

So there is the first question, do you have both in your area?  If so, I'd try Costco first.

The more I've shopped Sam's, the less impressed I've been.  I'm also not convinced I'm saving any money.

But, Sam's in NLR does have a good meat section. 

jacobp:

Costco and it ain't close. Just moved to a town with both a SAMs and a Costco, and SAMs is a dumb compared to the Costco. All the wal marts up here are crap holes for that matter

East Clintwood:

Costco is by far better

vandybuff:

i, too, vote for costco - I think their quality per dollar of price is better.

Wildhog:



sevenof400:


--- Quote from: East Clintwood on August 03, 2015, 11:08:53 pm ---Costco is by far better

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It is only fair to point out that one really cannot (or should not) compare the two since they operate differently. 
Sam's is all about finding cheap stuff in as large of quantity as possible to minimize the per unit pricing.
Costco is more about finding deals on items that are better than average quality but bringing that price back to the area of other brands that usually cost less. 

DeltaBoy:

We been happy with Sam's. My parents have been Sam's club members since they opened in NLR back in the Early 1980's.

vandybuff:

Delta Boy ... are there any Costcos in AR? 

DeltaBoy:

Heck if I know outside NWA.

vandybuff:


--- Quote from: DeltaBoy on August 17, 2015, 07:23:06 pm ---Heck if I know outside NWA.

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  Thank you.

Hogfaniam:

Costco


by miles


and miles

OnTheHillHogFan:


--- Quote from: vandybuff on August 16, 2015, 07:50:43 pm ---Delta Boy ... are there any Costcos in AR?

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No

McKdaddy:

Costco

WardamnHOGGLE:

I gotta say, I'm surprised to see so many think Costco is better.  I figured Sam's being the home team, they would be the best. I like Costco for a couple of reasons.  1.  They have a better treasure hunt.  I always find something really cool that is at a good price and has good quality. 
2. Their meat department rocks.  I don't know about Sam's, but Costco carries Prime cuts of meats in Sarasota.  My god they are good.  Expensive, but they are out of this world.  Last I remember, Sam's had Choice only.
3.  The stores look better to me.  They're always neat and clean.  Shelves are always stocked. 

DeltaBoy:

I have been happy with SAMS so far.  my inlaws love their COSTCO in Austin.

HawgWild:

FWIW - Sunday's paper had a coupon in one of the inserts for a Free 60 day membership to Sam's.

vandybuff:

i think one consideration of Costco that is perhaps a bit unfair to Sam's is Costco has more 'high margin' items ..... it is easier to mark down 50% on a fancy $200 pen than on ten reams of printer paper and still keep the doors open.

Albert Einswine:

Costco kicks the crap out of Sam's by light years. And they pay their employees pretty well.

DeltaBoy:

Well I live closer to Sams and I will stay with it.

elviscat:

Costco, by a mile. You get great products at a fair price with outstanding service. They really pay their employees well. They start out at 18.00 dollars an hour with full benefits and top salary around 28.00 dollars. People are happy to wait on you and there is no comparison with Wall Mart and Sam's.

The Big O Oliver Squeeler:

Costco has better quality products IMO.  They also have neat roadshow stuff. 

intoxhog:

Until this women is gone....

http://conservativetribune.com/sams-club-ceo-remarks/



HawgWild:

American Express card holders will receive $25 credit towards a $45 Sam's Club membership until 12/31. Offer is only good for new memberships and not a renewal. You must sign up at the AE web site before and use the AE card at Sam's when joining.

The Big O Oliver Squeeler:


--- Quote from: intoxhog on December 27, 2015, 07:42:37 pm ---Until this women is gone....

http://conservativetribune.com/sams-club-ceo-remarks/

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Roz ain't getting it done.


Atlhogfan1:


--- Quote from: WardamnHOGGLE on July 29, 2015, 06:54:37 am ---Which one do you like better?  Price, Quality....?

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Depends on location and what the special buy/treasure hunt selections are.  I've been in some of the older Costcos on the West Coast and they are shopped hard and not all that great.  Sam's also has the WM image and attitude from customers to overcome.  It is looked down upon by many in comparison to Costco because Costco is seen as trendier and people associate Sam's with WM in terms of shopping experience.  Kind of the attitude Target once benefitted from compared to WM. 

ex:

--- Quote from: elviscat on September 24, 2015, 05:29:06 pm ---Costco, by a mile. You get great products at a fair price with outstanding service. They really pay their employees well. They start out at 18.00 dollars an hour with full benefits and top salary around 28.00 dollars. People are happy to wait on you and there is no comparison with Wall Mart and Sam's.

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--- Quote from: Surfing8 on September 01, 2015, 11:58:11 am ---When you're in a Costco, know that they're operating on a 13-14% margin.  So they've taken a high-quality item and put a pretty low markup on it.

Sam's will take items that are generally lower quality or (more typically) lower cost, and put a higher margin on it. 

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This isn't true on the margins.  Sam's has the same margin guidelines and they are often lower than 13-14%.

Warbirdhog:

Costco and it's not even close.

Started shopping at Costco in Anchorage AK, from then it's been Newport News Va., Tuscon AZ, Eden Prairie MN,Sioux Falls SD and now in San Antonio TX. The products we buy there have been consistently in stock and high quality and good prices. The meat dept is hands down the best that can be found. As long as there is a Costco within a 2 hour drive we'll not even consider going back to a Sams Club or anyone else.

Albert Einswine:


--- Quote from: Warbirdhog on January 01, 2016, 07:13:49 pm ---Costco and it's not even close.

Started shopping at Costco in Anchorage AK, from then it's been Newport News Va., Tuscon AZ, Eden Prairie MN,Sioux Falls SD and now in San Antonio TX. The products we buy there have been consistently in stock and high quality and good prices. The meat dept is hands down the best that can be found. As long as there is a Costco within a 2 hour drive we'll not even consider going back to a Sams Club or anyone else.

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That's my experience. Sam's is a 3rd rate Costco.

DeltaBoy:

My Sams is really nice cause it the newest one in the DFW area.

DeltaBoy:

I wish Sams carried Ammo and more hunting stuff.

elviscat:

Costco, there is no comparison.


DeltaBoy:


--- Quote from: elviscat on January 19, 2016, 11:21:28 am ---Costco, there is no comparison.


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Your correct cause there not one within driving distance for me.

PON TP 45 rolls for 19:95 is tough to beat.

http://www.samsclub.com/sams/pom-2ply-bath-tissue-45-roll-473-sheet/prod14270688.ip?navAction=

Hoggam's Razor:

Worked for companies that have serviced both and been to many of both all over the country, including Puerto Rico....Costco and it ain't close.  Sam's never really has any GREAT deals or EXCITING deals.  Costco can blow your brain sometimes on deals.
One neat thing though is, their layouts are exactly the same...if you go to several of each during the week you can forget which one your in.

hawgrunner:

Costco here in southern Cal.

sevenof400:


--- Quote from: Hoggam's Razor on April 02, 2016, 09:53:09 pm ---Worked for companies that have serviced both and been to many of both all over the country, including Puerto Rico....Costco and it ain't close.  Sam's never really has any GREAT deals or EXCITING deals.  Costco can blow your brain sometimes on deals.
One neat thing though is, their layouts are exactly the same...if you go to several of each during the week you can forget which one your in.

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That is an excellent screen name, Hoggam's Razor!

Though I did just learn something I did not know.   I recall Achim's Razor - if for no other reason than its use in the movie Contact.  (All things being equal, the simplest solution tends to be the correct one.) 

What I just learned is Occam's Razor - Entities should not be multiplied unnecessarily.

old hog:

Costco, hands down. Employees are eager to help and have really great deals. Don't even know where a Sams Club is in San Diego.

HawgWild:

Well it's about time you showed up again on-line! Hope life's been treating you well.  :razorback:

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