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$50 Worth of Free Items and Coupons w/ New Costco Membership or Upgrade To Executive

finnerson 1,711 April 18, 2013 at 11:15 AM in Other (4)
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Purchase Costco Membership Certificates online only to Join or Upgrade your membership and receive this special offer with your Certificate in the Mail!

Every Costco Membership Certificate comes in the mail with coupons worth more than $50, including a FREE rotisserie chicken, Free Kirkland Signature TM 48 pk "AA" batteries, FREE Kirkland Signature Spring or drinking Water, 35/16.9oz. - and more!

After you receive your Certificate in the mail, you can use a Costco Membership Certificate to:

• Join as an Executive Member: Purchase two Membership Certificates at $55 each.

• Join as a Gold Star Member or upgrade your existing membership with one Membership Certificate at $55.

• Give the gift of Costco Membership Certificates for every occasion.

• Membership Certificates are not valid for renewal of existing membership.

Offer expires June 30th, 2013

Membership Certificates are sold online only and are not available for purchase at Costco locations. Certificates must be received in the mail and presented at a Costco Warehouse location to use as payment to Join or Upgrade your membership.


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#16
Quote from jigga41185 View Post :
I would want to know the entire details of the $55 worth of coupons before committing to this. Rotisserie chicken <= $5 48pk batteries... do I really even need that? bottled water... maybe $5... the vagueness of it isn't promising.
I have some friends that just did "NOT see the POINT of IT!" (their caps :p) That went on for years, they were just so caught up in the "expensive" $55 membership fee that they never considered it's value. So, finally, when they moved into a new place, I gave them a voucher as a housewarming gift. They rave about Costco now, and go more often than *I* do.

The point being that the coupons are a bonus you get for a purchase you probably want to make anyway, even at full price.

My suggestion is to swing by Costco early on a week night. Grab dinner in the food court (it's super cheap. I save more than the membership cost just with 5 take home pizzas a year versus Papa Johns/Dominos) Then spend an hour or two going through the store "buying" stuff. Meaning just write down on a notepad what catches your eye as a purchase, with the price. When you get home, compare the list against what the same stuff would have cost elsewhere NORMALLY. You gotta buy item X regularly (milk, eggs, soda, whatever), so you compare it against what you regularly pay, when you can't get it at a bargain rate.

Unless Costco's far out of your way to the point where the gas is a significant expense, pretty good chance you'll save more than the membership cost just visiting once a month. I know people that have Costco, Sams, and BJs all in one household, because there's enough difference between them, but all have great prices, that over the course of a year, yes, they save more than the membership fees. Heck, some do it just with cheaper gas.

So, in short, if the membership is worth having, the coupons don't have to be great. It's free stuff for doing something you would do anyway.
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#17
The same deal is available as an online purchase for Entertainment Book owners. It seems to be a permanent coupon, and has been available the last several years.

If the LINK [entertainment.com] doesn't work, just do a search for "Costco" on the Entertainment.com web site, their deal is available until December 31st.
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Quote from Zanthexter View Post :
...I asked about this last visit, and the person at the counter seemed to be saying that it'd prorate in some situations, and not others (depending on the length of membership.) I have a feeling that they weren't correct. You'd think it'd just do the math and push out the combined renewel date $55 worth. Satisfaction guaranteed though, so if you don't save more than $55 using the executive membership by whatever date it ends up expiring, they'll refund your money.
Thanks for your reply...I guess the refund is the kicker here, but I'd better keep the paperwork for "proof".
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Quote from caveatemptor99 View Post :
Thanks for your reply...I guess the refund is the kicker here, but I'd better keep the paperwork for "proof".
They can actually pull up the total rewards you've earned at the service desk, and if the total isn't more than $55, it's an automatic refund. That said, computers glitch so paper documentation is a good idea.
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Quote from Zanthexter View Post :
Satisfaction guaranteed though, so if you don't save more than $55 using the executive membership by whatever date it ends up expiring, they'll refund your money.
executive is 110 no?
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Welcome to costco, I love you
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Quote from mrkk View Post :
executive is 110 no?
No.

Executive is a $55 upgrade to regular. So they are "satisfaction guaranteed"ing the value of the upgrade.

Separately they also guarantee the value of the regular membership, but while it's entirely possible to get Executive refunded after using it for a year and finding little value in it (and not getting more than $55 worth of 2% back), it's a lot harder to use up a year of regular, actually going to the warehouse, and argue that it's not worth the cost. I'm sure some folks do get it refunded though.

A Costco membership can easily be paid and then some with just one significant purchase at the right time. The one that stands out for me, personally, was replacing the battery on my SUV. I had to get one THAT DAY. No waiting to time a great coupon or a special or a clearance or whatever. Costco beat the best price I could find anywhere else by $80. If I bought nothing else that year but the battery, I came out ahead.

Other folks find the milk and eggs are enough cheaper to more than cover the membership cost in a year, others the gas, etc.I don't see how someone can really not come out ahead by joining unless they just don't buy much, and at the same time are VERY aggressive about couponing and sales and such. I mean, I'll never buy razors, soap, or shampoo at Costco because I get them free from Walgreens and CVS. But other things, either they're cheaper, or they somehow had better value even with a higher price. (a lot of their bundled electronics deals are quite good for example)
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#23
quick note. memberbuy site requires $2 shipping to ship the membership voucher to you. so look to spend $57 for something that should only cost $55.
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I save more than the membership cost just with 5 take home pizzas a year versus Papa Johns/Dominos)
Who buys Papa Johns/Dominos at regular menu prices? And you don't need a membership to use Costco Food Court.
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So did anybody get in on this? How long did it take for everything to get to you, and did it go smoothly at Costco?
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