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Shop Costco on Google Express without Costco membership (15% Access Fee) - Not Live for Everyone

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I was browsing Google express to do some shopping yesterday (got a $15 off $15) and noticed a small message on the top of the webpage which mentioned that I can shop at Costco without Costco membership by paying 15% access fee.
This may not really be a deal but I don't have costco near to my home and only stuff I get from Costco whenever my friend (with membership) visits there, is dryfruits. So this is a good deal for me.
Just wanted to let others know. As per google express facebook page, the feature is not rolled out to everyone yet. Screenshot below when I added 2 quantity of Kirkland almonds to my cart. It mentions above that 15% fee will be included.

PS: Apologies if this triggered your google express alert expecting that $15 coupon was there again.
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Created 08-08-2016 at 09:20 AM by rak007
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Good to know. If I run out of Kirkland Peanuts before I renew my Costco membership, (My membership expired Jan 31, 2016. I STOCKED UP on Kirkland peanuts (40 oz. can ~~$6.88) I buy the Costco membership to get the peanuts, and the Fruitcakes~~$14.99 which are baked in store in ~late October.., The plan is to buy a new membership ~November 1, 2016 which will give me access to the 2016 AND THE 2017 Fruitcake season at Costco, since my membership will not expire until Nov 30. 2017 and 2 black Friday sales, etc. OR, I will buy a new membership whenever I get a DEAL I CAN'T REFUSE for a new Costco Membership.
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Just give a member some cash to buy a gift card. Get in to Costco and use it with no fee. No membership needed, either.

Note, they usually do have to call a manager in to enter a few digits before checking out.
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Just give a member some cash to buy a gift card. Get in to Costco and use it with no fee. No membership needed, either.

Note, they usually do have to call a manager in to enter a few digits before checking out.
Interesting and good to know! It says a 5% surcharge over the members posted products though?
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Interesting and good to know! It says a 5% surcharge over the members posted products though?
Not in store.
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Or for anyone who wnats a real Costco hack - all you have to do is have a member buy you a $5 member gift card and you can gain entry with just that. If your bill comes out to $100 you can pay the difference with a visa or cash Smilie

Just get as many $5 gift cards as you can because they're essentially equivalent to non-member access
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Or for anyone who wnats a real Costco hack - all you have to do is have a member buy you a $5 member gift card and you can gain entry with just that. If your bill comes out to $100 you can pay the difference with a visa or cash http://i.slickdeals.net/images/smilies/smile.gif

Just get as many $5 gift cards as you can because they're essentially equivalent to non-member access *****This is great info. ***** Even slicker if you a get discount on the card from online gift card site. What are good gift card site ?
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You can shop on their website for free with an expired membership, btw.

Fee used to be lower, like 7% or something. Went up a lot.
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I just read that
1- You cannot use credit card at Costco , only cash , debit w/pin , Amex.
2- They changed their policy , that you have to be a member to use gift card.
3- Customers get refused at checkout in store.
Is this true ??
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Terms and Conditions:

Costco gift card was issued by CWC Gift Card Co., a Virginia corporation. Use of the card constitutes acceptance of the following terms and conditions:
You must be a Costco member to purchase or reload Costco Cash Cards.
Available in denominations from $25 to $1,000
Members and non-members may use the Costco Cash Cards to shop at any Costco location in the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada and online at Costco.com.
Non-members will be charged a 5% surcharge over the member's posted product prices (except for prescription drugs) when purchasing on Costco.com.
Costco Cash Card balances may be used toward membership or merchandise.
Costco Cash Cards have no expiration date.
A member may reload a Costco Cash Card at any Costco U.S. and Puerto Rico warehouse location. The member must bring the Costco Cash Card to the location.
Retain the original register receipt for your Costco Cash Card. Costco Cash Cards generally cannot be replaced if lost or stolen. If the purchasing member retains the Costco Cash Card receipt any remaining value on a lost / stolen cash card may be transferred to a new card for the member.
Balance can be accessed on Costco.com or by calling the toll-free number 1-800 774-2678.
Cash Card balances under $10 are always redeemable for cash. Amounts over $10 may be redeemable if required under state law.

The Costco Cash Card features include:
A convenient payment option in our warehouses, gas stations, and on Costco.com
Can be used as a supply card or gas card for businesses
Can be used as a means to provide students with money for food, gas, or school and dormitory necessities, while being able to limit their spending
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I just read that
1- You cannot use credit card at Costco , only cash , debit w/pin , Amex.
2- They changed their policy , that you have to be a member to use gift card.
3- Customers get refused at checkout in store.
Is this true ??
None of those are true
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Thanks , this 6yo Lifehacker article/and/comments is where I read the conflicking opinions.

http://lifehacker.com/5535039/use...membership
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I get that same message about the 15% surcharge, but during the checkout it won't let the order through without a membership no. attached to the account.
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