We all have our preferences when it comes to where we shop. Sometimes, out of convenience, others because they carry items we can’t find anywhere else. When it comes to Sam’s Club and Costco, there are some big differences, but is Costco better? People shared their opinions in a popular online forum, here are some of the top responses.
1. Long Lines
It always seems to be busy at Costco. One person compared it to a busy fast food restaurant, saying, “Costco checkout lanes are like Chick-fil-A. But you’ll be through them before you know it.”
2. Store Brands
Costco’s house brand, Kirkland, seems to outweigh Sam’s Club’s Members Mark.
“I’m about thirty minutes from a Costco and ten from a Sam’s Club, and I’ve thought about switching for that reason, but the thought of losing access to Kirkland’s is what’s been stopping me,” someone shared.
3. Food Quality
“My roommates and I did a test of this. We got the same food items from Costco and Sam’s Club, and the Sam’s Club food was noticeably, sometimes disgustingly, worse,” someone said.
4. Liveable Wages
Another user commented on the discrepancy in pay, offering, “Costco is an entirely different animal. It pays something close to living wages, has actual advancement opportunities, and isn’t trying to get the government to pick up the tab for them.”
5. Consistent Store Layout
“The groceries were cheaper, the item layout is consistently in the same places, parking was always nice and organized with people getting in and out with ease,” a person said.
6. It’s the Same
“Everything you can find in a Walmart, you can probably find in Sam’s Club, too,” someone said.
With Sam’s Club and Walmart being part of the same company, this doesn’t come as much of a surprise.
“I have never met a former or current Costco employee who hated the job. I can’t say the same for Sam’s. I’ll stick to the place that provides better prices and a work environment,” someone said.
8. Better Pricing
Someone shared, “My fiance and I did some tests where we price-checked the same items at several locations for each chain and found Costco was the better deal anyway.
9. Payment Limits
“If Sam’s Club had Costco’s selection it would be perfect, but the Visa exclusivity is annoying. I love my Discover and Mastercard,” someone said.
10. Food Court
Costco’s famous hot dog combo seems to have some competition.
“The hot dog and soda at Costco were better than Sam’s Club’s version, but Sam’s Club had better pizza,” someone responded.
11. Customer Service
A user said, “Costco is known for its great customer service (I’ve been told relative to other places). Part of why they move products around every week is so you’d ask someone where to find things and that you deal with their customer service.”
“Their Kirkland alcohol is even dirt cheap. I bought a large bottle of whiskey that’s just okay enough to take shots but excellent for mixed drinks. I heard their vodka and tequila is even passable,” a person said.
13. Wide Rolls
Someone said, “I like both for different reasons. However, I prefer Costco because wide-roll toilet paper is LIFE. I don’t know anywhere else that still sells wide roll TP.”
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