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Old 08-07-2014, 12:16 AM   #11
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Bassdogs what I meant by that was small house and a bulk store. Congrats on the tv.
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Costco is hard to beat for drugs, eye glasses, electronics, and Michelin tire sales every October.
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Old 08-11-2014, 08:19 AM   #13
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Bassdogs what I meant by that was small house and a bulk store. Congrats on the tv.
The "club" stores like sams and Costco offer more than just bulk purchases. The bulk items are primarily in the durible food section but the majority of the products available are regular quanities and consumer packaging but often at better prices and in a one stop shop.

Considering that memberships are not expensive, these clubs generally can offer a good value for RV'ers making periodic trips to resupply or to replace a tv, coffeemaker, microwave etc.
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+ Kirkland (Costco housebrand) TP is septic safe and much softer than the RV types sold.
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Old post but Costco will take anything back if you're not happy with it to include food if the package isn't empty of course.
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+ Kirkland (Costco housebrand) TP is septic safe and much softer than the RV types sold.
I heard the exact opposite of it being septic safe. My house is on septic.
Just last week I told the DW to stop buying it, although I like it.
Now I would like to get to the bottom of it.
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My wife and I are Sam's Club members. I had a Costco Executive membership at one time with the AmEx card. It was nice but I ended up cancelling the membership and the card. I had to argue with their policies.
First off, before I relate what happened; let me explain, my DW and I live virtually debt free. We have one credit card which stays at home in the safe most of the time. We only carry it on long trips or when we fly somewhere. We never use it for any sort of frivolous purchase, strictly emergencies which exceed cash on hand (whats in the bank). Usually it has a zero balance, and see very little use (maybe twice per year?).
When I opened the the Costco membership with the AmEx credit card (this is the American Express which can have a balance on it and is not required to be paid off every month), they gave me a very high limit. We started out with this card with the thought of it being our main card which would be utilized as I described above. After the second year of membership, we received a letter saying they were cutting out credit limit in half. When we called and inquired as to why they told us because if was from lack of use. Ok, so we started using it for our Costco purchases, and we would simply pay the balance in full every month. Nine months (almost to the day) they sent us another letter telling us they were cutting our credit limit in half again. When we called this time they actually told us it was because after review of our account we have a usage history but no balance history. This is when the argument started and went to some high level personnel. It short, they wanted people who would have a balance who could be charged interest so they can make a little money. Well that is not me. So we cancelled the card and closed the account and ended our membership with Costco.
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My wife and I are Sam's Club members. I had a Costco Executive membership at one time with the AmEx card. It was nice but I ended up cancelling the membership and the card. I had to argue with their policies.
First off, before I relate what happened; let me explain, my DW and I live virtually debt free. We have one credit card which stays at home in the safe most of the time. We only carry it on long trips or when we fly somewhere. We never use it for any sort of frivolous purchase, strictly emergencies which exceed cash on hand (whats in the bank). Usually it has a zero balance, and see very little use (maybe twice per year?).
When I opened the the Costco membership with the AmEx credit card (this is the American Express which can have a balance on it and is not required to be paid off every month), they gave me a very high limit. We started out with this card with the thought of it being our main card which would be utilized as I described above. After the second year of membership, we received a letter saying they were cutting out credit limit in half. When we called and inquired as to why they told us because if was from lack of use. Ok, so we started using it for our Costco purchases, and we would simply pay the balance in full every month. Nine months (almost to the day) they sent us another letter telling us they were cutting our credit limit in half again. When we called this time they actually told us it was because after review of our account we have a usage history but no balance history. This is when the argument started and went to some high level personnel. It short, they wanted people who would have a balance who could be charged interest so they can make a little money. Well that is not me. So we cancelled the card and closed the account and ended our membership with Costco.
Other than a co branded card, and Costco gets a small amount for each new card they sell, Costco does not get any money from Amex for any balances. By having the exclusive they get lower upfront credit card costs. I also have an Amex Costco card, I never carry a balance and pay it off each month. My limit is many many times higher than I have EVER had charged on the card, and each year they keep raising the limit. I could actually buy a new truck on my credit card and I don't think I've ever had more than $5,000 - $6,000 on it which was paid off when it came do.

As to Costcos return policy, some items, mostly electronics has a 90 day or otherwise shorter return policy. Your correct in that they will take anything back, for almost any reason at any time with no questions asked. A policy I personally do not agree with, but, 99% do not abuse it.

Starting this year, most likely later this summer or fall, Costco in the US is switching from Amex to Citi Visa, but will accept all visa cards. They have not announced the incentives for the new card, but I am sure they will be better than the incentives on Amex. Plus, it allows many more customers to use their existing visa card, rather than having to obtain an Amex card.

I too have a Sam Club membership but find it being used rarely. Costco is further away from my location, but the quality, especially meats is superb at Costco and marginal at Sam's, at least this Sam's. Plus as executive members at Costco we get the rewards which more than pays for our membership.

The Costco TP does say safe for septic systems. That being said, does not mean it is also RV safe. The RV paper is much quicker to break down than septic paper. RV paper is only in the tank for a very short period of time, normally less than a week, while the paper in a septic system has months to break down. I would not recommend using a non RV paper in your RV. I have witnessed too many instances of paper clogs in an RV because they used the wrong type. It's not something you want to have to deal with. Like so many things you may get away with it 100 times, and then the 101 you have an issue.
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Other than a co branded card, and Costco gets a small amount for each new card they sell, Costco does not get any money from Amex for any balances. By having the exclusive they get lower upfront credit card costs. I also have an Amex Costco card, I never carry a balance and pay it off each month. My limit is many many times higher than I have EVER had charged on the card, and each year they keep raising the limit. I could actually buy a new truck on my credit card and I don't think I've ever had more than $5,000 - $6,000 on it which was paid off when it came do.

I do know and understand, the AmEx was just a branded card and not connected with Costco. Back in 2007 when I opened the membership and got the card, I could easily purchase a new truck on the card and still have room for extras. It just irritated me that they would cut my limit in half because I didn't use it at all that first two years. I figured it would just be left alone. I know the business model and knew they would not raise my limit without a usage track record. I ended my costco membership (which was a separate call) because of guilt by association. lol. realistically, there is nothing wrong that I know of with Costco. We do the Sams club thing because of their association with WalMart and because Sams club is much closer to home for us than Costco.
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Sure wish Costco sold diesel...
And they do! I was in email communications with them on this topic and they pointed me to their DIESEL LOCATIONS webpage; click the link and see.
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