Me and my wife are trying to work out which store we should join out of Sam's club and BJ's Wholesale, but we really don't know the difference and the pro's and con's. Hopefully you guys could shed some light on which one is the better one to join, maybe share some personal experiences and the pro's and con's between the two. We don't have a Family or anything so aren't buying HUGE quantities of stuff, but will be buying the bulk amounts of things like ,toilet paper, kitchen paper etc, Hope you guys and gals could shed some light on which you think is the better option. Thanks
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posted: Apr. 6, 2007 @ 12:09p
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blinded by the light
posted: Apr. 6, 2007 @ 12:14p
what about checking online to compare pricing on items you'll be purchasing and judging between the savings, the cost of membership, and the convenience of the store locations?
posted: Apr. 6, 2007 @ 1:30p
how about Costco?
I don't have any Sam's or BJ's Wholesale near me, maybe the situation is reverse for you w/ no Costco near you. I've been a member of Costco since 1999 or so and highly recommend it to my friends and family. I save way more than the membership costs. Hell my membership is free + get paid every year since I get the 2% executive membership rebate and the 1% Costco AMEX rebate.
posted: Apr. 6, 2007 @ 1:41p
Get a guest pass and check our each one in person to see which store best fits your needs.
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posted: Apr. 6, 2007 @ 2:31p
I'm a former member of BJ's and a current member of Sam's.
To me they are the exact same except Sam's has a nicer snack bar. <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif" border=0>
posted: Apr. 6, 2007 @ 2:43p
Snack bars mean a lot, especially when you buy one of those roasted chickens, then a big coke at the snack bar. Yummy, ah can just taste it now.
You just sit down with the wife and kids, and eat the whole dang thing.
Don't forget to use the store catsup, and napkins, and get a refill to go with the big coke.
Do any of you eat the chickens butt. I do, and I think it's delicious.
I like the Polish dogs to.
I was visiting in Bangkok once, and they had street venders selling chicken butts, livers, hearts, and gizzards on a stick. I just pigged out.
I just love all the samples they have in the store also, and I don't miss a one.
I live about 5 minutes from Sams, and go there often, and I never owned a Sam's Card.
What a life
posted: Apr. 6, 2007 @ 11:53p
I've belonged to both...BJ's accepts coupon's and at least in my area has a gas station, full service deli and self service checkout which is nice because I can give my BJ's card to family & friends to use because there's no one to check the card. The main difference is the acceptance of coupon's Sams doesn't accept them.
posted: Apr. 7, 2007 @ 6:44a
For me, BJ > Sam's because BJs is more family oriented. BJs has more baby stuff that I purchase regularly. They also have a deli, which is nice. That said, the nearest Sam's has a MUCH better seafood selection. The price of some products at BJs seems to be slightly higher (<$1 difference).
posted: Apr. 7, 2007 @ 7:43a
I've gotta bump up the comment about trying both for a day with a 1 day pass.
Keep in mind that different stores in different locations will be different enough to tilt your decision either way. Some Sam's Clubs have a gas station, which is often the cheapest in town - or maybe they won't be much of a savings. There is a lot to be said about Sam's "cafe" where in my area you can get a 1/4 Lb hot dog or polish saugage and a large refillable drink for $1.50, and another buck gets you a huge slice of pizza instead of the hot dog.
My biggest gripe with Sam's is that in my area they have no competition outside of the nearest Costco that is 2 hours away, and it shows. Selection is iffy on a lot of items. Closeouts aren't really marked down much. Prices really aren't all that special.
posted: Apr. 7, 2007 @ 8:45a
I am a Costco member, years back have been a Sams club one, but we were not satisfied, and currently via a free membership for 60 days am a BJ one....all of our children are grown so we do not need to buy in bulk, my husband prefers BJs and I like BJs for the fact that they do accept coupons, and you do not have to buy in bulk and I think they accept credit, not sure there) and as for prices you have to know your prices because at certain times, Costco will be cheaper (as with tires) or BJs will be cheaper (as we found with mens socks)...you should check out each one, but when you ask for a shopping pass at the service counter make sure you ask that there not be a surcharge on non-member for the day pass....good shopping!
posted: Apr. 7, 2007 @ 9:24p
TM1 said: [Q]Get a guest pass and check our each one in person to see which store best fits your needs.
I think that they will let him in even without any card. At least I got into Sam's without any problems.
posted: Apr. 7, 2007 @ 10:08p
I got a membership to BJ's a few months ago, for a couple reasons:
-there is a BJ's pretty much on the way to/from work near me, so it's convinient for me to stop there -the BJ's near me sells gas - it's usually a few cents cheaper than the cheapest gas stations, and well below most stations -my credit union was offering a promo where if you signed up through them, you got a 15 month membership and $15 off the cost of membership
I've never shopped at Costco or Sam's, but a good friend of mine is BJ's member and used to have a Costco membership, but felt that BJ's had more "small" packages, or at least packages that could be easily broken up.
posted: Apr. 8, 2007 @ 2:23a
For me, I like that BJ's takes all credit cards. Also the BJ's near me is always quiet. Not dead but the Costco and Sam's club that are near, well it's a zoo in those places. Also the Bj's has those self service registers and they actually work great.
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