Sam's Club is where we buy most of our normal everyday groceries. Why? Because where else can you get fresh baked french bread by the case for about 50 cents a piece and bake them as needed? I have tried Costco bread and I am not a fan.
The produce is fresher at Sam's as well. This might just be our Sam's club, but the bananas that are $1.29 for 4 pounds is so fresh they are completely green. They smell like they just came out of the truck from Honduras or what ever South American country they came from. Costco has bananas as well, but they always seem to be a week old and slightly ripe and rather small. Now they might be organic, but that just means they used poop on it instead of chemicals. Don't hate me, but I rather eat large healthy looking bananas that are clean, genetically engineered for the best size and taste and completely pest free instead of some small wrinkled sad ripe banana that looks like they were kept in a small cage in the sun for 2 weeks.
We buy our milk at Sam's rather than Costco as well. The milk and price seems to be the same, but Costco in their brilliant awesome cost savings ways have changed their milk carton into a large rectangular boxy piece of crap that pours like a fire hose. If you have never seen this, you will want to try it out. It has an opening the size of a baseball. When you pour it, you have to do it over the sink or have a funnel ready. I am sure you can get used to it, but I don't really want to because Sam's club has regular milk cartons. I read that Costco saves a ton of money on shipping and packaging on these new cartons...great. Tell it to someone who cares. I thought you were here to save me time and money, not make my life harder. Also, the cost savings don't go to the customers, it goes to the company. Milk is not any cheaper at Costco than at Sam's.
I hate to admit this, but we eat at Sam's about once a week. Yes, total crap food, but it tastes good and it is cheap. Four hot dog combos is $6 plus tax. Plus a gourmet pretzel with butter is $1. Yes, I did say gourmet, they just got them in. We have eaten at Costco before of course, and they have very similar items, but take note, the hot dogs at Sam's are Nathan's and Costco serves some sort of off brand ass dog that is mostly asses and very little lips. If you ever have them one after another, and I have taken that taste test challenge, you will never eat a Costco ass dog again if you can get a Sam's hot dog. Maybe the ass dog at Costco is not so bad, just that the hot dog at Sam's is so much better.
The hours of Costco and Sam's club are really close, but here's the secret. If you are a business member or plus member, you get to go to Sam's club at 7am. There is NOBODY there. Just you and all the free danish and fresh fruit you can eat when you enter. Yes, they offer you coffee and free food in the mornings. Costco on the other hand does not have extra hours. In fact, they have crowds of people lining the doors waiting to get in at 9.30am. Doors open at 10am. I really hate the crowds at Costco. One thing Costco does that makes me really mad. They let people line up 10 or 20 deep and they still have closed registers. I feel like I am at a food bank hoping to get my weekly allowance of rice. Costco uses 2 people to check you out. What the fuck? That is completely unnecessary. One guy scans while the other pushes your crap to your cart. This system sucks. At Sam's, if there is more than 3 people on line, they open a new register immediately. They have people pile out of no where, like they are hiding people in the back just for this very reason. It might be a store by store experience, but this is just my experience in my area. Apparently our Sam's Club wins awards for the best Sam's Club in the country every year, so my experience might be slightly biased.
After reading this, you might ask, why the fuck do you have a Costco membership? Here is the reason. They have better stuff. Yes, they have better stuff. Better electronics, better clothing, and better cellphones. That is another secret, if you have a cell plan with AT&T, Verizon or T-mobile, you can get your upgrade phones much cheaper than the company stores. Basically for free sometimes. Costco has monthly coupons and many times they will discount the hot new phone for free. Costco also has much better stuff during the holidays. They have a much better selection of toys. Also, the rumor is that Costco treats their employees very well with great benefits and pay. Well, you know what? I don't care. I don't work there, and I don't work at Sam's. I shop there. If they paid them so well, maybe they can open a few more registers when it is busy.
I am an executive member at Costco and get my 2% back. I also have the Plus membership at Sam's Club to get my 2% back, both have coupons - so it is a wash again. Both will refund you the difference if you don't make enough to cover your extra in fees. Both have discounted gas. Same price for both. Not all Sam's and Costco offers gas, but both of ours do.
One thing, Costco has a good return policy. The only thing that sucks is when you wait in that long line and finally get up to return your item, the people who work the returns always look at you like you are stealing from them. No, I didn't like this thing. It works, it just sucks and I want my money back. That's why I want to return it. They never like to hear that.
At Sam's, they don't even bat an eye when you want to return stuff. It's probably because they get people returning all the time. At Costco, all the employees act like they are doing you a favor by checking you out or helping you out. I'm sorry...I thought you were here to HELP me.
So there you have it, Costco Vs. Sam's. We go to Sam's about 20 times more than Costco. Some have said that it is like Target Vs. Walmart. Costco seems to be higher quality, and Sam's seems to have the quantity. With one exception...hot dogs.