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What is your go to place when you need to buy something through out the year?

It's Costco for me

I like their Lifetime warranty on game consoles

Paid $500-ish for a PS3 way back --the system died on me (probably HDD failure)-- I didn't want to go through the hassle of calling Sony customer service number. I took the system back to Costco

they refunded me the full amount that i paid for the system from 4 yrs or so ago.. I used a portion of the money to buy the PS3 slim ($300) from them and keep the difference

They have the best return policy out there

90 days full refunds electronics-- laptops, tvs, ipads, etc.. with 2 year concierge service-- i replaced my laptop battery free of charge through this service since it died 1 1/2 year after purchase.

Amazon Prime has more products but i don't like the shipping time and returns to them is kind of a hassle.


Amazon Prime vs. Sam's Club vs. Costco: Which has the best deals?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vtqqXUSx-t0


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Posted 11/22/16 , edited 11/22/16
Current Memberships:
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I used to have a Costco membership when I lived in Kansas City, MO (lived only a block away from the one on Main Street, it was nice). The issue is that I've always had a ridiculous amount of hassle with returns and repairs with their devices. I had used my Costco membership to purchase a laptop for work (which was reimbursed by the company). The HDD died in 17 days for some unknown reason (my opinion is that the drive was a POS). I battled with Costco to return it for two weeks before I just said to hell with it and used my own money to buy an equal-sized SSD and used a Windows 8 ISO to reinstall the OS. I still have the damn thing - two and a half years later.

Amazon Prime is straight-forward and simple for returns. You print out a label, put the item back into the box, slap the label on said box, drop it off at the UPS Store. The next day you have your new item and you don't get double charged for the product as soon as UPS registers that you've dropped it off for shipment (even when it's lost by UPS). I can't think of a nicer, more chilled, less hassle return policy on the planet - other than the time frame.

BJ's is more about the food, not the electronics. I think I've learned from Costco not to buy electronics from bulk/"warehouse" stores like that going forward. Prime gives me everything I need, has a decent return policy, and there are so many items that I can get everything from the same location. Since I live in Raleigh, we even have Prime Now. This means that there are a lot of items that I can get the same day or next day free of charge (even in this chaotic world of holiday seasons).

Posted 11/22/16
Costco. Love the pizza.
Posted 11/22/16 , edited 11/22/16
Well, last year, I visited a Costco in Missouri and saw a bottle of Dom Perignon, as well as a bottle of wine over fifty years-old and priced at well over one grand. Costco has my vote, regarding alcoholic beverages, though seems almost identical to Sam's.
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I might be biased a bit since I work there, but the Real Canadian Superstore is pretty good. You can order all your food online, come in later that day and they load up all your things for you. There's probably other stores that do that in the US, but it's the first one in Canada that I know of.

For other stuff, Amazon is what I use. Never had a problem with them, and lots of times I'll get things shipped quicker than they say.
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This is from the summer 2017 lineup thread:


lightningbaron wrote:
Personally, I have been thinking of dropping Amazon Prime given that I don't often need something I order within 2 days, and they still treat their employees horribly, a fact that should motivate all of us (myself included) to not use Amazon period.


Heh, yeah, I've been using Amazon since I first got a debit card (2005) and I would have liked to get orders in two days... maybe three or four times? I've never used any option but free shipping. It's the Prime-exclusive offers that make it appealing, but still, not enough to sell me on it. I don't want to acquire too much stuff I don't need in general.

As for treating their employees horribly, by that logic shouldn't we stop buying any electronics with components made in factories in places like China? I'm not willing to do that.
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Sam's alright. I don't shop there a whole lot, but I particularly appreciate their cheese, wine, and other alcoholic drink selections. I've only stepped foot in a Costco once, and I saw a Dom Perignon and 50+ year-old bottle of wine. The prices were flabbergasting, but I was awestruck, nonetheless. Almost identical to Sam's, otherwise. I know next to nothing about Amazon Prime. Overall, I'm not fond of the membership requirement.
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i've never been to costco

sam's is pretty cool, but living alone isn't really worth the bulk items... if i had kids def, i'd need all that goldfish and paper products

i like amazon, but if it wasn't for my student discount i couldn't afford it
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I like Amazon only because I have things delivered and I don't actually have to go anywhere.

I also order from FreshDirect, but that 's only for groceries
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I get amazon prime Canada I like the fast delivery and my son uses Twitch Prime. Our tv for the ps4/wii u died and got a new one in two days delivered so that saved us. ( thats my main watch anime on device.) (not sure on the differences between amazon prime in the US and in Canada) I hate leaving the house so it works for me.
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I'm in the UK, we don't have Sam's Club or Costco but we do have Amazon.
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tkayt wrote:

I'm in the UK, we don't have Sam's Club or Costco but we do have Amazon.


maybe just in your specific area ? since Costco has been around in UK for years by now. They are an international company.

http://www.costco.co.uk/

http://www.cnbc.com/the-costco-craze-inside-the-warehouse-giant/

The Costco Craze: Inside the Warehouse Giant - Full CNBC Documentary
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VuPW7gRWOx0

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AnimeAddictANN69 wrote:


tkayt wrote:

I'm in the UK, we don't have Sam's Club or Costco but we do have Amazon.


maybe just in your specific area ? since Costco has been around in UK for years by now. They are an international company.

http://www.costco.co.uk/

http://www.cnbc.com/the-costco-craze-inside-the-warehouse-giant/

The Costco Craze: Inside the Warehouse Giant - Full CNBC Documentary
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VuPW7gRWOx0



That's news to me. I haven't come across Costco as yet.
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tkayt wrote:

That's news to me. I haven't come across Costco as yet.


I would use store locator to see if there's one near you

They also have a Costco UK Facebook page
https://www.facebook.com/CostcoUK


this is the screenshot of the stores (as of 2012) at the end of the video provided above .. so probably a lot more by now

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I do amazon, but honestly, i don't think you really "save" much on anything with these memberships, which is kind of their original purpose. Aaaand like most stored, you'd have to still shop across many to save.

As for returns... How much do you REALLY return items?
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