Feb 2, 2012, 8:44 AM
Post #16 of 17
I've been in a Sam's Club exactly three times in my life so I'm no expert on Sam's. Once in the US I tagged along with a friend to see what it was, and twice here in Mexico. First visit here, bought a refrigerator. Didn't see much else I was interested in. During my second visit, I asked for and received a refund of the membership fee I had paid. Never again. And, for what it's worth, there has been a Sam's Club here locally for years, but no signs yet of a Wal-Mart.
Can someone explain the attraction to me? Is it the ability to buy familiar "US stuff" that is probably made in China? Is it some psychological need to buy 48 rolls of T.P. at a time? Or maybe the feeling that by paying (what, like 600 pesos?), for an annual "membership" makes one feel warm and fuzzy as part of an exclusive club, or not having to shop and rub elbows with the hoi-polloi? Is it the desire to stand in a typical MX supermarket line of 5-15 people, except that everyone's cart in Sam's Club seemed to be overflowing, and that everyone brought their own grocery bags with them for smaller things? I don't get it.
It can't be prices that are much, much lower. I buy some of my groceries and paper goods in a local wholesale place with prices that are equivalent to those I saw at Sam's, and everything they sell is from here in Mexico instead of the US or China. No lines, and it's much faster than local retail supermarkets. Their prices are about 1/2 of the big supermarkets here, for 1 unit, a pack of 10, or by the case. Even if Sam's Club prices are slightly less, why would I stand in a line at Sam's for 30-45 minutes to save 10 pesos on a 1000-2000 peso purchase?