May 11, 2012, 8:44 AM
Post #3 of 10
It doesn't really matter which club you join, they generally carry the same products at similar prices. Everyone gets a tiny discount if paying in cash. I belong to both clubs, for convenience only. I have belonged to both clubs for a long time.
When the discount stores were first starting, there were many of them. Sam's Club bought a Price Club store where we lived in Alaska, and they were the first to be there. Costco built a store there about a year later. I have always favored Sam's, but We do most of our shopping at Costco for their more convenient location here.
Sometimes, if Costco has temporarily run out of stock for something. We can go over to Sam's to buy it. I live in Cuernavaca, in Morelos state, we have both stores here. They stock the same items mostly, but a few things are different. I used to always buy CFC light bulbs at Sam's because they had a better variety of them, and the brands they sold lasted longer.
We originally had cards issued in The US, they are valid in any country that has those stores, you usually only need to tell the cashier where the card was issued, they press a couple of keys on the cash register, and the transaction proceeds normally. Because of a former manager, that was always a nightmare at Costco here.
We eventually got Mexican issued cards, I don't believe we had to show anything but our original US issued cards, as a new member, you may need to show your Mexican visa. You must enter the store, and ask to see the membership desk. They will usually make it easy for you, they will tell you if any other documentation is required, after you show them everything required they will take your photo and issue the card immediately. If you do not speak Spanish, finding someone at the membership desk that speaks your language is a coin in the air, but they will usually understand what you want.
Normal prices are usually much lower per item than at any supermarket, although the quantity is usually more. We do shop at several supermarkets here too. It is not really necessary to have a Costco or a Sam's membership to live well here, just a little cheaper.
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