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Old Jan 17, 2013, 09:37 PM   #1
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Anyone a Member of Sam's Club?

Anyone here a member of Sam's club? There's a laptop they have (not a Mac, waiting it out) that's at a slick price. Unfortunately... They charge an extra 10% for non-members and don't have a monthly charge option.
Anyone a member?
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Old Jan 17, 2013, 09:56 PM   #2
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How much does it cost to join Sam's Club? Less than 10% of the laptop?
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Old Jan 17, 2013, 10:00 PM   #3
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It's only like $40 or $50 to join
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Old Jan 17, 2013, 10:05 PM   #4
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My dad has been a member since the 90's. We don't go there to buy electronics though, it's not really the place you go for that.
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Old Jan 17, 2013, 10:09 PM   #5
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$600 laptop + 10% = $660 + PA 6% sales tax = $700. Laptop is $700 on eBay. :/

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How much does it cost to join Sam's Club? Less than 10% of the laptop?
Slightly, yeah.
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Old Jan 17, 2013, 10:13 PM   #6
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$600 laptop + 10% = $660 + PA 6% sales tax = $700. Laptop is $700 on eBay. :/

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Slightly, yeah.
If the price is roughly the same, I would buy it at Sam's Club. With eBay you run the risk of being scammed, not so with Sam's Club.
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Old Jan 17, 2013, 10:14 PM   #7
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If the price is roughly the same, I would buy it at Sam's Club. With eBay you run the risk of being scammed, not so with Sam's Club.
I don't see the point of buying the membership though. Literally, the laptop is the only thing I'd buy there. Unless I used an exploit I found online...
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Old Jan 17, 2013, 10:20 PM   #8
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I don't see the point of buying the membership though. Literally, the laptop is the only thing I'd buy there. Unless I used an exploit I found online...
Well, that's how Sams works. Either buy the membership or pay the surcharge.
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Old Jan 17, 2013, 10:22 PM   #9
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Well, that's how Sams works. Either buy the membership or pay the surcharge.
Agreed. Again, if the price is nearly the same as eBay, why not take advantage of the membership. Even if you don't buy anything else there you won't run the risk of being scammed on eBay.
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Old Jan 18, 2013, 07:48 AM   #10
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I don't see the point of buying the membership though. Literally, the laptop is the only thing I'd buy there. Unless I used an exploit I found online...
Surely you know someone that is already a memeber. Friend, family, coworker? Find someone that has a membership and take them with you.

We do it all the time. Well, we're the ones with the membership and we take my wife's family to Sam's and they buy whatever they want and we just swipe our mem card at the register. They really don't care.
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Old Jan 18, 2013, 07:57 AM   #11
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My dad has been a member since the 90's. We don't go there to buy electronics though, it's not really the place you go for that.
Oh I disagree. I've bought all kinds of electronics from those type of stores and my last Dell Mini came from Sam's specifically. Costco's return policy, until abused and changed, was unprecedented.

OP, ask your parent's to join.
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Old Jan 18, 2013, 10:59 AM   #12
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Oh I disagree. I've bought all kinds of electronics from those type of stores and my last Dell Mini came from Sam's specifically. Costco's return policy, until abused and changed, was unprecedented.

OP, ask your parent's to join.
They're already with BJ's.
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Old Jan 18, 2013, 11:53 AM   #13
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Nope don't have a use for 5 gallons of mayonnaise. Back in the day when the kids were in diapers in made sense but can't justify it now.
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Old Jan 18, 2013, 12:16 PM   #14
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The only reason we're members is for the gasoline. Additionally, cheaper (bulk) food/household supplies works wonders also.

I'm pretty sure our savings pay for our membership twofold.
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Old Jan 18, 2013, 08:43 PM   #15
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Oh I disagree. I've bought all kinds of electronics from those type of stores and my last Dell Mini came from Sam's specifically. Costco's return policy, until abused and changed, was unprecedented.

OP, ask your parent's to join.
I agree. Although you won't get any help from the people selling the electronics there, you can find some good deals on electronics there. Example: there was a Sony iPod/iPhone dock that sells for $199.99 at Target and it was selling for $129.99 at Sam's Club, cheaper than Target had it at any point and less than Amazon.

Also, the food is pretty good; I buy a lot of produce and meats from Sam's Club.
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Old Jan 19, 2013, 03:28 AM   #16
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I'm a Sam's Club member. I joined last year, I forgot why, but I've gone less than 5 times. My membership expires in March and I will let it lapse. My mom, for years, had me as the "extra" member on her Costco membership but I hardly ever went. When I got my Sam's Club, she removed me and added my dad but I still have the card - wonder if that would still work? My mom is my "extra" free member, but she doesn't use it either, so that's wasted as well.

Anyway, I live alone and buying in bulk isn't really a money saver for me. Also, the tech/electronics options are limited (for me) that it isn't worth it.
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Old Jan 19, 2013, 07:35 AM   #17
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I am a member and use it primarily for the gasoline as well
Pays for the cost of membership for sure, and we buy some things in bulk
Also bought several Christmas gifts there too
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