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Costco memberships, what do you have and what is the difference?

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executive, it's no briner
Minimum cash back is what you pay to upgrade to excutive, so you cant lose.

I have 2.1 family and i get back some 80 dollars yearly. I buy groceries only. No big electronics.
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george__ wrote:
May 3rd, 2015 2:27 pm
We put the items in a certain order (to split the order), the cashier rings everything through, splits the bill at the end and we each pay with our own CC or cash.

Some locations maybe more lax than others?
They aren't supposed to do that. Someday your location will be made to follow store policy either by HQ or if they get a new manager.
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tew wrote:
May 3rd, 2015 2:38 pm
They aren't supposed to do that. Someday your location will be made to follow store policy either by HQ or if they get a new manager.
I don't feel bad look at their website description
The Executive Gold Star Membership includes a free Spouse card*, and allows you to purchase products for your home and family. Your Executive Gold Star Membership is valid for one year at any Costco Wholesale location worldwide, and on Costco.ca. All memberships must be renewed annually.
http://www.costco.ca/Executive-Gold-Sta ... 82234.html

I'm doing just that, they want to stop the line and argue with me... BRING IT ON!
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george__ wrote:
May 3rd, 2015 2:27 pm
We put the items in a certain order (to split the order), the cashier rings everything through, splits the bill at the end and we each pay with our own CC or cash.

Some locations maybe more lax than others?
That is very lax.

I usually make two purchases but they're both on my CC, it's just to separate my personal and work stuff, and even then sometimes I get a bit of a look.
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rommelrommel wrote:
May 3rd, 2015 2:43 pm
That is very lax.

I usually make two purchases but they're both on my CC, it's just to separate my personal and work stuff, and even then sometimes I get a bit of a look.
Then let them call the manager, I'm using this with family not co-workers or friends
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george__ wrote:
May 3rd, 2015 2:27 pm
We put the items in a certain order (to split the order), the cashier rings everything through, splits the bill at the end and we each pay with our own CC or cash.

Some locations maybe more lax than others?
Wow, which Costco locations do you visit?

In my case, about 50% of the time they want to examine the name on the credit card and on the membership before they allow me to pay to ensure it matches.

Maybe it's because I only have the basic membership with the super-grainy picture so they don't really know what I look like?
What if there were no hypothetical questions?
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So you can NARK!!?

What time of the day are you going?

Maybe it's because I'm going with my parents and siblings so it's OBVIOUS we're family?
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i get enough back each year to cover the cost of the executive. so the membership is free. last year bought winter tires. this year bought a big screen. also shop there weekly for meat fruits/veggies and spend to much money there.
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Executive. No brainer.
They pay me $100-150/year to shop there.
Otherwise I'd have to pay them $60.

Now that I have the MC I'm getting another few hundred bucks to shop there.
Russell wrote:
May 3rd, 2015 1:35 pm
Costco totally doesn't do that. They're incredibly strict about having only the member pay, to prevent membership piggybacking.
I've also never had issues with split bills.
I wonder if it's more location specific.
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george__ wrote:
May 3rd, 2015 2:45 pm
Then let them call the manager, I'm using this with family not co-workers or friends
Family means your household if they're being kind. It doesn't mean your uncles second cousin.
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rommelrommel wrote:
May 3rd, 2015 3:28 pm
Family means your household if they're being kind. It doesn't mean your uncles second cousin.
So Costco going to put my family under a microscope for splitting the bill?

Doubt it.
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My mom is a Costco member, but I'm not. I simply made her an authorized user on my SmartCash CC so it has her name on the card. So when we go together and it's time to pay I just announce that it has her name and everything's all good even though I'm the one doing the pin and everything.
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george__ wrote:
May 3rd, 2015 2:57 pm
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So you can NARK!!?

What time of the day are you going?

Maybe it's because I'm going with my parents and siblings so it's OBVIOUS we're family?
I usually go to costco on weeknights after work, by myself. I'm generally not brave enough to attempt Costco shopping on the weekend.

Not sure what you mean by "NARK". :confused:
What if there were no hypothetical questions?
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george__ wrote:
May 3rd, 2015 3:33 pm
So Costco going to put my family under a microscope for splitting the bill?

Doubt it.
I've seen them do it when people in the group want to pay with their own method. They tell you to go buy a membership.

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