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Costco returns after cancelling membership

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Costco returns after cancelling membership

I have a costco membership that's coming up for renewal but will likely not renew it. Can I still return items I purchased last month?
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Why don't you return them before your membership expires and save any potential for hassle?
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Dark Phoenix wrote: Why don't you return them before your membership expires and save any potential for hassle?
I think they are asking whether they can return items after their membership has lapsed.. if problems arise.
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Ottomaddox wrote: I think they are asking whether they can return items after their membership has lapsed.. if problems arise.
What he said
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you are not a member, you can't do returns, simple
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xxxray wrote: you are not a member, you can't do returns, simple
Post your source
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xxxray wrote: you are not a member, you can't do returns, simple
I’m not a member but was able to return something I purchased online. Granted, it was within about a week of receiving it and I still had the receipt.
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Sorry OP, I don't know the official Costco policy on this but I'd be shocked if they wouldn't let you return an item purchased while you were a customer.

If for some reason they wouldn't, you could always get a membership again, return the item, and then cancel your membership and get your money back.
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If you are not a member can't do returns. Simple as that.
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carmaster wrote: If you are not a member can't do returns. Simple as that.
Not that we don't believe you, but can you please post the source.
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jdu0ng wrote: Not that we don't believe you, but can you please post the source.
Go to a Costco and try to return something, they will ask for your membership. That is the source. If you tell them I don't have one anymore, most likely they won't accept the return unless the person is nice and looks you up in the system.
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Nov 12, 2012
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Just call them and ask. I bet you it's fine.

I have an extended warranty for a pc and my membership lapsed. I figure if anything goes wrong and i get hassle, I'll just renew.
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xxxray wrote: you are not a member, you can't do returns, simple
carmaster wrote: If you are not a member can't do returns. Simple as that.
Incorrect.

Non-member returns need an override from manager and is returned to a Costco Cash Card.
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What if you were a member, let it expire, become a member again and try to return things you purchased during the initial membership period? Still cash card?
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superfresh89 wrote: Incorrect.

Non-member returns need an override from manager and is returned to a Costco Cash Card.
That's weird, considering that non-members can convert Cash Cards to actual cash by buying the least expensive thing in the store. They get the balance of the card refunded in cash.
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Kiraly wrote: That's weird, considering that non-members can convert Cash Cards to actual cash by buying the least expensive thing in the store. They get the balance of the card refunded in cash.
Whaaaa? Non members can buy something in the store? Doesn't that defeat the purpose of the membership?
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superfresh89 wrote: Incorrect.

Non-member returns need an override from manager and is returned to a Costco Cash Card.
Did a refund yesterday on a gift that a family member didn't want. My membership expired last month, and I haven't bothered to renew it as we had only been to Costco an average of once very couple of months last year.

Anyways, the item was bought when I had the membership. Told the employee that I don't have a membership anymore. She asked for my Costco card and processed the refund right back to my credit card. No muss, no fuss.
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AlexiRos wrote: Did a refund yesterday on a gift that a family member didn't want. My membership expired last month, and I haven't bothered to renew it as we had only been to Costco an average of once very couple of months last year.

Anyways, the item was bought when I had the membership. Told the employee that I don't have a membership anymore. She asked for my Costco card and processed the refund right back to my credit card. No muss, no fuss.
Cool. That's good to know, specifically for OP.

I was talking about gifts and/or items that weren't purchased on your membership
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pokee99 wrote: Whaaaa? Non members can buy something in the store? Doesn't that defeat the purpose of the membership?
Non-members with Costco cash cards can get one-day guest shopper passes. Any balance left on the cash card after the purchase is refunded to the non-member in actual cash.

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