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 Sam's Club is open tomorrow to all nationwide including non members
dragongoddess  [Member]
4/18/2008 11:23:46 PM
I learned today that Sams is open Saturday to all including non members due to their 25th Anniversary. It's a nationwide event . According to their web site the dates are 18April to 20 April.
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fultoncoshooter  [Team Member]
4/18/2008 11:30:32 PM
kool! thanks for the word
FrankSymptoms  [Team Member]
4/19/2008 12:35:31 AM
Thanks for the heads up!
Rapidfire_85  [Member]
4/19/2008 12:54:29 AM
Hey guys, I know my way around sam's so i'll throw out some tips for the 'first timers' disclaimer- i can't guarantee anything or be held liable for any mis-information,i know a fair amount, but I can't speak for different laws, regulations, company policies, or other 'stuff'. so don't be upset if customer service suzy q says that you don't know what your talking about when you get there .....anyways!

25 year aniversary. They are open to the public friday/saturday/sunday. Most store hours are 7am-8:30pm, and 10-6pm on sundays(unless your state has the 'blue law' where you can't open before noon)

what 'open to the public' means -> you don't get charged the normal 10% 'service fee' for being a non-member

to get the pass: you'll probably have to hit the member service desk, give them some info (prob name/phone/address) and they'll give you a number to roll through and check out. (some clubs might handle this 'day pass' process differently)

money they seem to take there cash, debit cards, discover, mastercard, and walmart credit.
*they usually take checks, but you can't write one if you are only on a 'day pass' and not a member*

cool stuff to buy: most clubs will have different stuff
-beans
-rice
-$30 sleeping bags
-bulk cleaning supplies
-bulk TP (stock up!)
-most clubs have a couple areas set aside for 'last ones' and member returned items....check that stuff out, sometimes there are ridiculous deals
they will also take walmart gift cards...

I don't know if anybody would be nervous about shopping there (tinfoil hat?) lol, but nobody seems to bat an eye if you buy 300lbs of beans and rice, plenty of people but restaurants stocks there so nobody bats an eye.

if anybody has questions post up and i'll try my best

hope some of that helped!
Centuryhouse  [Team Member]
4/19/2008 1:07:08 AM

Originally Posted By dragongoddess:
I learned today that Sams is open Saturday to all including non members due to their 25th Anniversary. It's a nationwide event . According to their web site the dates are 18April to 20 April.


Aw man, too bad I just bought a membership Thursday!!!
warlord  [Member]
4/19/2008 1:41:24 AM
I would caution everyone to "shop" Sam's Club just like any other store. Sam's has good deals and less than good deals. I find that in the San Gabriel Valley(10 miles east of Los Angeles), I can get the exact same products cheaper and buy less quantity than the local Sam's at the local Target, and super markets, and even Wall-Mart. Just because you find it at Sam's doesn't necessarily means it is better value.
ROMAD-556  [Member]
4/19/2008 2:39:47 AM
Don't forget the batteries....nice bargains on Energizers of all sizes and 6V golf cart batteries

Compact Florescent light bulbs are a good deal too.

Take a swing through the health and medical sections as well - some decent deals on stuff but as mentioned before, know your products and price levels.

Especially price per unit since SAM'S sells in large quantities.

BozemanMT  [Member]
4/19/2008 8:55:09 AM
What?
people need more made in China crap?

I can't possibly imagine why
Templar223  [Team Member]
4/19/2008 9:28:45 AM
Thanks fellow Arfcom members for the information...

John
stuckincal  [Member]
4/19/2008 9:48:09 AM
looks like its going to be going on for a couple days. might want to check ur local shop and see when or how long there doing theres. mine in AR is doing friday-sunday. thanks for the info on this. not a member yet so it will be nice to go check it out

stuck
Ky_Bob  [Team Member]
4/19/2008 10:09:40 AM

Originally Posted By BozemanMT:
What?
people need more made in China crap?

I can't possibly imagine why


The food is not made in China, at least not anything we buy.
dragongoddess  [Member]
4/19/2008 10:27:44 AM
I noticed that the Basmati Rice from INdia was in short supply as I wandered through Sams yesterday. Should be going back today to pick up a Teak rocking chair. With gas moving to the 4-5 dollar range I'm going to be stuck at home so a rocking chair on the porch outside should help me watch time go by.
BozemanMT  [Member]
4/19/2008 12:41:04 PM

Originally Posted By Ky_Bob:

Originally Posted By BozemanMT:
What?
people need more made in China crap?

I can't possibly imagine why


The food is not made in China, at least not anything we buy.


better check again
lots of food is nowadays, and china mart, errr I mean wal mart has more than it's fair share of made in china stuff
Tommytwoguns  [Team Member]
4/19/2008 8:08:18 PM

Originally Posted By warlord:
I would caution everyone to "shop" Sam's Club just like any other store. Sam's has good deals and less than good deals. I find that in the San Gabriel Valley(10 miles east of Los Angeles), I can get the exact same products cheaper and buy less quantity than the local Sam's at the local Target, and super markets, and even Wall-Mart. Just because you find it at Sam's doesn't necessarily means it is better value.


QFT!! Pay attention to the price you are paying!!
GST  [Member]
4/19/2008 8:17:33 PM

Originally Posted By BozemanMT:

Originally Posted By Ky_Bob:

Originally Posted By BozemanMT:
What?
people need more made in China crap?

I can't possibly imagine why


The food is not made in China, at least not anything we buy.


better check again
lots of food is nowadays, and china mart, errr I mean wal mart has more than it's fair share of made in china stuff


Yep, check out the frozen fish in the seafood section. A lot of it (like Tilapia) will say "Grown in China" on the package.
Templar223  [Team Member]
4/19/2008 10:54:29 PM
Okay, went this afternoon. First time I've been in Sams in about ten years. A lot's changed!

First, it was a lot brighter than in the old days. Everything was painted white and there was a pharmacy, photo lab, eye doc, and all sorts of similar stuff.

Did find some fairly good deals. Nothing obscenely cheap though.

Was in awe over some of the big sizes of food.

I noticed the "5 bags/day" limit on 50# bags of rice (or were they 25?). As I'm not a big rice guy, I didn't have any problems with that.

I saw two kinds of flour for about $10/25# which I thought was odd as some restaurant folks are published as saying they are paying upwards of $45/50 for 50#. If I bought a 25# bag, that would probably last me between 5 and 10 years.

Batteries were nothing special unless you are brand conscious for Energizers or other big-name brands. Did have a nice sleeping bag rated to zero F for about $27. Lots of compact fl. light bulbs, but even then, if you watch the sales, the prices were nothing to write home to mom about.

For me, I just don't see it worth $35 a year to join... Even if it was "free" like today, I'm not sure I'd be a regular even then.

John
protus  [Team Member]
4/20/2008 6:56:24 AM

just don't see it worth $35 a year to join


to buy bulk
rice
bean
sugar
salt
pasta

online or "walmart"(insert any other store)
would it cost you more or cost you less to drop the 35$

Our 1st year at sams we let laps.
few years ago we re-up'd.

within the first 4 months it made up for it after buying a few 100 lbsof rice, 30 or 40 of those 3 day MRE meal packs,let alone our normal groceries.
On those you gotta shop , sams and walmart are tricky it may be 5.99$ at walmart and 6.25$ @ sams!

if your only buying 1 50 lb bag per year than yeah it aint worth it. you can get that anywhere by peiceing 25'rs. from publix or shit. but if your buying bulk few hundred per year than yeah it saves ya $

on the china thing...

Sams rice is from arkansas..i dont think b uying brown trout and shrimp is on the long term stocks list of what to buy
dragongoddess  [Member]
4/20/2008 10:38:24 AM
Personally I like the 4 pound bags of M&M's and nuts that are available at my local Sam's but it's not enough to spend 40 bucks to join.
Burban89  [Team Member]
4/20/2008 12:25:01 PM
That explains why they were busy as hell yesterday when the wife and I went to stock up.
schapman43  [Team Member]
4/20/2008 3:04:45 PM
Sam's has plenty of good deals to make membership worth while. I saved enough per tire purchase there to buy a membership for 4 years.
BangStick1  [Team Member]
4/20/2008 6:19:57 PM
I just went today. It's been awhile since I've been in a Sam's.

I didn't see anything to blow my hair back and make me sign up. I was surprised how small my local store was though, I've been in others that were bigger. Some of the prices were not any better than the Walmart I usually shop at. And the lines were just as long as I remember.

I did walk away with one question:

Do any of you use thier health insurance? how is it?
dragongoddess  [Member]
4/20/2008 7:37:08 PM

Originally Posted By Burban89:
That explains why they were busy as hell yesterday when the wife and I went to stock up.



Yea us non paying riff raff were in the stores.
AKwildcard  [Member]
4/20/2008 8:42:17 PM
I pulled in and there were no open parking spots and I remembered this post, so we left.
TxAggieA-Batt  [Member]
4/20/2008 9:13:34 PM
They also have a pretty good deal on 5 lb jars of honey. I got one and I swear that thing will last the rest of my life.
53vortec  [Team Member]
4/20/2008 9:26:09 PM
and I fuckin see this today
Rapidfire_85  [Member]
4/21/2008 2:17:00 AM
they do have that 100% satisfaction guarantee on memberships too though. if you buy it ($40) you have until your expiration date (12months) to get it refunded if you don't like it....
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