Sam's Club Membership Shops

@hbbigdaddy wrote:

deal on slickdeals today. get the membership, plus $10 gc, chicken and cupcakes for only $20. i still see NO need to do a shop for a SAMS membership. if you want the membership...you can get it for "net free" without having to work for it. getting the FREE membership and you can still do the "return" shops out there that pay a fee.

I see your point about being able to do return shops even if you don't do the membership shop. But I'm not sure how the deal above is "net free." It's $20, and you get a $10 gift card. I wouldn't want the chicken or the cupcakes, so they hold no value to me (I mean, I wouldn't refuse them, but I wouldn't consider them a credit against the membership fee.) I'd consider this a net $10 membership fee.

In any event, I have to go to the WalMart right next door for another matter, so I'm not going out of my way to do this shop, and I wouldn't pay for a membership to Sam's Club if this shop hadn't come up. It just wouldn't have been that important to me. Will it cost me more than $10 of my time? Probably. But I figure it's a good way to see if they have stuff I like and stock up on some supplies I'd have to buy anyway.

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Birdy, the original link was for a $45 gift card when you buy the $45 membership. I got a $10 gift card from customer service when I downloaded the app. The chicken and cupcakes are different perks.

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@HonnyBrown wrote:

Birdy, the original link was for a $45 gift card when you buy the $45 membership. I got a $10 gift card from customer service when I downloaded the app. The chicken and cupcakes are different perks.

Now that offer *is* free. The other one really isn't, imo....

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I've learned to never trust spell-check or my phone's auto-fill feature.
I posted 2 different offers seen. First one was $45 GC (return of your cost of membership). This was another offer. Either way, my point is...don't do work for something that is basically free. I'm sure your time is more valuable than to spend it filling out a report for the MSC when it's unnecessary and you gain nothing from doing so.
@hbbigdaddy wrote:

I posted 2 different offers seen. First one was $45 GC (return of your cost of membership). This was another offer. Either way, my point is...don't do work for something that is basically free. I'm sure your time is more valuable than to spend it filling out a report for the MSC when it's unnecessary and you gain nothing from doing so.
The $45 gift card offer with membership is available in-club as well. I got the offer in my ValPak mailing recently, plus their website has a way to email yourself a code that you could give them when signing up in-club. When you redeem it in person, there is nothing on the receipt which says that you got it, and the shop terms do not say that you cannot use any offers when signing up. You have to sign up for auto-renew to get the gift card, but you can easily turn it off after you receive it.

So do the shop, get reimbursed for the membership, get the $45 gift card, and get $25 from AMEX if you have that offer. That made it worthwhile for me to go out of my way to do the shop.

Here's the link to get the $45 gift card offer emailed to you.

[joinnow.samsclub.com]

Edited 4 time(s). Last edit at 01/07/2022 05:06PM by MisterBill.
Now that is MAXIMIZING the shop. Getting the $45 GC and also getting reimbursed by the MSC so you are now making money. I fear most have just done the work for free (no pay) and did not take advantage like you did.

I'm almost motivated to do one now that I can see a way to make $ doing it.
Also, the $45 gift card be used at either Walmart or Sam's Club.

Oh, and you can join as a new member if you are a household member on another membership. I have a card through my friend's membership and was still able to join as a new member.

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 01/07/2022 10:08PM by MisterBill.
No luck in getting the $45 gift card to upgrade to PLUS membership.

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I always have my phone recording a video as I do shops these days. I make sure that there’s no way that it can be seen and it helps me to wait or go back and review the audios for things I might miss otherwise.
How did you manage to get a membership through your friend?

@MisterBill wrote:

Also, the $45 gift card be used at either Walmart or Sam's Club.

Oh, and you can join as a new member if you are a household member on another membership. I have a card through my friend's membership and was still able to join as a new member.
It's the same membership with an additional card for a household member. BJ's and Costco do the same thing.

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There are a boatload of Membership shops in my area, but the purchase and return ones are few and far between. I hope more of them show up.

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If you just compare apple to apple I can say that variety of products in 1) Costco, 2) BJ's and 3) Sams goes the same way I positioned them. But getting one year free membership that is a very good deal. I had Costco year prior pandemic and switched to BJ's for $25 per year and now got free Sam's. So from $60 per year I got $25 and now $0. Costco do not deliver items to your car as BJ's and Sams are doing.

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@ honnyBrown @ MrBill Yes, I know. We have to show ID with the same address in order to become a "household" member. So how did you manage that Mr.Bill?

@HonnyBrown wrote:

It's the same membership with an additional card for a household member. BJ's and Costco do the same thing.
Your friend gets the additional card and gives it to you.

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