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How to get a FREE 1 Year Costco membership every year

by The Review CrewNovember 5, 2012

Free 1 Year Costco Membership

free-costco-membership[dropcap]Y[/dropcap]ou go over to the customer service counter and give them your 1 year membership card (the primary member has to do this, so the person that got your second card can’t do this, but they can come along to get the second card again).

Slide your 1 year Costco membership card over to the clerk and ask for a refund.  They will ask you why and you tell them I don’t like the fact that it expires.  They will give you the money, likely apologize and that will be that.

Turning your card in to get your Free 1 Year Costco Membership

Depending on how bold you are feeling you can do one of two things (there is nothing wrong with either way and I’ve done it both ways). Once you get your money you can go home or go to a different Costco and get a membership OR you can decide which membership you want and then fill out the membership application.  Slide the money (and whatever amount the new rate is (so if 2012 was 55 bucks 2013 might be 58 so you will need to give them 3 more dollars)).  I would like a 1 year Costo membership please.  If you decided to just do it right then and there, the clerk might give you a hard time, (They aren’t supposed to) and they might need to contact the manager (sometimes people make this more complicated then it is).  The manager will come down and approve the transaction.  The whole process takes about 10 minutes and you save between 50 and 150 bucks.  If you didn’t do it right then and there, you will have no issue at all and you can continue getting your Free 1 Year Costco Membership for the rest of your life.

The Costco Guarantee that gets you the Free 1 Year Costco Membership

costcoRemember, look over at the sign about the guarantee.  It says “We will happily issue a full refund for your membership at anytime for any reason.”  There is no fine print.  This is their rule, and a large reason to purchase a membership.  It is put there for 2 reasons.  1) To assure you that you will not be sucked into a membership that has no value without the ability to get your money back.  2) To make sure the thrifty customers who wouldn’t normally purchase a membership have an outlet to address their issue with paying money for the privilege of shopping.  Now take the money you just saved and go get a Free SAMS club membership it works slightly differently, but SAMS club is definitely worth going to if you have one near you.

If you are interested in reading Costco’s membership return policy yourself, simply click this link and scroll down to the bottom of the page.

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  • Laurie

    You interchange free Sam’s Club and free Costco in the article. Which are you talking about? Either way, you are a low life if you do it.

    • Reviewboard

      A low life for taking them up on their offer to refund? That’s absurd, the company says it’s OK, who are you to say it isn’t?

  • Laurie

    You interchange free Sam’s Club and free Costco in the article. Which are you talking about? Either way, you are a low life if you do it.

    • Reviewboard

      A low life for taking them up on their offer to refund? That’s absurd, the company says it’s OK, who are you to say it isn’t?

    • Guest

      Your just pissed because your to stupid and keep shelling out to a company that doesn’t need membership costs because they make billions a year profit and they keep making morons like you pay because there to fucking greedy.

  • ksj

    That is stealing…unless you truly are unhappy with the company, If so, why would you continue to shop there? People that scam on membership fees cause rate increases for everyone else.

    • faust

      This is not stealing, this gaming the system by exploiting a loophole. I *guarantee* you that Costco’s accountants do the exact same thing to legally evade payment of taxes that would otherwise reasonably be due, and Costco definitely lines many shelves with stuff manufactured in second- and third-world countries thus avoiding the cost of fair wages, employee rights and environmental accountability to its manufacturers.

  • ksj

    That is stealing…unless you truly are unhappy with the company, If so, why would you continue to shop there? People that scam on membership fees cause rate increases for everyone else.

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  • Reviewboard

    Have you called SAMS or Costco’s customer service line? They tell you to do it if you don’t like paying for the membership. This isn’t stealing, it’s not wrong, and it’s not unethical. When the company says you can do it, you can do it.

  • sammie

    People like you are a blight on society. you think you are so clever, but if you spent half the effort being a decent person that you do finding ways to exploit others, you might have a good life. think about it. then please start trying to be a better person. you can do it if you try!

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