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How to get a free 1 Year SAMS Club membership

by Reviewboard MagazineApril 30, 2013

The Secret to the FREE 1 Year SAMS Club Membership:

Free 1 Year Sams Club Membership 2013

The SAMS Club membership agreement states that you can return your membership card for a full refund at any time for any reason.

Now I know what you are thinking… this is shady.  I disagree.  You see the one problem that I have with the membership is that I have to pay to spend my money in their store.  With this policy, they address that issue.  (Method #1)I can return my membership on week 50, get a full refund, and purchase another one.  I’ve done this three times to get a FREE 1 Year SAMS Club Membership.  A manager was called over the second time I did it and I explained that I was very satisfied with the product line, just not with the idea that I had to pay for the right to shop there, and noted that their return policy addressed this issue nicely.  He agreed, gave the cashier the nod, and said good one. I got my Free 1 year Sams Club membership. If this method will cause you to feel uncomfortable you can employ method #2. Method #2 is simply to return the membership at the SAMS club you are at for your full refund. Go home, and get your Free 1 year Sams Club membership online.

Free 1 Year Sams Club Membership 2013If you doubt my methods for the Free 1 year Sams Club Membership you can see for yourself, read the first paragraph of their policy.

When a company gives a satisfaction guarantee they do it because they want you to be fully satisfied.  If you can become satisfied by utilizing the membership, and the guarantee then they have fulfilled their mission, and so have you.  It is ethical, you are the customer, and the money back guarantee is their offer that you will be satisfied.

 

2013 FREE 1 Year SAMS Club Membership:

free-sams-club-membershipSo when you notice your membership expire date is approaching, don’t be afraid to go up to the customer service desk and get your refund/renewal. Now take the money you just saved and go get a FREE COSTCO membership the process is a little different and we show you how to get TWO memberships! We talked to a SAMS Club PR and they told us the reason they have the return policy wide open is to make sure their customers are satisfied with the membership. They realize there is a certain portion of their membership base that does not like the idea of supporting the club through a paid for membership and this return policy is an effective way to remedy that issue and make those customers happy.

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  • Anonymous

    I find your idea repulsive. It is exactly why ultimately the masses will pay for your unethical behavior.
    I’m now going to take a shower and rinse my mouth out with mouthwash.

    • Anonymous

      I totally agree! This is repulsive. This is exactaly why cheater ruin good things for the rest of us honest people. I can’t believe the nerve of some people… Smh …. They should be ashamed!!!

    • Anonymous

      Your stupid lol – why would they have a return policy if they didn’t want you to do it? It’s people like you that allow corporate america to walk all over us. You are probably a senator (and a Republican)

      • Jed Meyers

        A lot of anonymous opinions around here. I’ll tell you this, I don’t have a problem with this return thing because when I went to the desk to get a membership the sales lady pointed it out to me. They use it as a sales tool. “And hey if you don’t like the membership we will refund you anytime”. If you are going to pitch your membership at me and then talk about your liberal return policy as a value add then it is absolutely ethical for the customer to in fact avail themselves of it. Perhaps some of these people throwing around the “Unethical Term” should go back to ethics class.

        • http://www.reviewboard.com Reviewboard Magazine

          LOL you rock! I appreciate the defense. The fact is this is the kind of thing people either love or hate. I really just ignore the negative comments, they are folks that have been programmed to think that it’s ok to pay a huge corporation money for the priv of shopping. What they aren’t considering is you can go up to the SAMS counter, purchase your membership and before you sign the paperwork look at the clerk and tell them you are only signing this with the intent to return it in 51 weeks and they will tell you that is fine. That is not unethical. It is also quite ethical to skip that part because they offered the return to begin with. Regardless it is silly to call names or feel harshly about it. If SAMS had an issue with it they would change their policy and pro-rate it like other clubs (BJ’s Wholesale Club for instance) does. The fact is they are accommodating people who do not like to pay for a membership. That is OK. It’s OK not to want to pay for a membership, and it is OK for SAMS to accommodate those people in the interest of making more money (which they do).

        • NONYA

          It is a sales tool only for those employees that don’t give a damn and think that us at membership desk will take care of their stupid “sales tool” only so that they can get their numbers…Try it for a year and if you don’t like it just DO NOT RENEW…simple as that…That is why I tell our customers who would like info on how to become a member….and again I only throw in the “satisfaction guarantee refund” when I talk about the PLUS MEMBERSHIP and if I feel a good vibe with the potential member I might even throw in an offer for a free $20 or $25 shopping gift card just for giving the Plus membership a try for at least a year…Heck having a good day how about throwing in a Rotisserie Chicken (members love that)…

    • RGAX

      Don’t you try to find every tax benefits and loopholes to lower your taxes? Is that unethical?

  • A. Nonymous

    Scumbag.

  • Anonymous

    Thank you so much for this, I’ve been struggling to pay a lot of bills especially during this time of the year. This is one less thing I have to worry about now.

  • Anonymous

    This is the best idea I’ve seen in a long time! Gonna go get my refund right now.

    • NONYA

      Not at our store…

      • Reviewboard

        Yes, at your store. If your manager denied them a refund he/she would be fired. This is a corporate policy that is in full effect at all stores. Your manager is required to abide by it and so are you. Just because you work some place doesn’t mean you understand the corporate policies or politics involved. You should seriously stop posting your misinformation it just makes SAMS Club employees look bad.

  • Sasha Mitchell

    Thank you so much! Great idea! I am going to buy you a cup of coffee with your link this is awesome.

    • http://www.reviewboard.com Reviewboard Magazine

      Your welcome, and thanks for the cup of coffee!

  • RGAX

    It just a miniscule bite off the billions of profit Sam’s club & Walmart makes. So don’t fret about it. Its not coming out of your pocket. Those corporate officer’s are not stupid. They figured that only a small number of people will actually avail of the refund benefit otherwise they would already have revised that policy if it harms their profit. I know it because I used to work with corporations and marketing guys always discuss and debate the pros & cons of such policy. They’ll never do it unless they’re profiting from it in the long run. It’s amazing that there are so many stupid consumers as stupid and brainwashed as you are.

  • RGAX

    She’s not satisfied with having to pay memebership for shopping at Sam’s Club. So what’s wrong with that? If you were a sheep, you would probably dutifully offer yourself to the slaughterhouse since that was what you were fed, raised, cared, and paid for.

  • RGAX

    While I don’t agree with customers abusing merchandise return policy to return goods that have been opened, and used. Membership fees are different. One less fee from someone who may not have signed up for memberhsip in the first place won’t make a difference. On the contrary, sales from one additional buyer increases the store’s sales volume, thus it’s profit, and buying power. In the end, Sam’s Club looses nothing, but gained in sales & profit.

    • soccermomx3

      No, you need to take classes in ethics. If you already did, you failed.

      • RGAX

        Ethics is subjective while math is objective and absolute. Evidently your IQ fails you.

        • soccermomx3

          I can’t reason with someone so immature that they resort to name-calling when someone doesn’t agree with them. I hope you don’t reproduce and pass on your lack of morals to innocents.

          • RGAX

            Your IQ is so low you couldn’t even see that you’re doing exactly what you’re accusing others of. Pea brain.

      • http://www.reviewboard.com Reviewboard Magazine

        Here is my scenario: Everytime I go into SAMS or COSTCO the lines are long, they have 2 lanes open out of 10 or 12 lanes. I’m sitting in line for more time than I was shopping. When I purchased my membership I made sure to tell them that I was concerned about the waste of time in line due to their under-staffing. They told me hey we understand, you know if you are frustrated with the wait times you can certainly get a refund of your membership at any time (for any reason). So because of that conversation I was influenced to purchase the membership. For the majority of the first year I wasted at least 3 – 4 full hours in a line that was completely avoidable had they simply staffed their registers properly. Now, I don’t know about you, but time is money. I make a decent living and those 3-4 hours represent about $1000 to me. So at the end of the membership run I asked for a refund and told them that I was unhappy with their lines and lack of register staff. They promptly refunded my money and I got a new membership. They had no issue.

        This is not dishonest. More over, it encourages them to staff their registers properly so people aren’t wasting their time. They know that people wasting their time will avail themselves of the return policy come renewal. This is called “INCENTIVE”. I feel like people who are concerned about ethics as they relate to these circumstances are either corporate bots/people posting responses under the guise of being a customer in the hopes of triggering a sheep like response to “live” with the status quo. I’m not sure soccermomx3 is a real person “in that she isn’t being paid to post on forums and comment sections”. I am aware (given the business we are in) that this activity happens very frequently. Corporations find that this technique is incredibly effective for boosting sales, and directing existing customer opinion the way they want. It is similar to a sheep dog barking at the sheep to get them into the pen. Remember that when questionable posts like this occur and fight the herd mentality.

        The bottom line is you need to demand service for your hard earned dollar. You need to demand quality for your hard earned dollar. If you don’t, they will not give it to you. Anyone that says we are dishonest for demanding that we get what we pay for is suspect. Why would they say something like that? That’s like someone saying you are dishonest if you smack a mugger over the head and take your wallet back. It is the type of logic that crosses your eyes, yet people fall for it because it is repeated enough. People will believe anything if it is repeated enough. We need to reverse the herd mentality and make these corporations get into the honest pen and do what is right by the customer. Demand you get your money’s worth. Demand you get your money’s worth. Demand you get your money’s worth. Demand you get your money’s worth. These aren’t the droids you are looking for… :)

  • RGAX

    It’s different. When you buy a stereo, use it, and return it, the item is degraded. Either the store looses if it has to sell it at clearance price, or the nextt buyer looses for buying a used item at brand new price. With the membership fee, it’s different. There’s no tangible item that get’s degraded. In fact, even after refunding the membership fee, Sam’s Club still wins additional the increased sales and the resulting profit.

  • soccermomx3

    I could not do this. I feel it’s cheating because you did receive benefits and privileges from that membership and that, essentially, is what you are paying for – the privilege of shopping for the benefits they offer. It’s not that you aren’t satisfied with the membership because you ARE. Otherwise you would not keep returning year after year.

    • Reviewboard

      You should not do this, if you feel it is cheating then you feel the fee is appropriate. You would not qualify for a review because you don’t have an issue. The refund method described is for people who are upset about paying to shop at a store. They have an honest right to return their membership for a full refund because they are truly not satisfied.

      • soccermomx3

        I have as much right to state my opinion about the practice mentioned here as you do about me stating it. I do have an issue – with cheating – and that’s exactly what the article is about. I don’t see written here that “only opinions in agreement with the article are allowed.”

        • http://www.reviewboard.com Reviewboard Magazine

          We didn’t say you couldn’t voice your opinion we were illustrating the difference between ours and yours because you seemed to have missed it. Clearly we are having a problem communicating effectively with you and believe me we feel it is our fault. So let me break this down to bullet points:

          1) Your opinion is valuable to us.
          2) You think it is cheating the system, because you said we were lying and we were satisfied with the membership.

          So the problem is there is a disconnect. We never said we weren’t satisfied with the membership perks, what we said was we were not satisfied with the price (i.e. paying for it at all). Because the price is part of the membership, it means we are not satisfied fully (which is what SAMS club wants, us to be satisfied FULLY). So it goes like this:

          1) SAMS club WANTS us to be satisfied FULLY and state that in their return policy.
          2) We are NOT satisfied FULLY because we have to pay for the right to use their store (something that irritates us and many others). This means we are only satisfied PARTIALLY.
          3) This means we are entitled to a refund and SAMS Club Corporate AGREES with us KINDHEARTEDLY.
          4) It also means we are refunding ethically.

          NOW that said, SAMS Club’s return policy says anytime, for any reason. Your “Unethical” people who are satisfied are also entitled to a refund. The reason “just because” is valid under SAMS Club’s policy. Our problem is you said we were unethical and the fact of the matter is we weren’t satisfied and can’t be satisfied under the current “pay to play” structure so we will always be entitled to an “ethical” (under your logic) refund.

  • soccermomx3

    Completely agree Steve. Thank you.

  • soccermomx3

    You are right James. This is not honest at all.

  • NONYA

    Well as an employee for Sam’s Club at the Member Service Desk that is not how we do it at our store… the Only time that we offer a “satisfaction guarantee refund” is when a member upgrades to the PLUS MEMBERSHIP and we only refund the $55 for the upgrade. Why should people get to shop practically all year long on a Basic Membership only to ask for a refund just as it is about to expire… That is so wrong in so many ways especially when we can check to see how many times one has shopped there. Sure if one only made a couple visits okay but if they made more then the normal shopping visits as they would at a normal supermarket why should they be entitled to a FULL REFUND….So at our store we only tell them that they get a full refund to the upgrade charge. Before that is done we show them how much they have spent and now with the Cash Rewards program we show them what they would be losing on. One could even pay for their membership with the cash rewards alone and still get the extra perks…But a BASIC Membership I would call that cheating!!!

    • Reviewboard

      Please tell me what store you work at and when you will be on duty. I’ll send a writer down to get a refund and a refund they will get. In addition they will renew their membership without issue, and I assure you that will be the way it is or you, the manager, and everyone else involved with the incident will be fired on the spot. This is a corporate policy and this method of return is authorized by SAMS Corporate. You do not speak for the store and you have not been trained properly.

  • NONYA

    What people don’t seem to understand is that when they buy, use and return they make the rest pay for them being scums. Don’t they realize that by doing this the store loses money so to make things even and that includes employees pay that merchandize then gets a price hike?… I see this every single day working at the Member service desk….People will buy say an AC unit for that one or two days of hot weather and return it a few days later….or how about when they buy a pack of meat and half of it is missing only to tell us that it was bad…If it was bad Bring the whole damn piece of meat at least to know that you did not eat what is missing….who cares if we end up throwing it in the trash… But we want to see the Full product at least… We don’t know you we don’t know how trustworthy you are…
    And just because you lost your receipt doesn’t mean you are entitled to your refund on your debit or charge card just because you say you paid with that.. we will check make sure you purchased it and when and if all is good it WILL be put on a shop card not your debit or charge card ..out system only tells us what you bought and when and how much NOT how you paid…So please do not argue our policy….Shop card is what you get…If you do not want to shop at the club you know damn well you will be shopping at Wal-mart you can use it there….

    We get a lot of crazy people who think they are entitled to a refund just because they say so….Whoever came up with Customer is Always Right had his head stuck up his @$$… For Customer is NOT always RIGHT!!!….

  • NONYA

    You DO NOT tip the cashier an extra $20 because accepting gifts is grounds for IMMEDIATE TERMINATION!!!! and believe me we do not like to explain why our till is OVER Especially if it is dollars..cents are passable ….and cameras are always on..only a Cashier that doesn’t give a damn about her job (not that it is glamorous but a job nonetheless).

    • Reviewboard

      You make some really sexist remarks nonya. “only a Cashier that doesn’t give a damn about ‘her’ job” There are plenty of men who are cashiers, and it is not, and should not be considered “woman’s work”, outside of child birth there is no such thing as “woman’s work”.

  • NONYA

    Yes Sam’s Club makes money just like any other business but they also have jobs for people not glamorous but it’s a job. Why is it that people just don’t give a damn about those that can provide jobs for people and always have to talk down on them because they make a profit…
    I have had so much better jobs then Sam’s Club but I enjoy working there… heck it is the less stressful job I have had…

    • wayne crawford

      What you fail to understand is that if Sams Club didnt have people walking through their doors they would not provide one single job to the community they are charging to spend money there.

  • Reviewboard

    Yes, your membership is covered by the return policy regardless of place of purchase.

  • Reviewboard

    That is not the reason membership fees are collected. They actually have a break down of profits (it’s a publicly traded company) and membership fees are collected for profit. It is not morally wrong unless you are satisfied with the membership fee and still seek to refund it. I am not satisfied with it, I don’t believe in paying money for the right to purchase goods, which is why they have a refund policy; so I can use it.