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FREE 1 Year Costco membership For 2015 Costco Membership

FREE 1 Year Costco membership For 2015 Costco Membership

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Free 1 Year Costco Membership

How to get a free 1 Year Costco Membership for the rest of your life in 2015

If you know anything about the COSTCO MEMBERSHIP Program then you know they operate a bit like SAMS Club.  Costco has a lot of stuff you can buy in bulk and you have to be a Costco member before you can.  If you are interested in getting a FREE SAMS club membership you can do so by reading that article here.

So the deal is simple to get a Costco membership they have fees for their 1 year membership that range between 50 and 150 bucks.  This is an estimate this article will be here for quite some time and they go up in price every year.  You give them some basic information, pick the service level of Costco Membership you want, pay them, and get your photo taken.  A few minutes later you are handed a card with your pic on it and presto, you have a Costco Membership.  In order to get your Free 1 Year Costco Membership you absolutely have to pay for the first year. There is no way to get around that part of it.

There are 3 types of Costco Memberships.  You can get any of the three Costco memberships free if you follow this guide.

free-costco-membership At Costco you get a second card as part of the Costco Membership Program.  Anyone can have it, it’s not a “spouse” card per sae.  So if you are smart you can take the first fee and split it with a friend or relative, just make sure they come with you so you can both get your cards at the same time.  Now use your 1 Year Costco membership like you normally do for the next 50 weeks.  When you reach the 50 week mark this is where it gets a little interesting.


Free 1 Year Costco Membership in 2015

free-costco-membershipYou 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 in 2015

Now with Costco things are a little different than the SAMS club method.  To get a FREE Costco Membership without getting hassled (even though their return policy is the same, and the recording above from their customer service line says they will let you do it) they may give you a hassle.  Each Costco location runs their own warehouse. They have to abide by the corporate policy but it seems like Costco corporate is a little lenient and allows them to interpret their Costco Membership return policy the way they think is appropriate.  This won’t effect your how you get your Free 1 year Costco Membership but it could effect your day or how upset you have to get in order to achieve your goal.  (i.e. angry customer routine would get you what you want but why go there?).

So randomly you could go into a Costco and get your full refund for your Costco Membership, slide the money back across the table and get another membership for free.  That said, the guy/gal might tell you no.  You would have to get the manager, wait, complain, etc…   In my opinion it just isn’t worth the hassle to get the free Costco membership.  So my method to make my life easier when I’m getting my free 1 year costco membership is to simply get the refund when I am leaving.  Then I go back to Costco and get my free 1 year membership when I make my next trip to Costco. They do lie though.  They do not “Happily” issue you a full refund for your membership at anytime for any reason. I’m sorry, but I have never had that happy experience.  They always look like you slapped them in the face when you ask for a refund for your Costco Membership.  With SAMS Club most of the time they are happy and carefree.

The Costco Guarantee that gets you the Free 1 Year Costco Membership in 2015

costcoRemember, look over at the sign about the Costco Membership 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 Costco 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 where it highlights information about their general return policy which applies to Costco Memberships.  This link demonstrates that Costco allows you to return the Costco Membership at anytime for any reason which allows this method to work.  Enjoy your Free 1 Year Costco Membership it definitely still works here in 2015, I just renewed it myself in June.  For those of you who would “poo poo” and say it is a scam or they don’t allow you to do this, please click the play button above the article title.  It is a recorded call from start to finish with me calling Costco and asking them if I could do this.  If you skip to 5:40 seconds you will hear the actual call, I didn’t edit the file to chop out the wait so that the naysayers wouldn’t complain about the call being edited or doctored.

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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?

      • Jason Dunn

        Hey “Reviewboard”, it’s call “ethics”. Take a class in it since your parents obviously didn’t raise you to have them.

  • 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.

      • GuidoPescatore

        So because Costco doesn’t do business in a way that you think is ethical, it entitles you to be unethical as well? I’m afraid I don’t follow your logic…

  • 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!

  • joefriday14

    Thanks for looking out for us stupids.

  • Time Johnson

    Costco is one of Americas greatest retailers, they are known for offering almost all of their employees, even part time health care. There average wage is over $20 dollars and hour and starts at over $12 dollars. They are extremely environmentally aware and have many products that use much less energy in production compared to non Costco items. Costco was gracious enough to extend this guarantee to put its customers first and never make them pay for something they don’t want. You people are just milking the system and ruining it for everyone else. People complain about stores having stricter return policies but they have to because too many bottom feeders like this abuse the system. Please start being honest and stop ruining the system for everyone, because personally I love knowing if I signup for Costco and truly do not use it I can cancel. Costco can provide the amazing prices, products and attention to employees and customers because of the membership fees. Without the money from membership there would be no Costco. That would be a shame.

    • Reviewboard Magazine

      Cool, they are so great their Public Relations Spokeswoman said they had no problem with our refund practice. So the only remaining question is why do you? This is a lot like when two people get married in a traditional church setting and the minister says “is there anyone that has any reason why these two people shouldn’t be joined in marriage?” and you… someone neither party knows stands up and says “YES”. #oddity

  • Reviewboard

    You are only lying if you are happy with it “Trewth”. Believe it or not there are loads of people are upset with the idea of paying money for the privilege of buying something. Those people aren’t lying, and because they aren’t lying it is completely ethical for them to avail themselves of the return policy. So what you might want to say is “It would be unethical for ME “Trewth Teller” to do this because I’m satisfied with paying for something with no value and I sleep well at night”. To that I bid you a good day and wish you luck. I also have a membership I’d like to sell you for a small piece of swamp land… It has an excellent value… there are gators and bugs… free of charge…

    • johnlo

      There is a value to what you are paying for. That you don’t see it speaks more to your mindset than anything else. Here is the value — Costco has a very low turnover rate for its employees. It pays them well, provides insurance, and focuses its operations costs around its memberships, not profit off of goods. The cost to the company is about 4% less profit than Wal-Mart. Their stock owners sometimes harass them, wanting that extra 4% profit, wanting them to lower pay scales, etc, but they stick to their mindset, which is “happy employees means less turnover, and fewer hiring costs, and less stress on everyone involved.” This is what you are paying for. A better way of doing business. An ethical way, that bypasses the dog eat dog mindset of places such as Wal-Mart. Costco, and the way it does business, is the value of the membership.

      • Reviewboard Magazine

        Or… the fact that you do see a “value” could speak for the fact that you have been brainwashed by advertising and traditional media. Never in history have we paid for the right to pay for something. Then… all of a sudden… television, advertising and global news media technologies exist and you become a lap dog. Think about it. It’s like being charged $5.95 to pay your Electric Bill over the phone. When will it stop? Wake up America.

  • Jason Dunn

    I found this article when I was looking for a discount on a Costco membership. I wish the author had the guts to put his/her name on it instead of hiding behind anonymity, because I’d like to publicly name and shame the unethical, dishonest, morally bereft person who thinks this approach is OK. I believe you reap what you sow, and people like this will always get what they deserve in the end.

    Some of the comments in this thread – including by the “Reviewboard” moderator – illustrate the moral compass of a two year old. “If you can get away with it, that must mean it’s OK” is how young children think. Grown adults who have a proper sense of right and wrong do not think this way.

    • Fiyre43__MargoE

      I agree with you Jason Dunn. I read this article and was appalled at the moral compass displayed….or I should say the lack of moral compass. Is this what the world has come to??? smh

  • DexterRexter

    The lack of distinction between the values on which Sam’s and Costco’s business models are built is a good in indication the authors’ corporate moral compass is absent. the article vindicated the suspicion.

  • sdfsdf

    While I like the idea of saving money how is this article not teach theft and deception? I guarantee this person just like many of you do minor things like this thinking its ok and dont like at the moral issue behind it. Yes, I agree screw corporate America but the bigger picture is that if you do this what else are you capable of?

  • Greg Weaver

    That’s actually a pretty crappy thing to do. People who do stuff like this are the ones who give companies the excuse to create customer-screwing policies. Thanks for screwing the rest of us over, I guess?

    There’s no debate that companies are greedy, but “customers” like this give them the justification to act the way they do. And Costco is one of the few companies who AREN’T utter shitheels to their employees and customers. So if you pull this stunt, be aware that you’re a shitty person.

  • Ryan

    I work at the membership desk at a wholesale club (i won’t say which), and they offer the same “100% guarantee membership” although it is really annoying.. people do take advantage and scam the system. They will come up to the desk and ask for a refund the week before it expires and say they were not happy with the membership and/ or did not use it enough, but our computers tell you exactly how much money was spent throughout the year. (so we know these people are lying) They will take their money and turn right around and ask to open a new account. We actually do have the right to refuse you to reopen right after you cancel. (JSYK). I can’t stand people who do this, but really, the store isn’t losing much money because they still make money off your shopping. If you can’t afford a membership at a wholesale club, you shouldn’t shop there. It truly is unethical, and it really just makes you look like a cheap, horrible person.

    • Gigi

      Why not just to be honestly say that , based on your corps policy that any time for any reason, that I would like a refund now and sign up as new membership so that I could get more savings by shopping here in your store? What’s wrong with that?

      • Reviewboard Magazine

        Nothing at all. Have a great day!

  • Katie Lynn

    This is shady.

    • Reviewboard

      I’m sorry you feel that way. Enjoy your week!

  • Fiyre43__MargoE

    I just realized that my comment was removed. I guess you didn’t want people to see how appalled I was at the dishonesty of this practice that was being advocated in this article…smh

    • Reviewboard Magazine

      It was removed because it violated our toss. Simply put if you call us or anyone else names we will delete your comment. We can do this because it is our website and we don’t like to see people trolling (bullying) anyone (including us). Thank you for your unsolicited comment, and we would like to point out you came here because you searched for a way to get a free membership and then were “appalled”. You are just as cheap as we are which is why you were searching. Good day.

    • Reviewboard

      1) It is unlikely that anyone besides us cares what you wrote. 2) Your original comment violated our Terms of Service. We do not allow people (including you) to call anyone (including us) names, which it did. 3) You came to this article because you were searching for a way to get a free Costco membership. You are just as cheap as we are so listen Pot… stop calling the kettle black. #appalling

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