dealssam's club membership for $20 (sign up by 8/1)

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@xarous: Precisely. Bad timing or on purpose, you think?

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@gwintner: On purpose, to tie down those on the fence. Of course, either way, they will make their money. They always do.

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Free days means anyone that doesn't have a membership can shop, but they charge you a 10% fee... so if you're making a large purchase, then you're better off to get the membership anyway. I just renewed mine in June -- too bad this was offered then

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Does this work for the business membership? I do not see a code for any of it. My membership ends 8/4 so this is good timing, but I want the business where I can get in early.

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@starketcher: It is only for new members, so the answer is 'no' at least in your case. Don't know about a new business membership, however.

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Well, my old card has my old employer's name on it. I've since opened my own business, so a new membership would apply.

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Make sure you call ahead to your local Sam's Club beforehand - it looks like some people on Facebook are having a hard time. Also, per what Sam's has said, this is available in-store ONLY.

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If you purchase gasoline at Sam's it is worth at least 1.50/2.00 per fill up. Does not take long to pay for the card in gas savings alone.

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@starketcher: You can open a basic membership and upgrade to a premier (same as business) at any time after for another $60.

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I just can't accept the idea of paying someone to let me shop there.

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Title is a little misleading since you have to pay $40. Even if you get a gift card, you did pay for it...

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As someone that works at a Sam's Club as a cashier, I can tell you now that the Plus Membership ($100/year) really isn't worth it unless you are willing to go out of your way to take advantage of. Of course the $60/prorated amount you pay is always refundable, even if your membership were to expire. Just go to the service desk at any time and tell them you aren't satisfied with the Plus membership and they will give you your money back.

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@predreus: They will depending on the circumstances ... and then just the pro-rated amount. It all also depends on the club management. The one I worked at practically gave stuff away! The club I shopped at for 20 years would fight me tooth & nail on refunds and/or exchanges. The club I recently worked (& now shop) at ... makes refunds for items purchased two years prior!!! Just about drove me nuts!! At least I know which Sam's to shop at now. ;-)

And yes ... the $100 Plus membership is NOT worth anything unless you are a small business member and use the Sam's credit card exclusively to the amount of several thousands a month. Those are the only ones I have ever cashed yearly checks for.

FWIW

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The plus member is worth it.

Depending on when you're next renewal is you can get the plus membership for less then 60 dollars. On top of that you're guaranteed 300 dollars or more savings per year. At anytime you can get a refund if you're not happy with your plus membership. On top of that they got E-Values, which are like discounts that are customized automatically based on your spending habits.

Plus members are now allowed to enter the club at business members (gold key hours) so instead of 10, you can come in at 7.

If you do a lot of spending at sam's it is worth it. So if you go every week, you should get it. The e-values savings are pretty awesome and you don't have to hassle with them, they get automatically generated to your account. All you got to do is check the e-value terminal when you enter the club too see what discounts you get.

Also don't rely on these "free days" not every club does it. It depends on what marketing is doing and what home office will authorize.

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I hate sams, they always find a way to waste my time. Wouldn't take a membership there if it was free.

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While it sounds really good when phrased like that, the fact of the matter is, the eValues program WON'T save you $300 a year unless you only buy what is offered on the program. When it comes to merchendice you actually purchace, I have yet to see anyone in the year the program has been around save a significant amount of money. In the beginning, when they were actually claiming it was customised based on what you purchace, there were some things on there I do buy. I saved money on diapers, wipes, a couple of times on chips and there happned to be $5 off a cake when I needed to buy one a few months back. But within the last six months, there hasn't been squat on there. I shop there just about every other day. When you work there and you have a large family, it's just easier. I save money by shopping there, but not with eValues. Altogether in the last year, I'd say I've saved maybe $25. But I think that's even a stretch.

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Most of the time, the eValues that are loaded onto your card are now the same as what everyone gets. You might have one or two things different from someone else, but in general they are all generic. They don't claim to be customised anymore. And for the most part they're not unless you buy your standard generic items, such as toilet paper, in which case it will look like it's customised.

All I have to say about the program is at least they do gaurentee it. We have anywhere from 2 to 4 people per day getting a refund on their Plus membership. Which in turn will get us chewed out by HO for. They don't want us to sell any other type of membership but the Plus membership. We're not even supposed to tell people we have a cheaper membership unless the potential member is going to leave without opening a membership due to the $100 price tag.

All in all, unless you have the Discover card and actually get the 2% back, you're better off with just the basic membership.