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OU8121959

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Message Posted: Nov 23, 2012 4:14:21 PM

These two are only lower on gas because you have to be a MEMBER!
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Mr1lung
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Message Posted: Jan 1, 2013 2:20:14 AM

Costco
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1007
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Message Posted: Dec 31, 2012 9:53:19 AM

We only have Meijer and Wolmart
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EdPG
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Message Posted: Dec 31, 2012 8:27:44 AM

buy almost all my gas @ Costco
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LauraLea5
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Message Posted: Dec 31, 2012 6:36:43 AM

Unfortunately our Costco doesn't sell gas!!
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TXBruin
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Message Posted: Dec 31, 2012 3:53:07 AM

costco
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twt
Champion Author Virginia Beach

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Message Posted: Dec 30, 2012 5:16:11 AM

I have bought at Sam's, but never at Costco.
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eyegotgas2
Champion Author British Columbia

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Message Posted: Dec 30, 2012 3:52:22 AM

I don't think that's true for Costco.

Costco has driven gas prices down consistently but because they did you can get gas anywhere for the same price until Costco drops it again.

i I believe Costco does it because most people who go there for gas stop by in the store as well and buy things to.

Its actually a pretty good marketing plan.
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cifuentesab
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Message Posted: Dec 30, 2012 3:18:18 AM

sometimes cheaper..but not always
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rulerMA
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Message Posted: Dec 29, 2012 6:57:27 PM

Gas_Buddy: I don't go to get gas there! I go to my local station. It's still pretty cheap at my local station.
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Gas_Buddy
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Message Posted: Dec 29, 2012 3:05:27 PM

rulerMA:

"I'm 45 miles, and hours drive, to the Costco with gas. I am a member. I pass like 4 or 5 Costco's to get there."

You're saying you drive 90 miles to get there and back to get gas?

If you're getting 20 miles to the gallon, you're using 4 1/2 gallons of gas just to get there and back, by the time you get back, you're two gallons less than you had when you filled up. Even if you get 30 miles to the gallon, you're using three gallons of gas to make the round trip, meaning you're spending at least $9 to get gas (forgetting that you're simply using/wasting gas or that you're likely using a significant portion of your fill-up on the drive home). Even if you filled up a 25 gallon tank and saved 30 cents a gallon, you'd still be losing money compared to getting gas closer to you at 30 cents a gallon higher price. You'd not only be wasting gas, you're wasting two hours of time driving there and back.

What you're doing makes absolutely no sense. Not to me, anyway.
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tkawashima
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Message Posted: Dec 29, 2012 12:32:24 PM

costco
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BartandLisa
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Message Posted: Dec 29, 2012 11:49:36 AM

Costco fuel here is only about 1 or 2% less than the competition
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rulerMA
Rookie Author Massachusetts

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Message Posted: Dec 28, 2012 10:38:10 PM

I'm 45 miles, and hours drive, to the Costco with gas. I am a member. I pass like 4 or 5 Costco's to get there.
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MadFueler
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Message Posted: Dec 28, 2012 4:27:03 PM

tdioiler - Inside the store, Sam's takes only Discover credit cards and debit cards - no MC, Visa, or AmEx; but at the gas pump, you can pay with any credit/debit card after you swipe your membership card - also Wal-Mart or Sam's gift cards (no cash) (not sure about AmEx on this one, because I've never tried it).
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tdioiler
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Message Posted: Dec 28, 2012 4:12:08 PM

To use costo, you have to use either an AMEX card or a gift card.

How does Sam's Club work?
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BroncoFans
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Message Posted: Dec 28, 2012 4:04:01 PM

OK...
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PDN57
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Message Posted: Dec 28, 2012 3:37:10 PM

Sams there are more of them in US if your traveling
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valby
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Message Posted: Dec 28, 2012 2:48:11 PM

ok
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ams040493
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Message Posted: Dec 28, 2012 2:19:59 PM

I buy from Sam's Club all the time
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cifuentesab
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Message Posted: Dec 27, 2012 11:52:05 AM

no sams
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Rich3153
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Message Posted: Dec 3, 2012 12:00:01 PM

Not in New Jersey
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Tiretrack
Sophomore Author Michigan

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Message Posted: Dec 1, 2012 11:23:23 PM

yes had alot of spark knock with their gas. Soon as i stopped using it all has been good!
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2Tall
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Message Posted: Dec 1, 2012 3:12:15 PM

ok
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akbnz
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Message Posted: Dec 1, 2012 2:24:13 PM

do any of you have issues with sam's gas? my friend said her car jerked alot and had it pumped out and no longer uses them.
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gvan
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Message Posted: Dec 1, 2012 1:40:18 PM

Sam's and Costco vary in price. Today Sam's is only one cent lower than another low priced station in my neighborhood. However, there have been times when Sam's was about 15 cents lower.
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medic6133
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Message Posted: Dec 1, 2012 12:12:51 PM

We shop at our local Costco for a number of things, but gas is one of the primary reasons we got the membership.
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Somis1
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Message Posted: Dec 1, 2012 10:45:04 AM

Fuel is only one of the things I buy at Costco.
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BuzzLOL
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Message Posted: Dec 1, 2012 10:38:57 AM

.. Here, Kroger with a FREE membership card is the same price gas as Costco or Sam's that require a $50 membership card..!!
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travelzonecente
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Message Posted: Dec 1, 2012 12:22:56 AM

Gas is gas
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Gas_Buddy
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Message Posted: Nov 26, 2012 3:59:43 PM

winida:

"20 cents/gal over a year easily outweighs the $50 membership fee."

Yes and no. Or, more correctly, it depends.

Most gas stations in the vicinity of Costco or Sam's Club gas stations aren't 20 cents a gallon more than those stations (not, at least, in areas I've been). Even among area gas stations that do charge more, most are in the range of 10 cents a gallon higher in price.

Second, and while you may be correct for your area, you still have to take into consideration how much fuel you're buying at Costco or Sam's Club versus what you're buying at other stations. The average U.S. driver buys about 600 gallons of gas a year. If you're buying 10 gallons of gas a week at a warehouse club (Costco, Sam's Club, BJ's Warehouse Club, etc.) and saving 10 cents a gallon, the worse you do is break even, and that doesn't take into consideration what you may save buying groceries or other items in the store. If, however, you have to travel out of your way to benefit from the warehouse club prices, you have to tke into consideration the cost of the fuel you're using traveling to the warehouse club and back.

That doesn't mean I don't think warehouse club membership isn't worth it. I currently have membership in BJ's Warehouse Club because for me it's close to a a main commuting route I use (whereas Sam's Club and Costco are out of the way). While I use the BJ's gas station for only about third or quarter of my weekly fill-ups, because it's currently about 3 cents less per gallon, I justify my membership cost by shopping in the store; when BJ's gas is closer to 10 cents a gallon less than other stations (as it was until about two months ago), the savings at the gas pump (versus buying gas at other gas stations) negated the cost of warehouse club membership, and the ability to shop in the store was the benefit. So for me membership either resulted in a small annual savings or at worse was break-even, which I can accept with no hesitiation. If the price of fuel at a warehouseclub was noticeably closer in price ot local stations (as it was for several months, it would be harder to justify club membership, even if buying gas at a warehouse club did save a couple dollars a year.

The bottom line is that before people join a warehouse club, even if the cost of gas is less than at other outlets, they should do a simple cost analysis to determine if the annual membership fee, and possible driving out of the way (i.e., extra fuel costs) makes the per gallon/per liter price higher at the warehouse club that at other gas stations; if the membership fee makes the price even with the "higher price at non-membership gas stations", and you're not going to take advantage of shopping in the store, membership may not be worth it if all you're doing is more or less breaking even or only saving a few dollars annually. After all, spending "only" a few dollars at a non-membership-required outlet is no different than buying a couple cups of Starbucks or bottled water a year (and much less than what you pay for cable TV or cell phone or texting service, or even just driving a couple miles out of your way a week; after all, if you're driving a car that gets 20 miles to the gallon and gas costs, $3.00 a gallon, each mile you drive - out of your way or not - costs 15 cents).

In my opinion.

[Edited by: Gas_Buddy at 11/26/2012 4:01:48 PM EST]
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winida
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Message Posted: Nov 26, 2012 10:22:21 AM

20 cents/gal over a year easily outweighs the $50 membership fee.
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CptSteve
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Message Posted: Nov 26, 2012 9:54:10 AM

The Sams in my town is several miles away. And they tend to be one cent lower per gallon. Totally not worth my time unless I happen to be at the store shopping and need gas. Frequently, they are no cheaper than stations near my home. So bottom line - I rarely buy their gas.
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BUSSY
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Message Posted: Nov 25, 2012 4:51:20 PM

I do not shop at either store.
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BMWer
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Message Posted: Nov 25, 2012 4:21:50 PM

You have to be a memeber...but you also get a yearly rebate for using Costco Amex because you are a member
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aaamanMI
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Message Posted: Nov 25, 2012 3:34:21 PM

We now have both of them in town. They try to staythe same pricew although they are not in the same area of town. appeciate tem alwys have lower as prices.
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wshokie12
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Message Posted: Nov 25, 2012 10:47:07 AM

Costco
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OilerFan
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Message Posted: Nov 25, 2012 10:25:14 AM

No long lines at the Sam's where I get gasoline. Low prices and I'm happy about that.
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bluenvoy
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Message Posted: Nov 25, 2012 9:47:39 AM

I hate the long lines there.
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HeavyDuty_cache
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Message Posted: Nov 25, 2012 8:36:58 AM

Sam's clubs around here give the discounted price for customers using a Walmart givt card or a Sam's gift card.

They also allow someone to go to their customer service and buy a card for gas without being a member.

[Edited by: HeavyDuty_cache at 11/25/2012 8:38:45 AM EST]
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_Sparty_
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Message Posted: Nov 25, 2012 8:25:47 AM

They also run a stripped down operation to keep costs low, they aren't relying on membership fees to subsidize the cost. No convenience store to run, no car wash, 2 grades of gas instead of 4-5, etc.
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gvan
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Message Posted: Nov 24, 2012 10:23:03 AM

"Not so, anyone can go into a Sams club and purchase a card for gasoline without being a regular member. All you have to do is go to customer service and plunk down the cash."

That may vary by location because at the Sam's I go to you have to be a member to purchase gasoline.
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OceanArcher
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Message Posted: Nov 24, 2012 9:52:14 AM

Around my area, they aren't the lowest -- actually the Wal-Mart less than two miles from the Sam's store regularly offers gas at a lower price
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MEgal48
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Message Posted: Nov 24, 2012 8:53:30 AM

What's up with the Murphy's in AL that do not give the 10ยข discount with the card? We get it all over GA?
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MertieMan
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Message Posted: Nov 24, 2012 8:05:53 AM

Not so, anyone can go into a Sams club and purchase a card for gasoline without being a regular member. All you have to do is go to customer service and plunk down the cash.
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eyegotgas2
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Message Posted: Nov 23, 2012 11:26:11 PM

I don't care why they are cheaper. Costco sets the price and everyone else either matches it or loses the business.
Once they do you don't have to buy gas at costco anymore because everyone has the same price.

I go out of my way to go to Costco anyway. I believe we should reward the stations driving price down with our business
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maxstar
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Message Posted: Nov 23, 2012 8:03:53 PM

OU8121959: Don't you start a topic like this every couple of months?
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Gas_Buddy
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Message Posted: Nov 23, 2012 5:54:02 PM



"These two are only lower on gas because you have to be a MEMBER!"

No, gas prices, food, clothing, jewelry, electronics, pet supplies, tires, are all "lower", in your words, because you have to be a member (though I'm not sure why you emphasized the word member by typing it in upper case). The same is true for BJ's Wholesale Club.

And prices are lower, in part, because they purchase and sell in greater quantity than many other fuel providers.

And they can sell at lower prices, in part, because most people don't drive out of their way to buy gas even if it is lower priced (because because they know that any gas they use driving out of their way to Sam's Club and Costco reduces their savings at the pump), and because if you make the trip to buy gas at Sam's Club & Costco, you'll likely buy other things, some of which has a considerably higher mark-up and profit margin than gas has.

However, Sam's Club and Costco aren't always the lowest price gas; while they're generally on the low end of local gas pricing, it's not uncommon that non-member type gas stations sell gas for the price or lower than charged by Sam's Club and Costco.

However, as most people know you have to be a member of Sam's Club and Costco, as well as BJ's Wholesale Club, what's the point?

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GopherGuy88
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Message Posted: Nov 23, 2012 5:46:36 PM

so....
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furball64801
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Message Posted: Nov 23, 2012 4:38:05 PM

Your point is very educational.
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maxstar
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Message Posted: Nov 23, 2012 4:18:01 PM

And?
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