At a Glance: Best Warehouse Club

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474 in the U.S. and Puerto Rico (671 worldwide)

647 in the U.S. and Puerto Rico

Sam's Club

Membership Cost

$55 (household or business); $110 for Executive membership (2 percent reward up to $750 a year)

$45 (household or business); $100 for Plus membership ($10 reward for every $500 spent up to $500 a year)

Sam's Club

Grocery Shopping Cart

$345.81 total; 14 items cheaper by unit price; average savings of 11 percent

$321.43 total; 16 items cheaper by unit price; average savings of 8 percent

Sam's Club

Instant Savings

Warehouse coupon offers mailed monthly; mobile app displays offers; more discounts available when we shopped, negating Sam's Club's price edge

Instant Savings book mailed several times a year; mobile app, text alerts, and emails


Shopping Experience

Higher rankings in customer satisfaction surveys; expanded selection of organic and health food; perception of higher quality

Good selection; lower product turnover


Auto Services

Tires with free rotation, balancing, and flat repair; auto insurance; discounts on car purchases, service, and parts from participating service centers

Tires with free rotation and balancing; free flat repair regardless where tires were purchased; free battery testing and wiper blade installation



Free technical support; extended 2-year warranty

Savings of $50+ on a camera and competitive prices on TVs; free 24/7 technical support; delivery options for large items

Sam's Club

Financial and Business Services

Check printing and credit monitoring; mortgages and refinancing, home and life insurance, and identity protection for individuals; health plans, credit card processing, phone services, and payroll services for businesses

Credit card processing, check printing, small business loans, small group health insurance, payroll, and legal services for businesses


Health Services and Pharmacy

2 percent to 40 percent off prescriptions; cheapest generic drugs in Consumer Reports survey; periodic health screenings; optical services at many locations; free hearing tests including hearing-aid cleaning and battery replacement

8 percent off brand-name drugs and 40 percent off generics with Sam's Plus membership ($100); periodic health screenings; optical services at many locations; free hearing tests



Discounts on hotels, rental cars, vacation packages, cruises, and theme parks

Discounts on hotels, flights, car rental, and cruises


In-Store Payment Methods

Cash, check, debit, store card, American Express (Visa will replace Amex April 1, 2016)

Cash, check, debit, store card, MasterCard, Discover

Sam's Club

Return Policies

No deadline for most items; 90 days for electronics; receipt preferred but not required; online refunds include shipping and handling

No deadline for most items; 90 days for most electronics; 30 days for cell phones, tablets, e-readers, and GPS navigation devices; 200 percent satisfaction guarantee on fresh groceries (double refund or money back plus replacement)