(Zach Egolf)

Amazon Going After Costco, Sam’s Club With ‘Pantry’ Bulk-Buying Service

For years, Amazon has been selling certain household goods, like toilet paper, cleaning supplies, and cereal, that are the bread-and-butter for warehouse clubs like Costco and Sam’s Club, but the online retailer has had trouble competing because of the shipping costs. That may change next year with the reported launch of something called Pantry. [More]

Costco, BJ’s Would Rather Have Their Employees Spend Thanksgiving At Home

Costco, BJ’s Would Rather Have Their Employees Spend Thanksgiving At Home

This year, everyone from Kmart to Macy’s to Staples will be celebrating the time-honored tradition of ruining Thanksgiving by throwing open their doors early to shoppers eager to flee the company of their families in favor of door-buster deals on junk the stores are desperate to get rid of. But some retailers simply refuse to get into the spirit of Black Thursday and won’t open until — get this — the day after Thanksgiving. [More]

(Steven G. Bisig)

Should I Also Be Picking Up Insurance And Mortgages When I Shop At Costco Or BJ’s?

Warehouse stores sell more than just huge sacks of flour, vats of ketchup, and enough toilet paper to clean an army. You can also use a membership at places like Costco or BJ’s to buy everything from auto insurance to credit cards to home mortgages. But should you? [More]

Sorry about the pie.

BJ’s Apologizes For Crappy Pecan Pie That We Never Complained About

Jonathan’s family bought a pre-made pecan pie for one of the winter holidays…Christmas, Thanksgiving, something like that. He doesn’t even remember. The pie wasn’t all that great, but the family didn’t think to complain to BJ’s about it. They had other things to do during the holidays. So they were surprised when they received a coupon in the mail for a free replacement pie, along with a letter apologizing for the poor quality of the pecan pie. [More]

(me and the sysop)

Warehouse Store Sample Server: I’m Not Here To Give You A Free Lunch

Shoppers at Costco, Sam’s Club and other warehouse clubs are likely quite familiar with the many sample servers situated around the store, handing out freebies to eager customers. One such sample server has penned an open letter to warehouse club shoppers saying that he loves his job, but there are some things you all do that really get under his skin. [More]

No Photography Please, This Is A BJ's Wholesale Club

No Photography Please, This Is A BJ's Wholesale Club

N. got in trouble while standing in the receipt check line at his local BJ’s warehouse club, but it wasn’t for attempting to leave the store without having his cart checked. No, it was for something far more insidious than that: snapping a quick picture of a board advertising club member prices for cruises so he could comparison shop later. What a hardened criminal! The receipt checker set off the door alarm, catching the attention of a nearby police officer, and insisted to N. that there is no photography allowed anywhere inside a BJ’s club, ever. Cool story bro, but that’s not actually true. [More]

4 Things You Might Not Know You Can Save On At A Warehouse Store

4 Things You Might Not Know You Can Save On At A Warehouse Store

The typical mental image of shopping at a warehouse store like Costco or Sam’s Club is shopping carts overflowing with bulk packs of toilet paper and kitty litter. But those who have actually shopped at these places know that you can purchase a lot more than just huge packages of the bare necessities. And in addition to the stuff you’d find at most superstores, warehouse clubs may have some additional perks you won’t get too many other places. [More]

Pump Price Keeps Rising Even Though You Stopped Filling Up

Pump Price Keeps Rising Even Though You Stopped Filling Up

Seems like gas prices want to rise so bad, they’re even doing at the pumps themselves. Kirkster captured on video a fuel pump where the gallons and cost on the meter kept rising even after he stopped filling up his car. As if $4 gasoline wasn’t bad enough! [More]

It Was Inevitable That These Two Businesses Would Someday End Up Next To Each Other

It Was Inevitable That These Two Businesses Would Someday End Up Next To Each Other

Considering the large number of strip mall vacancies, you might think that the proprietors of the two businesses pictured in this reader-submitted photograph would have had ample opportunity to find locations that did not abut each other. Our inner adolescent thanks the universe for making this happen. [More]

BJ's Sold Me 32 Oz. Drink In 30 Oz. Cup

BJ's Sold Me 32 Oz. Drink In 30 Oz. Cup

Looks like the shrink ray has hit the fountain sodas at Consumerist reader Quake’s local BJ’s Wholesale Club, reducing the normal 32 oz. cup to 30 ounces. Only problem is — no one told the customers or whoever is responsible for the sign that still says “32 ounces.” [More]

BJ's Charges For "Free" Replacement Glasses, Then Loses Them

BJ's Charges For "Free" Replacement Glasses, Then Loses Them

Keith’s daughter wears glasses, and recently a pretty mundane thing happened–her glasses broke during gym class. No problem, though: he bought the glasses at BJ’s Optical, where replacement insurance is included on childrens’ glasses. Except the “free” replacements somehow cost $39 under this insurance plan. And BJ’s took several weeks to lose the frames on their way to or from the site where the glasses are actually made, then start the whole process over again. Keith is not satisfied. [More]

One Death Tied To 545,699 lb Ground Beef Recall

One Death Tied To 545,699 lb Ground Beef Recall

New Hampshire has announced a death connected to the recent recall of 545,699 lbs of ground beef for e. coli contamination. The beef was sold in the following retailers, among others: Trader Joes, Price Chopper, Lancaster and Wild Harvest, Shaw’s, a unit of Supervalu, BJ’s, Ford Brothers and Giant.

http://consumerist.com/2009/05/22/free-membership-to-bjs-wholesale/

Free membership to BJ’s Wholesale Free 60-day trial memberships to BJ’s Wholesale are available. Best of all, there’s no premium pricing added on (sometimes trial members pay an extra surcharge of 5 percent or so). [ShopSmart]

How To Correctly Complain About Restaurant Service

How To Correctly Complain About Restaurant Service

David had a disappointing experience at a local…

Consumerist's 1st Annual Christmas Creep Gallery

Consumerist's 1st Annual Christmas Creep Gallery

Thanks to everyone who participated this year. The offenses against Halloween and Thanksgiving that you documented were many and varied.

Receipt Check Policies For Costco, Sam's Club, And BJ's

Receipt Check Policies For Costco, Sam's Club, And BJ's

In most cases, a receipt check is voluntary, but several wholesale shopping clubs make you agree to them as part of the membership contract.

Don't Spend $1,000 On $8 Glasses

Don't Spend $1,000 On $8 Glasses

Most people spend too much on glasses, failing to shop around even though they are legally entitled to take their prescription anywhere. Local opticians usually provide the best service, but offer the worst deals. 147 million Americans might save on glasses by following these simple tips from the Chicago Tribune: