Could Switching Save You Money Cheapism.com Pits Costco Against Sams Club
NEW YORK A wholesale clubs comparison of Costco vs. Sam’s Club by Cheapism.com helps consumers determine which store delivers the best value for their money. Whether they shop at Sam's or Costco, consumers can find an astonishing array of products and services and unbeatable deals. But look more closely at the two giants and differences emerge. Depending on individual needs and shopping habits, one store is likely a better value than the other. Cheapism.com wholesale clubs comparison examines each store’s strengths and weaknesses to help consumers figure out which one is right for them. Cheapism’s shopping cart test compares the cost of supplying a family of four at both clubs. A haul of similar items that totaled more than $200 at each store cost about $12 less at Sam’s Club. A sixpound package of chicken alone was $6 cheaper at Sam’s. But Costco turned out to be 3.6% cheaper overall based on price per unit. For example, 40 packets of oatmeal at Sam’s cost $1.51 less than a 52count pack at Costco, but the price per packet was 8.9% lower at Costco. Cheapism also compared unit prices at Sam’s Club and Costco to prices at the local supermarket and found that the wholesale clubs are more than 40% cheaper. Cheapism’s price comparison table breaks down all the items on the shopping list. The comparison also includes services such as gas (2.3% cheaper at Sam’s) and photo printing (26% cheaper at Costco). Sam’s is the place to tune up your car, while Costco’s travel department can book a cheap vacation (Sam’s doesn’t offer travel services and Costco doesn’t offer instore automotive services). Cheapism also analyzes membership options at both clubs so consumers can compare the benefits, which include insurance and prescription discounts. Check Cheapism.com for more ways to save money at Costco or Sam’s Club.
About Cheapism.com Cheapism is a review site that serves consumers on a budget who want the best value for their money. It was called “a Consumer Reports for the cheap” by The New York Times and is the only review site that focuses exclusively on lowprice products, a part of the market often overlooked by experts.
Published on Nov 1, 2011
A wholesale clubs comparison of Costco vs. Sam’s Club by Cheapism.com helps consumers determine which store delivers the best value for thei...