Do Costco Wholesale Stores Require a Membership?


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Costco Wholesale stores require a membership to join; there are different plans for businesses and households, according to the CostcoWholesale website. As of March 2015, the cheapest membership at the bulk grocery store is $55 for a household or business and an executive membership that pays users a 2 percent reward on yearly purchases costs $110 annually.

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Signing up for membership can be done online or in person at a Costco location. When signing up online, a membership card is sent within seven to 10 days, when enrolling in person, the card is issued immediately.

Costco Warehouse's provide customers with discounts due to the company's large membership base and purchasing power, and sells bulk food items and household items in large warehouses that are often stacked high on pallets or floor to ceiling shelves, as reported by CNBC.

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