To join Costco, one must apply at the official Costco website or visit a local Costco store. As of September 2014, there is a membership fee to shop at Costco.
Costco is a wholesale warehouse that sells items in bulk at a lower cost than retail stores. Costco sells groceries, electronics, furniture, jewelry, office products and many other items. Costco offers discounts on travel, prescriptions and photos. Costco also offers discounts on services such as identity protection, online investing and water delivery. Not all services and offers are available in all states, and information for the available services can be found on the Costco website.
Costco offers several levels of membership depending on business or individual status. A gold membership is the traditional membership for household and personal use.
Other Costco memberships available are the standard business membership and the executive membership. Both services offer businesses the ability to use Costco stores and services. The executive membership offers an additional service discount as well as a 2 percent cash back option.