Credit Card Options
One common criticism of Costco is its policy of only accepting a few forms of payment. Critics point out that it can be inconvenient to bring cash, and the policy can make it hard to rack up points or rebates with your preferred credit card provider. The good news is that there’s a work-around! What your local store won’t tell you is that you can use any credit card when you shop at Costco.com. Of course not all items can be purchased online, and sometimes it still makes sense to shop in person. Some products are significantly cheaper in-store, while others are impractical to purchase online. For example, here’s why it’s a great idea to buy your gas at Costco.
Costco Tire (Price) Rotation
New tires can be an expensive purchase, even with Costco’s everyday low prices. But what most customers don’t know is that there’s a rotation period, with a different tire brand on sale each month. So if you’re able to wait a month or two, you’ll be able to pick up your preferred brand at a deep discount. In addition, the Costco service department will repair flats, check tire pressure and even rotate them for the life of the tires. It’s a big perk that many Costco members never take advantage of.
Costco is famous for their generous return policy. Management has long held the belief that the company is better off exchanging a sub-par item if it means that they’ll have a happy customer. Less well-known (but equally generous) is the company’s price-matching policy. All Costco purchases are protected against future sales for 30 days. This means that if something you buy goes on sale in the 30 days immediately after your purchase, you can request a refund of the balance. Even better, you can simply fill out a form at Costco’s website, rather than going into the store and waiting in line. These retroactive discounts can really add up on expensive items like Costco TVs and big storage units.
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