Costco Hayes - Membership offer - £30 + £20 instore gift voucher
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Costco Hayes - Membership offer - £30 + £20 instore gift voucher

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Found 18th Aug 2014
Costco are opening a new store in Hayes. If you sign up before they open this Thursday 21 August, you get a £20 gift voucher to use in store. So annual membership which is £30 (incl VAT) would technically cost you £10.

You also get a voucher for 18 free eggs and 35 bottles of 500ml water. Not bad freebies..

There's also vouchers available for executive membership.

Have out the price on this thread as £10 as that's how much it works out at.

True cost is £30.
- adam_holcombe

No the true cost is £10
- jdbigguy

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I wish I could become a member

Great deal - sadly Solihull based!
Heat added for the find.

stefan852stefan

I wish I could become a member


Me too. I really don't understand how _anyone_ can become a member if someone vouches for them but if you don't know an existing member and aren't a chartered professional or in one of the chosen industries then there's no chance. It really doesn't make any sense.

Banned

stefan852stefan

I wish I could become a member

why can't you! They accept anyone these days, they used to be exclusive, but now it all about the money.

Where do you sign up and how do you get the vouchers?

DigitalMooney123

from herehttp://warehouses.costco.co.uk/locations/hayes/welcome/index.html

Thanks - So you can only sign up in store and the store is open now for membership?

Original Poster

Yep - store open only for membership. Was there this morning!

Have to agree with damo1972, They (Costco) were out in my local shopping centre touting for new members!
Had to smile..."how are the mighty fallen!" as they say in the Bible.X)

You've got to own your own business to be able to sign up, don't you?

It's a planning sidestep, they can only serve "trade" or wholesale customers. Costco (and Makro) set up on estates where there is not normally retail permission. Wouldn't mind if these companies were amazingly cheap across the store but they rarely are!

MRR_ltd

You've got to own your own business to be able to sign up, don't you?



You can sign up as an individual member or a trade member. You don't need to own a business to open an account.

how do you get this voucher? DO they email it to you or something once you have signed up online? ?

Original Poster

Not sure how it works with online sign up, but in store, they hand you a voucher with your membership card. You need your photo taken for your card, so presume you have to go in store to complete membership?

Sighthound

It's a planning sidestep, they can only serve "trade" or wholesale … It's a planning sidestep, they can only serve "trade" or wholesale customers. Costco (and Makro) set up on estates where there is not normally retail permission. Wouldn't mind if these companies were amazingly cheap across the store but they rarely are!



In addition, it prevents "undesirable" people from shopping there. If you are a "professional" or "Self employed" then you have money to spend and are less likely to shop lift. Fewer shop lifters mean lower losses and lower losses mean bigger discounts.

rhythmandsoul

how do you get this voucher? DO they email it to you or something once … how do you get this voucher? DO they email it to you or something once you have signed up online? ?


They'll give it to you when you go in with your proof of trading or professional documents

MRR_ltd

You've got to own your own business to be able to sign up, don't you?


It's not a cash and carry.. just think of it as a club.. I think you have more cards per person if you're a trade member, and a few other perks.. and obviously the potential of claiming VAT back.
I haven't been for years but I used to find that you often get better quality for similar price, or you just buy in bulk and save money.. OR you get stupidly good offers occasionally.

You can just go there and look around though... You don't have to sign up. Remember the prices are No-VAT so they put VAT on at till.
The snacks (cakes etc) are very cheap and very tasty!

Will be doing this later, thanks for the reminder

HudlUserDOTcom

In addition, it prevents "undesirable" people from shopping there. If you … In addition, it prevents "undesirable" people from shopping there. If you are a "professional" or "Self employed" then you have money to spend and are less likely to shop lift. Fewer shop lifters mean lower losses and lower losses mean bigger discounts.



I'm self employed and i'm broke though, i'm highly undesirable.

Sainsbury's Taste The Difference is cheaper when you buy on offer.

I was a Costco member for a number of years but they are just no longer competitive. Plus their meat, fish and bakery products have gone downhill.

Do your research before buying there. I run a business and have a membership, however it is often cheaper to purchase through offers at supermarkets. Remember also that as an individual, or company that isn't VAT registered, you will pay VAT on top of the advertised prices...

Some things are worth buying, but do your homework

pototea

Sainsbury's Taste The Difference is cheaper when you buy on offer.I was a … Sainsbury's Taste The Difference is cheaper when you buy on offer.I was a Costco member for a number of years but they are just no longer competitive. Plus their meat, fish and bakery products have gone downhill.



I love their meat, fish and bakery products.

I find its worth paying £8 per kg for Mince as the quality is far superior to say, Taste the Difference mince.

I've bought plenty of things in CostCo that were double the price elsewhere, e.g. I bought some Levis 501 for around £35 at CostCo Southampton this weekend.

Just my opinion.

hairychad

It's not a cash and carry.. just think of it as a club.. I think you have … It's not a cash and carry.. just think of it as a club.. I think you have more cards per person if you're a trade member, and a few other perks.. and obviously the potential of claiming VAT back.I haven't been for years but I used to find that you often get better quality for similar price, or you just buy in bulk and save money.. OR you get stupidly good offers occasionally.You can just go there and look around though... You don't have to sign up. Remember the prices are No-VAT so they put VAT on at till.The snacks (cakes etc) are very cheap and very tasty!



The are indeed 12 danish pastries for £3.50

Bargain and they are massilve like Wagon Wheels used to be

HudlUserDOTcom

In addition, it prevents "undesirable" people from shopping there. If you … In addition, it prevents "undesirable" people from shopping there. If you are a "professional" or "Self employed" then you have money to spend and are less likely to shop lift. Fewer shop lifters mean lower losses and lower losses mean bigger discounts.



If truth be told and the social damage caused by such professionals as MP's, civil servants, solicitors, accountants, bankers etc etc were to be collated then the truly "undesirable" would be known.
Edited by: "KermitGrenade" 18th Aug 2014

not2shabby

Costco are opening a new store in Hayes. If you sign up before they open … Costco are opening a new store in Hayes. If you sign up before they open this Thursday 21 August, you get a £20 gift voucher to use in store. So annual membership which is £30 (incl VAT) would technically cost you £10.



When did "technically" become "literally"? I must have missed that meeting...

I have a 'Spouse' membership with Costco and I have to say that I'm not overly fussed with it to be honest. The only thing really worth buying is the food and drink but sometimes like others said you can get cheaper elsewhere when on offer. But its still handy to have for the odd good offer.

Regardless, the £10 membership cost is a good deal. Hot.

KermitGrenade

If truth be told and the social damage caused by such professionals as … If truth be told and the social damage caused by such professionals as MP's, civil servants, solicitors, accountants, bankers etc etc were to be collated then the truly "undesirable" would be known.



At least you can set against that the social and economic positives some of those "professionals" also generate. All we get from the feckless and work shy is damage to society (idle hands....). Its the NET contribution that matters, not a selective piecemeal appraisal to allow labelling some productive groups as the evil empire!

Elevation

When did "technically" become "literally"? I must have missed that … When did "technically" become "literally"? I must have missed that meeting...



Because you still have to pay £30 membership charge, you just get a £20 coupon. It's £30 min spend.

Anyone know if renewals get this offer? Membership is due - could I renew there?

hairychad

It's not a cash and carry.. just think of it as a club.. I think you have … It's not a cash and carry.. just think of it as a club.. I think you have more cards per person if you're a trade member, and a few other perks.. and obviously the potential of claiming VAT back.



Trades people can enter the store at 9am (or whatever opening time) and non-trade have to wait until 12pm.
There are a few, but not many items like paracetamol that can only be purchased by trade members

also worth noting that your membership card can be used at any location (worldwide)
Edited by: "jeczap" 18th Aug 2014

jeczap

also worth noting that your membership card can be used at any location … also worth noting that your membership card can be used at any location (worldwide)



Yep, I've used it in Queens, New York when I was there in May. Picked up a few Tommy Hilfiger shirts for $20

Got an odd look from the sales assistant though, she had clearly not seen a UK issued card before!
Edited by: "stevenhp1987" 18th Aug 2014

I've been a costco customer for almost a year now and it definitely depends on what you buy there. you have to do your homework with other regular stores and see if there are any offers before you go there and watch out for their special offers every 3 weeks. I get good deals on branded toilet and kitchen rolls, baby nappies, cereals, some frozen products, bakery stuff and beef. I think it's worth the subscription fee.

What credentials do you need to show to join at the Hayes store?

Thanks

Yeh joined with the £20 off and the opening offers vouchers I'll cover the cost in the first year.

Looking through the back to school booklet some of the stuff is supermarket prices but what I've got it for us the electrical TV with 5 year guarantee due an upgrade soon so will look here along with John Lewis and richer sounds.

Depending on offers I may renew next year otherwise just go halfs with someone and go as a guest

Any minimum spend on £20 voucher?

Sorry can't edit my post but also any expiry on £20 voucher?

Original Poster

No minimum spend on the voucher but expires on 30/09/14 and is only valid at Hayes

It seems like costco actually vets what it sells whereas supermarkets etc just buy in a load of cheap crap and hope for the best. Plus costco has the best returns policy in the business.

Where is the link for the deal? This just goes to the Costco main website

EDIT: After a few clicks I found it here: http://www.warehouses.costco.co.uk/locations/hayes/welcome/index.html

However there isn't any mention of a free 20 pound voucher it just says free eggs and water.

This post isn't very clear or helpful at all
Edited by: "turtle911" 18th Aug 2014

Even if you don't join up they have free cakes and shortbread on the table opposite the membership desk. Worth a visit just for that alone!

I phoned today and it was confirmed that there is no £20 voucher for membership renewals nor for adding additional card holders to existing accounts.

If, however, I renew my membership the month before expiry (accounts expire at the end of the month), e.g. I renew on 1st September for an October expiring account, any new card holders added to the account will effectively get that period up to the renewal for free in addition to the full membership year year that follows. If you add new accounts before then, e.g. August 31st, then you pay full year membership for the new card holder, but it expires at the end of the current membership year. They don't do part year membership fees for new card holders on existing accounts otherwise.

I am not 100% sure this is right. I was told in store last week that I could add new members to my October expiring account if I renew my membership for me and all the existing card holders and they would not pay for the period from now up to the new membership year. Then on the phone today, they told me I must wait until September to do this...

Great meat in Costco and some great deals! Currently use the Watford branch, but I am closer to Hayes.
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