The whole point of joining a warehouse shopping club is to get the best prices on stuff we use every day. If you don't have a membership, but your friend does, it seems logical to just tag along, buy the stuff you need and just use their card.

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If that sounds familiar then what I'm about to tell you might sound shocking. If you want to purchase stuff like a member, you actually have to be a member. The next time that you walk into the club, don't be surprised if you are asked to show your membership card before checking out. The Costco team members will see if your photo is really you.

One member of the Facebook group Evansville Costco Deals said that they were checking cards recently. The team member told her that during Covid the policy was more relaxed. So if you have joined in the past couple of years, this is probably new to you.

Costco is cracking down on card sharing
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If your card doesn't have a picture of you on the back, prepare to be asked to update it.

  • Members are welcome to bring children and up to two guests into the warehouse; members are responsible for their children and guests. Children should not be left unattended. Only Costco members may purchase items.
  • Costco reserves the right to inspect any container, backpack, briefcase, or other bag, upon entering or leaving the warehouse and to refuse entry to anyone at our discretion.
  • To ensure that all members are correctly charged for the merchandise purchased, all receipts and merchandise will be inspected as you leave the warehouse.

You do not need a membership card to purchase prescriptions at the pharmacy.

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