Costco has fantastic deals on groceries, office supplies, and furniture. Another characteristic? Policy on membership. Cardholders get such great deals.
You cannot shop if your name does not match the name on the card. The cardholder is responsible for payment.
Of course, customers frequently break the rules by lending their credit cards to friends and family. However, numerous Costco customers have recently reported tougher membership verification.
Some Costco Reddit users hypothesized about the crackdown. Reddit user "I got checked in Cincinnati, OH."
Employee apologized and explained that they needed to verify since a TikTok video demonstrates how to shop at Costco without a membership. They needed to take action. Understandable.”
According to Reddit users, the crackdown is the result of a reorganization following inadequate membership verification during Covid and at self-checkout stations.
Members are unconcerned about Costco's tighter policy. "I myself would rather see this and get non-members to sign up than see an increase in membership fees to cover the losses," a Reddit user said. Memberships, not products, generate revenue for Costco.
Some Costco members believe the fundamental issue is that policy enforcement is raising employee suspicions, even if customers are not exchanging cards.
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"I don't care if they check my member ID," a Reddit user said. I'm concerned about them wrongfully charging me for card sharing because they don't require yearly photo updates."
"Anyone with a card may bring up to two guests to the Warehouse during each visit," Costco explains. Members of Costco can only purchase products.
You may provide your free household card to one other family member if you are the Primary Member or Account Manager." Always bring your credit card with you to the megastore.