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Feb 11, 2010 10:37 AM

worth joining costco?

I love Costco. But - I hesitate to join because I don't have a car. So I'll either have to control myself and buy just enough to be able to lug it on the subway or have to cab it. Any thoughts?

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  1. well, you can #1, rent a zip car if or take a cab home if nescessary.
    #2 - if you dont mind being that guy on a crowded subway or bus with a plethera of oversized bags, then costco is for you.
    (ps-there is no controlling yourself in a store like me.)

    1. You could save a lot of time and effort (well, not your effort) by swinging over to the "chains" board and searching for "Costco." Remarkably, you are not the first person to have asked this question.

      (Answer: maybe)

      1. You can also order stuff online - not sure about food - check out their website to see if there's anything you would want/need/use. I absolutely agree with smokeandapancake that there is no controlling yourself once you get in the warehouse...

        1. I love Costco but in all honesty I cannot imagine going to one w/out a car. Even my Land Rover gets packed. That's the point, no? Go in and ask for a "guest pass" and start to really look at the sizes, you'll see...

          1. I assume you're talking about the one in Manhattan, since you posted on the Manhattan board?

            If so, and you can't get a Zipcar, keep in mind that there is a fleet of car service right outside Costco (they looked to be professional and from one company) . From what I've heard, the fare is reasonable.

            Also, if you do rent, you have to pay for Costco parking.

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            1. re: gloriousfood

              OK - did some minimal subway route research. It appears Costco in LIC is closer to me than the one in Manhattan. So my trek would be from Heralds Square to 21st on F train (no transfers, thank god). Both stations have elevator access. I'm tempted.

              I didn't know one can get a guess pass at Costco. I will plan to do a tour soon.

              1. re: jycnyc

                The Costco in LIC is a quite a hike from the subway.

                1. re: KTinNYC

                  Not to mention, as others have pointed out, unless you have amazing self-control, it would be a heavy load to handle yourself.

                  1. re: KTinNYC

                    it is really not that far. it is about a 10 minute walk max. I just did it the other day. The costco in LIC is much bigger than the one in manhattan.

                    1. re: Yaxpac

                      It's 0.7 miles according to Google Maps. It's not far but after a trip to Costco...

                      1. re: KTinNYC

                        there are taxis waiting outside the LIC Costco as well. No need to walk it on the rebound.

                        they also just started carrying Mexican coke by the case!

                  2. re: jycnyc

                    I do not believe guest passes are generally available. I got a "try me" day offer from Amex, but you can always accompany a friend who is a member.

                    1. re: City Kid

                      fwiw, I called the Manhattan Costco and was told you don't have to be a member to enter the store, just to actually buy things. Apparently their policy varies from store to store, or maybe state to state...

                      1. re: MikeG

                        all costco pharmacys in NY have to be open to the public by law and in fact are often the cheapest option for prescriptions. THus you can always get into the costco by telling them you are going to the pharmacy and looking around. However you won't be able to buy anything without a membership (other than prescription drugs)