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Sam's Club -- what's good?

Was recently gifted a membership. Sadly no Costco here. I'm always leery of buying a large quantity of a new product. Please tell me of any products you've been happy with and what you don't like. How's the Parmesan and the Feta? Anyone tried their sausages?

The only thing I thought was awful so far is one of their take-and-bake pizzas. I know, I know, shoulda' known better. The toppings weren't bad but the crust was like a frozen pizza.

Here's what I do like: sliced sharp provolone, pre-packaged deli meats (Black Forest ham and a combo pack of ham, turkey and another I can't recall), fresh French green beans; Campari tomatoes, avocados, pineapple, all the berries have been good.

House brand 13-gal trash bags, paper plates. Their ciabatta loaves are very good. I'll add more as I think of them.

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  1. So I'm replying to myself. After I started this thread, I thought to search for older threads about Sam's. I saw where someone mentioned tipping the sample servers at these warehouse stores. My reaction is, "Really?" I've never noticed anyone doing this and frankly, I don't intend to start. Sort of takes the free out of the sample. Do people really tip them?

      1. re: treb

        That is one that I read through but thanks!

      2. I have never heard of tipping the sample/demo people anywhere.

        I like to get the container of shredded parm and keep it in the freezer. I also really like their Mountain and Tropical Trail Mixes. I usually mix them together and sometimes add extra M & Ms if we are going camping.

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        1. I didn't care for their brats or Italian sausage (ground too fine and not near enough seasoning).
          One of the things I like the best about Sam's is they mark down their meat when it gets close to pull date, never had any problem with it. I buy the frozen pizza dough from their snack bar and make my own pizzas, (I live most of the year in a part of the country that doesn't have decent take-out pizza) and I think their hot dogs at the snack bar are far superior to Costco. I like Costco too for many items.

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          1. re: mrbigshotno.1

            Thanks, that's quite helpful about the sausages and their meat mark-downs. As for the frozen pizza dough from the snack bar, the employee who told me the take-and-bake pizzas were good said they were made in the snack bar. Could be your store's dough is better than mine. From reading through other Sam's threads, the stores vary in quality. Thanks again.

            1. re: MrsJonesey

              tried a sample of their take & bake pizza and thought it was 100% better than any frozen pizza.
              the steaks at our Daytona Sam's club are always very good.

          2. right now you can find boxed Red Lobster cheddar bay biscuit mix. And it is good!!! This is the real deal. For just over $5 you get three pouches of 10-12 biscuits worth of mix. You get the biscuit mix and the topping mix. They do taste exactly like Red Lobsters. Little too salty, but I did not have unsalted butter for the topping. These are supposedly a seasonal item and will not be available all year long. Get them now before they disappear.