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7 now-defunct membership-only retailers that burst onto the scene before Costco or Sam’s Club

Costco, Sam's Club, and BJ's are the biggest names in the members-only warehouse business today. Here are similar ventures that are no longer around.

6 times a Costco membership isn’t worth it

Costco has plenty of excellent deals, but in some cases, the cost of a $60 membership just isn't worth it.
Costco recently beat out Amazon in a customer satisfaction survey released in February.

9 times when Costco is better than Amazon

Costco recently beat out Amazon in a customer-satisfaction survey. Here are nine reasons why shoppers might choose Costco over Amazon.
"We've seen it all," one employee told Business Insider.

The wildest returns people have tried to make at Costco, according to employees

Costco's return policy is notoriously lenient. According to employees, some members still try to push the rules.

5 super-expensive Costco wines that are worth it, according to the experts

Costco wines can be pretty pricey. Business Insider spoke to two experts who recommended a few expensive, but high-value, options.
Costco's gift cards.

A money-saving expert says that buying gift cards is one of the best uses of your Costco membership — here’s why

Costco sells gift cards for various things, including restaurants, sports events, and theaters. When you buy them in bulk, you can often save as much as 20%.
BJ's offers more fresh food than its rivals.

Customers shop BJ’s like a supermarket, and it reflects an advantage Costco should be worried about

Costco, Sam's Club, and BJ's are the three biggest warehouse club chains in the US. BJ's, however, has a larger fresh-food section than its rivals and offers a wider selection of smaller items, which analysts say drives more frequent visits to its stores.
Costco Business Centers take bulk shopping to the next level.

Costco has another type of store that stocks almost completely different products, and some say it’s even better than a regular Costco

Costco Business Centers are very different from traditional Costco stores. The business-focused stores don't have free samples, but some Costco members say they're even better than classic Costcos. See what it's like to shop there.

Sam’s Club is opening a mysterious new tech-focused grocery store

Walmart-owned Sam's Club is opening a store that carries mainly fresh food and grab-and-go meals. It will serve as a testing ground for new technology such as self-service returns, digital price tags, and cashierless checkout through Scan & Go.