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The DW and I are planning a trip to Alaska next summer. We are members of Sam's Club as they are the only wholesale club in our area. As I read trip reports from others on an Alaska journey, I can't help but notice that more people report shopping at Costco than Sam's. Is this because of availability of Sam's in the area? We could join Costco for the year if there is any real benefit to doing so. I've never been in a Costco, so I just don't have anything to judge this on. What say ye (or y'all)?


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Other than possibly gasoline you likely would not find much to buy there. They typically sell in bulk not one off.


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Fyi sams closed in anchrodge

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Costco is very much like Sam's Club. You don't have to buy TV's or bottles of wine in six packs.


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Since you'll be transiting Canada, there aren't any Sam's Club stores up here, that I know of, any more. Started shutting them down in 2009.
Maybe that's why Costco gets more mentions?
Unless you meant specifically when you reach Alaska.
Costco is true cross border shopping, one membership works in Canada and the USA.

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Since you are traveling....and since you probably won't need the large quantities that are what Costco is all about....I'd skip it...

Unless you need items like 5 gallons of pickled artichoke hearts on you trip to Alaska...


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MDKMDK wrote:

Since you'll be transiting Canada, there aren't any Sam's Club stores up here, that I know of, any more. Started shutting them down in 2009.
Maybe that's why Costco gets more mentions?
Unless you meant specifically when you reach Alaska.
Costco is true cross border shopping, one membership works in Canada and the USA.


Thanks, that is a question I forgot to ask. We do plan to spend some time in Canada, so this would have some value.

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downtheroad wrote:

Since you are traveling....and since you probably won't need the large quantities that are what Costco is all about....I'd skip it...

Unless you need items like 5 gallons of pickled artichoke hearts on you trip to Alaska...


You don't buy pickled artichoke hearts by the 5 gallon bucket? [emoticon]
We do use Sam's quite a bit here, so I assume we would use it or Costco about as much while traveling.

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K_and_I wrote:

MDKMDK wrote:

Since you'll be transiting Canada, there aren't any Sam's Club stores up here, that I know of, any more. Started shutting them down in 2009.
Maybe that's why Costco gets more mentions?
Unless you meant specifically when you reach Alaska.
Costco is true cross border shopping, one membership works in Canada and the USA.


Thanks, that is a question I forgot to ask. We do plan to spend some time in Canada, so this would have some value.


I have a US Sam's Club membership, but not Costco. Tried Costco about 7 years ago, and didn't find the pricing on their bulk products to be significantly better than buying things in smaller quantities, so we let our membership lapse. Besides, we don't eat that many pickles, and they're too heavy to lift into the car in cases of 100.
Our Sam's Club does let us buy stuff we can't get in Canada, so we keep renewing.

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newman fulltimer wrote:

Fyi sams closed in anchrodge


Sam's closed in both Anchorage and Fairbanks. In Fbks Costco has bought the Sam's store and is remodeling it now. They're trying to get it open before Christmas, but who knows. It will certainly be open by next summer.

We belong to both. Almost every Sam's club has diesel whereas with Costco it's few and far in between.

Personally with a DP and toad, we'll continue to belong to both even if there isn't a Sam's in Alaska anymore. We find that Stateside Sam's has a lot more parking space - try to get a 40' DP into Costco's parking. We even find it hard to find a parking place for the Jeep at Costco. Sam's fueling areas have a lot more room also. I might have had to get creative a time or two, but I haven't found a Sam's I fill up with diesel at.

AND, most places, Sam's is right next door to Walmart. Even if you don't want the larger quantities at Sam's, the DW usually walks over to Walmart while I'm filling the DP and then I drive over and we load up the groceries.

Overall, I think Costco has better products but Sam's has a lot more parking space and more diesel fuel.

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