I was given a coupon for a "complimentary" visit to Sam's Club (i.e. I could walk around and shop without an actual Sam's Club ID, or so I thought). It's literally across the street from the Costco where I usually shop so I thought I woudl try it out. Of course, the membership desk where I redeemed the coupon tried to get me to buy a membership (I was only six months into my Costco membership), but I said no thank you and went on my way.
When I was checking out after having picked up $150 worth of merchandise, I was once again asked if I would buy a membership and I again said "no thank you". Then, and ONLY then, was I told that if I didn't buy a membership right there, I would be charged 10% EXTRA on everything I had grabbed. So, it was either pay $40 for a membership when I already had one at Costco, or pay the extra 10% of the $150 of merchandise.
Basically, the only thing that *** pass allows you to do as a "complimentary" service is to walk around and, apparently, ONLY look. Memo to Sam's Club - it is not a "complimentary" visit if I have to PAY extra fees, be it a 10% surcharge or buying the actual membership, if G*d forbid I actually wanted to BUY merchandise as part of my "complimentary" visit.
After this incident, *** will be a skating rink before I buy a Sam's Club membership, OR recommend it to a friend.
Product or Service Mentioned: Sams Club Membership.
Monetary Loss: $15.