Costco is the go-to shopping choice for many consumers, especially for purchasing items like household essentials, gifts, groceries, and much more. Not only do members benefit from wholesale pricing, but the store also gives free gifts.
Let’s look at some free items Costco members can get their hands on!
1. Cash Back
Only executive members receive this benefit — though if you spend a lot at Costco, the cash-back program should be more than enough to cover the extra cost to become an executive member. If you spend $250 per month at Costco, this perk covers the difference in price between a Gold Star membership and an Executive.
Executive members get 2% cash back on Costco purchases for most merchandise. At the end of each year, Costco sends members a check for the amount of their cash back. The maximum cash back amount is $1,000 every year.
2. Lifetime Tire Maintenance
To ensure even wear on your vehicle’s tires, you must regularly rotate and keep them balanced. On average, you may pay $35-$45 to have your tires rotated and $30-$40 to balance them.
However, Costco will rotate and balance your tires for free. The warehouse club also offers free tire services.
3. Hearing Tests
No need to make a second trip to an audiologist if you are concerned about your hearing. At Costco warehouses, you can get free hearing tests!
According to the company, you’ll have to make an appointment in advance and wait about an hour for the tests to be performed in a private sound booth.
Hot Tip: There is also no limit on the number of free samples you can take – consider grabbing a small snack while you wait for your test.
4. Tech Support
Nothing is more disappointing than when your new gadget doesn’t work properly or malfunctions. Luckily, if it was purchased from Costco you get free technical support.
In addition to the set-up procedure or troubleshooting issues for more than a dozen types of goods, you can get expert assistance in the following:
- Security Camera Systems
- Home Theatre Systems
5. Extended Warranties
Costco will repair, replace, or refund your money up to two years after a tech item’s manufacture date if it stops working.
Extended warranties are available on the following items: televisions, projectors, computers, excluding touchscreen tablets, and many major appliances.
Costco’s stellar return policy is one of the main reasons consumers love this store. Even if you purchase online, you can return it to Costco for free by mail — the store provides a shipping label and refunds shipping and handling costs.
There are a few exceptions to Costco’s free return rule. For instance, electronics have a 90-day return window, and in some locations, it is illegal to return cigarettes and alcohol.
7. Hearing Aid Care
Costco members can get free hearing aid follow-up care if they need it. In many cases, follow-up visits may be completed remotely using a smartphone or tablet, and adjustments may be made in your home. Costco also offers free hearing aid cleaning.
The store does not specify whether this service is only available to consumers who purchase their hearing aids at Costco. Ask your local Costco hearing center to find out.
If you order online at Costco, you don’t have to pay shipping costs for many of the items you purchase. Free shipping is included on:
- Contact lenses
- Tires that are delivered to a Costco Tire Center
- Non-perishable groceries when your order is over $75
- Cold and frozen foods when your order is over $100