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7 Surprising Things You Can Buy at Warehouse Stores

You wouldn’t expect to purchase these items at BJ’s, Costco and Sam’s Club 

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Toilet paper and cleaning products aren’t the only things you can buy at warehouse clubs. These days they hawk everything from vacations to gold. The warehouse clubs probably don’t make a ton of money selling these unusual items, but they do create a buzz that can drive more members to their stores.

That’s the case at Costco, which has been doing brisk business selling gold bars to its members. Demand is so strong the warehouse retailer limits it to two gold bars per member. Another reason warehouse club stores sell out-of-the-box items is to meet demand as they morph into one-stop-shopping meccas.

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“We rely on our wholesale clubs for our jugs of cooking oil, giant spices, flats of canned goods, and all the paper plates we’ll need all summer, but wholesale clubs often carry items that we don’t expect,” says Trae Bodge, a shopping expert at “I think in the Amazon age, many retailers are trying to be all things to all people and this is evidence of that. I think for the senior customer, that one-stop-shop approach is a real draw and might help to retain that shopper even after all their kids have left the nest.” 

With that in mind, here are seven surprising things you can find at warehouse retailers

1. Weight-loss drugs

GLP-1 RA medicines are all the rage with countless people using Ozempic and Wegovy to lose weight. That hasn’t been lost on Costco, which last fall got into the health care market via a partnership with Sesame, a low-cost health care provider. Costco began by offering members online primary care visits starting at $29. In April it announced that members will get access to Seasme’s weight loss program, which includes Ozempic and Wegovy, for $179 for three months. Customers have to pay extra for the medicine. A prescription for Ozempic 1mg dose costs $962 in store at Costco and $964 for in-home delivery. Wegovy costs $1,340 in store and $1,342 for home delivery.

2. Musical instruments

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Want to channel your inner Jimi Hendrix with an electric guitar or your inner Louis Armstrong with a trumpet? The good news is you don’t have to scour the music stores or look online for your next musical instrument, you can purchase it at BJ’s or Costco. A Jean Paul TR-430 intermediate trumpet goes for $380 at BJ’s, while a Washburn Festival EA15ATB acoustic electric guitar at Costco costs $230. 

3. Gold bars

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Unique to Costco, gold bars are in demand and the warehouse retailer is answering that by selling 1-ounce gold PAMP Suisse Lady Fortuna Veriscan bars via the Costco website. Delivery time is about two to three business days. The gold bars are not eligible for returns or refunds, can only be purchased online and are limited to two gold bars per member.

4. Engagement rings

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It’s never too late to get married or remarried, and what better way to buy an engagement ring than when you are stocking up on paper towels and food? Remarriage rate statistics for older adults vary but are generally high. According to Bowling Green State University’s National Center for Family & Marriage Research, 28 percent of 45- to 64-year-olds and 31 percent of those 65-plus are remarried. All of these warehouse club retailers sell engagement rings at various price points. Take BJ’s: An engagement ring can set you back $500 for a .33-carat total weight princess-cut solitaire ring in 14k white gold or $1,200 for an Amairah 1.00-carat total weight diamond halo four-prong engagement ring in 14k white gold. 

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Sam’s Club prices a 1.45-carat total weight emerald-shape diamond ring in 14k white gold at $1,629, while a superior quality VS Collection 4.07-carat total weight round diamond solitaire ring in 18k white gold can cost $80,000. 

Costco’s diamond rings range from $1,000 for a round brilliant 0.40-carat VS2 clarity, I color diamond platinum solitaire ring to $300,000 for a round brilliant 6.55-carat VS1 clarity, G color diamond platinum solitaire ring. The warehouse retailers also sell cheaper engagement rings with a variety of precious stones from onyx to sapphire. 

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5. Hearing aids

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Roughly 1 in 3 people in the U.S. between ages 65 and 74 have hearing loss, yet only about 30 percent of adults 70 and older who could benefit from hearing aids use one. That’s despite the many benefits, including staving off dementia and lessening your chances of falling. So maybe it is not surprising for some warehouse retailers to cater to a large share of their customer base by selling hearing aids. Costco and Sam’s Club sell a variety of hearing aids and hearing aid batteries. 

6. Travel

Interested in taking the grandkids to Disney or going on an Alaskan cruise? Well, the warehouse clubs can help. From cruises to escorted tours, BJ’s, Costco and Sam’s Club members can save on vacations by booking through their travel services. They often come with more perks than just a discounted rate. Take BJ’s travel packages, for example. With some of the trips you get double bonus points, up to a $500 BJ’s gift card and free upgrades. 

7. Caskets

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Taxes and death are life’s two certainties, and if you want to keep costs down for the latter, consider purchasing a coffin from BJ’s, Costco or Sam’s Club, although the choices are limited. Sam’s Club sells two: the Titan Casket Heritage Steel Funeral Casket for $1,149 and the Titan Casket Opus XL Oversize Funeral Casket for $1,399. Costco sells a variety of coffins for $1,150. 

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