Shoppers are sharing a viral hack to buy from megastore Costco – without having to pay its annual membership fee.
Costco requires all of its shoppers to be a member, with annual fees ranging from $60 to $120. But TikTok users claim they’ve found a loophole in the system through the store’s Costco Shop Card.
The card acts as a gift voucher and shoppers who have just $25 – the minimum amount – in credit are eligible to enter the store to spend whatever they want.
However, they point out you must know a member of the store as the card itself can only be bought by those who pay the subscription fee.
TikTok star Amin Shaykho told his 500,000 followers how to shop at Costco – without investing in a membership
The hack was first unveiled by Amin Shaykho, the founder of tutoring website and app Kadama, via a TikTok video.
He told his 500,000 followers: ‘Do not get a Costco membership until you know this secret.
‘Costco will let you shop at their store if you have a gift card… as long as it’s not expired – you can come in and shop whenever you want.’
The video has since been watched more than 7 million times on TikTok.
However in the comments, some users suggested the hack was not as simple as it might seem.
One wrote: ‘Used this, they said I could only go in twice a year.’
Others suggested shoppers might not be able to spend more than the gift card amount.
Costco sells its shop cards in increments of $25, $50, $100, $250 and $500.
There are 581 Costco stores in the US, with over 119 million members globally.
The store offers wholesale quantities of goods for discounted prices – but shoppers must pay for its annual membership fee to benefit.
Costco’s net sales increased by 1.9 percent to $52.60 billion for the first quarter of the year
There are 581 Costco stores in the US, with over 119 million members globally
A gold star and business membership are the cheapest offers available, with both costing $60 a year.
Meanwhile the executive membership costs $120 a year which gives members two household cards and offers.
The gold membership also provides more savings on travel packages, according to its website.
And despite high inflation, the retailer has managed to retain a loyal customer base.
The company’s net sales increased by 1.9 percent to $52.60 billion for the first quarter of the year.
As inflation pushes up the cost of shopping, TikTok stars are increasingly sharing their favorite hacks for finding a budget.
Recently several stars shared their secrets to shopping at Target – including which days of the week to shop and how to find cut-price children’s clothes.
Dailymail.com has contacted Costco for comment.