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Buy Alcohol from Warehouse Stores without Memberships

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Did you know that you can go to Costco, BJ’s, and Sam’s Club to buy alcohol without a membership? I didn’t know until I read this Deal of the Day column on Smart Money but according to them, if the warehouse store can legally sell (it’s a state law thing) then you usually can go in without a membership if you’re just buying alcohol.

BJ’s Wholesale Club: Membership is not required for purchases of alcohol in the following states: Arizona, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Indiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Texas and Vermont. Selection varies by store. (Some carry liquor, beer and wine, while others have only beer and wine. Some carry no alcohol at all.)

Costco Wholesale: Membership is not required for purchases of alcohol in the following states: Arizona, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Indiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Texas and Vermont Selection varies by store. (Some carry liquor, beer and wine, while others have only beer and wine. Yet others carry no alcohol at all.) Costco.com carries wine and champagne. Due to shipping restrictions, orders can only be delivered to California, Idaho, Illinois, New Mexico, Oregon and West Virginia.

Sam’s Club: Membership is not required for purchases of alcohol.

As for the laws that permit this, here’s what Smart Money says:

Thanks to some little-known state laws, nonmembers can purchase alcohol without paying a membership fee. These laws date back to the 1930s, when Prohibition was repealed. Massachusetts’ law, for example, provides that applicants for a license to sell alcohol must “serve the public need and protect the common good.”

Jackpot!

via Smart Money.

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6 Responses to “Buy Alcohol from Warehouse Stores without Memberships”

  1. Nick says:

    Have I told you lately that I love you? :)

    Time to buy some wine by the barrel!

  2. cassie says:

    The local BJ’s does not sell alcolhol here- stte law. But you can buy anyting there without a membership. You just have to pay 5% more than the member price. I don’t belong to BJ because found I can do better at local markets, watching ads and/or using coupons, but have occasionly gone to BJ for something not carried in other store. Worth it to pay the rare 5% premium for something I amlooking for and not pay for membership.

  3. Jason says:

    Ahh too bad my state isn’t listed for Costco or BJ’s

  4. Paco says:

    BJ’s Wholesale Club does not have locations in AZ, CA, HI or TX.

  5. jim says:

    Paco, you’re right, BJ’s is only available on the East Coast… guess they didn’t do their homework (and neither did I!).

  6. ape says:

    man i went to the sams club so buy some alcohol and it was drammmmmaaa they did not want to sell to me because i didnt have a membership not even the manager knew what i was talking about


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