Costco Cracks Down

Costco is cracking down on non-members using members’ cards to shop its low-price and exclusive products.

Costco Membership cards are not transferable, but that’s not stopped people from borrowing their family members’ or friends’ to cop some savings.

And it’s not going down well with the wholesale club that’s been struggling with weak sales.

The membership-based warehouse retailer said Tuesday it has increased photo ID enforcement for shoppers who choose to use the self-checkout option, after noticing an uptick in unauthorized card-sharing.

“We don’t feel it’s right that non-members receive the same benefits and pricing as our members,” the company said in a statement.

“As we already ask for the membership card at checkout, we are now asking to see their membership card with their photo at our self-service checkout registers.”

Costco members can “assign [their] free household card to one other person” that lives with them, according to a customer service webpage.

Otherwise, cardholders can have two guests tag along on their trips to the wholesale retailer, though “purchasing items is exclusive to Costco members.”

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