The Real Reason Sam's Club Is Disappearing Across The Country

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    It's easy to forget that both Walmart and Sam's Club started with one man and his five-and-dime store. They've become juggernauts of today's retail landscape, and when Sam's Club opened in 1983, it was designed to be a one-stop shop for business owners. Today, they're a no-frills warehouse that's become as handy for families as for businesses...
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  • Mashed
    Mashed  7 months ago +81

    Are you a Sam's or Costco fan? Or both?

    • Miles Robinson
      Miles Robinson 3 days ago

      Costco! Use to go to Sam's club not anymore!

    • schemer1991
      schemer1991 5 days ago

      Sams club and Costco Sams club should open 24 hours Walmart should close at 9pm on weekdays and 11pm on weekends

    • Kirkland Signature
      Kirkland Signature 24 days ago

      i will throw hands with sams club shoppers

    • Samuel Oberst
      Samuel Oberst 2 months ago

      Costco the nearest Sam’s is like 30 mins from me

    • Brandon Spivey
      Brandon Spivey 3 months ago

      Costco all the way. Why would I pay membership to go to a bulk Wal-Mart.

  • oscar rocks 2
    oscar rocks 2 20 days ago +1


  • Kirkland Signature
    Kirkland Signature 24 days ago

    get fucked

  • Rikku Takanashi
    Rikku Takanashi 27 days ago

    It's funny. A lot of people are saying Costco > Sam's Club in the comments and a lot of comments are also blaming Sam's Club and Walmart for killing small businesses. But... Isn't Costco doing the same thing to small businesses as Sam's Club? People are also ignoring an important fact. Walmart was life blood for people during the depression. Small businesses often charge more and it really doesn't matter if their quality is better when nobody can afford it. That's why they were going down. A dollar here and a dollar there might not seem like a lot, but it can add up to a whole piece of food. People might argue, but we're doing better! Some are, but many aren't and if they had to rely on small businesses, they'd either go hungry or have to rely on dollar tree. Walmart didn't kill small businesses, it was their unwillingness to adapt and the fact that they didn't have products that could compete.
    I do agree, though, that Walmart should treat it's employees better.

  • Rikku Takanashi
    Rikku Takanashi 27 days ago

    The membership is a huge problem, honestly. I have a Sam's club closer then a Walmart, but because it requires a membership, we don't shop there. If it didn't have a membership requirement, we'd happily go there.

  • Paul H. Kircher III
    Paul H. Kircher III 29 days ago

    Don't Lickadelphia.

  • Moon Plays
    Moon Plays Month ago

    I was mad about them closing because they closed the one next to where my dad works. Now we have to go to one that's far away.

  • Danny Fenty
    Danny Fenty Month ago +1

    I’ll never give sams club my business, Costco is way superior

  • Sam Quinn
    Sam Quinn Month ago

    What happened was their former CEO was a black woman who was racist and demanded her managers hire and promote blacks regardless of qualifications. This hurt the store and membership dropped. She finally took a nice payout to resign. Honestly we quite Sam's after reading the story about her and are at Costco now which we like much better.

  • Breeyna
    Breeyna 2 months ago

    We have membership for both Sam's and Costco, and I like both.
    I like Sam's Club because it's less crowded so shorter lines (usually no line) and lots of parking spaces. There's also a self-checkout for quick purchases. There seems to be more variety of snacks and beverages here than Costco, and office supplies are usually cheaper too.
    Costco has better food and I buy most household items here. Occasionally, there will be deals on tech items that I will be interested in. It is very crowded, especially during peak hours/weekends, but they seem to be quick on opening another register when the lines get toooo long.

  • c k
    c k 2 months ago

    Mashed. King of b roll and poorly researched dialog

  • Spidermanjr 204
    Spidermanjr 204 2 months ago +2

    Sams club is dying

  • T C
    T C 2 months ago

    Why does Sams make you stand in line to pay....( I get it)
    But also stand in a longer line to leave the store.
    I don’t know maybe have more than one person at the doorway to look at receipts instead of old man rivers that moves the pace of a snail 🐌 to check people.....

  • Ben Hinojosa
    Ben Hinojosa 3 months ago

    Those clubs were low performing not a big hit to company over all..

  • Ben Hinojosa
    Ben Hinojosa 3 months ago

    Walmart inc 2nd largest company in the world... they will always be around

  • SK Live
    SK Live 3 months ago

    Everytime I buy food from Sam's there's something wrong with it. Their hamburger meat is red on the outside and brown on the inside. The bread get stale after a few days and starts molding. I stopped buying food there. It's crap. Now I understand why after reading some of the comments about the bonuses that managers get. There's no checks and balances for the quality of their products. It goes unpunished and that's what is allowing it to happen. You can't just hope that people won't be greedy or corrupt. You have to greed proof the world. Their system is built on the hope that everyone will do the right thing. Fail.

  • Metal Kittens
    Metal Kittens 4 months ago

    2:57 _she didn’t lift that right_

  • WL1536
    WL1536 4 months ago

    "Sibling rivalry..."Yeah, the Sam's that closed near me was in the same lot as Walmart; it was a smaller location; AND there's a Target in the next lot; lots of food stores nearby...But everyone was shocked that it closed; it was always busy over there.

  • Mark Kuehnel
    Mark Kuehnel 4 months ago

    Just got screwed by Sam's online one day sale. Waited all night to buy my wife a Samsung tab A 10.1 just to have the web site crashed. My membership is up on the 25th and they can stick it !

    EDEN ETIENNE 4 months ago


  • Branigan Irby
    Branigan Irby 4 months ago


  • Fredrick Williams
    Fredrick Williams 4 months ago

    I hope mines doint

  • Kreedence Pearl Garcia
    Kreedence Pearl Garcia 5 months ago

    sams club

  • yo pierre you wanna come out here?

    I like Sam’s Club.

  • Victor Davila
    Victor Davila 5 months ago

    If Sam’s club thinks that serving the minority of the population is the right move they are clearly moving in the wrong direction.

  • Siggy Odom
    Siggy Odom 5 months ago

    When you pay for membership at $50. Plus and find a product for less at another store you wonder why I purchased a membership. Re vamping for a customer who makes more money is insane. But what do I know. When I can get a box of beef at 30% less why would I be shopping at Sam's club? If I can get better quality at another store at the same price, why not.
    I hope someone from Walmart/ Sam's club reads and listens to this, I don't have a fancy degree from any school but I know that they're killing off the Sam's club line by not listening to the consumer, just like Walmart. When a company listens to the consumer they thrive better. Mr. Walton and I had a chat about this while fishing one afternoon. He said quality, price and pride make for a perfect fit in doing business.
    Going back to old school ways would bring in a lot more business. Over working employees is another problem with the company. Everyone is starting to see the greed of the company as well. I can go on for days as to what is wrong but is anyone going to listen to me, I think not. Sam's club and Walmart need to change the image and attitude of the way they do things quick or it's lights out and the doors are closed.

  • silver watcher
    silver watcher 5 months ago

    Either way it’s the evil land owners the waltons. #wanttheremoney.

  • atombomb232610
    atombomb232610 5 months ago

    The business transformation line at the end is total B.S. Walmarts and sams club moved in with lower prices selling crappy foreign goods and now that they have shut down the small business' in their areas they can raise prices or as the b.s. you were led to believe, sell better quality goods. Higher dollar items carry a higher profit margin when there is a standard markup so they are just making more.

  • Carol DeHaven
    Carol DeHaven 5 months ago

    Small businesses failed because of Obama.

  • Charlie Cross
    Charlie Cross 5 months ago +1

    good riddance Sam's hopefully Wal Mart will follow suit

  • C L
    C L 5 months ago

    I went a lot to Sam's club when I was a small child. seeing those high ceilings as a kid was cool

  • Luis  Sanchez
    Luis Sanchez 5 months ago

    As a former sams employee i work there 11 yrs 9/30/18 last day there i just had enough with the company cutting hrs without notice they tell come at this hr no hiring 32 hrs for ft 22 pt theres no control on order stuff the thing they order product that doesn't sell things that sell they dont order ll yrs ago we were 27 people working night shift now we were 12 people over 50 percent cut all this yrs its not the same thing its gone get worst even on walmart its a mess well i just move on from this crap of company thank god i got a good job thats paying me alot more

  • Max Moore
    Max Moore 5 months ago +1

    Costco and Sams Club are both near my house. I have been to both and the layout, product location, size of store, sections of product, uniforms, storefront, and food court is copy and paste. I forget which store I am in half the time. I think I am in Costco, and then I walk out to the Sams Club parking lot and vise versa. I always thought they were the same company as Costco with just a different name like Carls Jr and Hardys

  • Randy Randolph
    Randy Randolph 5 months ago

    republikkkons and HEEBUS JEEBUS FREAKKKS should be banned from Costco let them shop at their shitty little malmarts i only go to a malmart to take a piss and i piss all over the toilet the walls and the floor fuckkk republikkkons fuckkk HEEBUS JEEBUS and fuckkk malmart GO COSTCO

  • Randy Randolph
    Randy Randolph 5 months ago

    malart is finally going down but its too late the kkkountry is already fuckked amazon is gonna kick their republikkkon ass i support Costco fuck malmart and fuck amazon GO COSTCO

  • There's a Fly on your screen

    SAMs club is expensive for the memberships. I think it was like 100$

    EDEN ETIENNE 5 months ago


  • bonglord boy
    bonglord boy 5 months ago

    Also treat you like shit if you work there.

  • Mary Wren Turman
    Mary Wren Turman 5 months ago

    Are they turning them into consentration camps like Walmart is doing

  • Josh DeYoung
    Josh DeYoung 5 months ago +1

    Sam's Club sucks. That's why they're loosing.

  • Random Chad
    Random Chad 5 months ago

    Why Costco does better than Sam’s and Walmart Because Walmart does not care about their members are customers they only care about the money when home-office is there everybody is concentrated on making them happy they don’t give a crap about the members

  • GRat9717
    GRat9717 5 months ago

    Costco is multitudes better than Sam's Club. They also don't ruthlessly take over an entire area like Walmart does.

  • shin lee
    shin lee 5 months ago

    I work in the adult entertainment industry

  • raventhorX
    raventhorX 5 months ago

    I find this odd considering that barely even a year or two ago a new sams club opened up in my area. havent visited however so idk if it was closed or not.

  • Kevin Ishee
    Kevin Ishee 5 months ago

    The problem with Sam's Club is almost everything is cheaper at Wal-Mart. Yes the big can of Del Monte vegetables cost less per oz at Sam's compared to Wal-Mart but the WM Great Value brand of everything cost less per oz/unit than Sam's. And anyone with any financial savviness knows that WM store brands are spot on comparable to name brand. There are only a few things we still buy at Sam's that is actually cheaper and that is meats, cheeses, and laundry detergent.

  • Beverly Mahomes
    Beverly Mahomes 5 months ago

    Walmart ran small businesses out of business

  • frep you
    frep you 5 months ago

    only went to sams club for the pizza from the snack bar
    there long lines and membership made it so i stayed away for shopping purpose

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    Nabajeth Network 5 months ago

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  • @ffec+
    @ffec+ 5 months ago +1

    Sam's Club is trash

  • Dustin Lackershire
    Dustin Lackershire 5 months ago +1

    Reasons sams club is disappearing:
    1. Lousy hours for a big retailer.
    2. Same or higher prices as other places that dont charge a membership fee have
    3. Constantly discontinuing products so if you find something good, they may not have it later.

  • LS
    LS 5 months ago

    Sam's is very convenient, so I shop there vs. Costco. But Sam's was dumb to focus on small business when small businesses can often get everything they need to operate, plus better prices, plus credit to buy it, from dedicated business distributors who will even deliver it.

  • J W
    J W 5 months ago

    It is real simple, Sams club and Wal mart executives are very greedy. They have destroyed small business's across the nation. Here in Denver Wal mart has the nerve to put new amendments on the ballot so, we as consumers can pay a additional tax on every receipt, this to have a new store erected so Wal mart is not paying for it. I don't feel bad that they will go the route of K mart at some point and close stores down the road.

  • Deandre Lewis
    Deandre Lewis 5 months ago


  • Ernest Gibson
    Ernest Gibson 5 months ago

    We the people know whete walmart and sams club came from the politicians got involved and we the people have subsidized after sam's exspamtion they give it to wally world and the wolly world funds their political life knot career politics has no career. Only money

  • Peter Johnson
    Peter Johnson 5 months ago

    I do not care how much I might save....I will never shop at a store you need to be a member of.....

  • Emily Dill
    Emily Dill 5 months ago

    Because they used to be great now they suck. My husband ordered 2cases of pork butts for a church cook out that he was to cook for. When he went to pick them up , oops, they had sold 1 case to who knows who. Minor apologies and he had to drive 70miles to the next Sams to pick up other case.

  • Devon Azulay
    Devon Azulay 5 months ago

    I really like the liquor store attached to my Sam's Club. 😂

  • Kevin McMahon
    Kevin McMahon 5 months ago

    Welcome to Costco, I love you

  • Matt B.
    Matt B. 5 months ago

    I'm a former Sam's Club shopper. whenever I went there, I felt so bad for the employees. It seemed like they were treated terribly. When Costco opened in my area, it was like a breath of fresh air. Not only do I like Costco's products better, but is really a pleasure to shop there. I'll never go back to Sam's Club. Companies, if you want to be successful, treat your employees well.

  • J Lu
    J Lu 5 months ago +1

    I wish all the Sam's clubs with disappear and I wish all the Walmart mart switch disappear very evil COMPANY don't give them Your money

  • warp9p65
    warp9p65 5 months ago

    Here's an idea. Drop the stupid membership requirement and invite everyone in to shop.

    THE NEON TETRA PRO GAMER 5 months ago +1

    People need to calm the fuck down about Costco. They aren't your friends and while they offer good shit; in the end they are just out to make money. A business bottom line is Money > You.
    E: Oh yea forgot to mention that you still need to pay a membership fee to even get inside the store. Which by the way keep increasing on occasion! You can't even go past the front "door" without being harassed by them to show your membership card.

  • earthcoolsoncemore
    earthcoolsoncemore 5 months ago

    I've had Costco membership for years. I decided to try out Sam's club because there was a promo to basically get a free year's membership. I shopped there twice and never returned. Prices were more expensive than getting them at a local store, but you had to buy bulk. Products were really odd. As this video mentioned, some products were geared towards higher end customers, like organic products, and some were things you would buy at Walmart. I really couldn't find anything there that enticed me to shop there. I asked the customer service rep there what's really good to buy at sam's and she basically laughed and said she doesn't know, maybe water. When I priced out water there, it was about 15% more than Costco for their brand. Also, Costco has a great brand recognition with Kirkland. I know that I'll get a quality product with Kirkland. I don't really trust Sam's brand, especially coming from a company that basically screws over their employees and really the customers for major profits.

  • Lori K.
    Lori K. 5 months ago

    Notice how many people seen in this video are overweight.....?

  • Giants/Mets/Blazers
    Giants/Mets/Blazers 5 months ago

    The “Sam’s credit card” is also a major factor. I refuse to sign up for a card just to shop at someone’s store. Is it supposed to make you feel special or something lol?

  • Jim joe Kelly
    Jim joe Kelly 5 months ago

    Costco number one

  • Jim joe Kelly
    Jim joe Kelly 5 months ago

    Costcos evil brother

  • Dragon Crackers
    Dragon Crackers 5 months ago +1

    What the hell are people talking about? I have worked for both companies. They both treat their employees like crap, its retail. I think I made a dollar more an hour at Costco but the bonus was better at Sam's so...??? I dont shop at either anymore but when I did about 5 years ago, I liked Sam's better just because it felt less warehouse like. I think its just popular to hate Wal-Mart. Neither have good benefits, both have similar hours and employee scheduling. Oh, and the little snack place in Sam's is the bomb , you cant beat those pretzels.

  • John Pruett
    John Pruett 5 months ago

    All businesses would love very much to get rid of humans and only have robots working 24/7. Mad max is not a fantasy but a future reality....1% super rich and 99% in extreme poverty. It's coming fast.

  • Daniella Hernandez
    Daniella Hernandez 5 months ago

    That’s what Walmart gets

  • Ben Dawn
    Ben Dawn 5 months ago

    Costco much better.

  • Jack Son
    Jack Son 5 months ago

    Hopefully Hellmart will start closing after morons going there realize how shitty the place really is...

  • ASConcept z
    ASConcept z 5 months ago

    "The real reason Sam's club is not disappearing across the country"

  • Kenneth Carpenter II
    Kenneth Carpenter II 5 months ago

    Fuck wal mart and sams!! Communists can go get fucked

  • Armed American patriot
    Armed American patriot 5 months ago +1

    Looks like a bunch of gays and Muslims run Sam's..I wont be back

  • jacksprat418
    jacksprat418 5 months ago

    Fuck Walmart and Same club. Fuck Amazon too! All of their customers are to blame for America's troubles today. IDIOTS!

  • ice
    ice 5 months ago

    Costco Forever!! Lol Fuck Sams club!

  • brian pontiff
    brian pontiff 5 months ago

    Had a sam's sales lady walk into my shop to try selling me a membership. I said sure, give me 40 dollars and we can do business. She thought I was nuts. I said Oh so it's OK for Sam's to charge me to shop there, but you don't like the idea of me charging you to walk in here. Needless to say she got tongue tied and walked out !

  • Dan Hammond
    Dan Hammond 5 months ago

    It used to be anything at Sam's club was the best price in my town. But the last few years, I have to comparison shop. Often Sam's stuff is more expensive these days. I do not have a Costco.

  • outdoorsey fun
    outdoorsey fun 5 months ago


  • outdoorsey fun
    outdoorsey fun 5 months ago

    Sam's are you guys listening to how you're treating employees you need to really truly change remember Sam's what goes around comes around.

  • Bastage Smith
    Bastage Smith 5 months ago

    Add in I am not paying for a fee to shop at your store and wait in very long lines due to you being to cheap to hire cashiers

  • James
    James 5 months ago

    Sam's doesn't compete with Walmart. One store is for anyone who wants to walk in, and the other is a membership bulk store.
    Also, if Sam's had competition with Walmart in such a drastic way like you say, the Parent company wouldn't have put them next to each other.

  • JUST Darren
    JUST Darren 5 months ago

    Also the Obama administration was so anti small business it ruined so many small business during its 8 year reign. That had a worse impact on mom and pop business than Walmart ever did.

  • Weston Huffman
    Weston Huffman 5 months ago

    Well, I knew I'd be reluctant to get a job cleaning the Sam's Club toilets if there were to come a day when Sam's Club would no longer exist.

  • John Egan
    John Egan 5 months ago

    Costco all the way!also amazon--does wall mart pay $ 15.00 a hour or sams club I don’t think so!!!!!!!!!!

  • liberty2011able
    liberty2011able 5 months ago +1

    And I thought it was BJ's that was stealing their business. LOL. I went in Sam's Club maybe once and that was down in North Carolina. I think what has also hurt Sam's Club was placing them next to a Walmart that's a supercenter. Sam's Club originally started out as a bulk supply store for business owners. As the years passed, they catered to the average Joe and became a bulk grocery store. So placing them next to a Walmart Supercenter, many people would probably chose a Walmart with a full grocery section instead of paying more in bulk. Hope this makes sense.

  • Links595
    Links595 5 months ago

    My Little sister worked for Sam's club and she didn't like it. She said the workers are lazy and don't care.

  • SuperSmoovy
    SuperSmoovy 5 months ago +1

    Waiting to one day hear Wal-Mart closing stores. That will be the day. Good riddance!!

  • tranquility
    tranquility 5 months ago +1

    I have been a Sam's club member for a long time. What this vid forgets to mention, is I have seen a massive increase in prices of purchasing items in bulk.
    What used to cost like $14 for example, women's razors... those same razors are close to $30 bucks now.
    I was stunned at how high they have become over the years.
    They are their own worst enemy when they pull stunts like that.
    Don't even talk about how exponentially high their jewelry has become. Absolutely insane what their markup for jewelry is.
    Let's also talk about their limits on a variety of ladies fashions and limits on sizes.
    Pull it together, Sam's club.

  • Jason Fortenberry
    Jason Fortenberry 5 months ago

    The only Sam's Club I've been to, you couldn't go past a certain point without having a membership card. Why the hell would you buy a membership for a place that's right next to Wal-Mart?

  • lovejago
    lovejago 5 months ago

    You can thank Obama for shutting down small biss!!!! remember >> you didn't build that!!!!!

  • Dolphin Tail
    Dolphin Tail 5 months ago +1

    Because thanos snapped his fingers

  • EL EVO
    EL EVO 5 months ago

    Membership for these clubs are ridiculously insane, for what? I can find the same Items for cheaper just by googling it. You really don't save that much to justify membership. Most big chains stores are now offering bulk pricing discounts.
    They do have Avery well discounted food court :o)

  • jack sjsjs
    jack sjsjs 5 months ago

    maybe stop charging for membership and open to everyone

  • cindy hilley
    cindy hilley 5 months ago +1

    1st lady of Arkansas was on board of directors Walmart. Deep state in action early 1980s.

  • Audiognome
    Audiognome 5 months ago


  • eigrp
    eigrp 5 months ago

    And also Sam's Club is a stupid name.

  • Carson Myers
    Carson Myers 5 months ago

    From a customer who shops at both warehouses, Costco is losing its competitive edge. They offer less choices than they used to and some employees are rude which NEVER used to be the case. They had better watch out.

  • Maryse Bowen
    Maryse Bowen 5 months ago

    I hate Costco its to damn expensive now if someone else is buying I'll go to Costco otherwise I'll go to Sam's its cheaper