Sam’s club is owned by Wal-Mart. My excuse for having a membership is that I am from the east coast where we aren’t lucky enough to have Costco (yet!). The Aurora one is okay, but they don’t have a gas station, which is really the best reason to have a membership. The thing about Sam is that he loves to rip you off. One of the tricks that he has played on both me and a friend is this: when you renew a membership through your company, he takes a long time (sometimes months) to process the renewal. So you end up paying for a full year’s membership, except that you can’t shop there for the months that Sam is taking his sweet-ass time.