Costco Cracks Down on Membership Card Sharing

Costco is testing a new system that will require members to scan their cards before entering the stores.

Interior view of a Costco store on August 18, 2020 in Teterboro, New Jersey.
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Costco recently began testing a new system at select stores that requires shoppers to scan their membership cards before entering the stores, in a move aimed at cracking down on card-sharing.

Rather than showing your card to a warehouse employee so you can shop, you'll run into testing card scanners at select locations, a Costco spokesperson told Kiplinger in an email. 

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Joey Solitro

Joey Solitro is a freelance financial journalist at Kiplinger with more than a decade of experience. A longtime equity analyst, Joey has covered a range of industries for media outlets including The Motley Fool, Seeking Alpha, Market Realist, and TipRanks. Joey holds a bachelor's degree in business administration.