... The policy (last time I checked - I believe it's still valid) on electronics is 90 days - no questions asked.
On non-electronics, they have an essentially unlimited return policy.
*i am an ex-costco wholesale employee of 8 years
Actually, the 90 policy you mention applies ONLY to:
televisions, projectors, computers, cameras, camcorders, touch screen tablets, MP3 players and cellular phones.
(that was a direct copy/paste from their corporate site, as they have adjusted the items.)
Everything else is allowable to return beyond 90 days, with or without a receipt.
I've seen dead plants returned after winter.
I've seen christmas trees returned in january.
I've seen a half empty bottle of wine returned because it tasted funny.
I've seen someone return several jumping balloons all scraped up, full of dirt and debris. I don't remember what his claim was, but he received a full refund, in cash. Later we found a few childrens socks and shoes between some of the balloons.
Costco offers what they call "double guarantee".
They guarantee your satisfaction on your membership. They guarantee your satisfaction on your purchase.
I've even had a member request a refund of their membership fee, a few days before the end of their year ($100) because they were unsatisfied. They would then return a few days/weeks later to buy a whole new year, thus saving them $100 per year. People are sneaky!!!
Yes, they even refund your purchase without the receipt.
They can look in their system and view your very first purchase.
Keep your receipt though.
If you buy an item for $99.99, and then
lose the receipt, and then return the item after the price drops. Guess what? You're not getting $99.99 back. You're getting the sale price amount.
If you buy an item for $99.99, and don't
lose the receipt, and then return the item after the price drops. Guess what? You're getting $99.99 back. CONGRATULATIONS!
If you shop and notice the price of an item is $x.97
I used to go shopping for the ninety-sevens on my days off. I'd make a list of them, check inventory for quantity, and depending on what they were (food, seasonal, electronics), I'd then notify a friend of mine. He would go in, buy as many as he wanted, and then resale them on eBay, Craigslist, etc.