I have to admit I also boycott both Walmart and Costco

but mainly because they suck huge volume of retail profits out of communities and pay crap wages in return. I’d rather keep that money circulating locally, with locally owned businesses which don’t have corporate offices 12 flights up, six states away. That’s probably very consistent with the type of business we’ve created, such that I’m participating in other small businesses as I would hope folks contribute to mine. And it’s not just altruism; we offer, and many small family-owned business offer, better quality, better service, and competitive prices. But we’ve made the decision here that we simply won’t shop at Walmart or Costco. We can find what we need elsewhere, and if we shop hard enough we can find it cheaper.

Actually—you don’t have to “check out” in the normal sense

You just go to the membership desk and let them know the name you ordered under.

They get a paper with your order and they scan your membership card and then a barcode on the paper and the order loads into the register. Then you pay right at the membership desk.

The order is already in a cart ready for you to go locked up in “the cage” which someone gets out while membership is taking care of your payment.

IF you already paid online—you still stop at membership to pick up your receipt.