In the UK at least.
Having read so many posts here re Costco and the seemingly wonderful Kirkland Signature hearing aids and Costco audiologists, I decided to investigate further. Bearing in mind that most all of the posts here related to Costco USA.
Here in the UK, it’s a different kettle of fish.
To become a Costco Individual member (£33.60 a year) you first need to prove that you currently work for or are now retired from one of a select number of professions, including, police, fire/rescue, education, government etc. Individual Members are able to shop from 12 noon Monday to Friday but not Bank Holidays.
To become a Trade Member (£26.40 per year) you need to prove you are self-employed by providing one of the many acceptable forms of business evidence.
If you know someone who has a Costco Individual or Trade Membership, you could ask if you could be added to his or her membership. Trade Members can offer up to an additional 6 membership cards at £14 per year each however, Individual Members can only have one extra complimentary card and one extra purchased card (£14 per year) it’s “supposed” to be for someone who lives at the same address as the registered Individual Member however.
Anyone can become a member of Costco for £15 per year – but you can ONLY shop online, you cannot go to any of their warehouses nor can you attend any of their hearing centres.
I emailed Costco Customer Care and Membership Benefits Support to check all this.
So that leaves me out then. I don’t qualify for either Individual or Trade memberships nor do I know anyone to leech a card from. Sure, I could join for online shopping but I still can’t buy hearing aids.