Short Answer: Because only Costco members can purchase the retailer’s gift cards, you can only purchase them through Costco and not at any third-party retailers. However, if you don’t have a Costco nearby or are not a member, you may be able to find a Costco gift card on Amazon, eBay, or resale sites like GiftCards.com and Raise. Below, we list the options for buying Costco gift cards.
Where to Buy Costco Gift Cards
Costco gift cards are called Costco Shop Cards (or Costco Cash Cards), and they are available in denominations from $25 to $1,000. You can use the card to purchase merchandise or to purchase or renew a Costco membership. The easiest place to find Costco gift cards is at Costco — you can buy them either in-store or online.
According to the Costco Shop Card product page and Costco’s customer service department, you must be a Costco member to purchase a Costco Shop Card. Because of this requirement, Costco doesn’t sell its gift cards through other third-party retailers like Walmart, Target, or Kroger.
Purchasing directly from Costco assures that you will not pay any additional fees and that the Shop Card will be in stock. Further, Costco occasionally runs specials that allow members to pick up a Costco Shop Card for a few dollars off.
Gift Card Resale Sites
Purchasing directly from Costco is usually the most convenient because the cards are virtually always in-stock, but if your need for a Costco gift card is not time-sensitive, you can keep an eye on gift card resale sites. Gift card resale sites allow people to sell gift cards they don’t want, and other people can buy them, typically at a discount. Inventory on resale websites varies; the following sites accept and sell Costco gift cards:
You can also find Costco gift cards for sale on Amazon and eBay. However, you might not always get the best deal on these sites. For example, we found a $100 Costco Shop Card for sale on Amazon for $138. This almost equals the price of a $100 gift card plus the price of a $55 standard Costco membership.
Who Can Use Costco Gift Cards?
Though only members can purchase Costco Shop Cards, members and non-members alike can use the cards. If you are not a member, showing your Costco Shop Card at the door (with a balance on it) will get you in.
If you plan to do a lot of shopping at Costco, the Costco membership fee can pay for itself.