Sam’s Club Lowered the Price on Its Hot Dog Combo, Sparking New Weiner War with Costco

published Nov 17, 2022
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Sam's Club Hot Dog and Soda Combo
Credit: Sam's Club

Between inflation and supply chain issues, it seems that the price of just about everything keeps going up. Fortunately for consumers, though, there have always been some special exceptions to that trend. Case in point: The hot dog-and-soda combo at Costco. It’s been $1.50 for decades, and Costco has no plans to increase that price anytime soon. But a competing chain has just thrown down a gauntlet by decreasing the price of their own hot dog combo, making things a bit more interesting in Weinerville.

Sam’s Club’s hot dog combo might not get as much attention as Costco’s, but theirs has also been steady at $1.50 for quite some time — until now, that is. The warehouse giant just announced they are lowering the price of the meal, which contains a hot dog and a fountain drink from the previously mentioned $1.50 to just $1.38.

“Lowering the price by twelve cents on a member favorite item is just another way to show we care about every penny (literally) they spend with us and to show our commitment to delivering great quality and value — one hot dog combo at a time!” the brand explained in a blog post.

Of course, that 12-cent difference isn’t just about saving their customers a few pennies — it’s also about getting an edge on the competition. And that edge is a significant one because Sam’s Club already offers the benefit of not having to be a member in order to eat at the cafe. Costco’s cafe, however, is members only. Sam’s Club memberships are also a few bucks cheaper than those at Costco. And, as illustrated by these few saved pennies on a hot dog meal, every bit counts.

Looks like there may be a serious war brewing and I’m totally here for it. May the best savings warehouse win!