We get it, we get it. The membership fee helps Costco keep prices low. But in this age of inflation, $60 just to be able to walk through the warehouse is a little steep (especially when rival Sam's Club only charges $45). And now comes news that membership fees could rise in 2022. By fall, analysts are predicting at least a $5 bump in the base-level Gold Star membership and a $10 rise in the Executive Membership price, which would bring them to $65 and $130, respectively. Costco itself admits that membership increases typically happen every 5½ years, and the last increase was in June 2017. "We certainly feel very good about our member loyalty," Richard Galanti, Costco's chief financial officer, recently said during an earnings call. "At some point, it'll happen. But stay tuned."
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