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• Legitimate warehouse clubs such as Costco, Sam's Club or B.J.'s often can provide excellent savings on merchandise.

• In the legitimate clubs, you pay a membership fee of around $50 a year and the merchandise is right there on the shelves for you to purchase.

• Non-legitimate buying clubs are nothing but catalog distributors. They have a showroom, but that's just a front, because they don't actually have merchandise in inventory.

• Non-legitimate buying clubs charge an initiation fee typically of $900 to $1,500, plus an annual membership fee of $50 to $100.

• The rip-off clubs don't care if you ever buy anything from them, but they'll force you to pay the fees, to the point of suing you.

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