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  1. #1
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2007

    Has anyone shopped at Price Smart

    Hi All,

    I am headed to Aruba in June. There are 8 of us and I was wondering if I woulds save any money shopping at Price Smart as opposed to Lings.

    Does anyone know if you have to join the membership club for one time shopping? Anyone shopped there?

  2. #2
    Senior Member Liz - Aruba Lover's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2007
    I have a purchased a few things at PriceSmart. Not much though. I don't compare prices but I would think that the prices are a savings over Ling & Sons. You do not need to be a member. But you will have to pay 15% (or 10%) on the total if not a member. You have to get a day pass at the Customer Service desk (the desk is to the right when you go in the door).

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    Senior Member lizzardo's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Just like any of those 'bulk stores' you need to kinda know your prices.
    But it is good for people staying a while on the island and needing
    to stock up on things.

    It's not 'stocked' with the variety of stuff you find in the states.
    And if you find it there once does not mean you will find it again!

  4. #4
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Everywhere! Love to just drive around and explore.
    We shopped there the other day. If you are using a credit card to pay, they ask you to get a one day pass at the desk. If you don't have a membership, you will pay 10% above the prices posted. If you are doing a lot of shopping, it migh be better to get a membership which is $31.00 to join, then you don't have to pay the 10%. The day pass is free and is just a way that the club checks your ID before you get to the register.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    I love Pricemart, living here it saves me some money. Its 31.00 American for a 2 card 1 year pass, or you can get a day pass but pay 10% more at check out. Its up to you but unless you plan on doing a lot of cooking or wanting a box of something I would just stay with Lings if your visiting.

  6. #6
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    May 2011
    De Palm Island, Baby Beach, Eagle Beach
    BIG QUESTION..... is beer cheaper at Price Mart. I think last trip we had to local grocery store beer was approx $30 a case plus.....

  7. #7
    Aruba since 1979
    Andrea J.'s Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2007
    probably is a little less expensive, but if you get a 1 day pass, you will lose a good part of that discount for the "privilege" of the one day pass.
    imo, it is such a small amount of $$ it is not worth the trip to Price Mart

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    Senior Member fattypatty's Avatar
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    Jun 2007
    moomba, stellaris casino, baby beach,
    just found out that pricesmart is a publicly traded company based out of the USA. they only have caribbean locations. the founder xxx Price was the pioneer of the club subscription based discount stores in the 50's or 60's. they sold their store to costco and then founded pricesmart.

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