Weird Loophole: buy booze in bulk for less

According to a loopholes in licensing laws reaching as far back as Prohibition, you can buy alcohol without a membership at warehouse stores such as BJ’s, Costco and Sam’s Club.

Store Policy Alcohol Availability
BJ’s Wholesale Club Membership is not required for purchases of alcohol in the following states: Arizona, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Indiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Texas and Vermont. Selection varies by store. (Some carry liquor, beer and wine, while others have only beer and wine. Some carry no alcohol at all.)
Costco Wholesale Membership is not required for purchases of alcohol in the following states: Arizona, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Indiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Texas and Vermont Selection varies by store. (Some carry liquor, beer and wine, while others have only beer and wine. Yet others carry no alcohol at all.)

Costco.com carries wine and champagne. Due to shipping restrictions, orders can only be delivered to California, Idaho, Illinois, New Mexico, Oregon and West Virginia.

Sam’s Club Membership is not required for purchases of alcohol. Selection varies by store. (Some carry liquor, beer and wine, while others have only beer and wine. Some carry no alcohol at all.)

Item Mainstream Retailer Price
(New York, N.Y.)
Sam’s Club Price
(Secaucus, N.J.)
Absolut Vodka, 1-liter bottle $27.99 $20.59. You’ll save 25%.
Absolut Vodka, 1.75-liter bottle $45.99 $31.09. You’ll save 32%.
Sam Adams, 24-pack of 12-oz. bottles $29.99 $23.54. You’ll save 22%.