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Large retail stores like Sam's Club and Costco are known for their enormous spaces and rows upon rows of goods and foodstuff. And this isn't just any kind of product. These goods are in bulk. That magic word -- bulk -- entices loyal customers to sign up for membership cards, struggle through huge crowds and push lumbering flatbed carts in between mazes of oversized buckets and plastic-wrapped bundles of packages.
The obvious draw is that although you're buying a lot of one item, food and other goods are priced cheaper on a per-unit basis. So, if you're eating a certain kind of cereal every day of the week and plan on buying it indefinitely, it might make sense to buy from one of these warehouse clubs and save some money over time.
While people shop at Sam's Club mainly for food in bulk, you can find other things there, too. The store offers practical items like outdoor furniture, air conditioners and fans and mattresses, and they also sell entertainment products like music, DVDs, televisions and other various electronics. It's even offering newer trends in computer hardware, such as inexpensive netbooks, on its Web site.
Ultimately, it's still not the first place you'd generally go for these things. Lately, however, Sam's Club customers were a little surprised by a few package deals that you wouldn't normally find while cruising down its aisles, something you're unlikely to find in either supermarkets or electronics stores.
So imagine you're perusing the giant warehouse. You've grabbed your bundles of cereal, you've lugged a giant box of trail mix onto your cart and maybe you decided to pass on the gallon jug of mayonnaise. But just as you round a corner you spot something big, shiny and red. Much to your surprise, it's an electric car. Not a model or a toy, but a full-size, get-in-and-drive-it-on-the-highway electric car.
Of course, this isn't exactly the way it would happen -- but is there some truth to this? Can you really get an electric car through Sam's Club?