Years ago, I was a member of Costco, and lately I've been debating whether I should join one of those wholesale warehouse stores again. I guess my issue my inner cheapskate always asks me: "Do you really want to pay money, so you can save money?" (At Sam's Club, the membership fee is $40 or $100, depending what type of membership we're talking about; at Costco, it's $45 and $100.) And then I also think to myself, "What am I really missing out on, by not going to one of those stores?"

Well, buying an electric car, apparently.

According to AutoBlogGreen, an environmentally-friendly blog about cars that is one of WalletPop's sister blogs, Sam's Club just found a buyer for its Super Car, an electric car.

The Future of Cars?

    TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY UNCAS FERNANDEZ (FILES) Undated picture released by Brazilian aircraft maker EMBRAER, showing an ethanol-powered Ipanema aircraft overflying the Sao Jose dos Campos region, Brazil. So far and since 2005 EMBRAER has sold 54 of such plane, as well as 170 gasoline-to-ethanol conversion kits. The ethanol is from two to three times cheaper than aviation fuel, makes for lower maintenance costs and is environmental friendly. AFP PHOTO EMBRAER HO (Photo credit should read HO/AFP/Getty Images)

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    TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY UNCAS FERNANDEZ (FILES) Undated picture released by Brazilian aircraft maker EMBRAER, showing an ethanol-powered Ipanema aircraft overflying the Sao Jose dos Campos region, Brazil. So far and since 2005 EMBRAER has sold 54 of such plane, as well as 170 gasoline-to-ethanol conversion kits. The ethanol is from two to three times cheaper than aviation fuel, makes for lower maintenance costs and is environmental friendly. AFP PHOTO EMBRAER HO (Photo credit should read HO/AFP/Getty Images)

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    The front of "Bamgoo", an electric car with a body made out of bamboo, is pictured in detail in Kyoto, western Japan November 14, 2008. The sixty-kilogram single-seater ecologically friendly concept car, which measures 270 centimeters in length, 130 centimeters in width and 165 centimeters in height, is developed by Kyoto University Venture Business Laboratory, featuring bamboo articles in the Kyoto area. The car can run for 50 kilometers on a single charge. REUTERS/Issei Kato (JAPAN)

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    "Bamgoo", an electric car with a body made out of bamboo, is displayed in Kyoto, western Japan November 14, 2008. The sixty-kilogram single-seater ecologically friendly concept car, which measures 270 centimeters in length, 130 centimeters in width and 165 centimeters in height, is developed by Kyoto University Venture Business Laboratory, featuring bamboo articles in the Kyoto area. The car can run for 50 kilometers on a single charge. REUTERS/Issei Kato (JAPAN)

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    "Bamgoo", an electric car with a body made out of bamboo, is displayed in Kyoto, western Japan, November 14, 2008. The sixty-kilogram single-seater ecologically friendly concept car, which measures 270 centimeters in length, 130 centimeters in width and 165 centimeters in height, is developed by Kyoto University Venture Business Laboratory, featuring bamboo articles in the Kyoto area. The car can run for 50 kilometers on a single charge. REUTERS/Issei Kato (JAPAN)

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    "Bamgoo", an electric car with a body made out of bamboo, is displayed in Kyoto, western Japan, November 14, 2008. The sixty-kilogram single-seater ecologically friendly concept car, which measures 270 centimeters in length, 130 centimeters in width and 165 centimeters in height, is developed by Kyoto University Venture Business Laboratory featuring bamboo articles in the Kyoto area. The car can run for 50 kilometers on a single charge. REUTERS/Issei Kato (JAPAN)

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    An electric car by the brand Brabus is presented on November 13, 2008 to promote the Essen Motor Show on the fair grounds in Essen, western Germany. During the motor sport fair running from November 29 to December 7, 2008, around 500 exhibitors from 19 countries will present their latest products. AFP PHOTO DDP/STEFFI LOOS GERMANY OUT (Photo credit should read STEFFI LOOS/AFP/Getty Images)

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    An electric car by the brand Brabus is presented on November 13, 2008 to promote the Essen Motor Show on the fair grounds in Essen, western Germany. During the motor sport fair running from November 29 to December 7, 2008, around 500 exhibitors from 19 countries will present their latest products. AFP PHOTO DDP/STEFFI LOOS GERMANY OUT (Photo credit should read STEFFI LOOS/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Yassin Al Obaidi, a chemist at Gevo, Inc., holds up a container of biogasoline produced in the company's laboratory in Englewood, Colo., on Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2008. While ethanol might reign as the king of biofuels, several companies such as Gevo are betting on a close cousin - butanol - to overcome some of the fuel's shortcomings. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

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    Josh Taylor, front, a chemical engineer at Gevo, Inc., pours biogasoline into the tank of a Jeep Rubicon owned by Pat Gruber, back, chief executive officer of the firm, as he looks outside the company's laboratory in Englewood, Colo., on Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2008. While ethanol reigns as the king of biofuels, several companies such as Gevo, which is backed by high-profile capitalists Richard Branson and Vinod Khosha, are taking a different route and betting on ethanol's cousin butanol to possibly overcome some of the fuel's shortcomings. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

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It "only" cost the buyer $100,000, and given the penchant for lower prices than non-wholesale and non-warehouse stores, it makes me wonder what it would have gone for if it had been purchased at, say, Target, Macy's or a regular car dealership.

I'm being a little facetious. This Super Car is the first one off the production line and is featured in the Sam's Club 2008 Annual Gift Guide. And it was only available to Sam's Club members as one of its Once-in-a-Lifetime Packages. For instance, in the gift guide, one shopper spent a mere $9,500 to attend the Twilight World Movie premiere in Los Angeles this November 17, and will be meeting the cast, filmmakers and creators.

But back to this car. The Super Car can reach over 150 miles per hour, and go from zero to 60 miles an hour in less than five seconds. It can travel for 200 miles on a single 110v or 220v charge. Admittedly, it does sound super, like someone a superhero or maybe James Bond would enjoy driving.

And because we're talking it being part of this Once-in-a-Lifetime package deal I mentioned, the buyer gets more than a Super Car. The buyer and a guest will get to "drive the car on a professional racetrack in Los Angeles," according to the copy at the Sam's Club web site. "Travel accomodations for two include first-class flight and one room at a luxury hotel. After your racetrack experience, Hybrid Technologies will ship the car to your residence."

Nice.

No word yet on who the buyer is, but I'm guessing he or she didn't flinch at the membership fee.

Geoff Williams is a freelance journalist and the author of C.C. Pyle's Amazing Foot Race: The True Story of the 1928 Coast-to-Coast Run Across America (Rodale).

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