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Best place for quick gifts!

  • Dec 31, 2010
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Last week, I had to rush all of my Christmas shopping right at the very last minute. When I say last minute, I mean hurrying after work before Costco closes so I can pick something up on the way to my friend's gift exchange that same night. I get pretty stressed about getting people gifts, and so I'm usually not one to jump on the chance to do some holiday shopping. Thankfully, Costco saves the day in a lot of ways. Here is why: 

  • Value packs, FTW! I'm all about gift cards as gifts, and so it's even cooler when you can save on gift cards! Who does that? Costco offers two $50 gift cards or four $25 gift cards for $79. That is cool. I picked up gift cards for friends and family, and even got to snag a few for myself, all while feeling good about saving. 
  • Think past Christmas. Costco is great for New Years, birthdays, even your groceries. I don't like having to go somewhere just for the sake of buying a gift (ex: build a bear, bed bath and beyond, toys r us.) I feel much better about my time when I can get other things I (don't) need while I get my gift shopping out of the way, like 30 pack of sharpie markers or something. Awesome! 
  • Easy return policy. I hate standing for half an hour in an aisle thinking of whether a purchase will be worth it or not. Or during the holidays, whether or not so and so will enjoy what I'm thinking of buying them. I love how easy it is to return things at Costco, so it makes me that much more relaxed in throwing things into the cart - especially if I'm in a rush to get out the door and onto my holiday party. Worst case scenario, I'll just return it! 

So there you have it. Don't let holiday shopping next year intimidate you. Take a deep breath, and start pushing that cart with confidence, piling it with items for everybody  on your list. You'll save money, you'll knock out the shopping you had to do for yourself/family, and you'll be able to return things easily if it turns out you don't need them.


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review by . April 16, 2009
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Costco is a wholesale retailer which originated in Kirkland, Washington (thus why all Costco brand items are Kirkland Signature brand).  It is the fourth largest general retailer in the United States behind 1)Walmart 2)The Home Depot and 3)Kroger. 

The reason why Costco is so cheap is because they send in bulk, at wholesale price. Furthermore, Costco does not always carry different options for similar products (as you would find at most grocery stores).  Costco really gives you the bare bones - the product (and only one option at that), and no to carry your purchases out.

Currently, the Costco annual membership fee is $50 which includes two membership cards.  Costco only accepts checks, debit cards and American Express.
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