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Great for just about anything!

  • Dec 18, 2008
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I love Costco for more reasons than their low prices. Costco is also a very socially responsible company. Its employees earn far higher wages than other, competing wholesale warehouse retailers (like Sam's Club) and Costco's CEO doesn't earn what you'd expect from your typical huge, successful corporation.

But beyond their socially-beneficial corporate practices, Costco is good for just about anything, from photo printing, to food, to car tires! In addition, they have an excellent return policy (90 days for most electronic goods) and offer warranties of their own for computers, cameras, televisions, etc. Basically, if you don't like something for any reason, they'll refund your money 100%, no questions asked.

I bought tires from Costco over a year ago and found out today that a nail had lodged itself inside one of them. So, I took it to Costco, and without checking date of purchase or warranty info, they repaired it free of charge! Now that's customer service.

Membership fees run about $50 per year, but you'll easily get it back with what you save on gas, food, electronics, and entertainment. But be advised: not everything there is necessarily cheaper at a per-unit cost. Cleaning supplies and tools, like toilet paper, paper towels, etc, are sometimes the same price as what you'd find at your grocery stores. Shop around! You'll see that indeed, in many cases, Costco's prices are very competitive.

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review by . December 31, 2010
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Quick Tip by . July 09, 2010
Always on my Costco shopping list: brownie mix, wine, TP, paper towels. The downside of Costco? The parking lot. No matter what city you're in, the Costco parking lot is a place to practice your patience.
Quick Tip by . July 01, 2010
my jury's still out on costco... there's a lot to like, but I recently came across some disturbing info about the fish they purchase (questionable corporate responsibility practices), and also question the value of the membership for what we really get out of it.
review by . April 23, 2009
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Quick Tip by . August 23, 2009
I'm a Cost-Ho. Need I really say more? Well, if I must, three words: $1.50 hot dogs.
review by . December 30, 2008
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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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