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How do I love thee..let me count the ways...

  • Dec 30, 2008
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I go to Costco for books and toilet paper, sometimes shampoo...or if I'm feeling particularly adventurous, a 10 lb. wheel of cheese. Pretty much anything you're looking for, this place has it. In bulk.

The positives:
  • Books, music, and movies usually for less than you'd find anywhere else.
  • They are a huge chain which makes it very easy to find a location near you.
  • It's like how I wish my iPhone battery would work. Once fully charged, you only have to go there about once every three months. Unless you're stocking up for a family of ten.
  • Great place to stock up on non-perishable necessities like toilet paper, detergent, or shampoo.
  • In addition to the basic household necessities, they have a TON of food items to choose from. Whether you're firing up a raging bbq, throwing a dinner feast for 20, or just trying to keep your three hungry linebackers happy and fed...this place has what you need.
  • Customer service is fantastic. I've ordered online from them as well and they are always very helpful.
The negatives:
  • Because Costco offers such good deals, everybody and their mother knows it's the place to go when you want to stock up. Consequently the lines are ridiculously long at any time of day because no matter how fast the cashiers can work, they can only do so much when every cart is overflowing.
  • Is it to maintain the warehouse feel? Why must I be forced to arrange my purchases a la jigsaw puzzle into irregularly shaped cardboard cartons at checkout?
  • I can't ever make it out of there without spending at least $100. Not even when I tell myself I'm only going in for paper towels. Inevitably I'll leave with at least one book, a month's supply of pineapple spears, and if I remember, the paper towels.
Only three negatives, two of which aren't even really legit. Isn't it obvious? Costco is awesome! Seriously...if you haven't already, do yourself a favor and sign up for a membership. Now!

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March 03, 2009
i use to think there was only a few things, like wine or electronics, that i could get at Costcos. But now i have learned to make the room 'cause it's so worth it!
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review by . April 16, 2009
I'm a value shopper by nature... i just can't shake it.  If the deal is good enough, I'll buy 2 even though i only need 1.  Value doesn't mean buying the cheapest thing... it just means getting the most for your money.  So you can obviously see why a place like Costco would appeal to someone like me because this place has high quality merchandise at the best prices around.  In turn for that benefit you give up a couple things, like selection (even though i personally prefer the …
review by . December 31, 2010
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 …
review by . July 10, 2009
the nose knows!
   Everyone living in San Diego is very familiar with Costco and I've long been intending to share my thoughts about the bountiful bargains to be found at your local Costco wine section. This being only my second post in what I hope will become familiar advice to the many old and new oenophiles alike about the best place in our wonderful city to purchase wine.      There you are considering purchasing wine at Costco, where it does seem a bit out of place with multi-packs …
review by . July 01, 2010
It's all about the BANG for the BUCK........ Love IT !  I think I'll go there now  :)
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 . August 15, 2009
I pretty much love all things Costco. How can you argue with a place that will sell you a two year supply of toilet paper for 15 dollars. But, one of the best things about Costco is those Crossaints. As you can see below, these are not exactly what you would call healthy eating. The reason I decided to write this review is so I could share my tip on how to enjoy Costco crossaints without becoming fat and eating them all the first week you get them.       Energy 339 kcal Protein …
review by . December 24, 2008
I dont know why but I cannot walk through Costco without spending anything less than $300. I golf about twice a year so do I really need 10 pairs of golfing gloves? You bet I do!     Its so hard not to wanna scoop up all the great deals Costco provides and you dont have to have a large family to enjoy these savings. Unless you are having a party, buying food or beverages at Costco for a couple people doesnt really make sense. Im not big into storing food for an extended period …
review by . April 23, 2009
Tony Curtis loves Costco
When I lived in England, there was no Costco and when I visited friends in Texas, I saw one for the first time and my consumer virginity was instantly taken. Shopping in England is a bland experience devoid of consumerism, whereas shopping here is part of the fabric of the American Dream. When Costco announced they were opening their first store in the UK in the mid-90s, I was literally hammering down their door - my membership number was 0000000006.  Ever since then, I'd sworn never to …
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.
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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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