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2012-04-22 08:33:07 PM  
7 votes:
I feel that I should have the authority to beat about the head and shoulders with a bamboo cane those individuals who use the word "proponent" to describe their feelings toward warehouse-bought frozen lasagna.
2012-04-22 10:09:38 PM  
4 votes:
Costco vs Wal-mart:


windsofchange.net
2012-04-22 10:06:44 PM  
3 votes:
xgfk10bpj.files.wordpress.com
2012-04-22 10:44:58 PM  
2 votes:
This is the real reason people love Costco...
www.californiatravelexpert.com
2012-04-22 10:32:33 PM  
2 votes:
I bought my wedding ring at costco... I like to tell people I bought my ring at the same place I buy my groceries... and sometimes my pants.
2012-04-22 10:24:13 PM  
2 votes:
I love the Big Pack of TP from Costco, but I live in a house with 3 females, so we use a fair amount of it.
The two children like cereal, milk, eggs, yogurt...all great things to buy there, cause we use it before they'll go bad.
The meats are good quality, we own a chest freezer, so that works out too. My wife's business requires a lot of paper and ink, those are also good things to get there.

We go every couple of weeks, spend between $125 and $200 a trip, but over the course of a year make up way more than the annual membership. Filling up the tank on the way out for 20 cents less per gallon than the other gas stations is just icing on the cake.

I guess it all depends on your family, how much you like going to the store, and what kinds of things you need to buy.

/Would much rather go to Costco than Wal Mart, even for something like lightbulbs
2012-04-22 10:14:14 PM  
2 votes:
Costco free samples are the tits, though!
2012-04-22 10:11:43 PM  
2 votes:
THIS JUST IN PEOPLE: if you don't think about how you're spending your money, you may be wasting it.

the bigger problem is people don't care about wasting their money. businesses know this and actually try to use it in sales. saying stuff like "oh you'll never miss a few dollars" yeah, neither will you. if it isn't a big deal to me, it is less of a deal to you and you can take it off the price.

i finally had to tell the car sales people that i don't care if they were losing money on the transaction, i am not their accountant, i am trying to spend as little money as possible. (not that i even believed that, it was just annoying that EVERYONE was telling me...)
2012-04-22 10:11:37 PM  
2 votes:
I love Costco. But I take a list of stuff to buy and that is what I buy. There are lots of good deals on stuff I don't need. But I don't buy stuff I don't need so I come out ahead. I only go once every three months or so. What I save on generic allergy medicine alone pays for my membership.
2012-04-22 10:09:25 PM  
2 votes:
If you buy flour, salt, sugar, rice, canned goods, and other staples then use said staples to cook real food then it's worth it. If you buy frozen food, candy and chips then you spend more then you should on things you will throw away.

Meat is not the best at these places. It's cheap enough but not the freshest. For fresh vegetables stick to H-Mart if you have one nearby.
2012-04-22 09:28:29 PM  
2 votes:

Jamdug!: Is Costco any different from Sam's Club? I don't think there are Costco stores in my area.


Yes, Costco has quality meat and produce.
2012-04-22 08:50:01 PM  
2 votes:

Ambivalence: Pocket Ninja: I feel that I should have the authority to beat about the head and shoulders with a bamboo cane those individuals who use the word "proponent" to describe their feelings toward warehouse-bought frozen lasagna.

Your milage may vary, I think they should be beaten with a bamboo cane on the buttocks and thighs.


Fortunately, those are just a few aisles from the lasagna. (the cane, not the buttocks and thighs, but then I've not been to all Costcos)


Whether it's a warehouse store, supermarket or dollar store, the savings on money comes from being a smart shopper. Yes, there are people who spend more at Costco than they would have otherwise if they didn't have a membership. While there are people who definitely benefit from their prices and do save a lot of money. It's all about knowing what you're doing, what you need and understanding value.
2012-04-23 10:04:28 AM  
1 vote:

Minoritydan: I buy pretty much evertything from Costco.

Clothing, food, Computer, electronics (TV), furniture, freezer.

When I was drinking milk it was approx $1 /gallon cheaper at Costco than grocery stores, and the gas is usually 10-20 cents cheaper too (not to mention the Amex True Earnings Business 4% cashback on gas).

I'm executive member, so I also get a 2% rebate from Costco that covers my membership - and then every february I get a True Earnings rebate as well.


This. And the truly crazy thing is they'll CASH your rebate check and send you out the door with $500-$1000 in your pocket. IF a Costco is any where near you and IF you have the discipline to pay off your credit card bills monthly, not buy crap you don't need it the surest thing to free money going.
2012-04-23 09:57:39 AM  
1 vote:

GoodyearPimp: YouPeopleAreCrazy: Or bypass the checkout line, and follow the direct path from display to front door to parking lot. That's why they have someone at the door, doing the TSA level interrogation.

Maybe my local BJ's is different. Or maybe because I haven't flown in over 10 years I only have what the TV portrays the TSA to be and a few anecdotes to go on. But isn't the TSA screening slightly more involved than "take quick look at basket, punch hole in receipt"?


I called it TSA because is it generally useless.

I have heard two comments on why it is needed.

1. Because they carry small electronics that are easily concealed in other goods and can be snuck out. I say it is useless as the receipt checker is making a quick glance at your items. How will they know you have squirrled away 4 64GB sd cards in with your tubs of miracle whip?

2. Because people can walk out with large items like TVs. Well, its not really useless to check customers with huge items. I really don't have a problem with checking unbagged large items. Of course, they can do like other stores and put a sticker or some other highly visible proof of purchase on the item when you check out.

Again, to me it seems to be useless theater. It supposedly grants security simply through the having the facade of security. I have never seen retirees they usually hire to work the door at such places really look to see what you have in your basket. Its a silly waste of time for all involved.
2012-04-23 09:47:53 AM  
1 vote:
I buy pretty much evertything from Costco.

Clothing, food, Computer, electronics (TV), furniture, freezer.

When I was drinking milk it was approx $1 /gallon cheaper at Costco than grocery stores, and the gas is usually 10-20 cents cheaper too (not to mention the Amex True Earnings Business 4% cashback on gas).

I'm executive member, so I also get a 2% rebate from Costco that covers my membership - and then every february I get a True Earnings rebate as well.

Worth it to me, but yes if you are not careful you will walk out of there with $500 worth of stuff you don't need and still have nothing to eat.
2012-04-23 07:34:44 AM  
1 vote:
Is Costco any different from Sam's Club? I don't think there are Costco stores in my area.

They are similar. However, Costco is cleaner and carries better quality items. And you also get the rebate with the Executive membership.........even more of a rebate if you have the American Express tied to the membership. With Sam's the only rebate you get is if you use the Discover Card.
2012-04-23 05:08:54 AM  
1 vote:
One more reason that elevates Costco - the CEO limits his salary. For an international chain of warehouses, knowing the CEO only takes home 300k is rather novel.

Granted, that was 10 years ago when I worked the photo department there.
2012-04-23 02:57:18 AM  
1 vote:

twidgetfitch: [lovegoodbeer.com image 400x300]

Costco brand beer anybody?


It's made by Gordon Biersch in San Jose and is good stuff! in fact I just opened a pale ale.
2012-04-23 02:54:10 AM  
1 vote:

Jamdug!: Is Costco any different from Sam's Club? I don't think there are Costco stores in my area.


Worker complaints at Costco arent addressed with a legal hit-team or a worker reclassification - the meat cutters and contracted sample servers are a big example of both at WMT.

They actually give a fark about their

Incontinental_Drift: YouPeopleAreCrazy: Incontinental_Drift: Costco supports progressive causes. Walmart supports Republicans.

I'm pretty sure I could find a prominent non-Republican who was on the Walmart board of directors for several years. I wonder who that was.

Hillary Clinton, and that was before the company went all derpy on their workers & suppliers.


The Freepers say "Support Walmart, Not Costco" Link so I think I'll stick with Costco, thanks.

As a Republican(registered, and not of the pro-ALEC type), I'd favor Costco for the labor relations freedom. It's not freedom if you grant it only to one party.
2012-04-23 02:33:27 AM  
1 vote:

Pocket Ninja: I feel that I should have the authority to beat about the head and shoulders with a bamboo cane those individuals who use the word "proponent" to describe their feelings toward warehouse-bought frozen lasagna.


This seems an appropriate response. I applaud your restraint.
2012-04-23 02:05:51 AM  
1 vote:

blog.photoshelter.com

2012-04-23 01:26:14 AM  
1 vote:

Ivo Shandor: docfate: GodDAMN I wish Costcos in Canada sold booze.

They do. It's labelled "vanilla extract".


Costco in Quebec sells booze.
2012-04-23 12:14:33 AM  
1 vote:

sokisoy: I bought my wedding ring at costco... I like to tell people I bought my ring at the same place I buy my groceries... and sometimes my pants.


I'll bite. Sometimes your pants what?
2012-04-23 12:10:59 AM  
1 vote:
Before I started getting my prescriptions filled at Sam's, my monthly medication bill from CVS was $50.

Now it's $8. (Although I think one of my prescriptions is going up, so it will now be $16. Whatever.)

The membership paid for itself with my first refill.

I buy cat food and cat litter there because it's cheaper and I only have to buy it once every 6-8 weeks rather than once a month or more. Trash bags are much cheaper and a box will last me almost a year. Their generic Zyrtec saves me a fortune and I only have to buy it once a year. The giant bag o' frozen chicken breasts is generally cheaper or equal to the Kroger brand and I don't have to buy them as often. I go through a ton of printer paper and it's much cheaper and easier to buy a case of paper from Sam's. I think the one I have now I bought over a year ago and I'm only half way through it. Do you see a pattern forming here?

It's worth every penny to me to not have to remember to buy stuff every week at the grocery store. If I could figure out a way to only go to the grocery once a year i'd be all for it.
2012-04-23 12:04:28 AM  
1 vote:
4.bp.blogspot.com

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2012-04-22 11:54:57 PM  
1 vote:
We tried Sam's a long time ago, based on friends and family raving about all the savings.

First off, there was little that they had that I could not get at the grocery, just in larger quanties. Yes the price per unit was cheaper, but most of the time we would toss out half of the crap we bought because it had gone stale.

The other thing was that the prices on electronics and tools really were not that much cheaper. The downside is that the selection was usually the bottom rung tier that was crap and I was not going to buy anyway. Even more than 10 years ago, I knew I could get better prices ordering online for much of that stuff. As for the expanding warranties, I don't care about them. I can't remember the last time I had to use a warranty to replace an item that failed long after the manufacturer provided one. Most stuff today in my experience is either DOA or it will last forever if you don't abuse it.

I hate the hassle of proving you can come in to shop and then the TSA screening of goods when you leave. I'm sorry you don't trust your cashiers to prevent shrinkage. Fark you if you want me to participate in your loss control program. At least with a regular store you can (in most states) tell the tape checkers "no, thanks" and keep walking. With membership stores, you agree to this stupidity... and you always get behind the person with 5 buggies of massive crap that they did not organize and are shocked and surprised by having to go through this proceedure.

The last thing I hated was the payment policy that seemed to change with the seasons. The first time we had a membership, it was done through one of our family's small business. At first they would let us pay with anything, then only with a check or cash, then only a company check, then only with cash, then back to everything. It was a crap shoot as to what would be accepted. Then when we went personal, they split the lines depending on membership level. The last time I was there, I left the buggy in the checkout. There were five lanes open, but only one for personal, with something like 7 people in line when we approached. The others had maybe one or so in it, but as the were special lanes depending on membership type, we could not use them. Fark em.

Maybe Costco is better, I don't know. But Sam's club is everything Wal-mart is with a fancy double-wide trailer mystique of opulence surrounding it.
2012-04-22 11:39:26 PM  
1 vote:
I can still remember my first trip to Costco. I ended up buying (among other things) a five pound bag of pine nuts because it was such a good deal. I don't think we used more than six ounces before it went bad.

/csb?
2012-04-22 11:32:08 PM  
1 vote:
Yes, it's worth it. The meat quality/cost alone is worth it over regular grocery stores.

Next stupid question.
2012-04-22 11:10:45 PM  
1 vote:

evaned:
Eh, it's like gym memberships. People who get it and don't use it subsidize part of the cost of the people who do. So even assuming you're right in the large, that doesn't mean that it's true for everyone.


Costco doesn't need the memberships at all. It's a marketing gimmick to make you feel loyal and special, and make you feel like you need to purchase enough product to justify the membership. The savings come from the fact Costco buys large quantities of a few products from a limited number of suppliers, not from the membership fees.
2012-04-22 11:07:31 PM  
1 vote:
Mrs. Engineer and I have 5 little ones, and you bet Costco is worth it. We have two big freezers, and because we live out in the boonies, we only go into town twice a month to shop. There is an Albersons much closer to us, but the place is a rip-off, and it is very much worth our time and money to go another 30 miles to Costco.

We also get our fresh fruits and other items at a Winco not far from Costco.
2012-04-22 10:53:19 PM  
1 vote:

drewsclues: Costco is for suckers. Money saving tip: find out when the best Asian grocery stocks new produce during the week. You won't believe the amount of fresh produce you walk out of door with for 20 bucks.


And the freshness for most things is just unbelievable. I haven't shifted to Asian stores for meat because my local butcher ages things so well. But fish? My local fish market is pretty good and will clean and scale the fish on request; at the Asian market half the time they ask if I want it killed first. Now that's fresh fish.
2012-04-22 10:46:08 PM  
1 vote:
Costco is for suckers. Money saving tip: find out when the best Asian grocery stocks new produce during the week. You won't believe the amount of fresh produce you walk out of door with for 20 bucks.
2012-04-22 10:39:37 PM  
1 vote:
shop smart and you'll save money...
2012-04-22 10:39:11 PM  
1 vote:
The trick is to go into Costco, make a beeline to get a hot dog and a Pepsi. (With sauerkraut! )

Eat the hot dog before you go shopping so you don't:

1) Look like a pig when going after the free samples.

2) Won't be overly hungry so you won't be shopping with your stomach.

3) Have something to drink to wash down the free samples.

4) Not look like a pig when scarfing down the free samples.

5) Get a refill on your way out as you're waiting for your receipt to be checked.

/Loves me some Costco...
2012-04-22 10:33:37 PM  
1 vote:
I prefer the go-to-Traders-Joes-when-I'm-hungry method of shopping. I never waste food and never spend more than $30 getting yummy things.
2012-04-22 10:30:27 PM  
1 vote:

Jamdug!: Is Costco any different from Sam's Club? I don't think there are Costco stores in my area.


Yes, Costco pays their employees a living wage.
2012-04-22 10:22:45 PM  
1 vote:
Yeah, I completely stopped reading after I saw proponent for lasagna just so I can come in here and comment on how stupid it was.
2012-04-22 10:21:03 PM  
1 vote:
Winco for the win! Warehouse prices and you don't have to buy by the case.
2012-04-22 10:19:15 PM  
1 vote:
homepage.mac.com

I go there to feel loved.
2012-04-22 10:14:51 PM  
1 vote:

AeAe: I went to Costco the other day.. I bought the big sack of dog food ($30). 2 shorts ($30), 1 plastic thing of apples ($6 I think), 1 bag of trail mix ($15) .. It came out to $100 so I must have bought something else..


I could never go to Costco without dropping at least $100. Did not matter if I walked out with a cartload of stuff or just a few things. I was spending at least $100 each time.

I dropped my membership this year. While I do miss getting free food samples (i.e., my Sunday post-lunch snack), I also enjoy having more money in my pocket.
2012-04-22 10:12:11 PM  
1 vote:
I believe it takes a lot of work to shop properly at a warehouse store like Costco. You really have to know what prices are in the outside world - not everything is cheaper there, even in those larger quantities. So, you have to choose wisely.

We are not huge shoppers there ourselves - there are only 3 of us in the house. We don't want Darth_Lukecash's BIGO'BOX of cookies - that would take us 2 months to eat, by which time they would be kinda stale and icky, and probably quite pitchable, thereby costing us money. The times I have shopped there, I have found massive quantities of TP and Paper Towels at reasonable prices, but shopping my local grocery stores I can find them cheaper about once every few weeks, which is plenty long enough for us to use the BIGO'PACK of TP.

I also agree with I_Am_Weasel that you have to know your stuff and be smart, no matter what store you are in. Dollar stores are also not always cheaper, though one might think they are,

I am sure there are markets for Costco, but we aren't it. I can very easily see going in there, dropping a few hundred bucks and still needing to get other stuff the next day (and being stuck with large amounts of stuff we will never use before it goes bad.)
2012-04-22 10:11:29 PM  
1 vote:
My hubby goes to Costco once a week, but he doesn't buy a lot. In fact, he usually has much less than most other shoppers. Then he goes almost every day to the grocery store. He's used to doing daily shopping (he's not Amurrican), so for him it's weird to shop once a month in bulk. I can't convince him to buy double of everything instead of having to keep going back. Then again, we rarely throw out food so maybe he is doing something right.

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2012-04-22 09:57:13 PM  
1 vote:

namatad: Customers may believe they're paying for a chance to save money, but some experts think membership fees actually cause consumers to spend more.

spend more than what??
more than similar people who are not members?

so these people buy food and then dont eat it - more?
or they buy more at costco and less at other stores?

when adjusted for geo-demographics, do costco shoppers buy more or less in total than other shoppers?
meh, I could look this up on my work computer, but then I cant share the results


Here's the so-called theory. You go into Warehouse store. You buy shiat in bulk: So instead of buying 5 dollars in cookies, you buy the BIGO'BOX of cookies at say $15. Now the BIGO'BOX of cookies may have 4 boxes of cookies in it, So you just saved a $5dollars. But did you really need that many boxes of cookies right now? And you still have to buy food for the week.

People with big families will save a lot more, and they can eat through the massive amounts of perishables quickly. Or if you have lots of freezer space/storage.

For me Cosco is worth it because I get my hearing aids and batteries incredibly cheap. (Paying $1,700 vs paying $3,500) Gas is also twenty cents cheaper. I also get bulk stuff I know can store (Toliet paper, cleaning supplies,)

If I ever do manage to work myself out of this area I'm in, I can get a freezer and fridge and stock up on some stuff.
 
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