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2021-06-11 6:04:27 AM  
Opening 5 nee stores across the country and 2 more worldwide is not newsworthy subby


Especially when 4 of them are in the south
 
2021-06-11 8:35:05 AM  
Costco farking rules, and I don't care what Samsclubmitter says.
 
2021-06-11 8:38:44 AM  

FlashHarry: Costco farking rules, and I don't care what Samsclubmitter says.


Subby sounds like a Walmart shill.
 
2021-06-11 9:05:00 AM  
Shut the fark up, Subby.
 
2021-06-11 9:11:46 AM  
Costco is building a new store in South Salem, OR, but I guess it doesn't count because they will close* the existing store a few miles north.

/right down the street from our house and the parking lot will have TWO entrance/exits!
//Still left turns required coming off the I-5
* Actually, I don't know if they'll close the old store, it is in a very central location. And it's always jamming.
 
2021-06-11 9:14:59 AM  
I actually had Costco pizza today. There's like five gallons of disgusting, overly-salty sauce in every bite. I love it.
 
2021-06-11 9:38:42 AM  
Costco really isn't that great. Since the pandemic I've been ordering a lot of household stuff online, Amazon, Walmart, and Target - I've done price comparison on similar items, Costco is often not cheaper - plus you have to factor in shopping at a crowded store with tremendously long lines at the register and schlepping it home.

It's expensive for a membership and I've found for us it's definitely not worth it for what we are shopping for.

That being said, I used to live near a Costco and really did like shopping there, they did have some great stuff that was impossible to find elsewhere - I wish a membership was cheaper so I could get some things that they carry that I can't find - but aren't worth the price of membership for
 
2021-06-11 9:41:02 AM  
The snark is probably underserved.  They actually pay their employees well.
 
2021-06-11 9:46:06 AM  

lifeslammer: Opening 5 nee stores across the country and 2 more worldwide is not newsworthy subby


Especially when 4 of them are in the south


As an aside, for some reason my phone has also been favoring "nee" instead of autocorrecting it to "new" lately. I'm glad I'm not the only one suffering from this autocorrect fail. I don't get why it would favor a really uncommon word when it is unclear what key you are hitting.
 
2021-06-11 10:08:51 AM  
I'm somebody who goes to a bunch of grocery stores and I know my prices. Bread isn't on sale? Okay, I'll stop at store B in a day or two. I do frequent small trips a month rather than one large sweep since I have a lot of options.

Yet they eventually became another store in my grocery rotation. I now get their eggs, bread, and produce, mostly. The milk isn't much of a cheaper alternative and there's been a couple times I didn't notice the cap, although attached to the ring, was still somehow not securely on-wtf.

I also really don't care about Costco's chicken. A lot of their packaged fresh foods like sandwiches and tacos are mediocre at best.

Of course there's beer and liquor, which is not always cheaper. (Trader Joes's has the best cheap wine lol) If Costco didn't have the membership fee then I would consider going more. I have go enough times to make it worth it.

So it's really not that great of a store...

... considering why I would go there in the first place.
 
2021-06-11 10:15:33 AM  
They treat their employees well.  They pay them a living wage.  They are happy to work there.  I will pay a little extra to a company like that.

Also cheapest gas in the area.  And the samples are coming back.
 
2021-06-11 10:53:55 AM  

Likwit: I actually had Costco pizza today. There's like five gallons of disgusting, overly-salty sauce in every bite. I love it.


I haven't bought pizza since they got rid of the Combo. At least the veggies would absorb some of the nastiness and I could pretend that I was eating healthy :p.
 
2021-06-11 10:56:26 AM  
The cheap gas alone is usually easily worth the price of membership, and they carry a couple of items that are a great deal. Plus those croissants! And their rugelach!

Sure, it's not always the cheapest option if all you care about is dollar per item, but it's often at least mid-grade stuff sold at low-end prices. And they occasionally have fantastic wine deals in the $20-100/bottle range.
 
2021-06-11 11:06:47 AM  

EffervescingElephant: Costco really isn't that great. Since the pandemic I've been ordering a lot of household stuff online, Amazon, Walmart, and Target - I've done price comparison on similar items, Costco is often not cheaper - plus you have to factor in shopping at a crowded store with tremendously long lines at the register and schlepping it home.

It's expensive for a membership and I've found for us it's definitely not worth it for what we are shopping for.

That being said, I used to live near a Costco and really did like shopping there, they did have some great stuff that was impossible to find elsewhere - I wish a membership was cheaper so I could get some things that they carry that I can't find - but aren't worth the price of membership for


Get their free credit card, the cash back check should pay for the $60 membership.
 
2021-06-11 11:10:24 AM  
mcreadyblue:


Get their free credit card, the cash back check should pay for the $60 membership.


This.
 
2021-06-11 11:14:20 AM  

mcreadyblue: EffervescingElephant: Costco really isn't that great. Since the pandemic I've been ordering a lot of household stuff online, Amazon, Walmart, and Target - I've done price comparison on similar items, Costco is often not cheaper - plus you have to factor in shopping at a crowded store with tremendously long lines at the register and schlepping it home.

It's expensive for a membership and I've found for us it's definitely not worth it for what we are shopping for.

That being said, I used to live near a Costco and really did like shopping there, they did have some great stuff that was impossible to find elsewhere - I wish a membership was cheaper so I could get some things that they carry that I can't find - but aren't worth the price of membership for

Get their free credit card, the cash back check should pay for the $60 membership.


I have the "Executive Membership" card.  The check at the end of the year usually pays for the membership fee.
 
2021-06-11 11:26:50 AM  

ssaoi: They treat their employees well.  They pay them a living wage.  They are happy to work there.  I will pay a little extra to a company like that.

Also cheapest gas in the area.  And the samples are coming back.


Bingo. Reward decency with loyalty.
 
2021-06-11 11:31:36 AM  

MBZ321: Likwit: I actually had Costco pizza today. There's like five gallons of disgusting, overly-salty sauce in every bite. I love it.

I haven't bought pizza since they got rid of the Combo. At least the veggies would absorb some of the nastiness and I could pretend that I was eating healthy :p.


The local one hasn't sold pizza by the slice during the pandemic.  I do miss it, not as much as I miss Mod pizza though.
 
2021-06-11 11:34:16 AM  

Mad_Radhu: lifeslammer: Opening 5 nee stores across the country and 2 more worldwide is not newsworthy subby


Especially when 4 of them are in the south

As an aside, for some reason my phone has also been favoring "nee" instead of autocorrecting it to "new" lately. I'm glad I'm not the only one suffering from this autocorrect fail. I don't get why it would favor a really uncommon word when it is unclear what key you are hitting.


Sometimes they subtly change the spacing between letters in the keyboard we use. Really makes me long for the days when we had slide out keyboards...those were awesome
 
2021-06-11 12:50:34 PM  

JaCiNto: mcreadyblue:

Get their free credit card, the cash back check should pay for the $60 membership.

I have the "Executive Membership" card.  The check at the end of the year usually pays for the membership fee.


I do both and get two checks every year. It's nice being paid to shop there.
 
2021-06-11 1:03:37 PM  

Kris_Romm: The snark is probably underserved.  They actually pay their employees well.


Oh yeah? Amazon pays more in my area.

I look forward to the hundreds of Costco hate comments to follow.

It's not like we're a bunch of moronic hypocrites, right?
 
2021-06-11 1:04:59 PM  

lifeslammer: Opening 5 nee stores across the country and 2 more worldwide is not newsworthy subby


Especially when 4 of them are in the south


The one in Oxford, Alabama was built on an ancient Native American burial ground.

I save a bunch on gas and clothes.  Where else are you going to get dress shirts for $14?  Other things not so much.  The last set of tires I got from Discount Tire were in and out the door in 20 minutes.  I don't think I could have checked out in that amount of time.
 
2021-06-11 2:08:49 PM  
They had a mask policy and actually seemed to care about it, they pay ALL of their employees a healthy, living wage, they're pro-union, they had measures to prevent hoarding including one giant pack of TP per customer (and actually enforced them), and in general, they have decent, reliable stuff (not Whalemart brand), at reasonable prices. They're a tiny bit more expensive than Sams, but I'd much rather vote with my dollars which one of those deserves to thrive.

Gee, I wonder why they're thriving in a pandemic economy, and why so many of their competitors are having staffing problems when they're not.

Similarly, notice all of the Targets ($16 company minimum wage, proper pandemic protocols), are well-staffed and doing great, and the Walmarts can't seem to keep enough staff to properly function? Same idea.
 
2021-06-11 2:20:43 PM  

TheGreatGazoo: lifeslammer: Opening 5 nee stores across the country and 2 more worldwide is not newsworthy subby


Especially when 4 of them are in the south

The one in Oxford, Alabama was built on an ancient Native American burial ground.

I save a bunch on gas and clothes.  Where else are you going to get dress shirts for $14?  Other things not so much.  The last set of tires I got from Discount Tire were in and out the door in 20 minutes.  I don't think I could have checked out in that amount of time.


...how? It takes that long to balance 4 tires properly.
 
2021-06-11 2:25:13 PM  
In my experience, Costco is only more expensive than Target or Amazon when ordering online.  If you shop in-store, Costco almost always has the best prices.
 
2021-06-11 2:33:14 PM  

Drearyx: Kris_Romm: The snark is probably underserved.  They actually pay their employees well.

Oh yeah? Amazon pays more in my area.

I look forward to the hundreds of Costco hate comments to follow.

It's not like we're a bunch of moronic hypocrites, right?


The difference here is that Costco has consistently paid more across the country. Amazon only recently hopped on board.
 
2021-06-11 4:58:24 PM  

Daer21: TheGreatGazoo: lifeslammer: Opening 5 nee stores across the country and 2 more worldwide is not newsworthy subby


Especially when 4 of them are in the south

The one in Oxford, Alabama was built on an ancient Native American burial ground.

I save a bunch on gas and clothes.  Where else are you going to get dress shirts for $14?  Other things not so much.  The last set of tires I got from Discount Tire were in and out the door in 20 minutes.  I don't think I could have checked out in that amount of time.

...how? It takes that long to balance 4 tires properly.


I'm not sure.  I think they had a crew on each side.  There were no wheel locks and 15" tires, it probably helped a lot.
 
2021-06-11 5:34:46 PM  

Drearyx: Kris_Romm: The snark is probably underserved.  They actually pay their employees well.

Oh yeah? Amazon pays more in my area.

I look forward to the hundreds of Costco hate comments to follow.

It's not like we're a bunch of moronic hypocrites, right?


Yeah. Only the pay is the problem at Amazon. Nothing else 😐
 
2021-06-11 6:25:35 PM  
Costco hot dog burps are weapons-grade.  I wouldn't have it any other way.
 
2021-06-11 7:28:01 PM  

Likwit: I actually had Costco pizza today. There's like five gallons of disgusting, overly-salty sauce in every bite. I love it.


Costco pizza tastes like unusually-good state fair pizza.
 
2021-06-11 8:00:56 PM  

Drearyx: Kris_Romm: The snark is probably underserved.  They actually pay their employees well.

Oh yeah? Amazon pays more in my area.

I look forward to the hundreds of Costco hate comments to follow.

It's not like we're a bunch of moronic hypocrites, right?


Amazon also creates hundreds of thousands of disabled workers around the country. Sure, most of them can work elsewhere but eventually their screwed up backs will require surgery and they'll probably be out long enough for SSDI to kick in (2 years). Of course Amazon won't be paying the bill for that, it'll be eaten by someone else.
 
2021-06-11 8:07:22 PM  

fallingcow: Likwit: I actually had Costco pizza today. There's like five gallons of disgusting, overly-salty sauce in every bite. I love it.

Costco pizza tastes like unusually-good state fair pizza.


That's spot on.

In my area "unusually good state fair pizza" is incredible.
 
2021-06-11 8:56:35 PM  

fallingcow: Likwit: I actually had Costco pizza today. There's like five gallons of disgusting, overly-salty sauce in every bite. I love it.

Costco pizza tastes like unusually-good state fair pizza.


It's cheap, it's fast, and it's good. Can't say that about even the big chain pizza shops.
 
2021-06-11 9:57:09 PM  

DesertCoyote: fallingcow: Likwit: I actually had Costco pizza today. There's like five gallons of disgusting, overly-salty sauce in every bite. I love it.

Costco pizza tastes like unusually-good state fair pizza.

It's cheap, it's fast, and it's good. Can't say that about even the big chain pizza shops.


I didn't mean that as an insult to it. More like a description of the style.
 
2021-06-11 10:41:02 PM  

MBZ321: Likwit: I actually had Costco pizza today. There's like five gallons of disgusting, overly-salty sauce in every bite. I love it.

I haven't bought pizza since they got rid of the Combo. At least the veggies would absorb some of the nastiness and I could pretend that I was eating healthy :p.


I was told that any pizza with fresh veggies was discontinued at Costco until after the pandemic.  I don't see the connection, and neither did the pizza clerk.
 
2021-06-11 10:42:26 PM  

JaCiNto: mcreadyblue: EffervescingElephant: Costco really isn't that great. Since the pandemic I've been ordering a lot of household stuff online, Amazon, Walmart, and Target - I've done price comparison on similar items, Costco is often not cheaper - plus you have to factor in shopping at a crowded store with tremendously long lines at the register and schlepping it home.

It's expensive for a membership and I've found for us it's definitely not worth it for what we are shopping for.

That being said, I used to live near a Costco and really did like shopping there, they did have some great stuff that was impossible to find elsewhere - I wish a membership was cheaper so I could get some things that they carry that I can't find - but aren't worth the price of membership for

Get their free credit card, the cash back check should pay for the $60 membership.

I have the "Executive Membership" card.  The check at the end of the year usually pays for the membership fee.


The break-even point on the Executive card cost is about $210/mo in purchases (exclusive of gas).
 
2021-06-11 10:54:51 PM  
Got a costco membership way baack when it was 30 bucks. Back then it was just me, now its just two of us, and the mass quantities seem to go bad before we can consume it all, so whats the point? So we use our local chain supermarket and watch the deals every week and try to stretch that food dollar as far as it can possibly go. Occasionally ill ask for a friend with a membership to grab hearing aid batteries, thats the only thing i really predictably need...
 
2021-06-12 1:33:45 AM  

Spermbot: MBZ321: Likwit: I actually had Costco pizza today. There's like five gallons of disgusting, overly-salty sauce in every bite. I love it.

I haven't bought pizza since they got rid of the Combo. At least the veggies would absorb some of the nastiness and I could pretend that I was eating healthy :p.

I was told that any pizza with fresh veggies was discontinued at Costco until after the pandemic.  I don't see the connection, and neither did the pizza clerk.


Maybe sales volume was way down, or at least much less predictable, so they cut out ingredients that can spoil quickly? Everything in the cheese and pepperoni pizzas keeps anywhere from weeks to indefinitely, with nothing nore than refrigeration (I'm assuming the sauce is canned). Bell peppers and onions are much harder to keep around very long, without spoiling.
 
2021-06-12 5:05:57 AM  
Costco has higher end stuff than Sam's club. I skip a lot of the trendy stuff there, such as cauliflower crust pizza and "super food" stuff. I wish they had some lower end stuff like cheddar cheese spread. I'd shop there every week rather than once/month.

Sams club was the only "club"/warehouse store here in Fairbanks for decades and was always busy. Then Walmart corporate decided to close the west coast stores. This left a lot of Alaska Villages without a source for food/goods. The city contacted Costco and asked them to open a store here. They did - in the same building Sam's club used to be in. Now it's the Costco that's always busy. Good people and good business sense.
 
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