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I came, I saw, I Costco’d

By jessieduck 22 July 2011 114

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I went to Costco’s opening day because of the lure of free eggs. I figured we’d paid our $60 joining fee so we might as well get a freebie and I was hoping that 8am on Friday would be more manageable then the expected craziness over the weekend. It was great- I was in and out in under an hour and I spent less then $150. I was strong and didn’t buy kilos of Reeces Pieces or anything else we wouldn’t use/didn’t need. I didn’t look at the electrical or homewears or booze etc because by the time we had done the food the bub was ready to go.

I was genuinely surprised at some of the prices. It is cheap. Sometimes seriously cheap. I can’t see how we could do a weekly shop there and get everything we need but for non-perishables and frozen food etc, this will be where I go. One thing that didn’t see much value in was the fresh fruit and veg- I think the Farmers Markets are still unbeatable for that. I didn’t spend much time in the meat and fish area because that’s where my son had a dummy spit but I was impressed at the quality and variety.

Armed with my camera phone I clicked away at the prices so that I could nerd it up and write them down for anyone who is curious. This is just a tiny fraction of what is there- I concentrated on the stuff we eat and use but it gives you a good idea.
!! indicates my perceived bargain finds.

Home stuff
4 pack of Colgate Total toothpaste $9.79 ($2.44 each) !!!
Rexona or Dove deodorant $18.59 for 6 ($3.09 each) !!
48 rolls of Sorbant TP $22.48
Pack of 4 colgate toothbrushes $13.99 ($3.49)
Pack of 3 Olay Total Effects Moisturizer $65.89 ($21.96)
Mega box of Huggies nappies 148 (Toddler size) $57.99
704 Kirklands babywipes $21.99
720 Huggies wipes $31.79

Frozen
6 lunch sized bowls of wonton soup $13.89
Blueberries $6.29kg (!!!!)
6 Salmon Steaks (1.2kg) $17.99 (!!!)

Fridge
Big quiches $8.99
Sliced cheese tray 900grams $10.29 !!
Chicken breasts $8.49kg !!
Diced Beef $9.99kg !!
500grams sliced ham $5.99
18 eggs $2.89 (didn’t realise they were caged eggs until we got home because they were giving them away for free)
1kg bucket of bocconcinni $12.99 (!!!!)
2kg bucket of feta $15.69
1kg Philly cooking cream $7.39
Yoplait 12 pack $5.49 (!!!!)
2kg Greek yoghurt $5.49
1kg Jalna yoghurt $4.19 !!

Pantry
800ml jar of Korma sauce $7.89
3 tins of beans $2.99
1.3kg peanut butter $5.69 !!
2x Abbots bakery loaves of bread $6.59 ($3.29)
3x corn thins $9.49 ($3.16 pack)
1kg Tahini $8.79
1L Maple Syrup $15.89 !!
2.2kg canned tomatos $2.69
1.8kg Quinoa $10.99 (!!!)
10kg rice $29.99
1L Mayo $8.99
Huge jar of pickles $4.69
860g Seeded mustard $8.39
4 bottles of Fountain tomato sauce $7.49 ($1.80each)
Big bottle of Tabasco $5.99 !!
3 jars of pesto $10.49 ($3.49)
1.5kg Reeces pieces $14.99
1kg coffee beans $20

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Mothy 12:28 pm 07 Mar 13

Popje said :

Hi All

It appears the action cameras are becoming very popular, as I witnessed during my pilgrimage across some traditional shops, which while promising great price and service, I decide for the Sony Action Cam, COSTCO has it at $299.00 with stacks of cameras; JB Hi Fi $398 and couldn’t bother to provide further info details between Sony and Go Pro Hero, Harvey Norman didn’t have it in stock and couldn’t inform when they will have stock, price: $398.00
There you go, the best $60 dollars in a membership, by the way check the sporting gear which is unbeatable e.g. Hiking Shoes $49 AUD, similar shoes and quality anywhere else (Kathmandu, Athlete’s foot, foot lockers etc.) not less than $150.00
I’m converted!! Give it a try and save the frustration of dealing with arrogant shopkeepers or attendants and keep you hard earned cash in your account

Get a discount on your membership for that?

EvanJames 11:55 am 07 Mar 13

Yes, shops have no right to demand to see in your bag. Costco gets around this by having you sign up to it, when you sign your name on the membership form. Quite clever really.

They prefer trolleys as they can see what’s in there, although I’ve noticed in recent months they start pawing through trolleys, lifting things to see what’s underneath and to ensure it’s on the docket (I am in there several times a week, grabbing lunch and other bits and pieces).

Bags flummox them, as people don’t tend to use them in the US, it’s trolleys trolleys trolleys (carts). But the way that some of the checkers want to see inside, when you’ve bought a $10 lunch, is pretty hard to mistake for anything other than “what have you stolen”.

Madam Cholet 11:42 am 07 Mar 13

I was once told that shops who say they reserve the right to look in your bag as you exit actually have no real right to do so. I have very rarely ever been stopped on exiting (for instance), Target or Kmart, which makes it seem as if they may realise this.

As for Costco…I’m not surprised they get some stuff stolen, but am not sure if the checkers are all that good anyway. Most just have a quick glance and then mark the docket. They are quite nice about it though and do little drawings on the docket if you have kids with you. And the goods are still in their trolley – it’s not like they are looking in my own personal bag.

EvanJames 9:37 am 07 Mar 13

So try walking out without you stuff being checked. and, if you don’t use a trolley but have say a Coles bag, they now insist you open it so they can look in. To ensure your safety from being overcharged? No, in my case I often have bought only one item.

I heard that theft levels were quite high, so they have abandoned the pretence of protecting you from being overcharged, and are quite blatantly looking for stolen stuff.

bigfeet 6:55 am 07 Mar 13

EvanJames said :

I learned something new about Costco today. They are tired of people refusing to line up so the man can look at their docket on the way out, pretending not to be catching shop lifters……And Costco don’t like it.

So they are tired of it. Are they actually taking any action? I’d be intrigued to see what they are doing. Chasing people into the carpark and forcibly removing their cards from them? Photographing transgressors and banning them from the store? Nothing at all?

I have asked the ‘docket checkers’ several times why they are doing it and have got a different response every time. Interestingly none of those responses have been, “To make sure you are not a thief.”

screaming banshee 6:09 am 07 Mar 13

Membership renewals down?

Popje 11:19 pm 06 Mar 13

Hi All

It appears the action cameras are becoming very popular, as I witnessed during my pilgrimage across some traditional shops, which while promising great price and service, I decide for the Sony Action Cam, COSTCO has it at $299.00 with stacks of cameras; JB Hi Fi $398 and couldn’t bother to provide further info details between Sony and Go Pro Hero, Harvey Norman didn’t have it in stock and couldn’t inform when they will have stock, price: $398.00
There you go, the best $60 dollars in a membership, by the way check the sporting gear which is unbeatable e.g. Hiking Shoes $49 AUD, similar shoes and quality anywhere else (Kathmandu, Athlete’s foot, foot lockers etc.) not less than $150.00
I’m converted!! Give it a try and save the frustration of dealing with arrogant shopkeepers or attendants and keep you hard earned cash in your account

EvanJames 2:24 pm 23 Mar 12

I learned something new about Costco today. They are tired of people refusing to line up so the man can look at their docket on the way out, pretending not to be catching shop lifters.

Apparently, going through this charade is part of the terms and conditions of being “accepted” as a member.

And I figure this is how they get around the law that prevents the bag-checkers at Target and Big W from actually detaining you. At Costco, you must stop and let them look at your stuff and mark your docket, while they pretend it’s a customer service.

Since the line to get out of Costco is often longer than the line at the checkouts, I figure quite a few people with only a few items get tired of being stuck behind the Large with their Large Trolleys full of Large Things and try to just leave. And Costco don’t like it.

Classified 8:46 pm 02 Nov 11

Deref said :

screaming banshee said :

Brooklynite said :

Even I have to admit that the best maple syrup comes from our friends over the border in America Jnr;

You know maple syrup comes from Canada don’t you??

You know that Canada is in America, don’t you??

I think you’re referring to Canadia.

Jethro 7:55 pm 02 Nov 11

toughmeat said :

cranky said :

Just been treated to a dozen Costco oysters.

Simply the best I have had! Fat, tasty, and with a couple of pieces of bread, a meal.

They make the wimpy, overpriced restaurant versions look exactly that.

I agree,they are the best in Canberra at 11.99 doz.

I don’t know.. The fishmonger at the Belconnen Markets has some amazing Tasmanian oysters. They’re huge and taste sensational.

Thoroughly Smashed 5:40 pm 02 Nov 11

blowers said :

AussieChris11 said :

To all the Yuppie Plebs going out to CostCo…. Do they all have those lame “My Family stickers on the back screens of their cars??

Some of us are quite proud to have families and happy to display that pride on our rear windows.

“It works!”

Deref 3:47 pm 02 Nov 11

screaming banshee said :

Brooklynite said :

Even I have to admit that the best maple syrup comes from our friends over the border in America Jnr;

You know maple syrup comes from Canada don’t you??

You know that Canada is in America, don’t you??

EvanJames 3:16 pm 02 Nov 11

You see a lot of people in chef clothes shopping at CostCo! The quality of everything I’ve bought so far (edible) has been excellent.

Oh, and for those who are over the My Family stickers on the rear windows of the smug, Creepy Uncle http://www.creepyuncle.com.au/ has some great alternative stickers.

Or you can do what some people are doing, buy extra kids from the normal sticker source and add them to peoples’ families (schwarzeneggering, it’s called).

toughmeat 1:53 pm 02 Nov 11

cranky said :

Just been treated to a dozen Costco oysters.

Simply the best I have had! Fat, tasty, and with a couple of pieces of bread, a meal.

They make the wimpy, overpriced restaurant versions look exactly that.

I agree,they are the best in Canberra at 11.99 doz.

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