Costco fans thread

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by SHNXX, Jul 3, 2015.

  1. SHNXX macrumors 68000

    Oct 2, 2013
    I absolutely hate Costco.
    I hate the long lines, hard to find parking, membership fees (great business model for them though), the inability to use cards I want, the long lines for return, the samples, and the packaging of 10x the amount I usually want.

    Just economically speaking, assuming one saves 10-20% on goods, to get the 100 dollar membership ROI you would need to shop 500 to 1000 dollars worth at Costco which is a hell of a lot of toilet paper and other things I don't need a lot of.
  2. NutsNGum macrumors 68030


    Jul 30, 2010
    Glasgow, Scotland
    I kinda like it. Pretty good value for money here. Queues are sometimes a bit long but never much of an issue. Staff always seem happy enough.
  3. C DM macrumors Sandy Bridge

    Oct 17, 2011
    Many people spend a few hundred dollars on most trips, and go there at least every few weeks. Quite a few also simply get the American Express card associated with their membership which also gives them rewards and rebates and the membership is often covered just by that (with rewards still in addition to it all).
  4. oldhifi macrumors 65816


    Jan 12, 2013
    Now lets review this you pay to buy there goods??
  5. bunnspecial macrumors 604


    May 3, 2014
    Does its existence in any way negatively impact you?

    If it doesn't(I don't see how it could) and you really hate the place so much, the easy solution is to just not take out a membership and not go there.

    My family has always maintained a Sam's Club membership. Yes, you do(generally) save a lot buying in bulk on non-perishables. My mom also goes there a lot to buy stuff for dinners at Church and for other events. Warehouse stores have their place-maybe not for everyone-but there's a reason why they exist.
  6. Roller macrumors 68030

    Jun 25, 2003
    My wife and I like Costco. Parking at the one we go to isn't bad, even on weekends - I've never not found a spot. Checkout lines can be long, but the wait is rarely more than 10 minutes. I'm sure it's even faster on weekdays. They accept our Amex cards (wish they took Apple Pay), and we buy products in bulk that we can keep around for awhile. We also sometimes buy one-offs of other items after we comparison shop with other stores and online. I find that it takes some discipline not to get stuff we don't need, but we've become much better at that. :)
  7. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6


    Aug 17, 2007
    Just went there last night. Like others have said, it is good for some things.
  8. AutoUnion39, Jul 3, 2015
    Last edited: Jul 3, 2015

    AutoUnion39 macrumors 601


    Jun 21, 2010
    I have a costco membership and it's great! I don't buy everything there, but the quality at these wholesale shops is always top notch.

    I buy stuff like toothpaste, body wash, detergent, Zyrtec there. The only things I don't buy there are bread, meat, eggs, etc because they come in bulk and I can't eat that much by myself.

    The only annoying thing about Costco are the long lines (avoid this by going earlier) and my cards. I have to use debit because they only take Amex credit.

    Their cafe is pretty damn good too. The beef brisket sandwich, cheap pizza, 1.50 hotdog... can't beat that.

    The membership cost is a non-issue, especially with the gas savings. And there is no reason to get the $100 membership. They sell a cheaper one at $55.
  9. AustinIllini macrumors demi-goddess


    Oct 20, 2011
    Austin, TX
  10. motulist macrumors 601


    Dec 2, 2003
    Costco is great. Is it perfect? Of course not, but it's really very good. Me and my family go there once a month, drop like 800 bucks, and have almost all our food, toiletries, paper goods, etc. all stocked up for the whole month, and it's all gotten at cheaper prices than almost anywhere else. The only purchases we have to supplement with at smaller stores is perishables like fresh fruit and bread that only stay good for a few days.
  11. Arran macrumors 601


    Mar 7, 2008
    Atlanta, USA
  12. mscriv macrumors 601


    Aug 14, 2008
    Dallas, Texas
    Costco works well for my family and like another poster already mentioned the cafe is a great way to feed everyone when a quick and cheap meal is needed.
  13. AutoUnion39 macrumors 601


    Jun 21, 2010
  14. Gav2k macrumors G3


    Jul 24, 2009
  15. Mr Kram macrumors 68020

    Mr Kram

    Oct 1, 2008
    i have a family of four and more than make up for the membership fee with the 2% rebate. parking is usually a bitch and there is often lines, but it is no worse than any of the chain grocery stores in the area. and we plan accordingly. i wouldn't go to costco just to get one item, which i've seen people do.
  16. yg17 macrumors G5


    Aug 1, 2004
    St. Louis, MO
    FYI, in April 2016 they're switching to Visa.
  17. SHNXX thread starter macrumors 68000

    Oct 2, 2013
    I've always viewed the overspending at Costco ($300+ every time) to be a symptom of buying too much of unnecessarily bundled goods, rather than getting a great deal and ROI on membership fees.

    Anyhow, it seems that nobody feels this way so I guess this is just something specific to my circumstances.
  18. Steeley macrumors regular


    Sep 10, 2011
    I could take it or leave it. A few months after they arrived in my area the supermarkets dropped their sales prices to pretty much match them. I've also found their stock shifts around, and it's a bit of a drive to go there only to find out they don't have what they had last time.
  19. A.Goldberg, Jul 3, 2015
    Last edited: Jul 3, 2015

    A.Goldberg macrumors 68020


    Jan 31, 2015
    My experience with Costco has been fine. I will say, you really should be careful checking the prices, as sale prices at regular grocery stores can be a better price. Again, there is a big equation of comparative costs, how badly you need something, how far away the store is, and how much of that item you actually need.

    I will say as someone well acquainted with retail pharmacy pricing, Costco is one of the best places to get medications- both prescription and over the counter drugs. If you don't have insurance, Costco is the best chain pharmacy you could go to. They will charge you very reasonable prices, just above wholesale. Literally, something that would cost you $40 at CVS, Walgreens, Rite-Aid would probably cost you $8 at Costco. They also have a discount program for uninsured/cash-only customers, which saves you more. Their OTC drugs are super cheap too, just you often have to buy a lot.

    It certainly isn't shopping at your neighborhood butcher, market, farm stand, etc, but it serves it purpose. My parents often by paper towels and toilet paper there. If they're having a big party, sometimes they have the right stuff in bulk. I think they bought some patio furniture there one time. I'm not sure the membership is necessarily worth it, but in some ways the convenience of buying some things in bulk is worth the fee.

    Ugh! Next time Grandma Goldberg is in town I'll have her cook you some real beef brisket.
  20. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    It serves a purpose, I like Costco, and I also like BJs. Both places provide bulk goods at a decent price. I still price shop, because some things are still cheaper at walmart. I found Costco's paper products to be more expensive then Walmart so I don't but those at costco.
  21. heehee macrumors 68020


    Jul 31, 2006
    Same country as Santa Claus
    Don't get how you can hate a corporation. Just take your business somewhere else. No one forcing you to go there.

    As for "a symptom of buying too much of unnecessarily bundled goods", you need toilet paper, paper towels, cleaning products, garbage bags, etc. they last forever and you eventually use it up. It won't go to waste. We buy the food we eat and we freeze it as soon as we get home. I don't see what's over buying.

    Yes parking and lineups are long, that's why we avoid going on weekends and go on a weeknight.
  22. gnasher729 macrumors P6


    Nov 25, 2005
    Costco is intended for companies to buy things. A company with say 50 employees will happily buy tons of toilet rolls, tons of coffee if they supply coffee to their employees, etc. etc. All in amounts that are a lot bigger than the average person wants to buy. And of course you are supposed to be a business, who plans ahead what they are buying and doesn't return things because you changed your mind or didn't make up your mind in the first place. You may not be the target customer for their sales model.

    And if a company is buying, someone goes there during working hours because shopping at Costco is part of their job.
  23. SHNXX thread starter macrumors 68000

    Oct 2, 2013
    What are you talking about?
    How does anyone hate anything then?

    Don't get how you can hate a _______.
    Don't get how you can hate an idea
    Don't get how you can hate an inanimate object
    Don't get how you can hate another person
    Don't get how you can hate a historical event
    Don't get how you can hate a corporation that defrauds people
    Don't get how you can hate a group of people (similar to a corporation) who committed a genocide in Europe during the world war 2.

    Anyone can easily hate any of the things above, just as well as a corporation.

    Why is it odd that someone can hate a corporation?
    A corporation is just an entity that represents a group of people.
  24. Arran, Jul 4, 2015
    Last edited: Jul 4, 2015

    Arran macrumors 601


    Mar 7, 2008
    Atlanta, USA
    "Hate" is an extreme word, usually reserved for things and people you absolutely despise.

    Using it casually, as you have here, leads your audience into thinking statements such as: "I hate Costco" and "I hate megalomaniac, genocidal, baby-murdering dictators" express an equivalent degree of dislike for the entity in question. You're out of calibration, basically, with the rest of the world: Expect to be misunderstood.

    It would've been better if you'd posted something more moderate such as: "Costco, as a shopping experience, just doesn't work for me", and left it at that. It's a bit bland and you'd certainly get less views and replies.
  25. Dark Void macrumors 68030

    Dark Void

    Jun 1, 2011
    If at any time you feel like you hate a store just go inside of your local Wal-Mart. ;)

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