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Title: Costco
Post by: Cubic Zirconia on October 09, 2012, 03:39:23 PM
I am a Costco addict. So are a few of you.. Let's share the Costco love on this thread  8)
Special items I bought this week are:
1. Starbucks hot chocolate. Not super sweet like Nestlé, and richer taste. Seasonal item.
2. Chateau Dollhouse. After years and years of dreaming that I will build a custom dollhouse, finally gave up, and bought this. Spent an hour last evening, an hour more today should do it. Comes with an elevator and will make a pretty bookcase for the kids room once they are done playing.

Share your 'special/ seasonal' Costco finds..
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: USCTrojanCPA on October 09, 2012, 03:58:14 PM
Mmmmm....I love the cheese pizza, hot dog, and soda lunches over there...chicken pocket things are good too. :-*
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: SoCal on October 09, 2012, 04:06:53 PM
Frozen yogurt with berry sauce!.... FROZEN YOGURT WITH BERRY SAUCE!!
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: Homer_Simpson on October 09, 2012, 04:09:47 PM
I like the rotisserie chicken there, the protein bars and the bottled water.

I just picked up some Samuel Adams Autumn Beer.  Haven't had any yet but probably will soon.  :P
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: qwerty on October 09, 2012, 04:14:24 PM
The chicken salad from the deli section is awesome - spread some on a couple of slices of orowheat potato bread, sprinkle a lot of crushed pepper with some doritos - that is a tasty dinner right there.

Title: Re: Costco
Post by: ps9 on October 09, 2012, 04:24:23 PM
Was that from a demo qwerty?  Sounds good, learned a lot of "combos" from the demo people.
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: qwerty on October 09, 2012, 04:29:45 PM
Was that from a demo qwerty?  Sounds good, learned a lot of "combos" from the demo people.

no it was not a demo - that is an all qwerty recipe right there. 
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: winex on October 09, 2012, 06:27:40 PM
I like the rotisserie chicken there, the protein bars and the bottled water.

I just picked up some Samuel Adams Autumn Beer.  Haven't had any yet but probably will soon.  :P

I thought you drank Duff...
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: ps9 on October 09, 2012, 06:39:22 PM
@Homer

Let me know how that Sam Adams taste... kinda of a splurge for me to get a whole case and not usually fond of "Autumn beers"  Are they like Oktoberfest style beers?  One of the few things you can't return at Costco. 
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: Homer_Simpson on October 12, 2012, 09:27:23 AM
I like the rotisserie chicken there, the protein bars and the bottled water.

I just picked up some Samuel Adams Autumn Beer.  Haven't had any yet but probably will soon.  :P

I thought you drank Duff...

If Costco carried Duff I would buy it!!  ;)
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: winex on October 12, 2012, 09:38:31 AM
I like the rotisserie chicken there, the protein bars and the bottled water.

I just picked up some Samuel Adams Autumn Beer.  Haven't had any yet but probably will soon.  :P

I thought you drank Duff...

If Costco carried Duff I would buy it!!  ;)

You should take your business to the Kwik-E Mart instead.
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: Homer_Simpson on October 12, 2012, 09:50:32 AM
Does anyone remember when hey turned a few of the 7 elevens into kwik-e-marts to promote the Simpsons movie?  I think I still have a few Buzz Colas they were handing out :)
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: irvinehomeowner on October 12, 2012, 10:14:12 AM
Does anyone remember when hey turned a few of the 7 elevens into kwik-e-marts to promote the Simpsons movie?  I think I still have a few Buzz Colas they were handing out :)
I bought the pink donuts... obviously.
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: SoCal on October 14, 2012, 04:10:47 PM
Read this thread. I was way overdue for a Costco trip.

Just got back. 2.5 hours and $470 later.  :-\

Title: Re: Costco
Post by: IrvineRealtor on October 14, 2012, 04:40:57 PM
Read this thread. I was way overdue for a Costco trip.

Just got back. 2.5 hours and $470 later (and that was just to fill up the gas tank) .  :-\



Explained.
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: momopi on October 15, 2012, 12:36:21 PM
I noticed that Walmart is opening down the street from Costco.  Makes me wonder if they'd try to do a more upscale version of Walmart (maybe Target like) in Irvine?  LoL.


Momo Engagement Photo shoot:

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-e2xCp0QgQmg/UHsf8cw68WI/AAAAAAAAhuw/lbN6X3SJfWA/s1152/00064853_046.jpg)
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: daedalus on October 15, 2012, 07:56:44 PM
Are you serious?  Did you just get engaged???  If so, congrats! 

Just received my annual Costco rewards check this week for just under $400.  Yeah, they call me "whale".   I bought the hot cocoa CZ recommended last week after I read about it here.  Of course, the Costco coupons in the mailbox later that night had a coupon for that exact item,.  Such is life.
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: Cubic Zirconia on October 16, 2012, 06:49:07 AM
Are you serious?  Did you just get engaged???  If so, congrats! 

Just received my annual Costco rewards check this week for just under $400.  Yeah, they call me "whale".   I bought the hot cocoa CZ recommended last week after I read about it here.  Of course, the Costco coupons in the mailbox later that night had a coupon for that exact item,.  Such is life.

Yes! Such is life- I bought a memory foam mattress, and it was delivered on the same day as coupon book- there is $$$ discount now :-)
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: SoCal on October 16, 2012, 08:23:22 AM
Momo, congratulations. When is the wedding?

“Love does not consist of gazing into each others' eyes, but rather looking outward together in the same direction.” ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Title: Re: Costco
Post by: Cubic Zirconia on October 16, 2012, 09:11:45 AM
Congratulations Momo- hope you custom design your rings with Costco and share the pictures with us :)
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: Homer_Simpson on October 16, 2012, 10:48:00 AM
Congratulations Momo- hope you custom design your rings with Costco and share the pictures with us :)

If you need a custom made ring let me know..  I had my wife's engagement ring customized/designed and made in Macau/Hong Kong and it looks awesome  :D
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: Cubic Zirconia on October 16, 2012, 10:50:59 AM

If you need a custom made ring let me know..  I had my wife's engagement ring customized/designed and made in Macau/Hong Kong and it looks awesome  :D

Share the picture. We will see the awesomeness too :)
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: ps9 on October 16, 2012, 12:50:29 PM
Congratulations Momo- hope you custom design your rings with Costco and share the pictures with us :)

If you need a custom made ring let me know..  I had my wife's engagement ring customized/designed and made in Macau/Hong Kong and it looks awesome  :D

But you can return the ring at Costco....
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: Cubic Zirconia on October 16, 2012, 12:55:03 PM
Congratulations Momo- hope you custom design your rings with Costco and share the pictures with us :)

If you need a custom made ring let me know..  I had my wife's engagement ring customized/designed and made in Macau/Hong Kong and it looks awesome  :D

But you can return the ring at Costco....

I am trying not to laugh here :-)

Jokes aside, Costco has a great return policy on rings. I got a ring from Costco as a gift, and when I wore it, it felt a little too snug. I thought it was the extra weight I had packed on, but even after I lost weight, it never fit me on the ring finger. Six months later, Costco got the same ring, and while trying on something else, I asked the assistant to show me that ring too- that one fit perfect! Costco had sold a Size 6.5 ring (the item description said 7) to me :( They took it back right away, and I was able to exchange it to the Size 7, without a receipt. I did pay the price difference of around $50 though..

ps9: rug update from Lowes? (hoping you were the one who wanted to do that :-\)
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: Homer_Simpson on October 16, 2012, 01:20:51 PM
Speaking of costco I just spent $40 on an Indoor RC helicopter and a bag of chips.  Can't wait to fly the helicopter tonight!.. Wish I had vaulted ceilings  >:(
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: Homer_Simpson on October 16, 2012, 01:24:26 PM

If you need a custom made ring let me know..  I had my wife's engagement ring customized/designed and made in Macau/Hong Kong and it looks awesome  :D

Share the picture. We will see the awesomeness too :)

I found one pic.  It's a really awesome design with arches supporting the crown.  It has diamonds half way around the band and diamonds around the crown as well.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v609/Willha418/weirdopics029.jpg)

**Never knew you could return rings at Costco... how about watches??  :P 
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: ps9 on October 16, 2012, 02:09:32 PM
Return anything except for booze and smokes, some sort of state law?
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: SoCal on October 16, 2012, 02:11:02 PM
Speaking of costco I just spent $40 on an Indoor RC helicopter and a bag of chips.  Can't wait to fly the helicopter tonight!.. Wish I had vaulted ceilings  >:(

Oh. My. God.

It's as if you're peeking in my windows. Mr. SoCal does this all the time. Just have to be careful when the air conditioner is on.
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: Cubic Zirconia on October 16, 2012, 02:53:54 PM
Speaking of costco I just spent $40 on an Indoor RC helicopter and a bag of chips.  Can't wait to fly the helicopter tonight!.. Wish I had vaulted ceilings  >:(

Oh. My. God.

It's as if you're peeking in my windows. Mr. SoCal does this all the time. Just have to be careful when the air conditioner is on.

We have one at home too. Mr.CZ says it's for the girls. So far none of the girls have touched it.
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: Cubic Zirconia on October 16, 2012, 02:55:32 PM
Homer, I think mine was replaced because they sold me a wrong size.. Otherwise only those with the price band intact can be returned (?)
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: USCTrojanCPA on October 16, 2012, 03:00:45 PM
Congrats Momo.  Is your soon-to-be wife as much of a foodie as you?
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: momopi on October 19, 2012, 03:19:27 PM
Congrats Momo.  Is your soon-to-be wife as much of a foodie as you?

Let's just say that every GF I've had, gained weight while dating me.

;)
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: Cubic Zirconia on October 27, 2012, 08:53:36 PM
Belgian cupcakes, and single serve cheesecakes - one of the flavor is pumpkin.
District Costco.. Just saying.

ETA: Belgain cupcakes are B+, and single serve cheesecakes A+.
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: ps9 on November 07, 2012, 07:08:24 PM
(http://i1233.photobucket.com/albums/ff390/Ps99472/sweat%20equity/4BBC24BC-463E-4C3D-ABE6-F0973C51F5AD-5453-0000047F0FAA5986_zpsf31e375a.jpg)

My favorite drink right now, at the District Costco. 
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: Cubic Zirconia on November 26, 2012, 06:32:18 PM
More Costco love: http://www.nytimes.com/2005/07/17/business/yourmoney/17costco.html?_r=3&pagewanted=all

JIM SINEGAL, the chief executive of Costco Wholesale, the nation's fifth-largest retailer, had all the enthusiasm of an 8-year-old in a candy store as he tore open the container of one of his favorite new products: granola snack mix. "You got to try this; it's delicious," he said. "And just $9.99 for 38 ounces."

Some 60 feet away, inside Costco's cavernous warehouse store here in the company's hometown, Mr. Sinegal became positively exuberant about the 87-inch-long Natuzzi brown leather sofas. "This is just $799.99," he said. "It's terrific quality. Most other places you'd have to pay $1,500, even $2,000."

But the pièce de résistance, the item he most wanted to crow about, was Costco's private-label pinpoint cotton dress shirts. "Look, these are just $12.99," he said, while lifting a crisp blue button-down. "At Nordstrom or Macy's, this is a $45, $50 shirt."

Combining high quality with stunningly low prices, the shirts appeal to upscale customers - and epitomize why some retail analysts say Mr. Sinegal just might be America's shrewdest merchant since Sam Walton.

But not everyone is happy with Costco's business strategy. Some Wall Street analysts assert that Mr. Sinegal is overly generous not only to Costco's customers but to its workers as well.

Costco's average pay, for example, is $17 an hour, 42 percent higher than its fiercest rival, Sam's Club. And Costco's health plan makes those at many other retailers look Scroogish. One analyst, Bill Dreher of Deutsche Bank, complained last year that at Costco "it's better to be an employee or a customer than a shareholder."

Mr. Sinegal begs to differ. He rejects Wall Street's assumption that to succeed in discount retailing, companies must pay poorly and skimp on benefits, or must ratchet up prices to meet Wall Street's profit demands.

Good wages and benefits are why Costco has extremely low rates of turnover and theft by employees, he said. And Costco's customers, who are more affluent than other warehouse store shoppers, stay loyal because they like that low prices do not come at the workers' expense. "This is not altruistic," he said. "This is good business."

He also dismisses calls to increase Costco's product markups. Mr. Sinegal, who has been in the retailing business for more than a half-century, said that heeding Wall Street's advice to raise some prices would bring Costco's downfall.

"When I started, Sears, Roebuck was the Costco of the country, but they allowed someone else to come in under them," he said. "We don't want to be one of the casualties. We don't want to turn around and say, 'We got so fancy we've raised our prices,' and all of a sudden a new competitor comes in and beats our prices."

At Costco, one of Mr. Sinegal's cardinal rules is that no branded item can be marked up by more than 14 percent, and no private-label item by more than 15 percent. In contrast, supermarkets generally mark up merchandise by 25 percent, and department stores by 50 percent or more.

"They could probably get more money for a lot of items they sell," said Ed Weller, a retailing analyst at ThinkEquity.

But Mr. Sinegal warned that if Costco increased markups to 16 or 18 percent, the company might slip down a dangerous slope and lose discipline in minimizing costs and prices.

Mr. Sinegal, whose father was a coal miner and steelworker, gave a simple explanation. "On Wall Street, they're in the business of making money between now and next Thursday," he said. "I don't say that with any bitterness, but we can't take that view. We want to build a company that will still be here 50 and 60 years from now."

IF shareholders mind Mr. Sinegal's philosophy, it is not obvious: Costco's stock price has risen more than 10 percent in the last 12 months, while Wal-Mart's has slipped 5 percent. Costco shares sell for almost 23 times expected earnings; at Wal-Mart the multiple is about 19.Mr. Dreher said Costco's share price was so high because so many people love the company. "It's a cult stock," he said.

Emme Kozloff, an analyst at Sanford C. Bernstein & Company, faulted Mr. Sinegal as being too generous to employees, noting that when analysts complained that Costco's workers were paying just 4 percent toward their health costs, he raised that percentage only to 8 percent, when the retail average is 25 percent.

"He has been too benevolent," she said. "He's right that a happy employee is a productive long-term employee, but he could force employees to pick up a little more of the burden."

Mr. Sinegal says he pays attention to analysts' advice because it enforces a healthy discipline, but he has largely shunned Wall Street pressure to be less generous to his workers.

"When Jim talks to us about setting wages and benefits, he doesn't want us to be better than everyone else, he wants us to be demonstrably better," said John Matthews, Costco's senior vice president for human resources.

With his ferocious attention to detail and price, Mr. Sinegal has made Costco the nation's leading warehouse retailer, with about half of the market, compared with 40 percent for the No. 2, Sam's Club. But Sam's is not a typical runner-up: it is part of the Wal-Mart empire, which, with $288 billion in sales last year, dwarfs Costco.

But it is the customer, more than the competition, that keeps Mr. Sinegal's attention. "We're very good merchants, and we offer value," he said. "The traditional retailer will say: 'I'm selling this for $10. I wonder whether I can get $10.50 or $11.' We say: 'We're selling it for $9. How do we get it down to $8?' We understand that our members don't come and shop with us because of the fancy window displays or the Santa Claus or the piano player. They come and shop with us because we offer great values."

Costco was founded with a single store in Seattle in 1983; it now has 457 stores, mostly in the United States, but also in Canada, Britain, South Korea, Taiwan and Japan. Wal-Mart, by contrast, had 642 Sam's Clubs in the United States and abroad as of Jan. 31.Costco's profit rose 22 percent last year, to $882 million, on sales of $47.1 billion. In the United States, its stores average $121 million in sales annually, far more than the $70 million for Sam's Clubs. And the average household income of Costco customers is $74,000 - with 31 percent earning over $100,000.

One reason the company has risen to the top and stayed there is that Mr. Sinegal relentlessly refines his model of the warehouse store - the bare-bones, cement-floor retailing space where shoppers pay a membership fee to choose from a limited number of products in large quantities at deep discounts. Costco has 44.6 million members, with households paying $45 a year and small businesses paying $100.

A typical Costco store stocks 4,000 types of items, including perhaps just four toothpaste brands, while a Wal-Mart typically stocks more than 100,000 types of items and may carry 60 sizes and brands of toothpastes. Narrowing the number of options increases the sales volume of each, allowing Costco to squeeze deeper and deeper bulk discounts from suppliers.

"He's a zealot on low prices," Ms. Kozloff said. "He's very reticent about finagling with his model."

Despite Costco's impressive record, Mr. Sinegal's salary is just $350,000, although he also received a $200,000 bonus last year. That puts him at less than 10 percent of many other chief executives, though Costco ranks 29th in revenue among all American companies.

"I've been very well rewarded," said Mr. Sinegal, who is worth more than $150 million thanks to his Costco stock holdings. "I just think that if you're going to try to run an organization that's very cost-conscious, then you can't have those disparities. Having an individual who is making 100 or 200 or 300 times more than the average person working on the floor is wrong."

There is little love lost between Wal-Mart and Costco. Wal-Mart, for example, boasts that its Sam's Club division has the lowest prices of any retailer. Mr. Sinegal emphatically dismissed that assertion with a one-word barnyard epithet. Sam's might make the case that its ketchup is cheaper than Costco's, he said, "but you can't compare Hunt's ketchup with Heinz ketchup."

Still, Costco is feeling the heat from Sam's Club. When Sam's began to pare prices aggressively several years ago, Costco had to shave its prices - and its already thin profit margins - ever further.

"Sam's Club has dramatically improved its operation and improved the quality of their merchandise," said Mr. Dreher, the Deutsche Bank analyst. "Using their buying power together with Wal-Mart's, it forces Costco to be very sharp on their prices."

Mr. Sinegal's elbows can be sharp as well. As most suppliers well know, his gruff charm is not what lets him sell goods at rock-bottom prices - it's his fearsome toughness, which he rarely shows in public. He often warns suppliers not to offer other retailers lower prices than Costco gets.

When a frozen-food supplier mistakenly sent Costco an invoice meant for Wal-Mart, he discovered that Wal-Mart was getting a better price. "We have not brought that supplier back," Mr. Sinegal said.

He has to be flinty, he said, because the competition is so fierce. "This is not the Little Sisters of the Poor," he said. "We have to be competitive in the toughest marketplace in the world against the biggest competitor in the world. We cannot afford to be timid."

Nor can he afford to let personal relationships get in his way. Tim Rose, Costco's senior vice president for food merchandising, recalled a time when Starbucks did not pass along savings from a drop in coffee bean prices. Though he is a friend of the Starbucks chairman, Howard Schultz, Mr. Sinegal warned he would remove Starbucks coffee from his stores unless it cut its prices.

Starbucks relented.

"Howard said, 'Who do you think you are? The price police?' " Mr. Rose recalled, adding that Mr. Sinegal replied emphatically that he was.

If Mr. Sinegal feels proprietary about warehouse stores, it is for good reason. He was present at the birth of the concept, in 1954. He was 18, a student at San Diego Community College, when a friend asked him to help unload mattresses for a month-old discount store called Fed-Mart.

What he thought would be a one-day job became a career. He rose to executive vice president for merchandising and became a protégé of Fed-Mart's chairman, Sol Price, who is credited with inventing the idea of high-volume warehouse stores that sell a limited number of products.

Mr. Price sold Fed-Mart to a German retailer in 1975 and was fired soon after. Mr. Sinegal then left and helped Mr. Price start a new warehouse company, Price Club. Its huge success led others to enter the business: Wal-Mart started Sam's Club, Zayre's started BJ's Wholesale Club and a Seattle entrepreneur tapped Mr. Sinegal to help him found Costco.

Costco has used Mr. Price's formula: sell a limited number of items, keep costs down, rely on high volume, pay workers well, have customers buy memberships and aim for upscale shoppers, especially small-business owners. In addition, don't advertise - that saves 2 percent a year in costs. Costco and Price Club merged in 1993.

"Jim has done a very good job in balancing the interests of the shareholders, the employees, the customers and the managers," said Mr. Price, now 89 and retired. "Most companies tilt too much one way or the other."

Mr. Sinegal, who is 69 but looks a decade younger, also delights in not tilting Costco too far into cheap merchandise, even at his warehouse stores. He loves the idea of the "treasure hunt" - occasional, temporary specials on exotic cheeses, Coach bags, plasma screen televisions, Waterford crystal, French wine and $5,000 necklaces - scattered among staples like toilet paper by the case and institutional-size jars of mayonnaise.

The treasure hunts, Mr. Sinegal says, create a sense of excitement and customer loyalty.

This knack for seeing things in a new way also explains Costco's approach to retaining employees as well as shoppers. Besides paying considerably more than competitors, for example, Costco contributes generously to its workers' 401(k) plans, starting with 3 percent of salary the second year and rising to 9 percent after 25 years.

ITS insurance plans absorb most dental expenses, and part-time workers are eligible for health insurance after just six months on the job, compared with two years at Wal-Mart. Eighty-five percent of Costco's workers have health insurance, compared with less than half at Wal-Mart and Target.

Costco also has not shut out unions, as some of its rivals have. The Teamsters union, for example, represents 14,000 of Costco's 113,000 employees. "They gave us the best agreement of any retailer in the country," said Rome Aloise, the union's chief negotiator with Costco. The contract guarantees employees at least 25 hours of work a week, he said, and requires that at least half of a store's workers be full time.

Workers seem enthusiastic. Beth Wagner, 36, used to manage a Rite Aid drugstore, where she made $24,000 a year and paid nearly $4,000 a year for health coverage. She quit five years ago to work at Costco, taking a cut in pay. She started at $10.50 an hour - $22,000 a year - but now makes $18 an hour as a receiving clerk. With annual bonuses, her income is about $40,000.

"I want to retire here," she said. "I love it here."
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: Cubic Zirconia on November 30, 2012, 10:50:16 AM
The mini desserts from the frozen section are to die for!!
Bought one last evening, and can't keep my hands off :)

What have you tried from Costco holiday specials this year? Share. over share...
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: ps9 on May 10, 2013, 09:56:49 PM
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Costco's seasoned tri-tip, USDA Choice.. Picked it up at the District Costco tonight.. Seared it about a minute each side on my mangrates to get the nice diamond marks... finished off in the oven at 375 degrees for about 40 minutes.. nice and juicy dinner for about $20 with another half uncooked for the next bbq.. pair with some King's Hawaiian Rolls and a nice red or a couple of IPA's.. I'm good.

Title: Re: Costco
Post by: Coleman on May 11, 2013, 06:22:03 PM
Costco has not been nice to me this week.
I went there to purchase some glucosamine vitamins only to walk out $82 later.
Just now I went to Costco with the Mrs. for a $14.99 beverage dispenser only to walk out with SonicCare toothbrushes and a Dyson vacuum for my mother in law.

I did get a mocha freeze and that drink is nearly priceless to me, haha.

That steak looks great!  I remember seeing an article that rated Costco steak as some of the best out there.

I do miss the lime flavored chicken strips that they used to sell.  They still sell the plain chicken strips, but I thought that the lime flavored ones were delicious even microwaved. 
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: ps9 on November 17, 2013, 08:53:29 PM
Rians creme brûlée, 6 pack for bout $12, sprinkle sugar pack on, stick under broiler for a couple minutes, a guilty dessert.  Never noticed at Costco before, until wife saw a viet couple buy out the whole supply few weeks ago.  Snagged one today, not bad, not bad at all.  And you get 6 ramekins leftover for future use.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iRXIFTvZpP4
Do not grab ramekin with bare hands under broiler!
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: irvinehomeshopper on November 17, 2013, 09:06:08 PM
beware Costco shoppers! The irvine spectrum Costco prices are at least a dollar more for most items. I found some items are even priced higher.
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: whatever on November 18, 2013, 10:20:55 AM
beware Costco shoppers! The irvine spectrum Costco prices are at least a dollar more for most items. I found some items are even priced higher.

I noticed that about the District.  A case of Arrowhead water was $4.49 there and $4.35 at the one in Huntington Beach.  I don't care about paying more for gas to get there because gas is $3.30 vs $3.39; not to mention the lines are much shorter and people aren't as rude and pushy.  I can walk across the parking lot without getting run over and big SUVs don't stop in the middle of the road and refuse of move until they find a parking spot closer to the entrance.

Same with Target regarding prices and rude drivers.  I found regularly priced items at the Target in Westminster were cheaper than when it was "on sale" at the Target at the Irvine Spectrum.
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: Homer_Simpson on November 18, 2013, 10:36:40 AM
beware Costco shoppers! The irvine spectrum Costco prices are at least a dollar more for most items. I found some items are even priced higher.

I noticed that about the District.  A case of Arrowhead water was $4.49 there and $4.35 at the one in Huntington Beach.  I don't care about paying more for gas to get there because gas is $3.30 vs $3.39; not to mention the lines are much shorter and people aren't as rude and pushy.  I can walk across the parking lot without getting run over and big SUVs don't stop in the middle of the road and refuse of move until they find a parking spot closer to the entrance.

Same with Target regarding prices and rude drivers.  I found regularly priced items at the Target in Westminster were cheaper than when it was "on sale" at the Target at the Irvine Spectrum.


when people try to be pushy in front of me, i just truck them.  Since most of the time, these pushy and rude folks are less than 6' and less than 200 lbs, they get the hint when you shoulder check them when they are trying to buzz by you.


i "accidentally" walk into them some times too, if they are just standing in the middle of the aisle and clogging up traffic.

LOL I do the same thing "shoulder check them", unless it's IHO because he would knock me back toward the pharmacy dept. 
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: Homer_Simpson on November 18, 2013, 10:57:50 AM
Can't tell what from what  >:D
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: ps9 on November 18, 2013, 10:59:40 AM
Remind me not to be at Costco when TD is shopping!
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: irvinehomeshopper on November 18, 2013, 11:06:32 AM
I shop at the Garden Grove Costco for the exact same items there was a 10% difference in the receipt total and likewise for gas prices. The overhead in rent has a lot to do with retail price.
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: irvinehomeowner on November 18, 2013, 11:34:23 AM
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Title: Re: Costco
Post by: Coleman on November 27, 2013, 09:43:49 AM
Here is a photo I took at Costco Irvine.  To the left of the line of carts is the food purchasing area and to the right are the check out lines.  Do you see how people created a nice barricade blocking entry into the food area?  I am always amazed at how unaware some people become in crowded spaces.  Then again, I am a bit of an extremist when it comes to trying to be aware of others.

Title: Re: Costco
Post by: Homer_Simpson on November 27, 2013, 01:35:54 PM
what i do is push their carts away - they tend to get super excited when someone moves their carts... some will even come up to you - which is the perfect opportunity to give them a piece of your mind.

Would only do this if IHO's next to me.  He's my muscle fluff!
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: ps9 on April 16, 2014, 03:50:21 PM
Avoid getting gas at the District Costco, some kind of renovation going on, each lane only has one pump working, can't even get into the area because it's backing up onto Park Avenue.  I estimate a good 15 minute wait or longer if you have the patience.
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: lnc on July 08, 2015, 10:42:22 AM

Avoid the Irvine Spectrum Costco gas station for the next few weeks since there's only one pump per line is working.  They are in the process of remodeling, expansion of new fueling positions and a diesel options. 

The line is unusually long this morning and it would be even worst during the peak hours.  However, the diesel option will be a welcome news for those diesel fans when the expansion is all done. 
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: paperboyNC on July 08, 2015, 12:24:54 PM

Avoid the Irvine Spectrum Costco gas station for the next few weeks since there's only one pump per line is working.  They are in the process of remodeling, expansion of new fueling positions and a diesel options. 

The line is unusually long this morning and it would be even worst during the peak hours.  However, the diesel option will be a welcome news for those diesel fans when the expansion is all done.

If you have (or know someone with) ralph's rewards, the Shell on Technology ends up cheaper than Costco.
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: SoCal on July 08, 2015, 12:35:09 PM
If you have (or know someone with) ralph's rewards, the Shell on Technology ends up cheaper than Costco.

Yup, that's what I've been saying all along. And if you buy gift cards at Ralph's (the one I shop at has a wide selection), there are times such as around Christmas when they will do double fuel points, making it a good deal cheaper than Costco.
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: irvinehusky on July 09, 2015, 10:47:39 AM
Just came back from a trip up to WA state and back.  Put in gas at Costcos in Oregon and WA.  In Oregon, most of the places, you cannot put in the gas yourself, including at Costco.  They have only about two attendants for every 8 pumps or so.  Therefore, it can take a while until they fill your car.  I thought about all the impatient people in Irvine and how this system would not work there.   :P  And, they block the middle area so you have to wait until both cars are done for the next two cars to be able to drive up to the pumps.  It's nice that someone else pumps the gas but not for that delay.  At one place, it was almost deserted but someone decided to bring a few gas cans so the attendant had to fill each one manually and was chatting while I just had to wait.  I was surprised that even with this extra overhead, the gas prices were about 2.59 and 2.77ish in Oregon.
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: The California Court Company on July 09, 2015, 10:57:40 AM
how much you tipped?

Just came back from a trip up to WA state and back.  Put in gas at Costcos in Oregon and WA.  In Oregon, most of the places, you cannot put in the gas yourself, including at Costco.  They have only about two attendants for every 8 pumps or so.  Therefore, it can take a while until they fill your car.  I thought about all the impatient people in Irvine and how this system would not work there.   :P  And, they block the middle area so you have to wait until both cars are done for the next two cars to be able to drive up to the pumps.  It's nice that someone else pumps the gas but not for that delay.  At one place, it was almost deserted but someone decided to bring a few gas cans so the attendant had to fill each one manually and was chatting while I just had to wait.  I was surprised that even with this extra overhead, the gas prices were about 2.59 and 2.77ish in Oregon.
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: irvinehusky on July 09, 2015, 11:07:26 AM
I didn't look at everyone but I didn't see anyone tipping so I didn't either.  I'm sure there are people that do but it seems most do not.

how much you tipped?
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: jmoney74 on July 09, 2015, 11:15:50 AM
I didn't look at everyone but I didn't see anyone tipping so I didn't either.  I'm sure there are people that do but it seems most do not.

how much you tipped?

My sister lives in Oregon.. they don't tip.  Not something people do up there when they get their gas pumped. 
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: irvinehusky on July 09, 2015, 11:28:43 AM
When I was up there about three years ago, I did see someone tipping the attendant at Costco.  That's why I wanted to bypass gassing in Oregon this time but the cheap prices was too much to pass up and I would have run out of gas.  I noticed noone tipping this time so I didn't feel guilty not tipping.   :P  If I was living anywhere where they force you to use attendants, I wouldn't tip for it either.


My sister lives in Oregon.. they don't tip.  Not something people do up there when they get their gas pumped.
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: The California Court Company on July 09, 2015, 11:36:02 AM
lol I am Asian and why the heck I tipped the gas station attendants last time we vacationed there while the white people don't even tip.
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: jayl23 on July 09, 2015, 01:36:12 PM
Lived in NJ for about 30 years, where it's been full service gas stations as far as I can remember, never tipped the attendants.  Even better bonus - much cheaper gas than CA!  :)

I do feel bad for them during the winter when it's really cold and they still have to work outside.
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: spootieho on July 12, 2015, 11:53:45 PM
I don't know why I continue to shop at Costco.  Lately I wonder why I shop there anymore.

Prices used to be better.  Now, most things I buy are cheaper elsewhere.

I get better pricing at the Vons/Albertsons/Ralphs for a lot of the grocery items.  I went to Costco a few months ago at the District, and then to Target at the District.  There was a lot of the same toys.  Target was about 20% cheaper than Costco.  Amazon was cheaper than Costco for diapers when my kids were babies.  The Acura car dealership was a lot cheaper for tires than Costco the last time I needed my tires replaced.

There are things I still do get at Costco, but I do question if it's worth the hassle.  Parking is more difficult at Costco.  Navigating through the store is more difficult than other stores.  Forget gas.  The lines for gas at Costco are usually too long to save $1.  My last few experiences buying gas at Costco, I noticed it was cheaper at the Shell station. 

I realize it's not all about price, but I wonder if the shopping experience is worth whatever extra value I get from Costco.  There are still deals to be had at Costco, but I question how much value I get out of my membership.  I'll drop my executive membership this year for sure.  I might drop it altogether when they get rid of the Amex cards.

Title: Re: Costco
Post by: aquabliss on July 13, 2015, 12:06:11 AM
It's all about the Hot Dog and Soda for $1.62 after tax.
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: eyephone on July 13, 2015, 12:11:44 AM
I don't know why I continue to shop at Costco.  Lately I wonder why I shop there anymore.

Prices used to be better.  Now, most things I buy are cheaper elsewhere.

I get better pricing at the Vons/Albertsons/Ralphs for a lot of the grocery items.  I went to Costco a few months ago at the District, and then to Target at the District.  There was a lot of the same toys.  Target was about 20% cheaper than Costco.  Amazon was cheaper than Costco for diapers when my kids were babies.  The Acura car dealership was a lot cheaper for tires than Costco the last time I needed my tires replaced.

There are things I still do get at Costco, but I do question if it's worth the hassle.  Parking is more difficult at Costco.  Navigating through the store is more difficult than other stores.  Forget gas.  The lines for gas at Costco are usually too long to save $1.  My last few experiences buying gas at Costco, I noticed it was cheaper at the Shell station. 

I realize it's not all about price, but I wonder if the shopping experience is worth whatever extra value I get from Costco.  There are still deals to be had at Costco, but I question how much value I get out of my membership.  I'll drop my executive membership this year for sure.  I might drop it altogether when they get rid of the Amex cards.

I don't think Costco advertises that they are the cheapest out there. They make their money from membership income, and gross margin of the products they sell.

Do I think there is value with a Costco membership? Yes
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: eyephone on July 13, 2015, 12:20:41 AM
It's all about the Hot Dog and Soda for $1.62 after tax.

I hope you don't consider that a meal. http://www.livestrong.com/article/425075-nutritional-information-for-costco-hotdogs/#page=1
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: ps9 on July 13, 2015, 05:33:32 AM
It's all about the Hot Dog and Soda for $1.62 after tax.

And you can swipe your CC now at the food court, no more 38 cents in change annoying me in my pocket :)
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: bones on July 13, 2015, 06:41:02 AM
I don't know why I continue to shop at Costco.  Lately I wonder why I shop there anymore.

Prices used to be better.  Now, most things I buy are cheaper elsewhere.

I get better pricing at the Vons/Albertsons/Ralphs for a lot of the grocery items.  I went to Costco a few months ago at the District, and then to Target at the District.  There was a lot of the same toys.  Target was about 20% cheaper than Costco.  Amazon was cheaper than Costco for diapers when my kids were babies.  The Acura car dealership was a lot cheaper for tires than Costco the last time I needed my tires replaced.

There are things I still do get at Costco, but I do question if it's worth the hassle.  Parking is more difficult at Costco.  Navigating through the store is more difficult than other stores.  Forget gas.  The lines for gas at Costco are usually too long to save $1.  My last few experiences buying gas at Costco, I noticed it was cheaper at the Shell station. 

I realize it's not all about price, but I wonder if the shopping experience is worth whatever extra value I get from Costco.  There are still deals to be had at Costco, but I question how much value I get out of my membership.  I'll drop my executive membership this year for sure.  I might drop it altogether when they get rid of the Amex cards.



100% agree. I dropped my executive membership last year and just canceled my regular membership.  I realized I hate/dread going there and the savings (if any) aren't that great.  Has anyone tried Jet or Boxed?
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: sump3pe on July 23, 2015, 02:45:26 PM
I don't know why I continue to shop at Costco.  Lately I wonder why I shop there anymore.

Prices used to be better.  Now, most things I buy are cheaper elsewhere.

I get better pricing at the Vons/Albertsons/Ralphs for a lot of the grocery items.  I went to Costco a few months ago at the District, and then to Target at the District.  There was a lot of the same toys.  Target was about 20% cheaper than Costco.  Amazon was cheaper than Costco for diapers when my kids were babies.  The Acura car dealership was a lot cheaper for tires than Costco the last time I needed my tires replaced.

There are things I still do get at Costco, but I do question if it's worth the hassle.  Parking is more difficult at Costco.  Navigating through the store is more difficult than other stores.  Forget gas.  The lines for gas at Costco are usually too long to save $1.  My last few experiences buying gas at Costco, I noticed it was cheaper at the Shell station. 

I realize it's not all about price, but I wonder if the shopping experience is worth whatever extra value I get from Costco.  There are still deals to be had at Costco, but I question how much value I get out of my membership.  I'll drop my executive membership this year for sure.  I might drop it altogether when they get rid of the Amex cards.

Visit the Alhambra Costco for the ultimate experience. A kid could get run over inside the store and no one would stop to help. Must be all the FCBs.
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: WillJoy on July 23, 2015, 03:47:39 PM
What about the free food. I feel less guilty about indulgence when I'm only 'tasting' here and there.
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: Coleman on July 23, 2015, 04:05:06 PM
What about the free food. I feel less guilty about indulgence when I'm only 'tasting' here and there.

Worth the money to me.  Always make sure you do the rounds first so you know if you want a pizza slice AND a hot dog or just a pizza slice.

I purchase their gas so I feel that the 3% cash back plus their already low prices gives me a nice little return.

I buy enough frozen blueberries there to warrant the membership prices.
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: firsttimehomebuyer on July 24, 2015, 02:13:39 PM
can I use Costco CASH card at the gas pump ?
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: qwerty on July 24, 2015, 02:15:34 PM
I got 159 from them the day from the executive membership.
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: jmoney74 on July 24, 2015, 02:46:40 PM
can I use Costco CASH card at the gas pump ?

yes
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: pizza on July 24, 2015, 03:39:03 PM
Whiskey is a good enough deal to keep my membership. Save like $10 a bottle.

I was at the Alhambra Costco one time and saw a man get punched in the face.
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: WillJoy on July 24, 2015, 04:48:50 PM
Speaking of Costco, once we stopped by a Costco on our way to a ski resort in Utah to buy alcoholic drinks for the whole gang. I walked round and round in circles and eventually had to asked a staff member.  Before he could finish whatever he was saying I covered my face with my hands and rushed out. And then I bumped into this soda machine by the exit.

I had a flashback yesterday when I saw a very similar vending machine by the exit at Tustin Costco.
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: HMart on July 27, 2015, 01:35:42 PM
Prices used to be better.  Now, most things I buy are cheaper elsewhere.

I shop at Costco because there is above-average value in everything I buy, and I feel very confident about the quality of every product I put in the cart. Can't really say the same about Walmart or Target.

Weirdly, I actually like the fact that Costco will only stock limited choices of things, (i.e. one Kirkland choice and one name brand) because it simplifies shopping. I don't get much value at all from going to Ralphs and choosing between 60 different skus of ketchup.
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: irvinehomeowner on July 27, 2015, 02:33:53 PM
Just bought a mattress at Costco... was going to buy it at Livings Spaces because that's where we bought the bed and we wouldn't have to worry about delivery but for less money we got a name brand (Sealy?) and better quality product.
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: jmoney74 on July 27, 2015, 02:40:11 PM
Just bought a mattress at Costco... was going to buy it at Livings Spaces because that's where we bought the bed and we wouldn't have to worry about delivery but for less money we got a name brand (Sealy?) and better quality product.

can you take it back 10 years later?
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: spootieho on July 27, 2015, 02:56:51 PM
Visit the Alhambra Costco for the ultimate experience. A kid could get run over inside the store and no one would stop to help. Must be all the FCBs.
Fountain Valley is like that too. I can guess that Alhambra might be worse.  There are a lot of rude asian people with no etiquette in those areas.  There can be an obvious line of people, and yet these people will just cut in front of everyone. 

The Irvine and Tustin ones are much better.

I don't think Costco advertises that they are the cheapest out there. They make their money from membership income, and gross margin of the products they sell.
It advertises "Best Possible Prices". 

"We are a membership warehouse club, dedicated to bringing our members the best possible prices on quality brand-name merchandise."

Anyhow, the assumption is that you are getting warehouse prices, which should be less than department store prices.  Whatever the case, most items that I would typically buy are cheaper at typical stores.  I still shop there for some things, but like I said, I'm questioning myself whether or not it's worth the membership fees and hassle.
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: eyephone on July 27, 2015, 03:12:11 PM
Visit the Alhambra Costco for the ultimate experience. A kid could get run over inside the store and no one would stop to help. Must be all the FCBs.
Fountain Valley is like that too. I can guess that Alhambra might be worse.

I don't think Costco advertises that they are the cheapest out there. They make their money from membership income, and gross margin of the products they sell.
It advertises "Best Possible Prices". 

"We are a membership warehouse club, dedicated to bringing our members the best possible prices on quality brand-name merchandise."

Anyhow, the assumption is that you are getting warehouse prices, which should be less than department store prices.  Whatever the case, most items that I would typically buy are cheaper at typical stores.  I still shop there for some things, but like I said, I'm questioning myself whether or not it's worth the membership fees and hassle.

I have seen prices for fruits and vegetables cheaper than costco. (For example - avocados)

Also, I do not need a case of fruits and vegetables. (But that's me, everybody is entitled to an opinion)
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: HMart on July 27, 2015, 04:19:25 PM
You can definitely find cheaper prices if you take the time to look, shop sales, or clip coupons. Maybe you can get $1/lb strawberries at Sprouts, a cheaper TV on Amazon, and find an email deal on 5000 sheets of copy paper from Office Depot. I think you have to weigh the hassle in shopping around different vendors/retailers/stores as well.
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: Bullsback on July 28, 2015, 02:24:02 PM
Visit the Alhambra Costco for the ultimate experience. A kid could get run over inside the store and no one would stop to help. Must be all the FCBs.
Fountain Valley is like that too. I can guess that Alhambra might be worse.

I don't think Costco advertises that they are the cheapest out there. They make their money from membership income, and gross margin of the products they sell.
It advertises "Best Possible Prices". 

"We are a membership warehouse club, dedicated to bringing our members the best possible prices on quality brand-name merchandise."

Anyhow, the assumption is that you are getting warehouse prices, which should be less than department store prices.  Whatever the case, most items that I would typically buy are cheaper at typical stores.  I still shop there for some things, but like I said, I'm questioning myself whether or not it's worth the membership fees and hassle.

I have seen prices for fruits and vegetables cheaper than costco. (For example - avocados)

Also, I do not need a case of fruits and vegetables. (But that's me, everybody is entitled to an opinion)
Their fruits and veggies are largely a rip. Their organic spring salads and stuff like that which are prepackaged are not. Not sure the disconnect but ocassionally I'll buy fruit their (sheer convenience) but otherwise, I can get much better deals at whichever grocer has the stuff on sale.  ]

Note: I suppose if I wanted 20 lb's of carrots, that is actually a good deal, but I'm not bugs bunny. 
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: AW on July 28, 2015, 03:54:16 PM
Sometimes their clothes/shoes are decently priced. 
Sometimes their liquor goes on decent sales, better than market, bevmo
But in large I like the different offerings they have and large aisles.
What they need are rfid's on the goods so you can self checkout.  Direct pay linked to membership. 
Technology has to be reaching that point...
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: eyephone on July 28, 2015, 03:57:55 PM
Sometimes their clothes/shoes are decently priced. 
Sometimes their liquor goes on decent sales, better than market, bevmo
But in large I like the different offerings they have and large aisles.
What they need are rfid's on the goods so you can self checkout.  Direct pay linked to membership. 
Technology has to be reaching that point...

I believe some of the costco stores have union workers, good luck getting those machines on the store.
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: WillJoy on July 28, 2015, 03:58:20 PM
Just bought a mattress at Costco... was going to buy it at Livings Spaces because that's where we bought the bed and we wouldn't have to worry about delivery but for less money we got a name brand (Sealy?) and better quality product.

Have you measured it to be sure? I hear that Costco is downsizing bulk items while keeping prices at the same level.

Title: Re: Costco
Post by: irvinehomeowner on July 28, 2015, 06:48:26 PM
Just bought a mattress at Costco... was going to buy it at Livings Spaces because that's where we bought the bed and we wouldn't have to worry about delivery but for less money we got a name brand (Sealy?) and better quality product.

Have you measured it to be sure? I hear that Costco is downsizing bulk items while keeping prices at the same level.
Dang... I thought the King felt like a Twin but I thought that was due to my girth.
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: lnc on July 28, 2015, 07:20:35 PM
Just bought a mattress at Costco... was going to buy it at Livings Spaces because that's where we bought the bed and we wouldn't have to worry about delivery but for less money we got a name brand (Sealy?) and better quality product.
Have you measured it to be sure? I hear that Costco is downsizing bulk items while keeping prices at the same level.
Dang... I thought the King felt like a Twin but I thought that was due to my girth.

LOL.  Then you should try their downsize undies.......it will really show off your "girth". ;)

Title: Re: Costco
Post by: SoCal on July 28, 2015, 07:59:08 PM
I've been asking Mr. SoCal for years to quit Costco. We have barely stepped foot in the door the last, oh, seven years. The novelty wore off for me a long time ago. But he doesn't want to because now it's tied in with our home insurance, car insurance, road side assistance, etc. I've tried to point out that those services don't end up being a good deal if you keep paying for a membership you rarely use. But I guess he has to hang on to it for those times he buys a t.v., and once every five Christmases I restock on cards and wrapping paper, as if that makes it all better. I don't understand it. Costco is like a bad rash that is hard to get rid of without persistence.
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: eyephone on July 28, 2015, 08:10:51 PM
Just bought a mattress at Costco... was going to buy it at Livings Spaces because that's where we bought the bed and we wouldn't have to worry about delivery but for less money we got a name brand (Sealy?) and better quality product.
Have you measured it to be sure? I hear that Costco is downsizing bulk items while keeping prices at the same level.
Dang... I thought the King felt like a Twin but I thought that was due to my girth.

LOL.  Then you should try their downsize undies.......it will really show off your "girth". ;)

Maybe you should keep role playing ideas between you and your wife. (Wink)
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: eyephone on July 29, 2015, 08:54:13 PM
I just bought an accent chest at costco. (for the price it's nice)
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: eyephone on September 15, 2015, 01:07:19 PM
What's up with the direct tv person at Costco trying to give advice on what TV to buy.
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: lnc on September 15, 2015, 01:48:46 PM
What's up with the direct tv person at Costco trying to give advice on what TV to buy.

He just find out the Google Fiber is coming and he's practicing his next gig. :)
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: AW on September 15, 2015, 01:53:05 PM
i dislike the irvine technology food court that's going to be outdoors... boooooo
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: eyephone on November 21, 2015, 03:46:19 PM
I went to Costco today at the district and I was over charged.
So I had to wait at the exit, one of the supervisor walked me over to the refund line, and then another person processed the refund transaction but needed the supervisor's key. So I had to wait again for that same supervisor to come back.

#TimeWaster

Title: Re: Costco
Post by: bones on November 21, 2015, 04:16:53 PM
I went to Costco today at the district and I was over charged.
So I had to wait at the exit, one of the supervisor walked me over to the refund line, and then another person processed the refund transaction but needed the supervisor's key. So I had to wait again for that same supervisor to come back.

#TimeWaster

So true. Costco is super inefficient. Wanted to cxl my membership which had to be done in person. Went there - bought one last thing (wipes IC!!!) for the heck of it. Waited at the membership desk. Then was told, I can't cxl my card if I purchased something 24 hours prior. Ok, fine so I try to return the wipes. Oh nope, can't return same day items at the return/membership desk. Have to go to some other kiosk and wait for a manager. Wait wait wait. Finally get that done. Go back to membership desk, lady (not the manager) takes FOREVER and requires 3 manager key turns to finally get it done. So glad I never have to walk into that place ever again.
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: nosuchreality on November 22, 2015, 08:01:17 AM
The worst part of Costco are the rude people shopping there.



Title: Re: Costco
Post by: bones on November 22, 2015, 09:31:26 AM
The worst part of Costco are the rude people shopping there.


And now you have one less one to deal with :)
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: c4 on November 22, 2015, 11:37:16 PM
now Google Express is available in Irvine so you can shop many of the Costco items and have them delivered to your home!
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: woodburyowner on November 28, 2015, 11:51:13 PM
The worst part of Costco are the rude people shopping there.

I saw a crazy older lady pushing and bumping her cart into a 7-8 year old girl as she tried to beat the exit line.  I was absolutely shocked at this type of behavior.  Luckily, the girl moved out of the way after the first bump.
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: jmoney74 on November 29, 2015, 07:45:39 AM
The worst part of Costco are the rude people shopping there.

I saw a crazy older lady pushing and bumping her cart into a 7-8 year old girl as she tried to beat the exit line.  I was absolutely shocked at this type of behavior.  Luckily, the girl moved out of the way after the first bump.

you should have knocked her ass to the ground.  WORLD STAR!
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: jmoney74 on November 29, 2015, 07:46:49 AM
I went to Costco today at the district and I was over charged.
So I had to wait at the exit, one of the supervisor walked me over to the refund line, and then another person processed the refund transaction but needed the supervisor's key. So I had to wait again for that same supervisor to come back.

#TimeWaster

it's not that bad

So true. Costco is super inefficient. Wanted to cxl my membership which had to be done in person. Went there - bought one last thing (wipes IC!!!) for the heck of it. Waited at the membership desk. Then was told, I can't cxl my card if I purchased something 24 hours prior. Ok, fine so I try to return the wipes. Oh nope, can't return same day items at the return/membership desk. Have to go to some other kiosk and wait for a manager. Wait wait wait. Finally get that done. Go back to membership desk, lady (not the manager) takes FOREVER and requires 3 manager key turns to finally get it done. So glad I never have to walk into that place ever again.
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: Irvinecommuter on November 29, 2015, 07:58:06 AM
Costco can be inefficient but they take everything back.  You open it and eat it...don't like it, they take it back.  You open it and it doesn't fit, they take it back. 

Costco could use a Fewer than 10 item line though...sometimes, I am just getting 3 things and don't want to wait behind someone with 30 items.
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: jmoney74 on November 29, 2015, 08:12:36 AM
I went to Costco today at the district and I was over charged.
So I had to wait at the exit, one of the supervisor walked me over to the refund line, and then another person processed the refund transaction but needed the supervisor's key. So I had to wait again for that same supervisor to come back.

#TimeWaster

it's not that bad

So true. Costco is super inefficient. Wanted to cxl my membership which had to be done in person. Went there - bought one last thing (wipes IC!!!) for the heck of it. Waited at the membership desk. Then was told, I can't cxl my card if I purchased something 24 hours prior. Ok, fine so I try to return the wipes. Oh nope, can't return same day items at the return/membership desk. Have to go to some other kiosk and wait for a manager. Wait wait wait. Finally get that done. Go back to membership desk, lady (not the manager) takes FOREVER and requires 3 manager key turns to finally get it done. So glad I never have to walk into that place ever again.

Lost in middle. Said not that bad.
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: spootieho on November 29, 2015, 08:21:13 PM
I saw a crazy older lady pushing and bumping her cart into a 7-8 year old girl as she tried to beat the exit line.  I was absolutely shocked at this type of behavior.  Luckily, the girl moved out of the way after the first bump.
Most Costcos that I've been to have been like that for decades.  Fountain Valley Costco has a lot of Vietnamese and Chinese immigrants who are among the rudest people when it comes to lines, parking, shopping...  The Irvine/Tustin locations aren't so bad...
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: woodburyowner on November 29, 2015, 09:25:53 PM
I saw a crazy older lady pushing and bumping her cart into a 7-8 year old girl as she tried to beat the exit line.  I was absolutely shocked at this type of behavior.  Luckily, the girl moved out of the way after the first bump.
Most Costcos that I've been to have been like that for decades.  Fountain Valley Costco has a lot of Vietnamese and Chinese immigrants who are among the rudest people when it comes to lines, parking, shopping...  The Irvine/Tustin locations aren't so bad...

This was at the Irvine/Tustin location (not District) and the lady was middle eastern.
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: eyephone on November 29, 2015, 09:32:27 PM
Costco can be inefficient but they take everything back.  You open it and eat it...don't like it, they take it back.  You open it and it doesn't fit, they take it back. 
I recently returned a food item that was new, and the customer service person gave me a lecture that it is a perishable item and they have to throw it away. They still refunded it back to my card.
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: eyephone on December 08, 2015, 10:02:06 PM
I went to Costco today at the district and I was over charged.
So I had to wait at the exit, one of the supervisor walked me over to the refund line, and then another person processed the refund transaction but needed the supervisor's key. So I had to wait again for that same supervisor to come back.

#TimeWaster

Costco District Update:
I recently returned the PS4 that I bought over the Thanksgiving Weekend. (unopened) The reason why I returned it because I recently saw a better deal for the PS4.
While waiting in the return line, I noticed a Costco employee walk to the exit and gave a customer cash for an item overcharged. (Over the top customer service. The customer usually will have to wait in line for a refund. )




Title: Re: Costco
Post by: SoCal on December 11, 2015, 08:36:52 AM
Yo, just want to give a head's up about Costco's delivery because I was pretty surprised by how they handle this. Mr. SoCal randomly sent me a "just because" gift worth $1,400 (a Dell laptop I was eyeing). He ordered it online from Costco. Costco sent it through FedEx. He thought Costco would probably require a signature.  After all, ding-dong-ditch could create an issue for them. When it arrived yesterday, FedEx did not even knock and did not even ring the doorbell. This is every package thief's dream come true. I was not supposed to be home at the time. However, due to last minute unforeseen circumstances, I was (thank God.) FedEx just left it on the doorstep but did try to disguise it behind something. Anyway, Mr. SoCal was planning to intercept the delivery and receive the goods... problem is, it was delivered before Costco even confirmed that it shipped! Costco said it was approximately a 1-week delivery. It was not. Normally, quick delivery is not a problem... if it's a box of crackers. They should be more careful how they execute delivery with some things.
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: ps9 on December 11, 2015, 08:59:23 AM
We're all spoiled by Amazon
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: Bullsback on December 11, 2015, 10:04:06 AM
Honestly..if it gets stolen, you just get a new one. I just ordered some new shirts from Europe and they were supposed to take two weeks, 4 days later they were at my doorstop. I was stoked they came that earlier. Underpromise and overdeliver. 
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: SoCal on December 11, 2015, 10:28:28 AM
I just ordered some new shirts from Europe and they were supposed to take two weeks, 4 days later they were at my doorstop.

Hey, that's good. When I order clothes from the U.K., they take at least two weeks, if not three. But that's coming out of Manchester, England.
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: paperboyNC on December 11, 2015, 10:41:23 AM
Yo, just want to give a head's up about Costco's delivery because I was pretty surprised by how they handle this. Mr. SoCal randomly sent me a "just because" gift worth $1,400 (a Dell laptop I was eyeing). He ordered it online from Costco. Costco sent it through FedEx. He thought Costco would probably require a signature.  After all, ding-dong-ditch could create an issue for them. When it arrived yesterday, FedEx did not even knock and did not even ring the doorbell. This is every package thief's dream come true. I was not supposed to be home at the time. However, due to last minute unforeseen circumstances, I was (thank God.) FedEx just left it on the doorstep but did try to disguise it behind something. Anyway, Mr. SoCal was planning to intercept the delivery and receive the goods... problem is, it was delivered before Costco even confirmed that it shipped! Costco said it was approximately a 1-week delivery. It was not. Normally, quick delivery is not a problem... if it's a box of crackers. They should be more careful how they execute delivery with some things.

Costco also let FedEx just leave an iPad at my doorstep. It costs extra to ship items with "signature required" and the item gets returned to Costco after 3 attempt. The loss percentage must be lower than the signature required cost.

Costco did send me an email that it shipped with a tracking number so didn't have that problem :)
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: eyephone on January 25, 2016, 12:31:35 AM
Costco doesn't price match on TVs. (thats what the Costco employee told me. Correct me if I'm wrong.) I think this is a major mistake. All the major players price match. (Amazon, BB, Frys)

Is it just me or what? I'm sick of the direct tv sales person approaching me when right after I enter the store. (Not all the time, but still)
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: morekaos on January 25, 2016, 01:30:12 PM
Costco doesn't price match on TVs. (thats what the Costco employee told me. Correct me if I'm wrong.) I think this is a major mistake. All the major players price match. (Amazon, BB, Frys)

Is it just me or what? I'm sick of the direct tv sales person approaching me when right after I enter the store. (Not all the time, but still)

Just tell them you already have it. I say this whenever approached for cable, solar, newspaper subscription or alarms. Nothing will make them scurry away faster than staring at a double sale.
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: jmoney74 on January 25, 2016, 03:47:41 PM
Costco doesn't price match on TVs. (thats what the Costco employee told me. Correct me if I'm wrong.) I think this is a major mistake. All the major players price match. (Amazon, BB, Frys)

Is it just me or what? I'm sick of the direct tv sales person approaching me when right after I enter the store. (Not all the time, but still)

They must sell enough to not have to deal with it.. plus hard to match.. I think their standard warranty is better no?
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: eyephone on January 29, 2016, 02:59:43 PM
Costco doesn't price match on TVs. (thats what the Costco employee told me. Correct me if I'm wrong.) I think this is a major mistake. All the major players price match. (Amazon, BB, Frys)

Is it just me or what? I'm sick of the direct tv sales person approaching me when right after I enter the store. (Not all the time, but still)

They must sell enough to not have to deal with it.. plus hard to match.. I think their standard warranty is better no?

I don't buy warranty at Costco. Plus now they try to sell the square trade warranty at Costco.
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: eyephone on January 29, 2016, 03:04:29 PM
Costco doesn't price match on TVs. (thats what the Costco employee told me. Correct me if I'm wrong.) I think this is a major mistake. All the major players price match. (Amazon, BB, Frys)

Is it just me or what? I'm sick of the direct tv sales person approaching me when right after I enter the store. (Not all the time, but still)

Just tell them you already have it. I say this whenever approached for cable, solar, newspaper subscription or alarms. Nothing will make them scurry away faster than staring at a double sale.

Of course I can do that. But why do I have to do that?
I guess the management philosophy at Costco has changed? (Let the vendor bother the customer when they enter the warehouse)

For me it's easier to say no, not pick up, or hang up on the phone if it's a telemarketer.
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: jmoney74 on January 29, 2016, 03:35:00 PM
Costco doesn't price match on TVs. (thats what the Costco employee told me. Correct me if I'm wrong.) I think this is a major mistake. All the major players price match. (Amazon, BB, Frys)

Is it just me or what? I'm sick of the direct tv sales person approaching me when right after I enter the store. (Not all the time, but still)

They must sell enough to not have to deal with it.. plus hard to match.. I think their standard warranty is better no?

I don't buy warranty at Costco. Plus now they try to sell the square trade warranty at Costco.

but I think even the standard warranty is better is what im saying. 
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: eyephone on January 29, 2016, 03:46:25 PM
Costco doesn't price match on TVs. (thats what the Costco employee told me. Correct me if I'm wrong.) I think this is a major mistake. All the major players price match. (Amazon, BB, Frys)

Is it just me or what? I'm sick of the direct tv sales person approaching me when right after I enter the store. (Not all the time, but still)

They must sell enough to not have to deal with it.. plus hard to match.. I think their standard warranty is better no?

I don't buy warranty at Costco. Plus now they try to sell the square trade warranty at Costco.

but I think even the standard warranty is better is what im saying.

Are you talking about up to 90 days it's okay to return for tvs that policy?
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: eyephone on June 06, 2016, 04:01:21 PM
Should you pay the extra $55 for the executive membership article

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/should-you-pay-the-extra-55-for-a-costco-executive-membership-2016-06-06

Title: Re: Costco
Post by: iacrenter on June 06, 2016, 08:15:50 PM
Anyone getting the new Citi Costco Visa card? It looks like June 20th will be the new launch day. Say goodbye to American Express.

The card benefits seem good:
4% cash back on eligible gas worldwide, including gas at Costco, for the first $7,000 per year and then 1% thereafter
3% cash back on restaurant and eligible travel purchases worldwide
2% cash back on all other purchases from Costco and Costco.com
1% cash back on all other purchases

https://www.citi.com/credit-cards/creditcards/citi.action?ID=citi-costco-credit-card-conversion
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: momopi on June 06, 2016, 09:07:41 PM
Current Costco members should have already received the new card.
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: Ready2Downsize on June 24, 2016, 11:34:03 AM
I just ordered some new shirts from Europe and they were supposed to take two weeks, 4 days later they were at my doorstop.

Hey, that's good. When I order clothes from the U.K., they take at least two weeks, if not three. But that's coming out of Manchester, England.

Maybe shirts from the UK will be even lower at Costco when they start getting in orders placed after today.
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: eyephone on July 10, 2016, 05:21:48 PM
I guess my Amex credit card balance transferred to Citi before the end of the billing cycle. So my automated payment for Amex did not kick in.

I waited around 30 minutes to talk over the phone to a Citi rep.

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/sams-club-firing-shots-costco-141800030.html
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: eyephone on December 22, 2016, 09:57:11 AM
There's a red Ferrari parked in front of the Tustin District Costco (Costco Auto Program). I saw a lot of hand prints on the windows of the car.
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: eyephone on March 03, 2017, 12:28:02 PM
Costco membership fee to increase.

Following increase:
Regular $5
executive $10

#outraged


Title: Re: Costco
Post by: Loco_local on March 03, 2017, 12:59:31 PM
Costco to increase membership fee to increase.

Following increase:
Regular $5
executive $10

#outraged

Horrible! Who will pay me to protest?
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: eyephone on March 03, 2017, 02:28:55 PM
Costco to increase membership fee to increase.

Following increase:
Regular $5
executive $10

#outraged

Horrible! Who will pay me to protest?

So Costco missed their earnings and then announced the membership increase.
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: eyephone on August 13, 2017, 08:50:07 AM
Are the tires at Costco a good deal?

The reason why I ask is because I just saw around 6-7 people waiting in line outside of Costco Tire center. (The Costco tire center opens at 9am)

Title: Re: Costco
Post by: daedalus on August 13, 2017, 09:06:33 AM
The tires are priced well.  Throw in things like free flat repair and free lifetime rotations/balancing, plus the fact that the techs generally are well trained and will always use a torque wrench to torque the nuts, then it becomes a no-brainer to me. Downsides are the crowds, as you noticed, and that they won't have quite the tire selection or flexibility you might find at tire rack.  Not an issue for most cars/people.  USC might not want to take his GT3 there, though.
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: lnc on August 13, 2017, 10:00:32 AM
Yeah, the Costco tire and tire service are pretty good deal,  they even inflate your tire with nitrogen for free.

Ive got tire, tire rotation and flat repair done here, pretty satisfied with their service. 
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: woodburyowner on August 13, 2017, 11:17:27 AM
Go to America's Tire Co.  They price match anything you find on internet.  They offer lifetime rotation, balance and flat repairs (this is for anyone).  Remember that with Costco, you need to go back to get Nitrogen refills.
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: eyephone on August 13, 2017, 12:07:25 PM
The tires are priced well.  Throw in things like free flat repair and free lifetime rotations/balancing, plus the fact that the techs generally are well trained and will always use a torque wrench to torque the nuts, then it becomes a no-brainer to me. Downsides are the crowds, as you noticed, and that they won't have quite the tire selection or flexibility you might find at tire rack.  Not an issue for most cars/people.  USC might not want to take his GT3 there, though.

Yeah, the Costco tire and tire service are pretty good deal,  they even inflate your tire with nitrogen for free.

Ive got tire, tire rotation and flat repair done here, pretty satisfied with their service.

Update: Costco has a tire deal for Bridgestone tires $70 instant rebate when you buy 4 tires and .01 cent for installation. (For the .01 a tire installation its through Aug 11th - Aug 16th)
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: daedalus on August 13, 2017, 01:11:28 PM
Website says the offer is good through the 18th.  But they run them pretty often.  I've been getting my tires there for over a decade and have always gotten some kind of discount, more often on the Michelins.  It's been $70 off a set of 4 for many years, though I think a long time ago it was $100 off.
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: eyephone on August 13, 2017, 01:23:39 PM
Website says the offer is good through the 18th.  But they run them pretty often.  I've been getting my tires there for over a decade and have always gotten some kind of discount, more often on the Michelins.  It's been $70 off a set of 4 for many years, though I think a long time ago it was $100 off.

So I took a look back at the promo it's Aug 11th to the 16th for the .01 installation per tire with the purchase. Usually it's $14 per tire. (unless you install it on your own)

The deal is $70 instant rebate, with the promo of .01 cent installation per tire equates to $56. Total saving $126 makes it a good deal.  ;)

I recommend calling them before you go to make sure they have your tire size in stock.
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: Kangen.Irvine on August 13, 2017, 04:04:25 PM
I've been pleased with Costco purchased tires, but always suggest making an appointment for rotations. Otherwise the line will be hours. They will retorque without waiting though. A caution, however obvious. You still must align the tires elsewhere.
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: USCTrojanCPA on August 13, 2017, 06:58:18 PM
The tires are priced well.  Throw in things like free flat repair and free lifetime rotations/balancing, plus the fact that the techs generally are well trained and will always use a torque wrench to torque the nuts, then it becomes a no-brainer to me. Downsides are the crowds, as you noticed, and that they won't have quite the tire selection or flexibility you might find at tire rack.  Not an issue for most cars/people.  USC might not want to take his GT3 there, though.

Yeah, they don't sell tires for my GT4 and GT3RS.  :(
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: eyephone on August 13, 2017, 07:27:36 PM
The tires are priced well.  Throw in things like free flat repair and free lifetime rotations/balancing, plus the fact that the techs generally are well trained and will always use a torque wrench to torque the nuts, then it becomes a no-brainer to me. Downsides are the crowds, as you noticed, and that they won't have quite the tire selection or flexibility you might find at tire rack.  Not an issue for most cars/people.  USC might not want to take his GT3 there, though.

Yeah, they don't sell tires for my GT4 and GT3RS.  :(

Did you know they do special orders for tires?
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: iacrenter on August 13, 2017, 09:02:54 PM
The tires are priced well.  Throw in things like free flat repair and free lifetime rotations/balancing, plus the fact that the techs generally are well trained and will always use a torque wrench to torque the nuts, then it becomes a no-brainer to me. Downsides are the crowds, as you noticed, and that they won't have quite the tire selection or flexibility you might find at tire rack.  Not an issue for most cars/people.  USC might not want to take his GT3 there, though.

Yeah, they don't sell tires for my GT4 and GT3RS.  :(

For sports cars I trust SupremePower for tires and mods:
http://www.supremepower.com/

I've used them on multiple occasions and have been happy with their service.
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: USCTrojanCPA on August 13, 2017, 10:14:20 PM
The tires are priced well.  Throw in things like free flat repair and free lifetime rotations/balancing, plus the fact that the techs generally are well trained and will always use a torque wrench to torque the nuts, then it becomes a no-brainer to me. Downsides are the crowds, as you noticed, and that they won't have quite the tire selection or flexibility you might find at tire rack.  Not an issue for most cars/people.  USC might not want to take his GT3 there, though.

Yeah, they don't sell tires for my GT4 and GT3RS.  :(

Did you know they do special orders for tires?

I normally get my tires from TireRack...no sales tax and low shipping cost...and send them to the tire shop that I use in Tustin to mount them.  Tires are anywhere from $1,200 to $2,200 per set so saving on sales tax is important, pays for brake pads.  haha
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: eyephone on August 15, 2017, 02:22:26 PM
"Judge: Costco must pay Tiffany $19.4 million for advertising knock-off rings

Tiffany has beaten Costco to the tune of at least $19.4 million in a trademark infringement battle over alleged knock-off rings that pitted the luxury jeweler against the membership warehouse giant.

Costco must pay the financial damages for its years-long practice of selling rings with signs that said "Tiffany" without any modifiers to indicate the items were not made by the world-famed New York City jewelry company, a  judge ruled Monday.

In all, Costco owes Tiffany $11.1 million, three times the estimated profit the Issaquah, Wa.-based company made on sales of the rings, U.S. District Court Judge Laura Taylor Swain wrote in a 17-page decision. She also ordered Costco to pay $8.25 million in legal damages and issued a permanent injunction that bars the company from using the Tiffany name without clarifying modifiers. "


https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2017/08/15/judge-costco-must-pay-tiffany-19-4-million-advertising-knock-off-rings/568129001/
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: eyephone on August 15, 2017, 02:37:42 PM
I hope you didn't buy your love one a "Tiffany ring" at Costco. They might flip out if they find out about the ruling.
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: HMart on September 07, 2017, 06:21:22 PM
The tires are priced well.  Throw in things like free flat repair and free lifetime rotations/balancing, plus the fact that the techs generally are well trained and will always use a torque wrench to torque the nuts, then it becomes a no-brainer to me. Downsides are the crowds, as you noticed, and that they won't have quite the tire selection or flexibility you might find at tire rack.  Not an issue for most cars/people.  USC might not want to take his GT3 there, though.

Yeah, they don't sell tires for my GT4 and GT3RS.  :(

Did you know they do special orders for tires?

I normally get my tires from TireRack...no sales tax and low shipping cost...and send them to the tire shop that I use in Tustin to mount them.  Tires are anywhere from $1,200 to $2,200 per set so saving on sales tax is important, pays for brake pads.  haha

Hey, that sales (use) tax funds our local schools!;)
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: eyephone on December 31, 2017, 01:04:06 PM
New item at the foot court: Beef chili with beans $3.99
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: jmoney74 on December 31, 2017, 03:43:04 PM
New item at the foot court: Beef chili with beans $3.99

How is it?  Not a fan of beans though.
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: eyephone on December 31, 2017, 06:54:50 PM
New item at the foot court: Beef chili with beans $3.99

How is it?  Not a fan of beans though.

I don’t know - I didn’t buy it
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: daedalus on December 31, 2017, 07:23:46 PM
It's not bad.  Not too spicy.  Serve it with some sticky white rice and you can get 2 good meals out of 1 cup. 
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: ps9 on January 01, 2018, 08:48:48 PM
get 4 hot dogs with the chili and you can hack it into chili dogs. 
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: aquabliss on January 01, 2018, 10:05:50 PM
get 4 hot dogs with the chili and you can hack it into chili dogs. 

Good idea, 4 chili dogs with soda for $9.99, then add mustard and onion.  Death meal for a bargain price.
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: irvinehomeowner on January 02, 2018, 08:04:13 AM
The chili is actually pretty good.

We did the chili dog hack (they give you cheese too) but I also don’t like beans in chili esp on hot dogs.

They don’t give you crackers though.
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: eyephone on January 02, 2018, 12:42:43 PM
The Costco at Tustin district sells the chili. The Costco at Technology doesn’t.

I am guessing this is a trial or due to demographics.
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: HMart on January 02, 2018, 09:07:13 PM
Man, talk about kicking Wienerschniztel while they're down.
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: eyephone on March 18, 2019, 01:24:18 PM
Costco Rebate voucher cash back for credit card.
I was about to cash my rebate voucher and they were going to write me a check. I made a comment, then why didn’t then send me a check in the first place. Then I started to talk to another random customer. Then they gave me cash.
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: zubs on March 20, 2019, 11:24:12 AM
I splurged my costco rebate check on alc.
It's gonna be a good week.
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: eyephone on March 20, 2019, 11:25:04 AM
I splurged my costco rebate check on alc.
It's gonna be a good week.

Nice
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: HMart on April 01, 2019, 09:36:55 PM
Costco Rebate voucher cash back for credit card.
I was about to cash my rebate voucher and they were going to write me a check. I made a comment, then why didn’t then send me a check in the first place. Then I started to talk to another random customer. Then they gave me cash.

I've gotten my yearly rebate in cash every year that I can remember. You just have to ask for it.
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: eyephone on April 02, 2019, 08:32:23 AM
Costco Rebate voucher cash back for credit card.
I was about to cash my rebate voucher and they were going to write me a check. I made a comment, then why didn’t then send me a check in the first place. Then I started to talk to another random customer. Then they gave me cash.

I've gotten my yearly rebate in cash every year that I can remember. You just have to ask for it.

My post was not about the timing of the rebate check. It was about getting the refund in cash. If they were going to give me a check. Why not send it to me in the mail?
Let’s say I accepted the check option instead of getting cash. Then I would have to go to the bank and deposit it. (I saw the worker writing the check freehand on a corporate check to another member.)
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: Kings on April 02, 2019, 10:58:02 AM
Costco Rebate voucher cash back for credit card.
I was about to cash my rebate voucher and they were going to write me a check. I made a comment, then why didn’t then send me a check in the first place. Then I started to talk to another random customer. Then they gave me cash.

I've gotten my yearly rebate in cash every year that I can remember. You just have to ask for it.

My post was not about the timing of the rebate check. It was about getting the refund in cash. If they were going to give me a check. Why not send it to me in the mail?
Let’s say I accepted the check option instead of getting cash. Then I would have to go to the bank and deposit it. (I saw the worker writing the check freehand on a corporate check to another member.)

the longer that money sits in costco's account, the more interest they gain before they have to pay out. 
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: eyephone on April 02, 2019, 11:05:54 AM
Costco Rebate voucher cash back for credit card.
I was about to cash my rebate voucher and they were going to write me a check. I made a comment, then why didn’t then send me a check in the first place. Then I started to talk to another random customer. Then they gave me cash.

I've gotten my yearly rebate in cash every year that I can remember. You just have to ask for it.

My post was not about the timing of the rebate check. It was about getting the refund in cash. If they were going to give me a check. Why not send it to me in the mail?
Let’s say I accepted the check option instead of getting cash. Then I would have to go to the bank and deposit it. (I saw the worker writing the check freehand on a corporate check to another member.)

the longer that money sits in costco's account, the more interest they gain before they have to pay out.

I hope there is a control over the checks. Because that person was writing the check to the member not by computer. (acceptable to fraud? Potentially yes)
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: best_potsticker_in_town on April 02, 2019, 11:26:37 AM
Costco also writes checks for some online purchase returns.

Costco.com accepts Mastercard and Discover in addition to Visa. I once made an online purchase w/ my Mastercard and returned the item ($1,100 camera) to the store for a refund. Due to the fact that the warehouse can only process Visa transactions, they wrote me a check. It's actually a good way to meet minimum spend for sign-up bonuses if you have a MC or Discover.
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: HMart on April 02, 2019, 01:51:26 PM
Costco Rebate voucher cash back for credit card.
I was about to cash my rebate voucher and they were going to write me a check. I made a comment, then why didn’t then send me a check in the first place. Then I started to talk to another random customer. Then they gave me cash.

I've gotten my yearly rebate in cash every year that I can remember. You just have to ask for it.

My post was not about the timing of the rebate check. It was about getting the refund in cash. If they were going to give me a check. Why not send it to me in the mail?
Let’s say I accepted the check option instead of getting cash. Then I would have to go to the bank and deposit it. (I saw the worker writing the check freehand on a corporate check to another member.)

My post was about the method of refund, cash.

Honestly, I think the reason they don't send you checks in person is that they want you to show up at Costco one more time to potentially buy stuff. Hey, I'm here already....

And it's a pretty reasonable (if inconvenient) ask. If you don't like the terms of the deal, you should cancel.

Costco also writes checks for some online purchase returns.

Costco.com accepts Mastercard and Discover in addition to Visa. I once made an online purchase w/ my Mastercard and returned the item ($1,100 camera) to the store for a refund. Due to the fact that the warehouse can only process Visa transactions, they wrote me a check. It's actually a good way to meet minimum spend for sign-up bonuses if you have a MC or Discover.

Well, that's one way to slowly make money. I figure driving to Costco, waiting in return line, and then coming back home would probably cost me 30-75 minutes. With a 2.0%-2.625% cashback card you can do the math.
edit: I also imagine that Costco would shut you down if their algorithms picked up signs of abuse, and then you'd have to deal with a life without Costco.
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: eyephone on April 02, 2019, 02:01:17 PM
Costco Rebate voucher cash back for credit card.
I was about to cash my rebate voucher and they were going to write me a check. I made a comment, then why didn’t then send me a check in the first place. Then I started to talk to another random customer. Then they gave me cash.

I've gotten my yearly rebate in cash every year that I can remember. You just have to ask for it.

My post was not about the timing of the rebate check. It was about getting the refund in cash. If they were going to give me a check. Why not send it to me in the mail?
Let’s say I accepted the check option instead of getting cash. Then I would have to go to the bank and deposit it. (I saw the worker writing the check freehand on a corporate check to another member.)

My post was about the method of refund, cash.

Honestly, I think the reason they don't send you checks in person is that they want you to show up at Costco one more time to potentially buy stuff. Hey, I'm here already....

And it's a pretty reasonable (if inconvenient) ask. If you don't like the terms of the deal, you should cancel.

Costco also writes checks for some online purchase returns.

Costco.com accepts Mastercard and Discover in addition to Visa. I once made an online purchase w/ my Mastercard and returned the item ($1,100 camera) to the store for a refund. Due to the fact that the warehouse can only process Visa transactions, they wrote me a check. It's actually a good way to meet minimum spend for sign-up bonuses if you have a MC or Discover.

Well, that's one way to slowly make money. I figure driving to Costco, waiting in return line, and then coming back home would probably cost me 30-75 minutes. With a 2.0%-2.625% cashback card you can do the math.
edit: I also imagine that Costco would shut you down if their algorithms picked up signs of abuse, and then you'd have to deal with a life without Costco.

Go ahead try to shut me down. I did nothing wrong. I was talking about the employees writing on the blank checks. My original complaint: I want the cash from my rebate check. That’s it! (a reasonable complaint)

Trust me I don’t need to play games with scams. I got better things to do and I don’t have the time. (Nice false accusation)

Do you work for Costco? Seems like you got all mad. Also. Who are trying to be ban me from Costco? So if you make a complaint at place x. Does that mean you are banned from going there?
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: iacrenter on April 02, 2019, 03:29:31 PM
Costco Rebate voucher cash back for credit card.
I was about to cash my rebate voucher and they were going to write me a check. I made a comment, then why didn’t then send me a check in the first place. Then I started to talk to another random customer. Then they gave me cash.

I've gotten my yearly rebate in cash every year that I can remember. You just have to ask for it.

My post was not about the timing of the rebate check. It was about getting the refund in cash. If they were going to give me a check. Why not send it to me in the mail?
Let’s say I accepted the check option instead of getting cash. Then I would have to go to the bank and deposit it. (I saw the worker writing the check freehand on a corporate check to another member.)

I should have pushed the issue further and asked for cash as well. I'm guessing they don't want to deplete their daily cash reserves for customers who have over X amount of cash back. The biggest PITA was waiting for the manager to write me the check (it does require two Costco manager signatures). He told me to go shopping and it would be ready for me when I came back. I just wanted my money since I had places to go. So instead I wasted 10 minutes standing around reading my iPhone.
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: Cares on April 02, 2019, 03:35:27 PM
Well, that's one way to slowly make money. I figure driving to Costco, waiting in return line, and then coming back home would probably cost me 30-75 minutes. With a 2.0%-2.625% cashback card you can do the math.
edit: I also imagine that Costco would shut you down if their algorithms picked up signs of abuse, and then you'd have to deal with a life without Costco.

You don't manufacture spend regularly with this method. It is solely to meet sign up bonus minimum spends (which are a few hundred to even $1000 of points) if you need to without costing yourself any money. I have unintentionally bought jewelry or other expensive items online and get refunded in cash in store.
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: Irvinecommuter on April 02, 2019, 03:37:36 PM
I am so confused by all of this.  We get an annual check in the mail that we use for our next Costco trip...the remainder of which is given to us in cash.

My understanding is that we can also just cash it at a Costco...I have never tried to deposit a Costco check.
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: eyephone on April 02, 2019, 03:57:00 PM
I am so confused by all of this.  We get an annual check in the mail that we use for our next Costco trip...the remainder of which is given to us in cash.

My understanding is that we can also just cash it at a Costco...I have never tried to deposit a Costco check.

So in the mail or through email a person will get their rebate voucher. If a person wishes to turn that voucher for money. Than they will send you to a register/location with no customers. This is based on my experience and it may differ from different locations.
The person was going to write me a check for my voucher. At the end, I got cash.

Title: Re: Costco
Post by: Irvinecommuter on April 02, 2019, 04:28:29 PM
I am so confused by all of this.  We get an annual check in the mail that we use for our next Costco trip...the remainder of which is given to us in cash.

My understanding is that we can also just cash it at a Costco...I have never tried to deposit a Costco check.

So in the mail or through email a person will get their rebate voucher. If a person wishes to turn that voucher for money. Than they will send you to a register/location with no customers. This is based on my experience and it may differ from different locations.
The person was going to write me a check for my voucher. At the end, I got cash.

I guess a person wants to ban me. laughable

Over Costco?  That's silly...Costco is a happy place where cheap hot dogs and pizza roam freely and 65 cent sodas flow like rivers!
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: eyephone on April 02, 2019, 05:04:25 PM
Costco Rebate voucher cash back for credit card.
I was about to cash my rebate voucher and they were going to write me a check. I made a comment, then why didn’t then send me a check in the first place. Then I started to talk to another random customer. Then they gave me cash.

I've gotten my yearly rebate in cash every year that I can remember. You just have to ask for it.

My post was not about the timing of the rebate check. It was about getting the refund in cash. If they were going to give me a check. Why not send it to me in the mail?
Let’s say I accepted the check option instead of getting cash. Then I would have to go to the bank and deposit it. (I saw the worker writing the check freehand on a corporate check to another member.)

I should have pushed the issue further and asked for cash as well. I'm guessing they don't want to deplete their daily cash reserves for customers who have over X amount of cash back. The biggest PITA was waiting for the manager to write me the check (it does require two Costco manager signatures). He told me to go shopping and it would be ready for me when I came back. I just wanted my money since I had places to go. So instead I wasted 10 minutes standing around reading my iPhone.

So it happened to you to also? It’s not a big deal. But it’s a waste of time.

*I didn’t know the checks required two managers. That throws out my statement regarding the blank checks.
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: Cares on April 03, 2019, 09:08:09 AM
I have always cashed my rebate checks and never apply it towards purchases. Got to maximize those credit card points!
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: eyephone on August 27, 2019, 04:36:49 PM
Video: Massive crowds overwhelm Costco on its opening day in China

In fact, the wholesale giant was reportedly forced to shut the store, its first ever opened in China, early due to overcrowding and traffic jams. “Due to the extremely large crowds at the newly opened supermarket, for the safety of the public, we urge that residents consume in a rational manner and choose to go shopping at an off-peak time,” The Paper, a Chinese media outlet, reported.

https://www.marketwatch.com/story/dangerous-crowds-and-3-hour-lines-the-chinese-love-costco-more-than-you-do-2019-08-27

Here are the crazy scenes from Costco’s opening day in China

https://qz.com/1695894/here-are-the-crazy-scenes-from-costcos-opening-day-in-china/

My comment: Costco just opened in China! From the pictures it looks like Black Friday.. (Long lines to get in the store, parking issue, people scrambling to get things) Like I previous said people like good deals. They were so crowded they had to close early. (Wow)

Btw: Costco stock jumped like $13ish today.
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: eyephone on September 16, 2019, 08:48:51 PM
FYI - self service checkout lines @ the District
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: aquabliss on September 17, 2019, 01:00:59 AM
Up next: Hot Dog vending machine.
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: eyephone on September 17, 2019, 10:35:44 AM
Up next: Hot Dog vending machine.

@ the district location: they also have a food kiosk to order food

Also, with the Costco app you can show your Costco digital membership. (No need to show your card)
Title: Re: Costco
Post by: eyephone on September 17, 2019, 10:43:36 AM
Skip the long lines. Order online and pick up at Costco warehouse (BUT only certain items, um okay)

https://www.costco.com/order-online-pickup-warehouse.html