Huge Mistakes Everyone Makes Shopping At Costco


Nobody really needs to be told how to shop,
right? But when you shop at Costco, the rules are
different. As a card-carrying member, you’re probably
paying for a ton of benefits that you might not even know you get. You also might be making incorrect assumptions
when it comes to the items you select. Here are some huge mistakes you could be making
while shopping at Costco. Costco has two options when it comes to personal
memberships, Gold Star at $60 and Gold Star Executive at $120, and if you haven’t upgraded
to Executive yet, you’re missing an opportunity to recoup some, or all, of that annual fee. While it might sound a bit counterintuitive
to pay twice as much for the same access into the warehouse store, depending on your spending
habits, it could be well worth it. At the Executive level, you receive two percent
cash back on most purchases. According to Costco’s math, if you spend $500
a month, or $6,000 a year, you’re looking at a rewards check of $120, and in effect,
getting your membership totally free. The more you spend, the more you get back,
up to $1,000 a year. Even if you don’t come close to that maximum,
anything over $60 in rewards is money back in your pocket. As a safety net, if you take the plunge and
don’t spend enough in the first year to come out ahead, Costco will make up the difference
by ensuring that first check is at least $60. So what are you waiting for? Go upgrade that membership. Spoiler alert: Costco’s layout is confusing
by design. They want you to get lost in their labyrinth
of tempting bargains so you spend all the money. Think about it… you shopped at the warehouse
store just last week, but somehow the layout is very different this time around. According to one former employee who posted
on Quora, this dipsy-doo switcheroo is no coincidence: “I worked for Costco for 13 years. They purposely move products around to different
locations and are constantly rotating a certain percentage of their inventory to new products. This creates a ‘Treasure Hunt’ experience
as you shop and helps you discover new products that you may not normally see on your shopping
visits.” In other words, you’re much more likely to
impulse buy this way. More tricks the retailer uses? The fresh food is all located at the back
of the store so you’re forced to walk past all those amazing deals and hopefully put
them in your cart. Costco also forgoes any aisle signage, another
effort to get you to peruse all the products and buy what you see. If you don’t want to spend more than you planned,
don’t let their layout lead you astray. It always seems to happen… at least one
of the items you bought on your last Costco trip is now on sale, and you’re kicking yourself
for missing out on the savings. The good news: There’s a store policy that
works in your favor here. The bad news: You have to stand in the return
line to take advantage of it. But thanks to Costco’s price adjustment policy,
the wait can be well worth it, because the store will refund the difference between the
price you paid and the sale price of any items within 30 days of purchase. When it comes to whether you need the original
receipt, some stores require it while others do not. Your best bet is to stash those slips away
for a month and check out the prices of your recent purchases next time you shop. You might be in for a hefty refund. If you’re not buying gift cards at Costco,
you’re doing it wrong, plain and simple. These prepaid cards for restaurants, coffee
shops, movie theaters, and other attractions aren’t just a good generic gift option, they’re
a gift you should be giving yourself, too. But why would you bother to buy a gift card
for yourself? Why not just pay the restaurant directly? Because you’re leaving money on the table,
that’s why. See, Costco sells $100 gift cards for these
establishments at a sizable discount, typically a 20 to 25 percent savings. Since you were going to spend $100 on movie
tickets eventually anyway, you might as well just buy the gift card and keep the $20 to
$25 in your pocket. This system makes sense on any goods or services
that you use consistently, or even a one-off night out to a nice restaurant. Hey, nobody can fault you for saving a few
bucks on date night. Although it might seem like a great deal,
not every bulk buy ends up being a money saver in the long run. “An entire case of cream of mushroom soup
for 4.99? Dammit Costco, you’ve done it again.” Not all grocery items last forever, even those
canned, dried, and bottled. Take condiments, for example. While the six-pack of ketchup bottles might
seem like a bargain, you have to remember that the tomato-based product only keeps for
six months once opened, and one to two years unopened. Similarly, you only have a few months to use
up that giant jar of mayo, barbecue sauce only lasts about five months after opening,
and some hot sauce brands recommend finishing a bottle within six months. When it comes to canned and dried goods, you’ve
got a little more leeway, but there’s a limit there, too. Dried pastas give you one to two years shelf
life, and while white rice keeps for up to five years, brown and wild rice only keeps
for up to eight months in the pantry. As for canned goods, acidic products like
tomato and citrus will only keep for about 18 months, while most other products hang
in there for up the five years. When it comes to the fresh items, you’ve got
to be even more careful. Unless you’re feeding a large family, it’s
probably best to avoid things that ripen or spoil too quickly, like peaches or a tub of
leafy greens. Buy fruits and vegetables that last, like
apples and carrots, and take advantage of produce that can be refrigerated, like avocados. This also means the freezer section is your
friend and so are individually-wrapped snacks. A ginormous bag of something will likely go
stale before you get to the bottom, but tiny single-serve bags won’t. For household items like toilet paper, if
you have a place to store the dozens of rolls, go for it. But when it comes to giant bottles of bleach
and bulk disinfectant wipes? They actually lose their effectiveness if
stored for too long. So unless you run a cleaning service, that’s
probably not the best buy for you. The competitive prices on electronics is probably
enough to convince you to buy your next TV or laptop from Costco. But when you make the purchase at the warehouse
store, it comes with another benefit you might not know about: The Costco Concierge Service. This service, which applies to most major
appliances and electronics, comes with two major perks. One: Free technical support. Experts are available seven days a week to
help you with initial set-up and troubleshooting and will definitely come in handy when you
get stumped. Two: It extends the manufacturer’s warranty
of the product to two years from the date of purchase. Since most items typically come with a one-year
warranty, this is huge. A whole extra year of protection, free of
charge? Now that’s savings. As you wander up and down the aisles at Costco,
it’s hard to miss all the Kirkland-brand products. And if you’re skipping over them in favor
of their brand name counterparts, you’re making one of the biggest Costco mistakes of all. First things first: no, Kirkland doesn’t always
win when it comes to product comparisons. Consumer Reports indicated that though less
expensive, the private-label toilet paper and facial tissues ranked lower than national
brands when it came to quality. But plenty of the other Kirkland products
are cheaper, consistently outperform when it comes to both quality and taste, and in
some cases may even be manufactured in the very same factories as national brands. Just a few of the areas where Kirkland can
brag: The store brand has beaten Oscar Meyer in the bacon game, is one of the few imported
oils that met international and U.S. standards, and has even bested Grey Goose vodka more
than once in blind taste tests. Even Kirkland batteries, though they might
not last as long, come out ahead thanks to the value provided by the low price. In other words, don’t be a brand snob, you
could end up paying more for an inferior product. Aside from merely telling you the price you’ll
pay for an item, Costco’s price signs have a hidden meaning, too. You’ll need to pay attention to get the best
deals, and most importantly, to know if your favorite item is about to disappear forever. If the price ends in .99 or .98: This indicates
a regular retail price, and probably doesn’t translate to any huge savings compared to
other retailers. If the price ends in .89, .79, .69, .59, .49,
.39, .29, .19, or .09, this indicates Costco got a manufacturer’s deal, meaning they can
offer these items at a steeper discount than others. If the price ends in .97: This indicates your
biggest savings. These are items that need to go, and are priced
at a discount. If there happens to be an asterisk in the
upper right corner of the sign, act fast and stock up, because this means that the product
is likely going away for good. You just have to keep track of your numbers
if you really want to succeed. You might assume that the prices of items
inside the Costco warehouses are the same as the prices on Costco.com. But you would be wrong. That’s why it pays to sign into the cyber-verse
and check the online price before you buy. “Password, enter.” Every so often, in addition to the monthly
coupon book, members will receive another booklet of sale items, but this one is for
online purchases only. If you don’t get the mailer, you can check
the current offering at the Exclusive Online-Only page of Costco’s website. While some of these items are truly only offered
online, like bathtubs or sinks, you’ll find that others are actually available in the
store, but the catch is, even if you can buy the item in the store, the sale price won’t
apply. You never know what you might save on: maybe
it’s $20 off a set of sheets or $100 off a piece of jewelry. The bottom line is: If you can afford to wait
a few days to get the item, shopping online can save you some serious money. Here’s the greatest Costco hack of them all:
Don’t pay the membership fee, but take advantage of the member benefits, at least some of them. As a non-member, you probably don’t realize
all the perks you’re missing out on. Have a prescription to be filled? That slip of paper will get you in the door
to get to the pharmacy, no membership card required. While you’re there, you can also get free
health and wellness screenings, and even flu shots. Just want to buy some booze? In 16 states you can do so without a membership,
just tell the employee at the door that’s why you’re there. Same thing goes for the food court, but if
it’s located outside, you don’t even need to worry about getting in. Even a regular ol’ shopping trip is a possibility,
as long as you have a Costco Cash Card. You can use it to gain entry to the store
and even pay for your items. Costco, officially hacked. Check out one of our newest videos right here! Plus, even more Mashed videos about your favorite
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100 thoughts on “Huge Mistakes Everyone Makes Shopping At Costco

  1. In a land full of crony businesses looking to earn a profit off their customers, Costco is perhaps the only bright light.

  2. The only mistake people make at Costco is not stocking up on the free samples until you’re set for the week

  3. Get their credit card for big savings on Gas. You get 4% cash back on the first $7k you spend on gas and you don't need to buy the gas at Costco as some Costco's don't have it.

  4. After a friend recommended costco. I went and got a member ship only to end up spending like 300 dollars and 100 gallons of mustard.

  5. I canceled my executive my membership after 3 years it dose not pay for its self. And they do not give you a check the first year.

  6. 500 dollars a month for a Costco run is very plausible for comfortable food living. I'm still not sure why people think getting 2% back on low margins items is not in their best interest.

  7. Whoever dreamed up this video doesnt understand economics.. Whatever cashback the average shopper gets from 2% cashback will be equal or less than the value of the executive membership. The only people that makes sense for are restaurant / hotel owners. And the gift cards arent 20-25% off, theyre only $3-5 off..

  8. Costco layouts aren't confusing… They are way more consistent than Grocery stores. Even when hundreds or thousands of miles apart

  9. Moving product around is the very reason why I left Costco. You will be exhausted looking for certain product that gets moved around every 2 days. Not a good experience for most shoppers.

  10. If the price ends in $.88, it is one of the last in the store and may be as low as 75% off its original price.

  11. I just don't get costco. I went out to the local one with my grocery list and only was able to get about 25% of what I needed. The prices ended up being much higher than what Aldi charges. Yes, their hot dogs were great, but it's just not worth it for the one or two items that are cheaper. That and for me it's nearly a 22km bicycle ride through parts of town that are not bicycle friendly, while Aldi is just 3km away and in the city. So I can spend most of the day getting a quarter of my shopping list and spending my entire weekly budget, or I can just shop at Aldi and be back home in an hour under budget. Not really a hard choice.

  12. kirkland wine is better than most other wines. The taste beats many of the $15 dollar wines at $8 each and you get 2 bottles worth in each. Kirkland also makes protein bars with stevia, no sugar. they are cheaper than other brands and better for you.

  13. Costco when you steal: 😐

    Costco when kid gets a sample without a parent: 😡😡😡😤😤😤😤😡😤😤😱😱😱😱😱🤨🤨🤨

  14. I Quite.. Costa..
    Toi much.. $
    Im not Rich 💰
    Im not pay more higher
    Like House Rent

    I go..Cheaper other
    Walmart..
    Dollar Tree Store
    99 cent Store..
    Very Good Cheapper..

  15. WTF. Really $500.00 A month, to save $120.00 That New math is killing me. Just buy only what you need and you will save more.

  16. Great way to save money on a Disney vacation. Buy the gift cards from Costco or BJ’s and it’s instantly 20% off on your vacation. Couple that with their free dining or other offer and the savings is seriously substantial.

  17. That's messed up to do to people which is why I go very little, and if they don't have what I want, I'm out!

  18. I am on the verge of dropping my Costco Membership because I can't seem to find a handicap cart to use. I am an amputee and can't navigate a Costco store on my prosthetic leg. I have asked repeatedly for more electric carts at my local Costco to no avail.

  19. Are you kidding me its the best place to shop if you know how to..i am 2nd generation who shop and saves everytime. No like bjs horrible staff and service..you have to show your id just to get coupon book but not at costco..

  20. I love Costco. I am never distracted by the stuff in the front aisles. I go there to shop only for basic necessities. I am a single professional with no kids, but I will bulk buy important items like their Kirkland toilet paper and paper towels, laundry and dish detergents, coffee, meat and frozen items. These items are the costliest at regular stores with their retarded business model of marking up their merchandise to gouge the customer. Once I saw how big a price margin retail chains were charging, I never looked back. The local store sells individual rolls of Kirkland toilet paper for $5.99 each. Why would I give them my $$$, when for $9.00 more I can get the 50-pack of the same product?

  21. It aint worth it. Tells this bitch narrator to stop the bullshit. I clicked in this to learn actual shit and u can tell this is just a fucking ad. Costco. FUCK OFF

  22. GREAT INFORMATION!! thanks. I don't even shop at Costco, and it was still helpful as I may shop there again one day.

  23. You'll get a refund as soon as you pay your Fees to get the card just to even walk in the door! That mushroom soup might've only cost $1.19 but you got a pay $100 just to walk in the door.

  24. I only go to Costco when I need something Sams doesn't have. I spend twice as much from Sams Club because I know where everything is! I hate walking all over Costco and not finding what I want. Totally aggravating!!!

  25. Costco. Bring back meats with fat on them. Yoghurt that is full fat. Greek yogurt that is zero fat is like an impotent man.
    Bring back fruits with seeds. Watermelon and grape. people will cancel their membership eventually when they can’t get the full fat items. I will. I’ll pass the word around because big Agra, pharmsters and doctors want a sick and hungry population.

  26. It is very good advertised for Casco.
    The Citibank with casco is not great like Sam's club they have it. VERY HARD TO DEAL WITH CITIBANK CARD.

  27. Costco will be opening soon in Perth. It seems that shopping at Costco is worth for large families or you enjoy cooking everyday. Looking forward to it.

  28. I shop at Sam's 4-6 times a yr. I hate them with a passion, constantly moving merchandise around. I buy certain products only, it takes me 2-3 hrs to locate 6-10 items. Membership fee is less than Costco or B.J.'s

  29. That's what the executive membership is what Costco is banking on. You spend $6,000 which means they get rid of product that would have been sitting on the shelves quicker.

  30. WHAT IS THE F-ING POINT ANYMORE? Costco sucks on so many levels I can't count all of them. Why even allow the use of a gift card if you can't use it like any other customer at this place? First, when you walk up with a gift card to check out, they yell across the store for a manager who looks at you like you're some criminal. NO I am just using a card someone gave me as a gift thinking that MAYBE I might be interested in getting a membership after sampling your wonderful low prices (NOT) and delicious food samples (NOT). I am not buying mass quantities for a cruise ship tour, so why are you selling crap at twice the price as necessary? HOLEEE CRAP I HATE THIS PLACE

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