Is there anyone in this day and age who believes shopping at Costco doesn’t save money?
If so, there are as of 2016, 85 million Costco lovers that will beg to differ – shopping at Costco does pay off.
And why wouldn’t it? The prices are decent, the variety is great both for food and for general merchandise, the samples are tasty, and the experience is overall enjoyable. So if you like shopping cheap in stores twice as big as football fields, scooping up deals, sampling food free and hunting for treasures all at once, Costco’s it.
Still, need a bit of convincing? The following should help you out.
You’ll like the prices
Costco sells high-end merchandise, and private label (Kirkland Signature) items and both feature great prices. Because the retailer buys in huge amounts at low prices, it is able to pass a great deal of savings onto the customers. And it maintains low prices consistently.
People who shop at Costco usually spend here up to 150 percent more than at other retailers, part of the reason being that they buy in bulk because this is the only available option for a lot of the merchandise.
So if at Costco you’re paying for shampoo three times the amount you’d be paying at an average retailer, it’s because it comes in bulk, but the advantage is you get the lowest price on the market.
You’ll fall in love with the bargains
Not only do shoppers save with buying in bulk at Costco, but they also get to shop bargains to add more to the savings. The retailer’s best deals include everyday and seasonal markdowns, close-outs, rebates, specially priced, vendor markdowns and manager markdowns.
The secret to these bargains are the codes listed on the price tag. These are going to tell you what to look for. The three most important pricing codes to remember:
- Price ending in 97ȼ is for marked down items.
- Price ending in 88ȼ or .00 is for manager markdowns which include products that need to move very fast off the shelves.
- Price ending in x9ȼ (59, 79, etc.) is for specially priced items that Costco got a better deal from the manufacturer.
You’ll go nuts about the free samples
Costco food may just be the third main reason some people “shop” here two to three times a week, and Costco’s free food is the perfect excuse to go to Costco with no real intention of purchasing anything.
Of course, the reason behind sampling is always to get people interested in things and convince them to buy, which often happens. Retailers are known to have boosted sales offering samples by as much as 2,000 percent, so free food is good for business, but free food is even better for shoppers.
You get to eat free anytime at Costco, but there’s more to these samples than not paying for them. With free food, you learn more about a product and can make informed shopping decisions. Free samples can make you crave more of that food or forget about it entirely.
You’ll experience the thrill of treasure hunting
What many Costco shoppers find thrilling is that they never know what they are going to find walking into the store. The experience is known among Costcoholics as treasure hunt, and it refers to the array of things that get rotated.
Treasure hunt at Costco involves two things – triggers, which are staple products anything from toilet paper and light bulbs to detergent, so things people buy all the time, and treasures.
Treasures involve this rotation of goods that creates a sense of urgency in shoppers since they are limited time offers and they have people feeling excited to frantic.
Treasure items are usually kept in a different section of the warehouse that may differ location to location, but usually, it’s found in the hard goods section at most Costco stores.
You’ll enjoy other advantages too
Costco knows how to seduce customers alright, and it needs to justify requiring the membership fee to shop here. Therefore, they offer advantageous perks.
- Costco members have access to free health screenings that include heart health, lung health, and diabetes.
- Members also receive free technical support for electronics including laptops, home theater systems, cameras, projectors, routers and security camera systems.
- Costco extends the warranty for computers, televisions, and projectors to two years for members.
- Costco has a 30-day price adjustment policy that ensures you receive a refund for anything purchased at full price if the item(s) are reduced for any reason within 30 days since purchase.
- You can shop online and use any credit card.