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On tuesday I drove 45 minutes to go to Costco when it opened, it was standing room only to get in, I was making alot of thanksgiving pies so it seemed like the perfect place to go, except they did not have canned pumpkin, EGGS, unbleached flour so after all that I went to the grocery store 5 minutes from my house. Alot of the people in the store seem to be there only to eat free food, which I find so annoying, there all blocking the aisles with carts standing there eating. I can't figure out who they want to shop there. It's not supplied for restaurants, there is no
11#chocolate. Whole fish, #10 cans. Sorry I spent 100.00 to be a member.

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  1. They want people who buy in bulk to shop there. A lot of people do. People with four kids can make use out of a ten-pack of toothpaste, four boxes of cereal or six loaves of bread.

    After college, I lived with two roommates....we went to costco about every 6-8 weeks and almost all of our shopping there...saved a nice penny, too.

    More importantly....why did you fork over $100 without knowing what they sell?

    1. I like Costco but there is a lot of things they don't sell. Like lasagna noodles. Wow that sounds like a madhouse mombaker. And you got the pricer membership where you can get in at ten instead of eleven and it was that crowded? Whoa. I would say give them another chance, the day before Thanksgiving is the biggest grocery shopping day of the entire year and this year more people are staying home so it might even be crazier. And you can buy raisins, nuts and other baking stuff. I'm surprised they were out of eggs.But, you know what is best for you and at least you can get your hundred beans refunded if you like.

      1. Costco is not a supermarket. It's a shame that you joined without realizing that.
        We go every couple of months and have saved a lot of money.
        We bought a wonderful TV there for about half the price; they delivered it, and it is the one we had picked out from Consumers. We also get our computer supplies: paper, ink cartridges, etc.
        Their dry goods are excellent. If you have room, their own brand of paper towels, etc. are terrific.
        Their drug items, vitamins, etc. are a real bargain.
        We buy meat and fish there; the steaks, lamb, salmon, etc. are top quality. We also get cheese, nuts, and some produce.
        We always walk out with a rotisserie chicken. I read that they sold 23 million last year. Their chickens are the best! My husband is a great cook, but he says he can't dupicate their chickens.
        There is too much to mention, but if you change your expections, you might find that you are glad you joined.

        1. Don't know about the canned pumpkin or unbleached flour, but they definitely sell EGGS! Did you ask anyone? We've been members for as long as it's been open there. We buy everything from cheese, fruit, breads, meat and spices to cojmputer supplies, paper products, cleaning materials, clothing, TVs and tires. We get prescriptions filled and flu shots there. I'm not sure what you thought you were getting into, but we have that $100 membership and it pays for itself and then some with the 2% back at the end of the year!

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          1. re: bucksguy14

            They were out of eggs which I thought was unusual before thanksgiving. It is more of a store for families and college kids then for people in the food business.

          2. So I went today where angels fear to tread. Costco at six pm Thanksgiving Eve. Luckily I'm no angel. :) It felt like the eye in the center of the hurricane. Parking was fairly easy and there were even a few free samples. They had sooooo many pumpkin pies. But merchandise was being left in random places, I saw some frozen appetizers abandoned on an end cap the poor things! But after about ten minutes the aisles started filling with crazed shoppers like myself, wheeling their carts erratically with desperation. There were no turkeys left. No string beans or celery but they never seen to have those anyway. I wanted to grab a big coffee cake for breakfast but they were gone! I saw a few people with the box of assorted muffins but there were none left in the bakery. Gone were the chocolate pies as well. The tangerines were not up to par. People were still buying the rotisserie chickens as always. I grabbed my four pounds of butter, six dozen eggs and twin vats of pancake syrup and got out while I still could. The best part was a light meal for two for 3.60 at the food court. I figure I'll be stuffing myself soon enough. (loaded pizza slice for me, hot dog for my friend and we shared a soda) It wasn't as crowded as I expected, I think they really got hit earlier, but the shoppers there (like me) had that look in their eyes. They could hear time's winged chariot ever drawing nearer. Happy Thanksgiving to all on this most chowish of holidays!

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            1. I have the $50 membership, and as a single person, I'm not totally certain it pays for itself. That being said, their meats are excellent and the roast chicken is probably the best thing they sell. It is really delicious, and you cannot make a chicken at home for that price. I also love the shrimp ring, for $10, cleaned and very fresh, can't beat the price. I haven't tried their paper towels, but the baked goods are also good. My problem is that the quantities are so large, some items go bad before i can use them up, or I don't have enough room to store them. Also some of the premium products I use, like my dog food, are not sold there. I haven't tried them for prescriptions yet, though it seems very strange that they are closed on Sundays (the drug dept). That's one of the few times I have time to shop there, as I'm sure is true with many others, so why close? I do think the quality of their merchandise is quite high compared with other competitors such as Sam's.

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              1. re: mschow

                mschow, we need to form a local Costco club when the weather gets warmer so we can divvy up stuff in the parking lot. I now have enough pancake syrup for Paul Bunyan and Babe his blue ox too.

                1. re: givemecarbs

                  That's funny! Actually, i did have a friend that I used to split up items with. Unfortunately, my friend moved out of the area several months ago, so I'm back to not having a splitting buddy!

                  1. re: mschow

                    I have a friend I split a number of things with. For non perishable stuff, I just store it. Paper towels, etc. It is nice not to have to shlep that bulky stuff regularly from the market.

                    1. re: crazyspice

                      Makes sense. I was moping around the guacamole yesterday but could not bring myself to buy that much since I'm the only one who likes it.

                      1. re: givemecarbs

                        I LOVE their guac!!!! What are you doing for Thanksgiving? I have my Costco prime rib on the WeberQ. As soon as it is done, I will drive to dinner while it is resting. I really don't want to leave Eddie, but I am getting hungry!

                        1. re: givemecarbs

                          The guac freezes nicely! Open one for use now, put the rest in the freezer for use later. We also do that with ravoli, bacon, and all the other things that 2 people can't eat before expiration.

                2. Dang, that Costco pumpkin pie with whipped cream on top was fine.

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                  1. re: duck833

                    Ours didn't have whipped cream on top!!!!

                    1. re: crazyspice

                      I'm waiting for one of you to name your next pet "Costco". Too funny! If you are a Costco shopper, you really need a vacuum sealer machine. And a big freezer.

                      I didn't do any Thanksgiving shopping there, but my hubby went today to do the shopping for his annual man-trek to Cape Hatteras. The "boys" have gone fishing for the week after T'giving going on 36 years now. He is the chef for the trip, although he never cooks anything here at home. He said that the store was not too bad, but the traffic was a a real b___ -buster.

                      Glad to hear that everyone's Thanksgiving was good. Speaking of whipped cream, G'mom here introduced here little grands to the joys of whipped cream from a squirty can. Yumm-o!

                  2. Mombaker, I find that the price of gas there is sometimes at least 15 cents cheaper than anywhere else around,plus if you use their AmEx card you get 3% back. Also, I save over $100 per year on my contacts. Possibly you should think about the items they offer that aren't food related and you'll find your $100 savings.

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                    1. re: grouper

                      "I find that the price of gas there is sometimes at least 15 cents cheaper than anywhere else around"

                      Yeah, I filled up on Saturday. $1.50 a gallon--woo hoo! but I think it's higher than that now.

                      There are specific food items I get at Costco, like Tillamook cheese, Jif, and organic hamburger, that I always find in stock. And even if you could make the case that paper towels are cheaper if you buy them on sale, I like the idea of buying the mega quantity and not worrying about them for 6 months.

                      Everything else is a crapshoot--buy what they have but it doesn't work as a primary grocery--to me it's more like Trader Joe's in that way.

                    2. Buy and install a set of tires and the cost of membership (either 50 or 100) more than pays for itself.

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                      1. re: ipsedixit

                        The tires are the way I've justified a couple years' wroth of membership (over the last few years one set for each of two cars). Now it's looking like it's going to be a TV....

                        There are a few food products we do get there at times that are useful even with only two of us in the house. Cheese, for example. Comes in blocks that are pretty big, sometimes a couple pounds, but it'll keep. They don't have a huge variety, sure, but they always have a few good ones, and for those they'll have far and away the best price. Frozen or canned stuff can be good, especially for winter when you can't get local anyway. Big bags of frozen berries, those get used plenty fast enough. And we got a great deal on canned diced tomatoes the other day, not really special ones but works for a lot of stuff over the winter. Case of 8 cans was less than 6 bucks already (which, judging by what I've seen cans for in regular stores, was already not bad), then they took another $1.50 off per case for up to 4 cases. Now we have enough of those to last several months. ;-) You do need a bit of storage space, and if you went too crazy on frozen (or fresh items to be frozen, like meat) you'd probably need a bigger freezer.

                      2. Last week I purchased, King Arthur unbleached flour, bread flour and eggs, the flour was over half the price of a mega-mart as with the eggs. The canned pumpkin would not be a high volume seller, those are the items they won't carry. Also, I did buy a set of tires last week, no one, not even the on-line guys, could beat their price.

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                        1. re: cstr

                          BJ's carried canned pumpkin, but only during the holiday season. Canned good is one area in which BJ's has a much wider variety than Costco -- we belong to both and get our money's worth at both. We go to Costco more regularly but when we go to BJ's we really load up.

                        2. You can opt out of your membership at any time and Costco will refund your money...taken directly from their website:

                          Membership: We will refund your membership fee in full at any time if you are dissatisfied

                          1. The samples are often very good -- and have introduced us to some great products, like the five-lb bag of tortellini -- but some people actually stand and wait until the sample person cooks them! This is for, say, one ravioli, one shrimp, etc. But hey, I guess if you're shopping at Costco, you're budget conscious, so if you can make a lunch out of the samples, go for it.

                            Who they want to shop there is families, roommates, and small restaurants. I have most definitely seeing huge carts loaded with napkins, paper towels, mega-jars of mayo, etc.