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Cotsco pulled lump charcoal from their shelves early August, saying it's a seasonal item!

SocksManly Sep 3, 2013 02:07 PM

I don't know what season they think people barbecue in... jeeze...

Never got to stock up, can't find any at any of the costco's in the GTA, and now I'll have to pay nearly double... Hrmph.

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    Cathy Sep 3, 2013 02:49 PM

    ALWAYS look at the price sticker which is attached to the shelf with a magnet. If there is an asterisk in the top right corner, once that pallet is gone, it will be replaced with a new product.

    Costco's business model is that it goes through the inventory in 14 days and pays the invoice every 30 days. Many items come and go.

    FWIW, I never saw lump charcoal here in San Diego.

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      mike0989 Sep 3, 2013 03:08 PM

      Can't say I've ever seen it here in SLO in CostCo either. I've always gone to TJ's for hardwood charcoal.

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        thatwhileifound Sep 3, 2013 03:27 PM

        On top of that, as a retail purchaser, a lot of the times things like charcoal are prebooked items from the distributors. That is, prior to the season, you put in an order for what you expect to sell and then they provide it when it is in season. Once you run out of that booking, you're out for the season.

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          bagelman01 Sep 7, 2013 04:28 PM

          The asterisk may mean:
          1. Discontinued
          2. Price reduction
          3. Change of packaging coming (including weight)

          Many items at Costco are a one shot deal, when they are gone they are gone.
          Some seasonal items are actually 'on the arm' from the supplier. Costco has X time to sell and pay, or return the unsold and pay for what did sell (this is common in 'roadshow' events, but I have known of this to occur a few years ago with pool chemical (friend was the supplier in this area).

        2. weezieduzzit Sep 3, 2013 03:07 PM

          I spent a good part of the holiday weekend buying up "summer" items that the stores were clearing. The problem is not isolated to Costco.

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            Pwmfan Sep 3, 2013 03:11 PM

            Got to make room for those Christmas items! :<P

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              foodieX2 Sep 3, 2013 03:18 PM

              Gah, I know. Halloween has been up since early August and some stores since early July.

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                JerryMe Sep 7, 2013 02:18 PM

                Actually, Costco had the Frosty the Snowman out just last week.

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                cstr Sep 4, 2013 04:55 AM

                I know what you mean but, It makes sense that they would have high levels during what are considered peak months. The good news is, if you see it in the store now, it'll be half price, that's where I stock up big time.

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                  ricepad Sep 4, 2013 12:24 PM

                  Don't be too upset - at least your local Costco *has* lump charcoal. All the ones near me only sell Kingsford briquettes.

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                    coney with everything Sep 5, 2013 05:18 AM

                    ditto. I've never seen lump charcoal @Costco and would certainly have bought. But they're already moving on to the winter stuff.

                  2. knowspicker Sep 4, 2013 06:23 PM

                    Seasonal? Maybe it will be back for Christmas :)

                    Santa has to shop, too.

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                      mike0989 Sep 5, 2013 06:49 AM

                      He'll be looking for lumps of coal.

                    2. khh1138 Sep 4, 2013 09:12 PM

                      Frick, really? That was my new go-to place for lump charcoal, since our local "barbecues galore" went out of business. Now where am I going to go?
                      Of course, it was kind of ridiculous of me heaving the giant bag around next to my groceries, and by the end I was so covered with charcoal dust I looked like one of the sweeps from "Mary Poppins." I just smiled airily at the checkout girl, who didn't bat an eye.

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                        cstr Sep 5, 2013 04:42 AM

                        I believe lump is available but briquettes are fading for the season.

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                          ricepad Sep 5, 2013 01:57 PM

                          Check your local Smart & Final. Some of them stock lump charcoal all year long.

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                          SocksManly Sep 5, 2013 11:46 AM

                          It's $12 at my local Costco (Toronto, Canada) and $21 at the barbecue store.. same product from the same company.. grumblegrumble.. I stocked up and avoided "winter prices" last year, but apparently you need to stock up in JULY now?!


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                          1. re: SocksManly
                            Zydecopapa Sep 5, 2013 11:55 AM

                            Try Canadian Tire for Royal Oak Lump Charcoal.

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                            rasputina Sep 9, 2013 12:48 PM

                            They have pulled charcoal around September as long as I can remember. And I've always lived in the Southern part of the US where year round grilling and BBQ is the norm.

                            We tried the Costco lump and my husband didn't like it. So we have gone back to our regular brand.

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                              SocksManly Sep 10, 2013 01:15 PM

                              Here it's not Kirkland branded but a company called "Nature's Own" if I remember right. I can understand pulling mid to late September... Sort of... But early August is just ridiculous!

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                                ferret Sep 10, 2013 03:13 PM

                                "Pulling from the shelves" is a little hyperbolic, they simply don't re-stock so whatever they have left remains until it's gone. Their policy works both ways because they also dropped the price of their kamado grill by half in mid-July as an "end of season" item. A great bargain for those who could take advantage.

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