19 June 2020

Our first trip to Costco

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When Costco first arrived in Canberra I admittedly was very sceptical about whether Canberran’s would support this concept. I figured they would do well in the first year being all new and exciting and then interest would die down, anyone remember Krispy Kreme?! I would have liked the opportunity when it first opened to be able to visit without signing up for membership first to check it out and then decide to sign up or not.

Today we headed out with friends who are members to go and check out this bulk extravaganza that is Costco. First impressions is obviously big, everything is big. The trolleys are big. The good thing I liked about the trolleys is we could fit Miss 3 and Master 9 months in side by side. Frustratingly Coles at The Village has a limited number of these double trolleys. The other thing I like about the trolley is you could actually steer it! It is after all the little things that make a difference.

Obviously everything in Costco is bigger or bigger volumes, even the teddy bears are HUGE! This can make it hard to compare prices to where we normally shop. The other factor is, where are you going to store 3 bottles of pine o clean? If everyone else is like us cupboards are already full with all the different cleaning products we have. Where are you going to store a 5kg jar of Nutella? I also noticed the lifetime supply of napkins.

I was amazed at how the store was set up, even the fridges/freezes have pallet racking inside them! I didn’t know they sold clothes, a few people on our Facebook thread commented they were good quality, even the undies!

I knew they had jewellery there but wow! I mean wow! Some serious bling and some serious prices. I do wonder though how that special lady would feel when she found out that diamond necklace came from Costco or would she just no care.

All in all it was an interesting experience and was certainly busy, not a dying fad by the looks of it. I might have to head back one day to try their cooked pizzas and hot dogs.

I have read reports they are looking to get into the fuel market, would certainly be a welcome competitor here if they can help drive prices back down to where they should be.

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