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Why should I shop at Costco?

What deals can I get at Costco that make it worth the hike and membership when I already have walking distance access to Trader Joe's, Walmart, Jewel and independent local grocers? [more inside]
posted by srboisvert on Mar 18, 2014 - 48 answers

 

Costco insurance--Auto and renter's policies

A few weeks ago, I asked whether I should join Costco, and on your recommendation, I did (and am quite happy). Several people mentioned the Costco-branded insurance (underwritten by Ameriprise). There are both auto and renter's lines of insurance available, and my existing policies with another carrier are coming up for renewal. How is the insurance coverage and customer service on the Costco policies (or with Ameriprise in general)? Did you actually save the money you were expecting? Are there other carriers we should consider? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Nov 8, 2013 - 12 answers

BJs or Costco, that is the question.

There's both a BJs and a Costco near me. I'm not a member of either. Are they worth the price of membership? Which is better overall, and which might be a better choice for me in particular? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Sep 19, 2013 - 57 answers

Looking for a cheap cruiser bicycle, bike thieves should rot in hell.

Less than 3 months ago, I bought a Raleigh Retroglide cruiser bicycle from my local bike shop. I loved it; it was stolen from the train station last week. I want to replace it this weekend. I noticed the slightly cheaper Northrock OCM cruiser at Costco. Should I try that, get another Raleigh, or do something else? [more inside]
posted by These Premises Are Alarmed on Aug 30, 2013 - 11 answers

Are there alternatives to Coolwall Paint? How much are we talking (in L?

I had someone through Costco come out to our house to give a quote on painting the house with Coolwall paint. It wasn't a quote just for the paint, but for all the prep work, repairs in our stucco, and the trim. We don't live in a large house--it's less than 1,400 square feet. He extolled the benefits of this paint. It's highly reflective and thus reduces damage to the paint, and also keeps the house cooler in the summer. The way the guy went on about it, it's a miracle product. He quoted $18,600 to prep and paint our house with this stuff. Again, it's through Costco and has a lifetime warranty. And they don't strip off the existing paint or stucco--they repair it, bond it, and paint right over it. Are there similar alternatives that would cost much less? [more inside]
posted by rybreadmed on Apr 14, 2013 - 13 answers

Help me not get painful static shocks to my hands at Costco please.

I get painful static shocks to my hands where they touch the cart as I'm pushing it around at Costco. As far as I can tell this happens while wearing various kinds of shoes, although I haven't experimented rigorously. Help me devise a method to prevent this that I can realistically implement during impromptu trips to the store. [more inside]
posted by fingersandtoes on Dec 19, 2012 - 20 answers

I'll take one big box of insurance

Costco Health Insurance? I'm comparing health plans for a small company (three eligible people). So far I've spoken to an insurance agent, but in my research I came across this site. Does anyone have any experience with Costco insurance - positive or negative, from either employer or employee perspective? [more inside]
posted by letitrain on Jun 12, 2012 - 0 answers

Why do my hands swell at Costco?

My hands swell to the point that I have to remove my wedding ring every time I go into a Sam's Club or Costco and only when I go into a Sam's Club or Costco. Why? [more inside]
posted by Subterranean Homesick Pygmalion on Apr 23, 2012 - 38 answers

Help me make a yummy bake

Any tips for oven cooking Costco chicken bakes? [more inside]
posted by melangell on Feb 29, 2012 - 3 answers

How do we bulk shop, and where?

Bulk shopping: Amazon or Costco and other questions too... [more inside]
posted by griphus on Jan 20, 2012 - 45 answers

How terrible for me are these farmed shrimp going to be?

Safety of eating thailand farmed shrimp from costco? [more inside]
posted by skjønn on Nov 9, 2011 - 11 answers

The Mystery of the vanished Costco organic peanut butter

Costco's Kirkland Brand organic peanut butter. It has disappeared from Costco and is apparently discontinued. Why oh why has this occurred? [more inside]
posted by Ginesthoi on Oct 12, 2011 - 22 answers

What is the significance of the professions eligible for Costco membership in the UK?

What is the significance of the professions eligible for Costco membership in the UK? [more inside]
posted by hoverboards don't work on water on Aug 7, 2011 - 10 answers

Have you ever heard of ZT Systems?

Does anyone have experience with ZT Systems computers, sold through Costco? [more inside]
posted by maryr on May 30, 2011 - 6 answers

Help me nail down a solution here...

There's a nail in my tire, what's the best course of action for the circumstances at hand? Quick responses welcomed. [more inside]
posted by RolandOfEld on May 25, 2011 - 22 answers

Why does Costco always close so early?

Why does Costco have such inconvenient hours? [more inside]
posted by invisible ink on Mar 22, 2011 - 12 answers

Why does stuff disappear from Costco.com website without an out of stock indication?

Why does stuff disappear from Costco.com website without an out of stock indication? [more inside]
posted by Twinedog on Dec 17, 2010 - 6 answers

Costco once a week

What is a healthy, reasonable shopping list/meal plan that can be purchased once a week from Costco? [more inside]
posted by lattiboy on Oct 7, 2010 - 10 answers

Which Costco Hamburger Patties should I buy?

What kind of frozen Costco hamburger patties do you like; and do you cook them frozen? [more inside]
posted by qsysopr on Oct 2, 2010 - 7 answers

Buying a car through Costco or USAA?

If you have experience with either Costco's Auto Program or USAA's Car Buying Service, how'd it go? Would you use it again?
posted by The corpse in the library on Apr 19, 2010 - 8 answers

cream cheese conundrum

What can I do with 3 lbs of cream cheese? [more inside]
posted by cazoo on Feb 14, 2010 - 30 answers

Which laptop should I buy from Costco?

Of these two laptops available at Costco, should I go for the Dell, the Toshiba, or some other one available there? [more inside]
posted by jeather on Jan 4, 2010 - 20 answers

Help us appreciate the magic of Costco

What do you buy at BJ's/Costco etc.? [more inside]
posted by A Terrible Llama on Oct 27, 2008 - 59 answers

Is this laminate defective or is this typical?

Should I keep the $800 worth of as-yet uninstalled Shaw VersaLock laminate flooring, or is this just a shoddy product that I need to return to "Larry" at the floor store? [more inside]
posted by tristeza on Oct 13, 2008 - 13 answers

Costco Caskets?

Do any of you have experience with caskets purchased from Costco? The mother of someone very close to me may soon be in need of one, and I've only seen the corners of the displays at the stores themselves. Have any of you actually seen one of the full caskets in person, purchased one, or anything related?
posted by c0nsumer on May 28, 2008 - 5 answers

Come On Baby Size My Tire

Tire size substitutions? [more inside]
posted by seawallrunner on Dec 2, 2007 - 12 answers

Bathroom breaks

Remodeling bathroom, and looking all over the web. Question: any tips for searching, sites that I should check out? And are the tubs and vanities listed on Costco online good or crap? All help appreciated, hivers. [more inside]
posted by Arch1 on Sep 4, 2007 - 11 answers

Buying an IPod at Costco

First-Time IPod Purchaser: Help save me from a fruitless trip to Costco. [more inside]
posted by redarmycomrade on May 15, 2007 - 10 answers

Software Bundling (tied selling) in Canadian Stores

I know I can build computers myself. But I want to buy a notebook. And I want it already fully built, with a nice in-store warranty. However, I want NO SOFTWARE along with it. Absolutely none. Am I entitled to that? [more inside]
posted by a007r on Jun 26, 2006 - 32 answers

Is there any way to find a product Costco just got rid of?

When something is gone from Costco, is it like totally gone forever and there's no chance I can ever purchase the item? I know they do seasonal stuff, but I saw this item less than a month ago and checking three locations reveals they replaced the item with a different yet similar product. Do they ever have overstock sales? Should I call every Costco within several hours of driving distance? [more inside]
posted by mathowie on May 31, 2006 - 22 answers

Costco Film Developing?

Has anyone used Costco's film lab to print black and white? I develop my own b&w film but don't have a darkroom. Was thinking of getting a scanner and, after scanning and editing the negs, having the prints done at Costco. [more inside]
posted by Tacodog on Nov 10, 2004 - 13 answers

How to best unseal 5000 empty sealed envelopes

Several years ago, I bought two huge boxes of standard envelopes from Costco, thinking “Isn’t this great? I’ll never run out!” I stuck them in my basement and completely forgot about them. I found them the other day, but now they are all sealed (due, I suppose, to humidity and time). Is there any way I can unseal 5,000+ empty envelopes?
posted by grateful on Jun 21, 2004 - 13 answers

Big Ticket Costco

Does anybody else here have really, really bad luck with quality for "big ticket" (say over $50) items from Costco? [more...] [more inside]
posted by vito90 on Jan 12, 2004 - 10 answers

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