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Sunday, January 13. 2019
The Met Museum and Costco have one thing in common: You can hear every language in the world in each. But Costco wins in the socio-cultural diversity race. Colleges would drool over Costco diversity. Not many black Americans, though, and I have no idea why. Just the women working the registers.
But about Costco, where we go about 3 times/year to stock up on treats and staples (clothes soap, dish soap, t paper, paper towels, lots of their amazing ribeyes and lucious pork loin chops for the freezer, ketchup, steak sauce, olive oil (the best), cheese (goat cheese and Kerry Gold), butter, workout socks, etc etc. Got a box of navel oranges - it's the prime time for those unhealthy but tasty sugar bombs. No Spam. I had enuf of it as a kid, fried with eggs for breakfast.
We never had chocolate sugar bombs for breakfast but they were selling like hotcakes to immigrant-seeming people - Poles, Russians, Hispanics, Slovenians, etc. I don't think the people with their expensive Mercedes SUVs with the Harvard window stickers were buying them, but they sure were there at Costco on a Saturday late afternoon amongst the throngs of people stocking up. Probably buying kale and the wild salmon.
Neither Trump, Pelosi, nor Schumer ever go to Costco. They should, in disguise. Well, nobody would recognize Schumer or Peolosi, so no disguise needed. But Trump would need a serious disguise to pick up his supply of Spam. Maybe he sends Melania for his Spam and Cocoa Sugar Bombs. Who would notice her?
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For me, it would be hard to justify the $60 annual membership fee at Costco.
If you tried their ribeyes, you would change your mind instantly.
How are the Chocolate Frosted Flakes?
Asking for a friend.
HA! ROTFL! Just over a dollar a week and that's too much???
You'd save that $60,the first few of trips to the store. More, if your store has a gas station, where the prices are consistently $.10 less per gallon than the cheapest one-off brands (with top tier gas and pumps that actually work correctly and fast, no less!). Mine also has liquor and beer at killer prices.
Last week bought two pair of LEVIs for half what you'd pay at any Dept. store and got my $60 back right there. Their drygoods, (socks shirts and underwear) name-brand and house brand are topnotch and inexpensive. As noted, the meat is superb.
Penny-wise and pound foolish, you are!
"You'd save that $60,the first few of trips to the store." Buying stuff I don't need?
So you don't need food, water, supplements, clothes or anything at a pharmacy/
Must live in a cave, eh?
We used to shop at Price Club before it went away and was replaced by Costco. We are in Costco once every week or two. Mostly to buy laundry soap and paper towels. Plus, our basset hound eats the cooked chicken they strip off the rotisserie and package in 3 pound bags.
Have you ever checked out The Spam Store?
They have like 14 different varieties. I bought 2 cases as Xmas gifts this year. lol
It's HUGE in Asian countries. I assume because of our mlitary presence there decades ago.
Perhaps. But Spam sells plenty here too, despite all the jokes. Or Hormel wouldn't still be making it.
As for Costco. I had cancelled my insurance when Obamacare started. The deductible was too high. So I was paying cash for everything.
My lipitor at CVS or Rite Aid was $280 for a 3 month supply. At Costco it was $30 for the same thing. And you don't need a membership to use their pharmacy. And it hasn't changed. I always ask the pharmacist how that can happen and they have no answer. It's still like that today.
So if you have no insurance check out the Costco Pharmacy. It will save you a bundle.
You should be using GoodRX.com (it is free, just to the website and print out the coupon)- get another $10 off your costco price on a 3 month supply of 40mg.
Here in LA, lots of small business stock up at Costco—Chinese,Koreans, Filipinos. And then there’s the Armenians, Mexicans, Russians, Indians, Iranians.
I go at least once a week.
My dad used to make fried spam and eggs for breakfast on the weekends. He was military. I recommend A1 or HP sauce with it.
Just finished a delicious breakfast of scrambled eggs with Spam, scallions and cayenne peppah.
We're not big on Spam, but we crazy for canned corned beef hash. I don't understand why it's not more popular.
canned corned beef hash with fried eggs and maybe some ketchup?
Loved that as a kid.
The canned stuff now smells like dog food to me. Good diners make their own, fresh. Good food, good heartburn too.
Some years back, I think 1982, I applied for membership at COSTCO. Back then membership was limited to specific groups and government employees was one of those groups. I was in the military so I was a government worker. COSTCO turned me down flat and said that they wouldn't allow the military to be members. He was actually pretty nasty and anti-military. So I am quite anti-COSTCO.
I was in San Bernardino and the Costco was somewhere west of me, I don't remember exactly where.
First, thank you for your service. I was in at the tail end of the Viet Nam era. Always thought those who look down on vets were clueless - still do.
I figured it was CA. I think what happened to you at Costco was more about CA than Costco. Costco does have some offers for vets, i.e. membership isn't free, but if you verify with TroopID or ID.me, you get $60 in coupons.
Odd, I would say that plenty of black folks hit the COSTCOs in Texas, and I've never been in one that wasn't very busy. But you're right, the really standout feature on any day is the demographic, almost always dominated by the immigrant class: Chinese, East Indian, Middle Easterners....the same peripatetic groups that have traditionally made up the merchant diaspora worldwide. I recently pointed out to my daughter, the COSTCO demographic reflects an upper percentile cohort for consumer awareness. They understand value, as distinct from cost. And of course the super-sized portions make simple unit-cost comparisons to the grocery chains very difficult. Your membership at COSTCO buys an added layer of quality control on the products they sell. We go about 3 times per year and I always struggle with ECS (Eye Candy Syndrome).
Gasoline. Costco at least meets and sometimes beats the lowest price in a metro area. I plan my long distance road trips using Costco gas stops.
USA National Gas Station Price Heat Map
Ditto on the rib eyes. The tenderloin and the rib roast are superb as well. Salmon too. Puts the other grocery stores to shame.
I've often wondered why Sysco doesn't start a home delivery service. They already deliver to thousands of restaurants everyday, and their minimums are surprisingly small.
I went to one once. They make no sense for a single man. Nope. Aimed at the family. I do have friends, empty nesters, that keep paying their chit, and the wife goes there and will buy and buy, as if there was fixing to be a huge shortage.. any day now.. it's crazy. Their garage is full of TP, papertowels, soap,.. etc.
WRONG! A single man can save a bunch.
Remember it's not just for food/groceries; it's gas, all manner of dry goods; electronics, pharmacy, eyeglasses, supplements/vitamins, tires and automotive stuff, furniture, flowers....which of those do you NOT buy?
I suppose if you live in a cave and make your own clothes from animal skins.....
No one has mentioned their return policy. I purchased a generator, had it about 3 years and it broke. Called Costco, they said just drain the gas and oil out and return it, full refund. Our refrigerator lasted 3 years, they sent guys out, picked it up and gave me a full refund. The policy has changed to 90 days, but the girl I talked to said we were before the policy change, so we got the refund. We have 4 people living in the house, so we probably save the fee on toilet paper alone. Buy all our meat there. And the $5 chicken, wellllll, Baggett ain't half bad either.
A sterling example of the benefits of capitalism and competitive markets.
Let's hope it's not taken away from us by The Left.
"Let's hope it's not taken away from us by The Left."
The left appears to like Costco. It's Walmart they hate.
The difference between Costco and Walmart, at least originally, was that Walmart put its customers first by paying low wages, while Costco is unionized. Naturally these black folks know that, which is why they work at Costco but don't shop there.
Now that Walmart has found it necessary for PR purposes to raise wages, it is becoming another Costco and its own place in the ecostructure will attract some new company, unless regulators prevent it and in many places they will. Which is a shame. Walmart's customers are poorer and in many cases more deserving than its workers.
I go to both Walmart and Costco—the Walmart workforce is hugely diverse—-age, gender, ethnicity, which is saying something in my white-predominant town. Walmart serves the working and non-working poor in America, among others. I would say the Baby Boomers in my town favor Costco in particular.
I see today's Christian exercise, the lectionary, lasted 21 minutes. Still, as the Brits say, could be worse.
:-) I had altar duty today, and I managed to read 11 verses from Psalm 29 in a fraction of that time even while taking plenty of time to enunciate.
I have been in a Walmart twice. They don't have them in NYC and they are effectively banned from opening stores in the city limits.
But I went to one in upstate NY and they had a deli section and they don't sell Boars Head.
No thanks. lol
Reader mentioned eyeglasses. Ours has an excellent eye guy (full eye checkup) and great deals on glasses if you are not overly fashion-conscious
Costco is concentrated in high demographics metro areas, the nearest one is a couple of hours away. We have to get by with Sam's Club, a poor substitute. I will say, though, that the Sam's rotisserie chickens are consistently excellent as well as unbelievably cheap. I can do without Costco ribeyes, buy mine from a couple of local farmers I know well, grass-fed beef, wow.
Coatco and Walmart are not competitors. Costco stocks about 4,000 different products per store while Walmart stocks 150,000.
#22 Rec - Have someone buy you a Costco gift card. Lets you go there if you don't have a membership.