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Costco Comming To Oz.


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#1 DSTM

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Posted 17 October 2007 - 03:47 AM

Saw on TV here,This Store Chain is about to flood Australia with outlets.Wondering what sort of a shopping experience one can expect,and are these Stores popular in the US.















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Posted 17 October 2007 - 03:52 AM

Watch out for forklifts! Costco is a member only chain here, my wife is a member, and I still can't break her of the habit of shopping for a family of seven. They have some really great deals if you need larger quantities.
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Posted 17 October 2007 - 04:08 AM

Thanks for that 'oldf@rt'. Just heard on another TV station,it will be Membership only, with an annual fee of 50 Dollars AUS.
I'm willing to dodge Forklifts, if we can save on the shocking cost of Food and Consumables here.Sounds like a good thing.















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Posted 17 October 2007 - 10:14 AM

You can easily save the Membership fee in just one or two visits since their prices are such that buying in larger quantities can save a lot of money.
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Posted 17 October 2007 - 10:35 AM

The idea sounds awesome!

Will you be able to actually see the prices and stuff before you join though?
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Posted 17 October 2007 - 10:57 AM

They have some really great prices on things. But you will buy in bulk. You can see pricing at their site.
http://www.costco.com/Home.aspx?cm_mmc=Goo...ativeC-_-Costco
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Posted 17 October 2007 - 12:38 PM

The idea sounds awesome!

Will you be able to actually see the prices and stuff before you join though?

You have to show your membership card at the door to get in, but you can always say I'm with them and point to someone in front of you to gain entrance and check things out.
If you like to eat the same stuff for a week it's alright.
Actually in my market, S. Cal., Costco has lost market share in the past several years, as much as 20% depending on which trade magazine you reference.
The big thing now is organic's and many of the major markets here has changed their focus to that.

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Posted 17 October 2007 - 12:46 PM

Often, CostCo when opening a new outlet, will give time limited - free memberships to allow one to check out the place.

As boopme said above, if you can buy in bulk many items, you'll quickly recoup the membership fee.

I'm aware of several families that got together to share a membership cost. The card holder does the shopping for all, and is compensated for their time, mileage, etc. A good deal for all.
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Posted 17 October 2007 - 12:57 PM

My daughter's brother-in-law works there. As with any other store, some of there prices can be beat but there are a lot of good deals. Employee discount's a plus
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Posted 17 October 2007 - 08:33 PM

Why I mentioned food, is because the reporter said, they will be selling Food and Groceries here,as well, and be in direct competition to our 3 major food chains.Can only hope a bit of new competition will help bring prices back, to a sensible level.Thanks for all the info everybody. :thumbsup:















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Posted 17 October 2007 - 10:22 PM

As mentioned, you can find some good deals at Costco. But the best thing to do is be aware of prices of items in other stores. Example-if you like a certain vegetable, Costco may have that item in a pack of 3 or 6 or however many. Look at the price per unit-it may be cheaper to buy the same quantity someplace else, especially if it's the store brand. We don't have a Costco where I live, but we do have a Sam's. Mostly I buy paper goods, dishwashing detergent, and laundry soap in bulk at Sam's. And soon I may be buying diapers in bulk-my daughter had her first child today. She's staying with me until her husband comes home from deployment, and it may be that diapers in bulk are a better deal. I'll have to check the prices at other stores, then decide which way to go.

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Posted 18 October 2007 - 01:31 AM

They have some really great prices on things. But you will buy in bulk. You can see pricing at their site.
http://www.costco.com/Home.aspx?cm_mmc=Goo...ativeC-_-Costco

Coolies. Will check out the site, thanks.
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Posted 18 October 2007 - 07:43 AM

As mentioned, you can find some good deals at Costco. But the best thing to do is be aware of prices of items in other stores. Example-if you like a certain vegetable, Costco may have that item in a pack of 3 or 6 or however many. Look at the price per unit-it may be cheaper to buy the same quantity someplace else, especially if it's the store brand. We don't have a Costco where I live, but we do have a Sam's. Mostly I buy paper goods, dishwashing detergent, and laundry soap in bulk at Sam's. And soon I may be buying diapers in bulk-my daughter had her first child today. She's staying with me until her husband comes home from deployment, and it may be that diapers in bulk are a better deal. I'll have to check the prices at other stores, then decide which way to go.

Just make sure the diapers are compatible with said baby before buying bulk. Daughter learned the hard way
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