When it comes to my preference for where to spend my hard-earned money on consumer goods, it is absolutely no contest. I have bought everything from toilet paper to an LCD television there and I rarely, if ever, have a problem with one of their products, or a bad experience in one of their stores. Costco has the lowest prices on a wide range of quality goods of any retail establishment that I am aware of. Often I compare their prices to other chains such as Sears, Wal-Mart, Future Shop, and even recently Target and it's usually not even close.
I think that Costco must employ the best 'procurement managers' or buyers in the industry, as the products they stock their towering shelves with are always second to none in brand, quality, and price. Everything from their coffee beans to their garden hoses are the best quality at reasonable prices. Their private label brand, Kirkland Signature, offers some exceptional value on several goods like bottled water, baby wipes, and even dog food among many other products. Costco frequently sells books for much less than the publishers price. I can't think of really any product category where they do not offer the best products at the lowest prices.
Costco is truly a best of both worlds retailer. Their return policy is seamless, their cashiers are very friendly, and you can buy a pair of Buffalo jeans for $30. Two years ago I bought a pair of sports sandals, a pair of leather sandals and a pair of running shoes at Costco all for under $30 each, and they're all still in tact. I am slightly embarrassed to say that last year my wife and I did our entire Christmas shopping there. Everyone seemed to love their gifts, and most people received two. No, nobody received the 3 kg mayonnaise from us.
Maybe it is the smell of the samples on Saturdays, or the 2kg jar tub of peanut butter, or the glow of the warehouse-type lights but I just adore the place...Some interesting facts about Costco:
The CEO, Jeffrey Brotman earns $645,000 per year as his base salary. He also answers his own phone.
I've heard that the cashiers make over $40,000 per year with benefits.
You can buy a hot dog and a bottomless pop there for $1.99. Pretty good hot dog too...
You can buy 35 bottles of Kirkland water for $4.39. That works out to less than $0.13 per bottle.
You can get your passport photo done for about $6 and fill your BBQ propane tank for $11.
Their net profit margins are under 2%......no wonder....
Costco did not pay me to write this review, but if they did I would have taken payment in the form of raw Lilydale chicken