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Costco - I'm blaming TUG

Discussion in 'TUG Lounge' started by Jan M., Mar 1, 2019.

  1. Bucky

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    LOL. We did the same. Moved our 55 to the BR and got a new 65 to replace it. In retrospect a new 75 would have been better! I probably should stay out of Costco until this urge goes away!!
     
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    I found Costco car rental to almost always be the cheapest.
     
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    The Costco in Salem is less than 3 miles from our House. So we treat it as a grocery store with good free samples. Fred Meyer (Kroger) is 2 miles so not a lot of travel distance difference. Unfortunately Costco is trying to build at a new location which will add a mile each way. But it will be a lot larger and more than double the gas pumps. If you are ever in SLC visit the Costco. It is the largest in North America. Has whole pigs (like Hawaii), half a beef, etc.
     
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    I am surrounded by four Costco's. One is 50 min. away, one 55 min. away, a third is an hour away, and a fourth is an hour an 5 min. away. I think that they are running out of locations about an hour away. I am convinced that this was how they chose their locations. Still I joined and about once every six weeks my wife and I make a Costco run.
     
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    We have talked to Costo Managers involved with the Ordering/Managing of Alcohol Sales. None of the Costco Vodka is distilled by Grey Goose. Heck Grey Goose does not even distill their own Vodka.
     
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    Absolutely. We are driving from Michigan to Myrtle Beach in June. Instead of taking 2 cars to fit our family of 5 and all of our gear, we are renting a Suburban for the trip. We are paying $770 for 11 days and that includes tax and fees. Awesome deal.
     
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    Their tequila is very good. For $28, you get 1.75 L of very good tequila. It’s on par with Patron Anejo ($80 for a 5th). Pop it in the freezer and you can sip it straight like scotch!
     
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    I was a Price Club member in Canada. When I first moved to Texas 23 years ago I had to suffer 7 years without a Costco, as TX did not have them back in the late 1990s through early 2000s. Thank goodness they are hear now.

    There is a store about 20 minutes from me, it was badly flooded in Hurricane Harvey and the entire contents and furnishings of the store had to be ripped out and thrown away. I really missed it when it was closed for 5 months for repairs.
     
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    I used to find this. But lately I've been getting pricing by registering the rental I find on Costco with AutoSlash.
     
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    Getting my rebate check bzackthis week for being an "Executive" member. Dave is right.
     
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    It was Price Club versus CostCo and they merged in the late 80's/early 90's. Costco had better food and Price Club had better large ticket items.
     
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    I have a Costco about a mile from me. It sells gas about 10 to 20 cents a gallon cheaper than the local gas stations.
    But it does not sell any hard liquor, only beer and wine. There is an independent liquor store attached to it, but they are expensive and do not sell Kirkland brand.
     
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    That has to do with your state liquor laws. TX is the same NO Liquor only wine and beer. However other states it is different, I know that LA, NV, SC do sell liquor.
     
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    Back in the 70's, Sol Price and Jim Sinegal were executives at FedMart, a membership shopping club. I shopped at their San Diego locations. My memory is that it cost $1 for a forever membership to FedMart, (although that may have been at Memco and Gemco stores, and the FedMart membership may have been free.) FedMart had excellent values, and was a great place to shop. (If memory serves, FedMart was later sold and became Target. Don't quote me - I could be wrong about that.) After both men moved on from FedMart, Sol Price opened Price Club, and Jim Sinegal opened Costco. They were friendly competitors who operated in different locations, but had similar business models. Several years later Costco bought Price Club, and for a time the merged storefronts had a combined name of Price-Costco. During that time, Costco determined which Price Club and Costco locations were less profitable, and they closed a number of warehouses. Eventually, the name was changed again, to become the Costco brand it is today. They've never looked back.

    My marriage notwithstanding, the last 40 years of my life without Costco would have been very different. :)

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    Washington State was the same. Jim Sinegal took it personally, and Costco spent MILLION$$$ fighting them, to allow local stores to sell hard liquor. It finally went to a voter ballot on a statewide level, and the voters won. There are still private liquor stores, and Washington state taxes are high on alcohol compared to other states, but Costco and local grocery stores now sell hard liquor here, at prices well below what the State-run stores used to sell it for. Competition in the marketplace is a good thing.

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    Salem's Costco warehouse opened in 1992, when the whole area was probably a lot less developed, and a lot of warehouses were in leased buildings. Costco's convenient locations can be a victim of their own popularity. Local warehouse relocations are usually due to shopper demand for more merchandise, more cash registers, better gas stations, and more parking. If the current warehouse is too small, it's more cost effective to build an entirely new building, with updated facilities and features, and close the smaller one or give up the old leased location. If Salem has grown to the point of them needing a larger location, it's a sign your warehouse is doing well. It'll be worth it. :)

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    Costco started with locations based on local populations and availability for easy access. That's why most are located along freeways and major streets. Here in Washington, along the I-5 corridor, they have a warehouse roughly every 25 miles. In larger cities like Seattle, they have locations located in more populated urban areas, because that's where the shoppers live. I think they know if you have to drive too far to get to a warehouse, you're more likely to shop with other businesses instead. It's a carefully planned thing.

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    We are fortunate (Costco-wise). Our smallish 50,000 lol city is the shopping magnet for a gigantic, though sparsely peopled area that touches 4 states. If you live on a cattle or sheep ranch or have a gold mine in Northern Nevada, central Idaho, Western Montana, N.E. Cal or Oregon, it might be 300 miles of 2 track dirt road, but if you need a new pickup, or a freezer, or grub to feed hungry sheep or cattlemen, you'll find yourself at Costco in Twin Falls. Rubbing shoulders with the movie stars and billionaires just in with their jets to Sun Valley, 70 miles up the road. You never know who you'll run into. For us, though it's about a 7-10 minute drive (if we can find a parking place).

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    The Twin Falls warehouse is in a great location, and is a nice, well-run warehouse. We stop there each time we're heading through town.

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    The only thing keeping me from living full time in Hilton Head is the lack of a Costco! It's been rumored for years, but who knows.

    I can claim getting to shop at FedMart as a child too. My favorite part...the giant long and skinny bag of freshly popped popcorn for 35 cents that my mom would buy for us to keep us occupied. She was allowed to get a membership at the time as she was taking classes at a California State college....membership was limited to federal and state employees (plus state college students apparently).
     
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    We do not buy Tequila unless it is smooth enough to drink straight like Good Whisky.
     
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    I am one of those people who dislikes alcohol. It disturbs my sleep as it makes me sleep for an hour and lay there awake for the rest of the night. Drinking alcohol usually gives me a headache too. I guess I should be thankful that it saves us some money although my husband drinks on my behalf. :)
     
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    I am an amateur tequila snob. This is pretty good tequila. I have drank it straight no worries. For the price, you can’t beat it.
     
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    You're not alone. I am not a non-drinker, but I may as well be. Calling me a social drinker is a stretch. If I order a beer with dinner at a restaurant, I usually leave about half of the glass leftover when we leave. And that's on the rare occasion when I do order something. I'm a lousy partier, but I'm a great designated driver. My friends and family love me for that. :)

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    Yep, designated driver, that's me. I do all driving when out with our friends in the evening.
     
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