Costco is insane in Melbourne.
On Friday, I tried to go there at 2pm, there is usually a lull at that time, and the carpark was full.
On Monday, I got there at 9.45am , and STILL had to line up for the carpark, although I was in and parked by 9.55am with opening time of 10am.
I had a bit of a giggle at the elderly couple sitting in the best car park drinking their coffee from their flagon - I wonder what time they got there?
I was going for our normal business things, but was convinced to buy a Kidcraft trainset for $160. It was the trainset (tracks etc, plus 24 pieces of men / signs etc and the table it sits on).
I noticed a Kidcraft Dollhouse which I would have paid $200 for from Amazon if shipping wasn't $300, for $99 !
I also got some baby Disney dolls which I have previously purchased from online overseas stores and haven't seen in Australia before.
To be honest, I wouldn't go to Costco just to join and grab a massive bargain for Christmas because they have limited toy stocks. However, overall Costco has great products - their meat and produce is fantastic quality and price, as is many of their home brand household items. If you are near one, or think you would often go, then a membership is well worth it.
I have an accommodation business, and go for a mix of personal / business. What I normally buy from Costco, and will not buy from anywhere else are:
- steaks (OMG - anyone can cook their steaks and they will be beautiful)
- chicken breast always $9.99 per kilo
- fantastic pizzas for $16 that seriously will not fit in your fridge or oven - you need to cut them in half
- trays of seasonal produce (mangos, grapes, strawberries etc always a good price)
- toilet paper / ziplock bags / garbage bags / kitchen tidy bags / washing powder / laundry softner / cleaning cloths/white king
- I love their clothes hangers - really nice black velvet at $24 for 50
- quality white towels in packs of 6 for $30 (ie $5 each and they are better IMO than any towels you can buy anywhere else)
- unbelieveable quality packs of 2 facewashers / 2 handtowels for $7 - that is less than $2 per item
They also have great bargains on high end wine.
Honestly, you can buy anything in Costco from six boxes of U tampons, to a generator, to a washing machine, to a 10 kg bag of rice, to surfboards, to 2kg of potatoes, to a bag of crisps that after ten people have eaten their fill, there is more left in the bag!
Everything is always a good price. Sometimes an awesome price, but always a good price.
But the reason I go back is because I particularly like a lot of their Homebrand products, and their meat and produce.
Edited by threelittlegems, 11 December 2012 - 06:43 PM.