A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of chatting with Dave Swanson, a writer at Reviewed.com, for an article he was writing about Costco. I like talking about Costco of course, but his article is on one of my favourite topics too: is the Costco membership worth the price? I could talk for quite some time on this topic because it is one of the things that I have had people ask me most frequently over the years. There are so many ways to answer this question! And I’ve probably used them all in the last decade to answer various people questioning me about the value of a Costco membership.
If you’re on the fence about getting or keeping your Costco membership, or know someone that is, then Dave’s article “Why Should I Pay to Shop at Costco?” is a great summation of exactly why Costco can be a good deal for people. I really like that he points out that Costco isn’t just about buying bulk food products, like the giant jar of mayonnaise. There are plenty of things you can get at Costco that aren’t in bulk really at all, or are things that don’t have a short shelf life. But even if you’re not there for the food at all, there are also appliances, electronics, clothes, shoes, jewellery, office supplies, paper products, and a thousand other items to save your money purchasing. And that doesn’t even include the tremendous deals that you can get from Costco’s other member benefits like prescription medication, optical services, hearing aids, travel, photo development, or the very popular auto program. To prove his point, he’s got a great list comparing a nice variety of items that you can find great deals on at Costco when compared to other retailers. I often find price comparisons are the most persuasive piece of evidence when people ask me about the usefulness of a Costco membership and it is hard to refute the actual numbers.
Of course, as I always say, and he quotes me in this article too, Costco isn’t necessarily for everyone. Depending on your lifestyle and what you buy, the Costco membership might not really work for you. Though, I do sometimes question people who say that to me because you can make up your membership fee when you purchase just a few things like eyeglasses, a new sofa, a rental car, steaks, various electronics, gas, or even clothing and accessories. Plus with Costco you always have their great return policy to fall back on, and that goes for the membership fee too. If you sign up for a membership and realize that it isn’t for you and you’re really not getting the benefit you wanted or expected, then you can get a full refund of your membership. So really, what do you have to lose from signing up?
Dave has done a great job of presenting the case for a Costco membership, so be sure to check out his article.
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