Guest Posts

I have so many great comments from people that all have their favorite things (or maybe things they really hate) about Costco, that I thought it would be nice to give them a little more space to write and share their thoughts and opinions.

If you are interested, here are some things to keep in mind about guest posts to AddictedToCostco.com:

  1. The topic can be anything Costco related: something funny you saw or heard while you were shopping, a great product or a totally lousy one, a Customer Service story (good or bad), an experience with a Costco service, anything at all about Costco.
  2. While I will be the first to admit that some of my posts can get pretty long, your post doesn’t need to be more than just a well thought out paragraph or two but it can certainly be longer if you want.
  3. I do ask that if you are writing about a product you put in plenty of details and definitely include the item number, date of purchase, and the price. Same goes for services – price, when you used the service, and the name if it was a third party contractor.
  4. If you have your own blog or website, please feel free to include a link or two to your blog.
  5. Also, when you send me your post include your name (screen name or real-life name) and your city and state, as well as how long you’ve been a Costco member.
  6. If you want to include a picture to go with your post, you’ll need to include that (or tell me a URL where I can find it) when you email me and tell me roughly where the image should go in your post.
  7. I try to write a blog that could be read by my mom or your kid, so that means I try to keep it clean.  No swear words and no porn (obviously, because you can’t buy that in bulk at Costco).  And there are other things that I won’t accept, that fit into the category of ‘I will know it when I see it’.  I’m asking for guest posts, but I am not guaranteeing to post everything that I receive.

Once you’ve gotten your guest post all written (and spell checked), send it me to at kimberly@addictedtocostco.com and I will let you know if, and when, your post will be published.  You can also send me an email if you’d like to run your idea past me, before you take the time to write a whole post.

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  1. 1 #1 Costconian KC // 2013.06.13 at 2:22 pm

    On the subject of the change to Pepsi. Spoke with the regional manager in our area and this is a change in every store. I am a die hard Coke person…but that isn’t the true problem I have with it. Upon watching families with small children in our food court, I have seen several parents (and heard them discuss) that there isn’t any Sprite and they figure Mountain Dew is the alternative…and giving it to their children. Then they can’t figure out why their kids are getting hyper by the end of their meal!!!! Hello, it is loaded with caffeine!!!
    I brought this up to the reg. manager and he didn’t seem the least bit concerned (troubling) and said they didn’t select Sierra Mist because it wasn’t a big seller for Pepsi and they didn’t want sales to go down! I named off many national restaurants that have it and do well. Don’t know who the Pepsi Rep was who advised them of this…but apparently they were wanting to boost sales of MD!!! HELLO….if it is a Sprite alternative…people with get it with their $1.50 special, or whatever. He said that Coke wasn’t interested in coming down to match Pepsi’s $$, thus they changed. I understand the business aspect…but I have literally seen 4 families leave the store AND NEVER SHOPPED because their children were hyper after Mountain Dew. For a family friendly business….this saddens me that they didn’t stop to consider the families…nor that they could possibly affect store sales and food sales!

  2. 2 NJ // 2013.06.09 at 3:32 pm

    Bridgewater, NJ Costco needs some Red Bull sugar free. They had a huge pallet of regular Red Bull with sugar, along with Monster and lots of other juice drinks with extra sugar. Can you bring back the sugar free Red Bull? There should be sufficient demand for it here.

  3. 3 Mark // 2013.06.05 at 2:50 pm

    I still love Costco for many reasons, but have a couple of nits to pick…
    I bought a TV for my mother there the other day. I like buying TVs at Costco as they have the second year extended warranty included. It was a JVC that came with a 1-year warranty. When I went to check out, One of the ‘regulars’ was helping the cashier. He asked if i wanted the extended warranty. He said ‘it isnt the same’. I said it would give me another year. He said, oh that is only telephone technical support and not a warranty, and besides you only get 90 day warranty from JVC. I didnt take the bait and didnt buy the warranty.
    Eating my chicken bake and (sic) Pepsi, I looked over the box and the Coscto sticker on the box. THe box said there was a ONE YEAR warranty, and the sticker says “extends manufacturer’s warranty to two years”. JEESH.
    So i want back and talked with a manager, asked her if I get a second year warranty or did i have to buy additional time. She confirmed that I indeed have a full year from JVC and not ‘telephone support’ and the second year was in force through Costco, but warned me that I would need to call the Costco 800 number and not JVC during the second year. She added that the ‘additional warranty’ is for years 3-5. So they either dont train their personnel well (tho this guy has been there years) or it was a bait and switch, like the new Pepsi/Coke debacle.
    ALSO, since i am complaining here… I just had one of the new chicken/cheese quesadillas ..they sell (frozen/8/box) it is Don Miguel brand and is TERRIBLE. And last night I had a leftover frozen quesadilla from Exceline — wow, no comparison. Why did they switch? A loss for us.
    On the positive side, the Chicken tortilla soup by Kirkland is great.
    One last thing… please bring back the uncooked bulgogi (korean) steaks, the Rana brand mushroom ravioli, and COKE!
    We still go to Costco 1-2 times each week. And the Amex Costco card is great with the 4% gas rebate etc. Cheers

    • 4 Burgandy // 2013.06.10 at 7:37 pm

      The coke switch at the food court was done to keep prices down. Both companies had a fair chance to bid on the business. As a Costco member, you must be accustomed to the ever changing items. Every item must be able to be sold to members at a value. Many times vendors have price increases. This does not to enable Costco to keep items priced low. The result is the item is deleted rather than raise the price. I am sure you would also complain about raising prices as well.
      You need to see the big picture.

      • 5 Alesa // 2013.06.10 at 7:57 pm

        Yes, I understand the economics and believe most on this forum do, also. However, Coke vs. Pepsi is probably a bigger deal to a lot of people than is the choice between 2 pastas, or 2 crackers, or 2 cereals. I’d say a great majority of shoppers prefer one brand of those sodas over the other, where the choice is between just 2 major brands; whereas switching out cereals (for example) in a highly fragmented cereal market may be less painful for people to accept.

        Will anyone leave Costco because of a soda switch? Maybe not, but I hope their leadership understands the difference between changing out “elastic” products vs. switching “inelastic” products. Time will tell for consumers, and soda sales numbers will tell for Costco.

        My hope is that Coke gets the low bid next time around and Pepsi can be displayed in the coolers next to the cafe area. I discussed it with the customer service people, and clearly a lot of others had, too.

  4. 6 Alesa // 2013.06.03 at 9:22 pm

    GAG re: the Pepsi/Coke switch. They did it here at our beloved store in Knoxville, TN. If you buy the $1.50 hotdog/drink combo, you now get a Pepsi product. YUCK. However, it’s pretty funny that they have a couple big Coke machines RIGHT NEXT TO the seating area for us die-hard Coke drinkers. Well-played, Costco.

    My guess is that Pepsi was the low bid for the concessions area. Who in the South drinks Pepsi? Heresy!!

    • 7 Katie // 2013.06.05 at 1:53 pm

      I think Costco is crazy like a fox…changed the drink from Coke to Pepsi at the food court…then left the Coke machines in for those of us who don’t like, or actually, refuse to drink Pepsi. Best of both worlds for them…buy the hot dog, don’t get the Pepsi, then go buy a Coke from the machine. They make $2.50 instead of $1.50 and their Pepsi supply stretches further!

      • 8 Alesa // 2013.06.10 at 7:59 pm

        I refuse to drink Pepsi and also refuse to pay for a Coke when the price of the combo is set whether I order the drink or not. Frustrating. But really, my husband and I shouldn’t be eating the 1,00o hotdogs anyway. LOL.

        • 9 Alesa // 2013.06.13 at 4:52 pm

          I meant “1,000 calorie” hot dogs. :-)

  5. 10 carolyn // 2013.05.25 at 6:48 pm

    I would like to see a Costco in Charlottsville,Va.

  6. 11 Mark // 2013.05.25 at 12:37 am

    While Costco remains our favorite store, we are saddened by some of their recent decisions, mostly discontinuing some of our favorite foods. 1. The chicken quesadillas (frozen, 8 per box) from Excelline (Yellow Box) which we have bought and enjoyed for about 3 years has not been available for the last 2-3 months. There is another brand in its place, a 3-cheese chicken quesadilla, about the same price, but the quality is a fraction of the Excelline ones. Terrible.

    Second, we had just discovered the Rana brand Mushroom Ravioi when pfft, it was discontinued. The Rana ravioli were phenomenal, and enhanced many meals for us in the 2-3 months we were able to find it.

    Third, our local Costco’s food court just replaced its soft drink machines. No longer Coke AND Pepsi products, now just Pepsi. We miss our diet cokes.

    In the GREAT STUFF category, we are huge fans of Costco’s prepared fods, especially those stemming from the Rotisserie Chickens. We love the Chicken Fettucini Alfredo (we put on some Costco asparagus and sliced mushrooms before baking, plus some crushed red peppers.
    Another great thing is the chicken salad derived from the rotisserie chickens.
    The fresh Croissants, 12 to a package, are so good. Our staff downed them in minutes.
    The bags of 6 avocados are great. This year, we have vowed to eat an avocado a day, given its nutritional values and ‘good’ lipids.
    And with summer coming up, the tubs of red skin potato salad ae fantastic.
    Finally, there is a current $3 off rebate on Curly’s Ribs. These precooked ribs are wonderful and the barbecue sauce they come in is delicious. One slab will feed two of us for two meals.

    And in the HUH? category… A recent Consumers Reports had costco as the lowest cost pharmacy chain for generic prescription drugs. The 5 drugs they sampled were $377 at Costco anda about $980 at chains like Rite Aid, CVS, and Walreens. A HUGE savings at costco. So when we went to buy my son’s 2 generic medicines which had been costing him $295 at Walgreens, we were very surprised to find that the Costco price for the two was $324. WHY????? Where is this 5X savings that the CR folks found.

    We still love Costco but would love it even more with Rana Mushroom Ravioli and Excelline Quesadillas…

    • 12 Randy // 2013.05.25 at 1:38 pm

      The just replaced the Coke fountain machine at our food court in Chicago. I hate it. What rocket scientist thought this was a good idea?

      • 13 Mark // 2013.05.25 at 5:30 pm

        I agree. I just wish there was a ‘suggestion box’ or a ‘feedback site’ or something where we can tell them it was a dumb move to drop Coke products, or the great Rana Mushroom Ravioli or the stellar Excelline Quesadillas…

        Another GOOD thing I was going to add, tho, was that our Costco just added a Propane filling tank .. right now my 20-pound fill for my barbecue tank is $10.24 (so far it has ranged form $9.99 to $10.56)… The typical ‘other’ places that fill these tanks, like Food Lion, CVS Pharmacy, Gas stations, etc range in price from $21 to 22.50 locally for a fill…. so once again, Costco is saving us over $10 each time we fill the propane (3-4 times a year for us as we grill a lot…

        I just hope someone from Costco reads these blogs and brings back the really good things we miss….also maybe add COFFEE to the Food Court.. (and allow us to drink COKE with the great hot dogs or chicken bakes we love).

        • 14 Kimberly // 2013.05.26 at 8:32 pm

          @Mark – There is a book for comments that they keep by the Customer Service desk and they do actually read through them and respond. So next time you’re at your Costco, leave them a comment.

      • 15 Ron // 2013.06.03 at 11:12 pm

        The same one you will continue to pay a membership fee to and saves you hundreds of $$.
        Hum, now think about what you said??

    • 16 Kimberly // 2013.05.26 at 8:31 pm

      @Mark – I’ve had really good luck with saving on my prescriptions at Costco too. I have a post or two about it from a few years ago. I saved big over buying through Walgreen’s or Walmart pharmacy; I think it was like getting 2 or 3 free months of medication by going through Costco. However, I think it does depend on the medications as you will see lots of variation by specific medication and dosage across any range of pharmacies.

  7. 17 Al // 2013.05.21 at 9:57 am

    But none of the Costcos in our area carry Hannah Bruschetta!!!!

  8. 18 brad // 2013.05.12 at 8:42 pm

    Actually the membership price increase was due to the fact that california was taxing any membership that was 50 dollars or less. So instead of the membership costing the member 50 dollars plus the tax they raised the price to 55 in order to avoid the tax. They also lowered prices on products in the store in order to make up for the 5 dollar hike in price.

    • 19 Katie // 2013.06.05 at 1:27 pm

      So, every Costco member in every other state had to endure an increase in their membership because of California? Extreme and unfair. Don’t know where you have seen any price decreases at Costco since the membership fee increase…everytime I go there, prices have been increased…been a trend for a long time.

      • 20 Burgandy // 2013.06.10 at 7:48 pm

        Give me a break. Do you realize Costco also incurs cost increases from its vendors. Price increases are minimal. Remember a Costco membership has a 100% satisfaction guarantee.
        You can get your money back if you are not satisfied. I am sure if you add up all your savings you will make the right decision :)

  9. 21 Peg Densmore // 2013.05.12 at 7:37 pm

    Has the kirkland brand bath tissue changed? The package I just bought has about half the number of sheets as it use to but the price of 14.99 was the same. I didn’t notice until I got home. I have to drive 60 miles to get to a costco so too far to return. Emailed costco but no response. Thanks if anyone knows anything.

  10. 22 Mark // 2013.04.09 at 11:52 pm

    We have a new favorite food from Costco! It is Rana brand mushroom ravioli. Wow. We boil it up and then cover it with the great Pesto Sauce that Costco sells. Incredible taste and goes well with all sorts of meats, poultry, burgers etc etc. We are now having it weekly. Thanks, Costco!

  11. 23 Ken L // 2013.04.09 at 2:42 pm

    Costco Kirkland Signature stainless steel cook-set‏

    Was surprised to find that they no longer carry Costco Kirkland Signature stainless steel cook-set at the Raleigh store. Does anyone know if they still carry it or what the item number is to track it down?

    • 24 Katie // 2013.06.14 at 10:43 am

      Ken L: I was just in our Costco here in FL yesterday and saw the Kirkland s/s cookware set on an end-cap. So, not only do they still have it, the are promoting it here at least.

  12. 25 jason haze // 2013.03.21 at 11:19 am

    The Kirkland brand of dish washing soap is horrible, yes the price was good, the quantity was more, but in the long run you use more.
    Another reason the name brand is superior to the Kirkland brand.

  13. 26 Cathy Austin // 2013.03.21 at 11:02 am

    Please, Please tell me that the rumors are true for Columbia SC!!! All my dreams would come true! I don’t understand why they haven’t posted it on their website…I’ve heard about utility work being completed for Costco, just off Harbison Rd…..Absolutely cannot wait!

  14. 27 Suzanne Blake // 2013.02.26 at 5:12 pm

    As with so many other people here in Cary, NC, I was so excited to hear that we were going to get a new Costco here on our side of Raleigh, and then ultimately horrendously disappointed to find out that we weren’t going to get one…is there any news as to whether the hunt is still on to find property on our side of town?

  15. 28 Gene // 2013.02.26 at 12:24 pm

    Kevin…WalMart Super Center is Breaking Ground in June Sydney NS
    Hopefully Costco will take note!!!

    • 29 Iasmin Friedheim // 2013.02.27 at 2:30 pm

      Please no more Walmart, I cant stand going there nor at Sams. As soon as I enter this two shops I can tell what kind of Employers they are. When the employer’s first goal is to make Wallstreet happy and not there employees it reflects on the customer satisfaction.
      Yes, I am adicted to Costco, and I am lucky I have one five minutes from my house in Grapevine. Any need for my household the first stop is always Costco -:)

  16. 30 Kevin // 2013.02.25 at 12:18 am

    O Costco
    Dont think Its worth renewing my Halifax membership as its so far from Sydney Cape Breton:(

  17. 31 Pati Wolfe // 2013.02.20 at 1:00 pm

    Are there any construction dates set for Lubbock, TX, Cedar Park,TX, or Lexington,KY yet?

    • 32 Catherine Ace // 2013.03.14 at 1:59 pm

      Sugarland, TX in Spring 2013 Lubbock, TX in mid- to late- 2013.

  18. 33 Christopher // 2013.02.19 at 9:43 pm

    Kirkland Black Jeans—what happened to them? I can’t find them in any of the three Costco stores that I go to. Does anyone know if they are going to return?

  19. 34 Isabella // 2013.02.10 at 8:31 am

    Please confirm rumors that a Costco will be targeted for The Villages Fla. Residents are very excited if this rumor is true. However, other rumors are suggesting that a Costco is scheduled for Ocala. Would love to hear whether these rumors are true or false.
    Thank you

    • 35 Kimberly // 2013.02.10 at 6:52 pm

      @Isabella – I haven’t heard anything about that area of Florida getting a Costco. If I do though, it’ll be in my monthly Locations Update post (last Thursday or Tuesday of the month).

  20. 36 hjs3 // 2013.01.27 at 12:04 pm

    What you may think are “brands” v.s Kirkland is a ruse anyway…
    Costco buys brand names or co names that are no longer in business and adopts
    in many cases for their own overseas production categories.
    Ex.: Hathaway the venerable shirt co. from Waterville Me. est. in 1837 went out of business in 2002 and was widely
    appreciated for great quality dress shirts.
    One would have to assume that Costco purchased the brand from WARANCO at some point and has adopted it
    for select items (dress-shirts and t-shirts) they produce overseas. It’s all about brand-recognition and a somewhat reasonable value.

    Now in the case of your toothpaste dilemma it maybe more about which of the two co’s was willing to meet the price demands of Costco at the last buying cycle for that product category or simply product demand in the mainstream retail market.

  21. 37 Michael Mehall // 2013.01.26 at 1:23 pm

    We purchased a Ladder back chair Dinning room set several years ago and are now trying to add more chairs. Does anyone have an idea how we can get more chairs?

  22. 38 Mike Strange // 2013.01.24 at 10:25 pm

    What happened to Auquafresh Toothpaste — you only have Colgate lately and your toothpaste is spreat throughout the vitaman area and hard to find — I am getting a little fed up with the the way you treat customers lately in Wisonville, Or

  23. 39 Sally // 2013.01.23 at 8:23 am

    I am addicted to Costco!!! My first ?….when will the next coupon book be out???? (Feb…US)
    There are a few products I would like to see at Costco…..LITE Hellmann’s mayo, Hidden Valley Ranch dressing MIX, Eagle Brand Milk, Hershey’s Chocolate Syrup – LITE,
    I love the customer service at costco, returns are super easy, check out is fast…LOVE it! Again, looking for the new coupons for Feb!!

  24. 40 Mark // 2013.01.21 at 5:00 pm

    I am wondering why these guest posts go back to 2012 with only 2 in 2013, while I am getting emails almost every day with the subject Addicted to Costco.com: Guest posts…?? I know that some are totally irrelevant and need to be removed, and some are negative like ‘too many kirkland products, switching to Sam’s’ (really? kirkland is the vast minority of products, and we have been sam’s and BJs members and they are no different except Sam’s sucks, so Jason i guess deserves what he gets..)…
    Any way, thanks for doing this blog. I do want to add a realcomment on some good new products and how we use Costco…
    THANKS — Mark

  25. 41 Jason Haze // 2013.01.21 at 4:13 pm

    Too many kirkland products, not enough name brands, I’m going to Sams .

    • 42 Mark // 2013.01.21 at 5:14 pm

      Jason– having been a member of Costco, BJs and Sam’s, I definitely rate Costco a 9 (0ut of 10), BJ’s a 7 and Sam’s 4-5.
      HERE’ ARE MY THOUGHTS ON THAT: The Kirkland products are a minority of what Costco carries, but some of their paper goods, generic medicines, and foods are wonderful and save us a lot of money. Sam’s and BJs have their own house brands, no fewer than Costco’s. The soups (e.g., Chicken Tortilla soup), some cheeses, and staples like Olive Oil, bottled water, etc are excellent (and you ALWAYS have the choice of non-Kirkland brands) just to name a few. Costco has also had a better pharmacy, optical, and especially food court than the other two. And the selection of wines, meats and produce is so much better at Costco than at Sam’s. Also incomparable is the selection of freshly prepared foods, especially based on their rotisserie chickens, are incredible and not available at the other 2 stores. I would say we have 40 dinners a year based on the whole rotisserie chickens, their chicken salad (wow!), the chicken fettucini alfredo (also wow!), and other things they prepare. Just bought gas today at Costco for 5 cents cheaper than the local BJs and 10 cents cheaper than our other choices I have seen in about a 20 mile radius today. The requirement of American Express was a bit of a hassle, until we got the AE Costco card…and am expecting $500+ in rebate in a month, twice yearly. Good luck to you.

    • 43 Iasmin Friedheim // 2013.02.27 at 2:44 pm

      Sorry Jason. I love Kikland brand. They are better than name brand and saves me money. Good luck at Sams. I do not take my moey there.

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