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  • justwarning_u justwarning_u Oct 5, 2011 11:51 AM Flag

    $55 Annual Fee - Costco Pulls a Netflix

    When was the last time they raised membership fees??
    Around, Like 2006 ???

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    • The average Costco customer saves about $20 a week on groceries compared to major grocers in their market areas. That comes to $2600.

      $55 to save $2600?

      Stand outside a Costco and watch the carts.

      Especailly since Walmart and others have raised shelf prices, more customers are getting smart about comparing prices per pound, per ounce ESPECIALLY ON NON-PERISHABLES such as paper products, soaps, juices, sodas, canned goods, and toiletries/personal care, books, electronics, and small appliances.

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      • Bro, you need a math lesson.

        1. $20/wk x 52 weeks = $1,040, not $2,600
        2. The average customer doesn't use Costco exclusively for groceries. They pick up a few bulk items but still go to other grocery stores. Your $20/wk. savings is substantially overstated.
        3. Many Costco customers are sporadic shoppers and will find that $55/yr. isn't worth the hassle of shopping at Costco. Parking hassles, rude employees, massive bulk purchases, etc.

        This will backfire on Costco. Mark my words.

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