Costco (or Sam’s Club or BJ’s) has been a fixture on the American consumer landscape for quite some time. They are called wholesale clubs, and what you do is pay a membership fee every year, in theory, to take advantage of being able to buy household and office goods in bulk at wholesale prices and to get a limited supply of retail goods at a lower cost. Remember, that’s the theory; the reality is you have to comparison shop like anyplace else. In the United States’s Costco stores, anyone who is able to pay the membership fee can be a member. In the U.K.’s stores, only certain people are allowed to be an individual member or a trade member.
So is it worth it to be a Costco member? Here I go being mealy mouthed again. It depends. It’s the cheapest place to get gas in town, so that makes it worth it for us alone. Considering the price for our favorite cereals too, we have our membership covered in no time. Plus, we sleep at night knowing we will never run out of bog roll ever again. If only I weren’t too lazy to put it away.
For $55/year, you can’t beat the entertainment value of shopping there either. I personally love the gift card section because you see stuff like this pack from Einstein Bros.
I know this is meant for a boss to give to his or her employees, but let me explain my amusement. There is one Einstein Bros. in this town, and it is a pain in the ass, as far as driving or walking to the place . The food and drinks are mediocre, so you can get much better things for breakfast and lunch in the area. By giving out five of these puppies, it is a dead giveaway that the boss bought the 5-pack at Costco, so the employees are only worth 80% of the gift card’s value each. Gee, thanks.
Costco is also a place of discoveries. I found out where all those flowery sleepers the Sprog received when she was born came from. No, I am not complaining. I valued every stitch of clothing that came my way during her infancy, as parents understand what happens with babies and their orifices. Which only goes to show Costco is there from cradle…
Non-emotional and non-threatening…imagine a Costco employee scanning your card while you are being lowered into the ground. Are we talking do-it-yourself funerals now?
Don’t look for this display. They don’t have them in the stores anymore, but Costco sells the caskets, urns, and sympathy flowers online. It’s nice to see there is expedited shipping on most of the items. So what do you do, if the casket is on backorder? If they can stick Nelson in a brandy cask after Trafalgar, I bet a hot tub and whatever beer is on offer at Costco…
You can certainly get enough food there afterwards to feed the guests after the ceremony. The cupcakes alone are obscene enough.
Pick up a movie while you there. They love the Anglophiles.
Although I though every romantic Anglophile had to be in possession of this movie by law. (For the record, I still haven’t seen it.)
On that note, I leave you with a parting thought.