18 Bad Habits Costco Shoppers Should Really Stop Doing
Have you seen some of these behaviors at Costco?
Following shoppers in the parking lot
Costco is a busy place, particularly during the holidays. But while zeroing in on a shopper leaving the store might seem like a good strategy, it can also be creepy. “You’ll see drivers trailing shoppers returning to their cars, waiting for three or four minutes while they load up their trunk, wrestle with seat belts, and glacially back out of their parking space,” the Oregonian reports. “In the time these parking lot vultures waited for a space closer to the store, they could have parked farther away, made it into the store, while logging an extra hundred steps on their Fitbits.”
Whining about employees checking your card
It might seem annoying to present your membership card every time, but as Costco employee and Reddit user mbz321 notes, it could save you time in the end. “The point of checking your card is to make sure you have it when you get to the checkout, as the only way a cashier can start a transaction is by scanning a membership card. Yes, it can be looked up, but that involves a supervisor taking a license over to their computer and running back, which holds up the line and makes everyone pissed.” Find out 15 secrets Costco employees won’t tell you.
Abusing the store-return policy
Yes, sometimes in the rush to get in and out of Costco, you sometimes grab something in the wrong size. That’s why the company’s generous return policy is a good thing. “But there’s always someone standing in the returns line with half-used products or items that went south because they were left overnight in the car during a summer heatwave,” the Oregonian reports. “Did you really have to eat half of that mega-sized bag of multigrain chips before deciding you don’t like them?”
Meandering through the aisles
You’re finally inside, and there’s a lot to look at, from five-pound bags of coffee to that 65-inch Samsung TV. But just like when you’re driving, stopping in the middle of an aisle could lead to a pile-up. Have some respect for the customers who are trying to get in and out of quickly and keep it moving, or pull over. Find out whether a Costco membership is worth it.
Joining the herd
Lollygaggers sometimes congregate in front of a particular area of interest, forming a herd. “This slow-moving mass is the only thing that stands between you and that 64-ounce bottle of salsa,” notes the Oregonian. Again, be sure to pull over and yield whenever possible. Here are some things you should buy…and skip…at Costco.
Rushing through the store
That said, the rushers can cause problems of their own. Reddit user Highwayman1717 writes that he takes his lunch break to “rush to get what I need and get out.” But he finds himself confounded by “midday hordes that leave their carts horizontally across the aisles, strategically close to the free samples. This effectively turns my lunch break into Pac Man, which is not as awesome as it sounds.” We get it, you’ve got a lot to do. But so do the rest of us. Find out the best time to go to Costco.
Getting too used to routine
Some people are creatures of habit and don’t appreciate it when stores rearrange their inventory. “When I go to Costco I know what I want and the route to take to get it, it’s like a military operation. So when I show up to get detergent and now it’s bottled water, my jimmies get rustled,” writes Reddit user OOIIOOIIOOIIOO. But check out these 10 bizarre things you didn’t know you could get at Costco.
Expecting stuffing in July
“I ask where things are, and am told, ‘Hmm, that must be a seasonal item…’” writes Reddit user Inigomntoya. “Items like oatmeal. And protein bars. Sometimes I think they just don’t want to admit they didn’t order enough of something.” Costco employee mbz321 says that while oatmeal and protein bars should be available year-round, “some items are oddly seasonal and people ask for them all the time, like stuffing mix, chicken broth, soups, coleslaw/potato salad, etc.” And Costco employee Pawn01 notes that individual stores don’t have the control you think they might over what they stock. “My store gets certain chips at certain times, we expand office supplies, electronics, etc. at certain times as there is a selling season for them. Consider it a rotation.”
Expecting premium service at a warehouse store
Don’t forget, Costco is a warehouse store with inventory that changes all the time and may be different in different stores. But that doesn’t sit well with certain customers. “No windshield washing fluid and squeegees at the gas pumps. Drives me insane. They have them in Montana. Why not in Washington???” writes Reddit user mistamo42. And PapaDuckD weighs in that “the breads out of the bakery are fantastic. But they are always unsliced. I simply cannot use an unsliced loaf of bread. The weather down here in Houston is so hot and humid that the loaf gets moldy before I can use it all….No slice = no buy.” Don’t miss these things you aren’t buying at Costco, but should.
Complaining about too much of a good thing
For others, the expansive selection can be overwhelming. Reddit user Theo_dore lives by the Salt Lake City Costco, which he says is the biggest in the world. “They sort of divide the store between ‘normal people stuff’ and ‘restaurant/business stuff,’ which is pre-packaged and pre-made stuff like whole frozen lambs and boxes of packaged pastries and industrial kitchen equipment like walk-in freezers and pots. But sometimes it’s all just too much! I can’t walk through every aisle the way I like to because it would take me forever (probably two miles of aisles, honestly), and it takes me so long just to find the things I know are there already.”