13 Ways Costco Tricks You into Spending More Money
Shoppers flock to Costco for affordable one-stop shopping (not to mention those coveted food samples). However, if you find yourself leaving the warehouse store with more than you originally bargained for, you’re not alone. Costco boasts some great deals but inevitably employs some retail tricks to encourage customers to spend more.
Retailers have long made us believe that the more you buy, the more you save. This is sometimes true, but not always. “Their buy in bulk model makes you think you’re getting a great deal,” says Brian Sheehan, marketing and sales manager with Hollingsworth, a supply chain and logistics company. “They even list unit cost, which is better than most retailers. However, people do not take into account that sometimes they do not use everything they buy from Costco and stuff goes expired or to waste. I love their croissants but can never finish an entire tray in my two-person household.” Find out which 6 things you should never buy at Costco.
Dine and dash
After you’ve stocked up on enough bulk items to last a good while, shoppers have the convenience of Costco’s quick-serve food options, like hot dogs and pizza. “Costco has a dining area where people can buy cheap food after they are done shopping,” says Sheehan. “This add-on is another cost to a visitors purchase. This is effective for families with children because it is an easy way to feed them.”
You’ve got mail
Costco loves themselves some mailable literature. Between their in-house magazine and coupon booklets, they publicize their offerings through the good, old-fashioned postal service, boasting monthly sales and deals to entice customers to come into the store. Sheehan admits these deals usually aren’t that great, but the reminder of all that Costco has to offer surely lures curious shoppers back. Check out the most expensive things you can buy at Costco.