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19 insider facts about shopping at Costco only employees know (COST)

Published by Business Insider on Wed, 15 Aug 2018


Costco deals aren't too hard to find.But there are a few less-than-obvious hacks and tips to apply if you ever spring for a membership.From watching the price tags to shopping on Mondays, here's a look at some insider tips from employees that you should know if you're going to shop at Costco.Costco deals are easy to come by.The retail chain is famous for having just about everything. And certainly, some of its offerings stretch beyond what you'd expect from a big-box store ' Costco sells cars, vacations, food kits for the apocalypse, cheap eats in the food court, and even caskets.Given the breadth of Costco's selection, it pays to come in armed with as much information as you can get. That way, you can keep an eye out for the best possible deals and shopping strategies the next time you visit your local Costco.Costco employees tend to have the most insider knowledge, like knowing how to shop without a membership, how to avoid annoying them, and how to know when buying in bulk isn't worth it.Here's a look at some tips that only Costco employees and seasoned shoppers know about:SEE ALSO:We ate at a Costco food court, and it was one of the best dining experiences we've ever hadDON'T MISS:12 Costco deals that are well worth the moneyYou don't need a membership for everythingA standard Costco membership, which costs $60 a year, can help a customer rack up huge savings.But you don't need a Costco membership to get an eye exam or grab a bite to eat at outdoor food courts.A San Francisco-based employee added that you also don't need a membership to buy alcohol at the store. And a Costco employee in Illinois added that membership isn't required to buy gas at the chain, either.Thepharmacy's also open to non-members, according to another Costco employee Business Insider spoke with.If you need a flu shot or a shingles vaccination, you can show up with a signed immunization consent form and take care of it.So if you're trying to shop at Costco without a membership, just tell the Costco employee at the door what you're there for, Eat This Not That recommends.Start your hunt in the middle of the storeMany Costco employees place the store's biggest bargains in the "center court" of the store, Business Insider's Kate Taylor reported.You're better off skipping the more expensive displays at the store's entrance and starting somewhere in the middle.There's a reason stuff gets moved around so muchThe displays employees set up at Costco are far from static.The chain touts the flux as a sort of "treasure hunt"and in a sense, it's right.Costco typically moves items around in order to get shoppers to seeand buymore.See the rest of the story at Business Insider
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