April 20, 2003
Costco provides membership-required, wholesale-merchandise shopping. It's best to go with a car for transporting your purchase. Since I don't have a car, I use a carry-on backpack with wheels to tote my purchases back home. Prescription medications from their pharmacy has usually a one hour turnaround time and close around 1:30pm-2:30pm for lunch - so you'll want to get that prescription in by noon or drop off when they're open and pick up another time, their prices are better.
You can get staples like milk, eggs, skinless, boneless chicken thighs, and beef steaks for good value. There are older DVDs available for around $10, as well as new release DVDs available. It's a good place to pick up MCI prepaid calling cards at a very good rate. They sell a lot of different things with limited choice, but they have almost anything you could want for food, drink, home, business, car, or travel. They have a deli, photo developing, passport photos, optometry, a pharmacy, and tire changing - almost a complete one-stop shop.There are occasionally free food samples as a way to increase sales. I found a wonderful and superior potsticker this way, but they dropped it because of poor sales. Usually, I just taste the samples and walk around, but the Jimmy's potsticker sample was so good, I turned around and got another sample. It was so tasty, I bought it until they stopped carrying it. Now, they just sell the other one (Ling Ling Potstickers with the panda on the package) because it sells well - never mind that it's subpar in comparison. I think they didn't allow it enough time or didn't promote Jimmy's potstickers for long enough. Jimmy's was definitely better than what they currently sell. I shared this with an engineer at work, and he also thought it was a very good potsticker. They will drop items that don't sell in high volumes, no matter how good you personally think they may be, in order to carry items that sell well.
Once you've gone through the aisles and selected your items to purchase, you queue up in a long line, waiting for your turn to check out. You place your items on a moving belt, hand your membership card to the cashier, and then scan your items for purchase. You then take your receipt and purchase to the exit point to verify your receipt against your items purchased.
Cash, preprinted name and address on checks, ATM, American Express card, or Costco cash card accepted as payment.Membership: Standard/Business $45; Executive $100Telephone: recording (415) 626-4288, live (415) 626-4388, pharmacy (415) 626-4341.Hours: Mon-Fri 11am-8:30pm (business members open 10am); Sat 9:30am-6pm; Sun 10am-6pm. Closed certain holidays.Muni: 9, 12, 27, 47.
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