What it’s like to shop at Costco stores in the US and UK

ByDavid M. Conte

Dec 5, 2021


When we entered, a host at the door reminded people to take out their membership cards. We walked past the Membership Center, where potential clients can register.


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As we walked past the carts and hosts, we entered the gigantic Costco warehouse.

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At my house, there are large electronic devices on display near the entrance, with televisions stacked on huge shelves.

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There is never a single element, they seem to go on almost endlessly.

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The caps are extremely high and the stocks of products are stretching almost to the end. Many of Costco’s bigger products are located along this side wall.

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You can outfit an entire home with Costco appliances, including washing machines, dryers, refrigerators, dishwashers, and more.

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Then there are dozens of types of small home appliances, like toaster ovens, coffee makers, and instant pots.

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Finally, along this wall are mattresses.

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Then we finally made our way to the food. The branded snacks were mainly the central displays, sitting on pallets.

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The products are loosely organized by type, like snacks with snacks or baked goods with baked goods, but it’s so overwhelming that it’s good to come up with a game plan.

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For the most part, each section is inside the main warehouse itself, but dairy and some fruits and vegetables have their own separate sections from the main area.

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The rooms look like a smaller version of the main area, with shelves along the walls and pallets in the center. The room is kept cooler than the rest of the store to keep produce fresh.

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Back in the main warehouse is the bakery with fresh, packaged products.

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