April 27, 2010

Costco – You Had Me at Hello

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I’ve been a Costco member for 10 or so years. I’ve never really needed to buy mass quantities of randomness. I don’t take prescription medication so I don’t need the awesome deals at the pharmacy. Although, I did find out that you don’t have to be a member to buy prescription medication at Costco. You can read about that here.

Anyway, each year I pay the fee so I can have the privilege of buying stuff I may not really need. And, I pay for my grandma to have a membership so she can buy lots of stuff – since she’s 90 and eats like a bird.

About 8 months ago a new Costco was built near the mall and right across the street from my local library. Convenient! And it has a gas station, which I love! Gas is about 10 cents a gallon cheaper and basically the savings makes my membership for the year free. Gotta love that.

But when I walk in to the basic, giant, gray box of a store I’m tempted to buy everything. First, there is a super nice person at the door to greet and welcome you. Not just your average greeter, but genuinely nice people who remember you from week to week (not that I go there that often, we’re just memorable people. Yah, that’s it!) And when you go in, you have to get one of their super-sized carts. It’s more like a small car, and, actually, I think their carts might be the size of a Smart Car.

The stark warehouse is neatly plied with colorful goods and sparkly shiny things. Books are piled high and name brand clothes are enticing. Those little girl dresses look so pretty, and that less than $20 price makes me want to buy one in every color. Even if I don’t need it, I think that it’s probably a great deal and it’s as if the products are calling my name.

But why can’t I quit you, Costco?

Now I know! According to a recent study, there is scientific proof that my brain loves Costco. I trust Costco will sell quality goods. I believe that Costco has good prices and won’t rip me off. The store is set up very basically, without fancy signs and low ceilings. You walk in and feel like you’re already saving money!

Oh, and the free samples! Can’t forget the free samples. Everything from fresh juice to smoothies and chinese chicken, chocolate and soup. It’s so enticing and boy does BabyGirl love tasting all these samples. And I’m a sucker and buy the products. It’s science. And I’m paying warehouse prices, which my brain has been conditioned to believe are low. So when I put that 4 pound brick of cheese in my cart, along with my 25 pounds of potatoes and 10 pounds of apples, I’ll still have plenty of room for the gallon of orange chicken panda express sauce too!

Even writing about Costco makes me think I should go there tomorrow and get something. I know they’ll say Hello!

Do you shop at Costco? Do you feel drawn in and happy when you’re there? It’s not your fault. It’s scientifically proven that You Can’t Quit Costco!

Sara

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