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J. Kurt Roberts Costco is very successful — and unusual

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  • Kim Lee posted at 10:31 pm on Thu, Jun 16, 2011.

    Kim Lee Posts: 1798

    Joanne Bobin wrote, "My biggest problem with Costco USED to be that my kids would love some type of food item until I bought a year's supply at Costco at a really cheap price. They would suddenly lose interest and I'd end up throwing it out after a couple of months."

    Joanne Bobin: What item did you buy for your kids that was a year's supply? Just curious. I like Costco, and have a large family, but have never purchased a year supply of anything.

  • Brian Dockter posted at 8:31 am on Sun, Jun 12, 2011.

    Brian Dockter Posts: 2740

    There are Sam's Clubs in the Sacramento area. Anyone in the Lodi area been to Sam's Club?

  • Brian Dockter posted at 8:26 am on Sun, Jun 12, 2011.

    Brian Dockter Posts: 2740

    My family and I went to Sam's Club here in Phoenix for the first time in quite a while and we found prices on similar items generally lower. We are going to renew our membership at Sam's Club so we have both to choose from.

  • Doug Chaney posted at 5:37 pm on Sat, Jun 11, 2011.

    Doug Chaney Posts: 1232

    Bob, the goal zero unit was an eighty watt unit and the solar panel was 15 watts. Charges in 4 1/2 hours on AC and 24 hours with one 15 watt solar panel. They sold at Costco in Stockton for $199 for the unit and accessories and $99 for the solar panel and we bought two light accessories for $39 each. Costco had a special vendor on the floor selling those $725 units at a great discount.

  • Bob Smith posted at 12:20 pm on Fri, Jun 10, 2011.

    Bob Smith Posts: 128

    Jerome, they don't show it online. At the Stockton store last week they had a 55-watt solar panel kit similar to this one at Walmart: http://www.walmart.com/ip/Coleman-55W-Solar-Back-Up-Kit/15063160. $299.00
    You can get 120W panels on eBay for the same price, and 45W kits at Harbor Freight are only $169.00.

  • Jerome Kinderman posted at 9:55 am on Fri, Jun 10, 2011.

    Jerome R Kinderman Posts: 2255

    Mr. Smith, re: your post at 11:19 p.m. on Wednesday, Jun 8, 2011 - what "55 watt model" are you talking about?

  • Joanne Bobin posted at 5:55 am on Fri, Jun 10, 2011.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4308

    Costco is just like any other store - you REALLY have to know your prices on products or you will end up paying the same or more for stuff that will go stale before you can use it all - unless you have half-a-dozen kids to feed... I wouldn't, by any stretch of the imagination call their prices "rock-bottom."

    Comparison-wise, I have found lately that Target has many better buys on "personal care" products and laundry stuff than both WalMart and Costco.

    My biggest problem with Costco USED to be that my kids would love some type of food item until I bought a year's supply at Costco at a really cheap price. They would suddenly lose interest and I'd end up throwing it out after a couple of months.

    Good comments, Mr. Chaney, on the traffic situation at that location. It'll be interesting to see if a good solution for that intersection (Frontage Road & Harney) is reached.

  • Brian Dockter posted at 7:41 am on Thu, Jun 9, 2011.

    Brian Dockter Posts: 2740


    I couldn't agree with you more about the need for an underpass at the tracks on Harney. And, of course we are long pass four lanes on 12. This artery to the delta and beyond is so significant one wonders what the powers to be are waiting for.
    Let's get the tractors rolling. I liken this to when there was the gap in I-5 from around Stockton to somewhere south of Sacramento in the 70's. I wouldn't be surprised if it's the same organization of farmers and environmentalists leading the charge to hasten the expansion of 12.

  • Bob Smith posted at 11:19 pm on Wed, Jun 8, 2011.

    Bob Smith Posts: 128

    The 55 watt model? You got robbed. But hey, as long as you like it.

  • Doug Chaney posted at 8:52 pm on Wed, Jun 8, 2011.

    Doug Chaney Posts: 1232

    Love Costco, but my wife always stocks up. $778 two weeks ago. But did purchase a nice portable solar package for the real wilderness, saving over $200 from the manufacturers' price. Luckily and wisely, I own all of my possessions and have no debt obligations to hold me back from letting go at Costco. I've been a member since the 70's in Oregon. I don't relish the massive traffic tie ups that will be commonplace until developer Gillespie installs traffic signals, creates and over/underpass for the railroad tracks and converts those old farm roads to four lane expressways. But then, won't our MeasureK road funding again take care of the traffic mess there while the slaughter continues on forgotten Highway 12 from Lodi to Suisun City?

  • Sam Heller posted at 5:05 pm on Wed, Jun 8, 2011.

    Sam Heller Posts: 176

    Charles, I am with you. I LOVE Costco. I spend $300 plus every 2 weeks there. I am so glad Lodi will now benefit from my passion.

  • Kevin Paglia posted at 4:44 pm on Wed, Jun 8, 2011.

    Kevin Paglia Posts: 1880

    The key to leaving Costco with your budget intact is to go with a list and stick to it. My average trip to Costco is under $100.

  • Josh Morgan posted at 3:07 pm on Wed, Jun 8, 2011.

    Josh Morgan Posts: 529

    Charles.....you're absolutely right. I don't think I leave that store without at least a $150.00 receipt. I've got enough cereal to get me through the end of the year.

  • Charles Nelson posted at 8:51 am on Wed, Jun 8, 2011.

    Charles Nelson Posts: 257

    Why do I get the feeling that despite their rock bottom prices, I'm somehow going to be poorer by their moving to a more convenient distance from me? I love that store.

  • Brian Dockter posted at 7:57 am on Wed, Jun 8, 2011.

    Brian Dockter Posts: 2740


    Thanks for the insight and sarcasm all wrapped up in one package.


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