Costco: Land of the Giants

5 Dec

Cat got a membership to Costco last year when it first arrived in Melbourne. We’d heard all these Americans raving about Costco and the awesome bargains that could be had, and were eager to try it out. I’d say that everything is slightly below regular supermarket prices, but the prices aren’t as good as when items are on special. Plus you have to buy large quantities of everything, which isn’t always practical (especially when you own a smaller inner-city apartment).

The warehouse is enormous, everything is bundled together in giant packaging, the aisles are twice as wide as regular aisles, and even the trolleys are super-sized.

Cat and I haven’t done a Costco shop in awhile and we wanted to pick up some salad ingredients for our weekend in Shoreham. Unfortunately they didn’t have some of the items I was after – maple syrup (one of the few items that’s MUCH better value than at the supermarkets), vacuum-sealed atlantic salmon, and Oishi wasabi peas.

The food section is by far the most popular, especially when they’re giving away free samples (which unfortunately they weren’t doing on Thursday). They currently have a lot of Christmas stock out, like this selection of fruit cakes.

In the background you can see various pastries, some produce, and the cold room where they store a lot of vegetables.

When I talked about everything being giant-sized at Costco, unfortunately that also includes the people. I remember saying to Cat “Have you noticed that everyone here is either Asian or really fat?” And also a not-insignificant number of really fat Asians. Maybe this is the reason:

I tend to think that it’s not a great idea to buy a giant slab of chocolate bars just because you save 30c per bar. Or a huge tray of muffins. Or a crazy big bag of chips and a litre of salsa. It’s not Costco’s job to police food, but it seems like a dangerous way to shop.

Having said that, I must confess as to my Costco vice – their giant pizzas. 18 inches, baby!

My favourite is still the pepperoni, but Cat likes to get the combo because it has more vegies on it. Pah! Also we didn’t eat the whole pizza – we each had a slice and doggy bagged the rest. The pizza is $15 – I can’t remember how much the individual slices are, probably $3 or $4. That’s pretty good value when you consider that 2 slices are probably larger than a whole Domino’s pizza.

Oh Costco, you and your crazy giant-sized everythings.


5 Responses to “Costco: Land of the Giants”

  1. Cat December 7, 2010 at 10:52 pm #

    You also get different meat on the combo! And normal slices are $3

    • pamperedhousewife December 8, 2010 at 9:44 am #

      Yeah but the meat on the pepperoni pizza is pepperoni! King of meats!

  2. Megan Farmer December 8, 2010 at 12:17 pm #

    Thanks Kay, I have always wondered what Cosco was like. I do love complete cartons of chocolate bars, especially Reece’s Buttercups… Were there any of those there? I guess if I wasn’t concerned about saturated fats, trans fats and generally everything that is bad for us, they are a terrific buy! How much is membership?

    • pamperedhousewife December 8, 2010 at 2:11 pm #

      They do have the Reese’s Buttercups – I noticed them this time because they were new! I think a 1.5kg bag was $25, but don’t quote me on that!

      Membership is $60 a year, but if you know someone with a membership you can get them to drag you along.


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