Sully, Costco has some good things to eat at time. Like New Zealand
lamb [contents: lamb, period] in the frozen meats, and "just meat" in the cooler counter. Some folks swear by it, others say it is no bargain, probably varies by store. But they were ahead of the salmonella scare--requiring the greens to be tested and held before shipping
to them. Eveything they have is not a bargain, but a lot can be.
Nuts [contents, just nuts] can be a bargian there, too. And they certainly will be cheaper than Whole Foods for what they have. Including pomegrante juice--refrigerated with no additives. It can be worth a look.
All the battery
companies (East Penn, JCI, etc.) make "white box" product on contract
spec. Whatever contract
spec Costco sets--is the product thye bid on contracts on. Costco also sells seasonal goods, i.e. lawn chairs in the spring but don't look for them after July. They sell what turns over fast, to maximize profit.
Also sometimes an exceptional price on wines (in the stores) and hard liquor (in the store next door) and very competitive on pharmacy and optician in-house, as well as electronics
. They were one of the first large channels to drop vacuum-tube TVs and go "flat screen
only" last year, and they are one of the few places that you can buy computers
and eletronics--and return them within 90 days with no penalty.
However they contract to buy batteries--they have an excellent rep for customer satisfaction, the way Sears used to do it. No questions asked.
Whether their toll-free national number would tell anyone what the spec is on their battery
contracts, I don't know. I've never seen marine
batteries in the ones I have been in, either the wrong time or the wrong place.<G>