Attention, Costco Shoppers: Joan Rivers Handcuffed To A Shopping Cart Is Today's Special In Aisle 4

Attention, Costco Shoppers: Joan Rivers Handcuffed To A Shopping Cart Is Today's Special In Aisle 4

Costco customers stocking up on cases of bendy straws and vats of mayonnaise in Burbank, Calif. were like surprised to come face-to-surgically-altered-face recently, after comedy legend Joan Rivers staged a protest at the store this week. She’s peeved and claims that the bulk retailer won’t sell her new book because it contains curse words. So she handcuffed herself to a shopping cart — easy enough to roll out of the store. [More]

Christmas Creep In July Emerges At Warehouse Clubs

Christmas Creep In July Emerges At Warehouse Clubs

Sure, it’s not glittery Christmas trees or holly-laden wreaths, but two readers shopping in warehouse clubs were still surprised to see the earliest signs of Christmas creep. At Sam’s Club and a Costco in greater Washington, D.C., the festive holiday ribbons have started to appear. [More]

June Recall Roundup: Mac ‘N’ Cheese ‘N’ Metal Shards

June Recall Roundup: Mac ‘N’ Cheese ‘N’ Metal Shards

Pull up a stepstool, park your kid’s stroller, and let’s sit down with some Trader Joe’s chicken breasts and Walmart mac and cheese, with Sienna Bakery macademia nut cookies: it’s time for the Recall Roundup. Oh. All of those things have been recalled, really? [More]

Another Non-Member With Costco Gift Card Encounters Resistance

Another Non-Member With Costco Gift Card Encounters Resistance

It’s not a well-known trick, but we’ve written before about how it’s possible to shop at Costco without a membership as long as you have a member purchase a gift card for you. But maybe this loophole is closing. A few months ago, one reader reported being turned away at the door, even with the Cash Card in hand. Stephen reports that he was allowed to enter the store, but was told that he couldn’t make purchases without being a card-carrying member. They let him do it just this once. But allegedly never again. [More]

Not Everyone At Costco Understands Secret Membership Avoidance Strategy

Not Everyone At Costco Understands Secret Membership Avoidance Strategy

A few years ago, we ran a post about the secret and kind of awesome way to do some shopping at Costco without purchasing a membership. Just give a member you know some cash and have them pick up a gift card (Costco Cash Card) for you. Great system if your nearest Costco is far away, or you just don’t go often enough to justify joining. In theory, anyway. Justin took the advice in our post, but was turned away at the door by an employee who wasn’t aware that a cash card entitled him to enter the store. [More]

Verizon Math At T-Mobile: 1¬¢ Is The Same As Free

Verizon Math At T-Mobile: 1¬¢ Is The Same As Free

I don’t really want to sit here writing painfully obvious sentences, but here’s the thing. A penny isn’t very much money. It is, however, more than zero, so an item that costs one cent is not free. In practical terms, it might as well be free, but it still isn’t. Which is why Mark found this bit of math confusion on a Verizon T-Mobile phone purchase page through Costco so amusing. “Even though the difference between .01 and .00 is quite small,” he writes, “it’s still not infinitesimal enough to be considered ‘free,’ right?” No, not yet. [More]

Shoppers Give Costco Highest Overall Marks Among Major Retailers

Our pals-in-arms at the Consumer Reports National Research Center recently asked more than 26,000 readers to rate their shopping experiences at the nation’s top retailers — both in-store and online — and in spite of being a members’ only warehouse store, Costco came out looking the best. [More]

Consumerist Post About Broken Laptop Gets Reader Full Refund Within 3 Hours

Consumerist Post About Broken Laptop Gets Reader Full Refund Within 3 Hours

Once again, Costco saves the day. Last week, we posted the story of Tom, who bought a Sony Vaio laptop from Costco only to have it malfunction a little more than a year after purchase. Sony didn’t seem to want to fix the problem at all, and Costco employees were very kind but couldn’t intervene. Only a few hours after that post went up, Costco contacted Tom, and gave him a full refund for the computer’s purchase price. [More]

Buying Laptop From Costco Extends Your Warranty And Your Aggravation

Buying Laptop From Costco Extends Your Warranty And Your Aggravation

Last year, Tom bought a Sony laptop from Costco. Part of the reason why he chose Costco to purchase a computer was the warehouse club’s famed extension of manufacturers’ warranties: more warranty protection on a portable computer can’t be a bad thing. Except when it is. In Tom’s case, having another company involved just means that he can always get a very nice person on the phone at Costco who isn’t able to help him at all. [More]

Compressed Pork Piglet Company Also Makes Turkey-Shaped Turkey Breasts

Compressed Pork Piglet Company Also Makes Turkey-Shaped Turkey Breasts

Yesterday, we enthralled and horrified the Internet with a reader’s photo of a pork roast molded in the form of a piglet. If you’re looking for a more traditional meta-meat for your Thanksgiving feast, we’ve learned that the same company also produces a turkey breast molded in the shape of a whole turkey. [More]

Behold The Pork Roast Molded In The Shape Of A Tiny Pig

Behold The Pork Roast Molded In The Shape Of A Tiny Pig

Lee found this pig-shaped pork roast at Costco, but doesn’t find it particularly appealing. “I just can’t grill a roast that looks like ‘Babe’,” he writes. It’s like roasting a suckling pig, but without the youth or the internal organs.

Customer Finds Live Tree Frog In Salad Bought At Costco

Customer Finds Live Tree Frog In Salad Bought At Costco

Everyone knows you’re supposed to rinse out your salad to get rid of any dirt before you chow down, but the food safety folks rarely mention the presence of frogs. So you can imagine the surprise that one California woman had on Monday when she spotted a living croaker in the salad she’d just bought from Costco. [More]

Costco, Amazon Top Most-Trusted Company Survey; Comcast Brings Up The Rear

Costco, Amazon Top Most-Trusted Company Survey; Comcast Brings Up The Rear

We live in a time where very few companies engender a lot of trust in the buying public. But some businesses still do a better job than others at developing a positive relationship with consumers. [More]

4 Things You Might Not Know You Can Save On At A Warehouse Store

4 Things You Might Not Know You Can Save On At A Warehouse Store

The typical mental image of shopping at a warehouse store like Costco or Sam’s Club is shopping carts overflowing with bulk packs of toilet paper and kitty litter. But those who have actually shopped at these places know that you can purchase a lot more than just huge packages of the bare necessities. And in addition to the stuff you’d find at most superstores, warehouse clubs may have some additional perks you won’t get too many other places. [More]

It's About To Become A Bit More Expensive To Shop At Costco

It's About To Become A Bit More Expensive To Shop At Costco

Costco may be a favorite among bargain shoppers (and lovers of free samples), but the warehouse store chain isn’t doing as well as it had hoped, which means it’s time to raise membership fees by 10%. [More]

Costco Lets Man Return 5-Year-Old Suitcase With Broken Wheel

Costco Lets Man Return 5-Year-Old Suitcase With Broken Wheel

DrRonster was inspired by a recent Consumerist post about a guy who couldn’t take advantage of Costco’s famed warranty because he wasn’t a member. The “Ronster” went to take his own suitcase in for a refund. The suitcase has a broken wheel and is five years old, yet his venture was met with success, as he is a Costco member. [More]

Sears To Start Selling Craftsman Tools Through Costco

Sears To Start Selling Craftsman Tools Through Costco

Do you like Sears’ brand of Craftsman tools but don’t like shopping at Sears? Well, this might be good news for you. The retail chain has announced you will be able to buy Craftsman wares at Costco stores as early as this coming weekend. [More]

Beware Of Scams Arriving In The Form Of Fake Costco Checks

Beware Of Scams Arriving In The Form Of Fake Costco Checks

Yesterday, we discussed the fun that could be had at Costco with a fake shopping list. Today’s story involves a fake check that looks like it comes from Costco but is just a variation on a classic scam. [More]