Costco's Lifetime Return Policy Only Applies To Actual Members

Costco's Lifetime Return Policy Only Applies To Actual Members

When one of the suitcases from Jon’s decade-old Kirkland (Costco house brand) luggage set broke, he didn’t fret. Why, Costco has one of the greatest return policies in the world! Maybe in the universe! When he attempted to bring the item back, though, he learned the hard way that the famed warranty only applies to the original member who bought the item. Which can be a little awkward when the item was a gift. [More]

Want Cheap Gas? Try Costco

Want Cheap Gas? Try Costco

For a good price on gas, try your favorite purveyor of bulk-sized butter barrels. WSJ reports that Costco tries to sell gas at or below the lowest price in the neighborhood. [More]

Costco Selling $1 Million Diamond Ring

Costco Selling $1 Million Diamond Ring

If you’re a rich baron of industry out to impress your beloved with a pricey piece of jewelry, forget Tiffany’s. Go to Costco. They’re selling a big ‘ol 6.77 ct diamond solitaire ring for $1,000,000. And true to form, it’s a bargain. The piece has been valued at $1,601,875. [More]

Costco Sues California Man Picketing Over Gas Prices

Costco Sues California Man Picketing Over Gas Prices

For the past few months, a man in San Luis Obispo, CA, has been protesting his local Costco, claiming that the store’s gas prices are misleading. Now the store has sued the peeved protester, alleging that he’s trespassed on store property and made threatening statements. [More]

Costco Sues For Being Forced To Return Rebate Money It Didn't Keep

Costco Sues For Being Forced To Return Rebate Money It Didn't Keep

What happens when you don’t claim a rebate? In Washington State, the retailer from which you didn’t claim the cash hands the money over to the state for safekeeping in a program for consumers who later claim the money. Costco, based in Washington, thinks that they should get to keep the money, and filed a lawsuit last week defending that right. This should be interesting. Costco, based in Washington, was recently forced to turn over money from its’ rebate program that it says it never even kept.

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Psychological Tricks Warehouse Stores Play On You

Psychological Tricks Warehouse Stores Play On You

Warehouse stores like Costco and Sam’s Club attract an unqualified devotion of hardcore devotees, myself included. They provide havens that sap away your frugality and coax you to happily part with large sums of money and buy more food and supplies than you’ll logically go through in any imaginable length of time. [More]

Costco Replaces Scotch Bottle, Saves Christmas

Costco Replaces Scotch Bottle, Saves Christmas

Travis has a rich tradition of an annual bottle of scotch at Christmas, a tradition that was nearly shattered along with his bottle when it slipped from its box. Luckily Costco has an even longer and richer tradition of being really cool about refunds. [More]

Costco Replaces Stolen Nativity Scene Pieces For Free

Costco Replaces Stolen Nativity Scene Pieces For Free

Not everything we write about involves people getting screwed over. Sometimes a company will go out of its way to do something nice for customers. Take the example of the Kansas family whose vandalized nativity scene is being fixed with the help of Costco. [More]

Would You Buy Your Christmas Tree Online?

Would You Buy Your Christmas Tree Online?

In November, Target started selling fresh-cut Christmas trees on their website, joining Costco in the growing number of companies who have turned to the web to offer holiday greenery. [More]

Man: I Assaulted Mom Because Costco Pepsi Machine Made Me Do It

Man: I Assaulted Mom Because Costco Pepsi Machine Made Me Do It

A 33-year-old Pennsylvania man has been charged with with aggravated assault, simple assault and harassment after allegedly assaulting his 68-year-old mom. The reason: The Pepsi machine at their local Costco made him do it. [More]

The 10 Retailers That Keep Their Employees Happiest

The 10 Retailers That Keep Their Employees Happiest

Maybe those smiles on Costco employees’ faces aren’t fake. According to an employer satisfaction survey, Costco is the retailer with the happiest employees. [More]

E. Coli Tainted Cheese Isn't Only Sold At Costco

E. Coli Tainted Cheese Isn't Only Sold At Costco

A couple weeks back we told you about some Gouda cheese sold at Costco that had been recalled after being linked to an outbreak of E. Coli. And then last week, it was the same thing, just with gorgonzola. Now the company that produced the Gouda cheese has recalled all of their cheeses, regardless of where they were sold. [More]

Who Made Consumer Reports' First-Ever Naughty & Nice List?

Who Made Consumer Reports' First-Ever Naughty & Nice List?

While Santa and his pointy-eared, non-union laborers toil away at the North Pole, the editors of our more famous sibling publication Consumer Reports have compared their notes on a wide variety of companies’ policies on everything from guarantees to fees to refunds and distilled it down to the best and worst of the lot in their first-ever Naughty & Nice Holiday Shopping List. [More]

More Cheese From Costco Recalled For E. Coli Contamination

More Cheese From Costco Recalled For E. Coli Contamination

Ten days after announcing that a brand of gouda cheese sold at Costco had been linked to an E. coli outbreak, the FDA has issued a recall for some gorgonzola cheese sold at Costco, also for E. coli contamination. [More]

Grocery Shrink Ray Zaps Costco Diapers

Grocery Shrink Ray Zaps Costco Diapers

Buying diapers at Costco seems like a decent way for parents to save money, but eagle-eyed Consumerist reader Eric noticed that he’s no longer getting quite so much bulk for his buck. [More]

Costco Watches Are So Cheap It's A Copyright Issue?

Costco Watches Are So Cheap It's A Copyright Issue?

The Supreme Court is weighing a decision that will affect whether discounters can offer cheap goods from foreign manufacturers without violating U.S. Copyright law, says the AP. [More]

Cheese Sold At Costco Linked To E. Coli Outbreak

Cheese Sold At Costco Linked To E. Coli Outbreak

Costco might be a good place to stock up on eyeglasses, but the FDA says that the warehouse store has been selling and sampling some cheese that could make you sick. [More]

Costco Rated Top Store To Buy Your Eyeglasses

Costco Rated Top Store To Buy Your Eyeglasses

Costco isn’t just a place to buy enough toilet paper or cereal to supply a small army; it’s also the place where you’ll find the best deals on eyeglasses, says a new study from our fitter and trimmer siblings at Consumer Reports Health. [More]