The next time you visit Costco, you can skip several aisles that might be on your list — and stay away from a popular part of the business that will raise employee eyebrows.
According to former employees, it’s not worth buying certain items in the grocery, automotive, and household goods sectors.
Ex-employees at the warehouse megastore have been sharing their shopping tips all over the internet, and Best Life Online has compiled the best tips from multiple threads and videos.
A clear trend emerged from the reports: Every engaged shopper knows the best deals at Costco, but few realize that their behavior often makes store staff flinch.
That includes grocery shopping in hand, a common practice for anyone who loves Costco’s affordable, accessible food court section.
Eating while shopping is an activity for which the store’s employees “judge shoppers,” the outlet reported, citing a former employee who shared their anger on Reddit.
Some employees said it wasn’t just customers pushing around carts they saw with hot dogs and other items.
“I saw a lady and her daughter eating pizza on a display couch two days ago,” one person wrote. “Oops!”
“I only did it once and felt weird doing it,” admitted another.
There’s one exception to this “unwritten rule,” and that’s the free samples you’ll find at stations throughout the store. These bite-sized portions are meant to be eaten, so grab a snack.
When it comes to finding the best deals, there are a few specific purchases you’re better off making at your local grocery store or supermarket.
The first is ground coffee, which many caffeine lovers might be tempted to stock up on. However, according to Best Life, employees warn that bulk buying this staple is a waste of time.
“You’re not going to use it before it goes bad,” the outlet explained. “They say the same thing about spices, which are found in enormous amounts.”
Oddly enough, the other food item to avoid at Costco is bottled water, when it’s actually a specific brand to keep out of your shopping cart.
“While Costco’s in-house brand Kirkland is famous for selling everything from vodka to button-downs, one Redditor described the bottled water as ‘musty,’ in contrast to branded bottled water,” the outlet explained.
In fact, shoppers have also raised a stink because of the odd-smelling water, with several social media users calling the water “oily” or saying it smelled like an “aquarium.”
While Kirkland is the bargain brand of your dreams, staff advise choosing a different bottled water brand when shopping.
Book lovers should be aware that Costco’s meager offering isn’t much to write home about.
You’re more likely to find a selection of children’s books than bestselling novels or non-fiction, and what you do find is likely to cost less at a specialty retailer such as your local independent bookstore or Barnes & Noble.
A Costco Tire Center employee also advised drivers to steer clear of a popular brand in the store.
“Personally, I would recommend avoiding Goodyear altogether,” the employee shared on Reddit. “I know some of our stores sell them, but I will never put them in my car.”
Instead, choose from the many other brands available in Costco’s auto department.
If you need a recommendation, ask your friendly neighborhood Costco rep — it seems they have plenty of shopping secrets to share.
https://www.the-sun.com/lifestyle/5608679/employee-costco-shopping-secrets-bargains-avoid-store-buy/ We’re former Costco employees – the things you should never buy and a gross shopping habit that will have employees judging you