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Costco online shoppers: What do you buy?

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Costco online shoppers: What do you buy?

Looking around Costco.ca I see that most items are marked up about 20% from the warehouse prices, and then for grocery items they have a $3 shipping surcharge until you hit $75 at which point the shipping surcharges are dropped. So my question is this: which items are worth buying on Costco.ca? What type of stuff do you buy?

Obviously I don't want this to turn into a complaint thread about the fact it's more expensive than the store - it is what it is. Just curious if people prefer the online shop for certain items.
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Deal Fanatic
Jul 10, 2003
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I bought my Casper mattress online because it was the same price as in store and they'd come pick it up if I didn't like it.
Deal Fanatic
Aug 29, 2011
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Mississauga
I bought my Greenworks weed wacker on-line from Costco because I had no other choice.
Deal Expert
Feb 7, 2017
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Eastern Ontario
When it comes to groceries ...
Will shop the warehouse over online ALWAYS
Pricing is better (as you’ve noted)
And online only gets you access to NON PERISHABLES

During the height of the Covid shutdown ...
Being over 60, we weren’t going to the Warehouse at all
So all my Costco Shopping was online
(Got over the Online Markup ... cuz they had what I wanted, or it was at a pretty decent price anyhow )

So, we bought:
Bounty Papertowel ... overpriced item @ Costco vs other retailers often, but at least they had it
Lysol Wipes ... was on Sales Promo @ Costco, plus they had it
Cereals ... jumbo boxes, on Sales Promo
Tide ... big jug, on Sales Promo
Garbage Bags ... well priced regular item we buy @ Costco (we were running out)
Toothpaste ... 5 tubes, on Sales Promo

Various other things / food items we found that were on sale in the flyer

All in we placed 3 orders over March, April & May (one a month)
Before we got back into the warehouse in person in June

And NO we do not prefer shopping online @ Costco vs in the warehouse
Esp when it comes to grocery items

Costco Online is best used for things Costco only sells online
Or their clearance / promo items
The sections on their website listed as
THIS WEEK’S TREASURE HUNT - HOT BUYS - and GOING, GOING, GONE

Or any surprise sale ...
Like the promo they ran on Canada Day
With featured items in limited quantities
Picked up a set of 3 Tfal Frypans then for $ 30
(Less than you’d normally pay for just one )
With FREE SHIPPING
AWESOME experience ... ordered on Wednesday around noon
Had it in my hands by 3:00 PM Friday
Came UPS from GTA to Eastern Ontario
According to tracking, delivery was 4 Days ahead of schedule!

NOTE - There are lots of Costco threads on RFD
(Mostly here in the SHOPPING DISCUSSION FORUM or HOT DEALS ... FORUMS are also SEARCHABLE )
Here’s one I did a reply to earlier today
when-does-costco-start-there-sales-2391414/
Deal Expert
Aug 22, 2006
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I only buy stuff that's not available in the warehouse.

I'm cheap to the point of where I'll deal with people apparently.
I'm not sure why because the minute Costco can deliver their entire warehouse I'm not stepping foot inside ever again.
Do you not have anything else to do rather than argue with strangers on the internet
Nope. That's why I'm on the internet arguing with strangers. If I had anything better to do I'd probably be doing it.

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