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17 Secret Costco Facts That Are Even Better Than The Free Samples

We all want to feel like we belong to an exclusive club. Whether it’s a secret speakeasy or a hot new spot in the city where you have to know a guy to get in. But most of us just aren’t that cool, or are just too busy to be dealing with that nonsense. Thankfully, there’s a place where you can go where everybody knows your name where you can grab a reasonably priced membership to get great wholesale deals. That place is Costco, and if you already have a membership, you might not be taking the fullest advantage of it. Here are some secrets.

1. Costco Employees Actually Make Pretty Good Money

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Every employee starts at $11.50/hour base, with wages going as high as $20/hour. Plus, benefits such as health, vision, dental and even 401k. Good on you, Costco.

2. The Free Samples People Don’t Even Work For Costco



They’re contractors hired by Costco. IMPOSTERS!

3. Anyone – Yes, Even You – Can Buy Booze At Costco


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That’s because in more than a dozen states it is illegal for stores to sell liquor with a required membership.

4. You Can Find Costco Internationally, Such As in Australia, South Korea, Japan, And France


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5. Members Can Cancel Their Membership At Any Time And Receive A Full Refund


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6. Technically, It Remains One Of The Nation’s Largest Pizza Chains



While Chuck-E Cheese has 600 locations, Costco isn’t too far behind, with over 500.

7. Employees Become Executive Members For Free


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That executive membership gives back 2% of qualified purchases annually in the form of a gift certificate. Noice.

8. The Classic Hotdog & Soda Combo Has Remained At $1.50 Since It Was Introduced In The 80’s


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9. There Are Purposefully No Signs To Encourage Shoppers To Wander The Aisles And Buy More Stuff


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10. The Limited Selection Helps Reduce Labor Costs


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This enables stockers to unload palettes of inventory at a time, rather than unboxing each and every different brand.

11. Costco Doesn’t Give Bags, Because It Doesn’t Want To Appear “Retail”


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Bags are just soooo “retail.”

12. You Can Pretty Much Return Anything



“I once had a member return a patio furniture set — that was clearly more than 10 years old — due to ‘oxidation and sun damage.'”

13. That Delicious Chicken Bake Tastes Good Because It’s Made With Pizza Dough, Chicken Strips, Bacon, Mozzarella, And Caesar Dressing


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*heavy breathing*

14. Since 2015, Costco Has Outsold Amazon In Terms Of More Stuff Sold Each Year


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Suck it, Bezos.

15. Costco In California Accounts For A Third Of The Company’s Business In The U.S.


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16. Sunday’s The Busiest Day


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But that’s pretty par for the course for most grocery stores.

17. Check Out How The Pizzas Are Made