Thank god they have a Costco in London, makes me always feel like being back In Los Angeles!
I hate Costco! Don't get me wrong, there are bargains to be had. But if you are like me and don't like crowded places and people who may lack intellegence, then avoid.
I always find that people don't pay attention here and they bang their huge trollies into you.
That said, there are some things worthwhile going to Costco for. Such as loo roll and paper towels, when they are on bogof.
They have a nice assortment of gifts and books and dvds.
They do large slab cakes, which are great for big parties. You can have these personalized.
The cafe is good value and has had more tables added over the last few years.
We always buy our tyres and get them fitted here as they are always the best prices.
Beware that not all buys are the cheapest and it does pay to know your supermarket prices.
Costco is a cash and carry and you have to be a member to be able to shop here, or be brought along with a member. Membership is restricted to those self-employed and individuals who work within certain industries, like the NHS, schools, public services.
It is a good place to buy in bulk and the meat and fish is very good quality and better than the normal supermarkets. If you have room to stock the bulk items then this is a good way to buy things although will obviously cost in the short term.
They do have bargains regularly but these can sell out quickly. It can get very busy also especially at the weekend and during xmas etc and I have regularly had to queue for 20 mins or more to pay. They also don't provide any shopping bags, although there are cardboard boxes at the till points.
There is a cafe which serves a limited range of food and drink at very good prices - although the tea isn't great.
A real all beef American hot dog and soda for £1.50. Yum
Costco is a super cash and carry. It is easy to get to just off the M1 and has a large car park. However it can get very crowded at peak times so if possible it is better to go midweek in the morning.
The food is superb quality, meat and bakery items are second to none. They stock all sorts of non food related items too, from clothing to kitchen items. They also have a huge seasonal section which at the moment is stocked full of christmas gifts and decorations. During the summer months they sell, pools and garden items.
The very best bit about costco is the free samples :) there are always plenty on the go. the cafe is great too a lage hotdog and drink for £1.50
They always have certain items on special offer which really do bring the cost down. often buy one get one free on staple items like toilet rolls and drinks.
This is a huge costco with mple parking, very close to the M1. It gets unbelievably busy at weekends with very long queues to pay (about 6 in ech line is not unusual) so it is worth checking what you want and ensuring it is worth the trip.
I bought a costco membership via work as I work in the public sector. We hoped that we would find enough savings over one year to warrant the membership fee of about £30, but we didn't. Unless you have specific shopping needs it does not seem to cover itself on regular grocery shopping.
The food court is reasonable but again queues can be quite long and the seating area is very basic and uninspiring.
I did pick up a lot of items for when I had a baby, but even buying bulk nappies you saved just one or two pence each which can easily be matched by supermarket promotional offers which are always on one brand or another.
So I'm just chatting with my house mate and she's been telling me about the wonder that is Costco, sitting on the M25 borders. She tells me they have the biggest kettle chips in the world (well this side of the Atlantic), and the most delicious chocolate and cream Halloween cake (which feeds 40 people!) for 11 pounds. Yes, you heard correctly. Get there for all themed parties, it's well worth a visit just make sure you have their store card!
Costco is a membership only cash and carry and is a vast hoard of everything you can imagine for the shopping nation. From gigantic chickens and massive pizzas and luxurious cakes and pastries to clothes,gadgets,electrical items there is nothing these guys don't offer. also if anything breaks,fails or is less than satisfying they offer a full refund-what a joy! Downside?Vast queues and a slow sell through,dont try and rush the Costco experience :)
I urge you all to join!
Sells all sorts of good, from foods to non-foods and their branded meats, fish and baked goods is outstanding - and cheap. Really cheap electronics which are all covered by both a manufactures warrenty and Costco's own guarantee too.
Really cheap for glasses / contact lenses, car tyres and the restaurant is dirt cheap too.
There can be long queues when paying, but that's mainly because everyone is buying so much!
Costco is a great place to go to buy stuff at a much better price than convential supermarkets
My dad has a Costco card so I tag along with him if I need anything. These days I don't buy much there as I have no place to store huge boxes of washing poweder or bulk bought bottles of coke or whatever.
Costco in Watford is huge and sells everything from clothes and shoes to electricals, books, wine and of course mostly food. I actually think with the electrical goods and the books etc you can find these cheaper if you shop around, especially if you buy online.
The food can be good value though but it depends what you buy. Some of their meat is very good but I would avoid the chicken breasts - huge but tasteless and go off quite quickly. The trays of muffins and danish pastries however - loads for about £3 are fantastic to bring to the office or to share with friends. They freeze well too if you have the space in the freezer.
The staff I have found on the checkout to be friendly enough but not overley helpful and there is never anyone around to help you lift heavy stuff. It is well worth a look though if you know someone with a card or want to get one yourself as there are some good value items available.
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