- Costco products are famous for being bulk-sized and cost-effective.
- Business Insider reached out to Costco employees to find out what items they would never buy at the store.
- Most workers cited the chain’s bulk sizes as the reason they’d skip over certain products – especially perishables.
And the reason wasn’t quality.
The issue was the chain’s penchant for bulk sizes.
“While our produce department is one of the best in the business, I personally don’t eat veggies fast enough to buy in bulk, so two thirds of it will spoil before I eat it,” a Minnesota-based Costco worker told Business Insider.
A Costco manager that’s worked all around the US said that buying produce was a “waste of money” for them, as they couldn’t “eat the huge quantity fast enough.”
Three additional employees from Utah, Idaho, and Hawaii agreed that they steered clear of buying produce from Costco for the same reason.
An employee from Florida added that Costco has to work hard to keep its fruits and vegetables fresh within the store, noting that quality control is hard but essential when dealing with such large quantities.
“We get first pick before any other grocery store,” an employee from Arizona told Business Insider.
For the employees that Business Insider spoke with, it just came down to whether buying produce in bulk fits in with their household and lifestyle.