- We took a trip to one of three Costco locations in New York City.
- Costco is a membership-only warehouse club that’s been around for over 40 years in the US, and has 9 locations in Australia.
- We discovered all the warehouse has to offer, from food to eye exams to clothing to electronics.
Costco is a wonderland of bulk products.
The membership-only warehouse club is the largest of its kind in America and Australia.
Costco’s selection runs the gamut, offering everything from frozen foods to engagement rings. There’s also its highly-underrated food court.
We recently took a trip to the mega-store in New York City, where we got lost in a maze of super-sized options.
Keep scrolling to see what it’s like to shop at Costco.
We visited the Costco in the East River Plaza shopping center in Harlem. It's one of three NYC locations.
The store first opened as Price Club in a former aeroplane hangar in San Diego in 1976. Four decades later, Costco is now a worldwide company whose sales reached $116 billion in 2016.
Costco's appeal to shoppers is its low prices, which are made possible because the store sells their products in bulk.
In order to take advantage of the store's bulk selection, shoppers must be a Costco member. The store offers four types of membership, all of which come with an annual fee.
Costco's food selection is impressive to say the least. The frozen snacks made us feel like we had time-travelled back to the 90s.
It immediately became apparent to us why shoppers with families love Costco. This already-seasoned pork tenderloin was just $4.29 per pound.
Not long into our shopping excursion, we came across what's arguably the best part of shopping at Costco: samples.
In an effort to entice shoppers, there are small stations throughout the store that serve samples of various products.
Costco's selection of non-food products is equally amazing. The electronics section had flat-screen TVs in every size.
I wouldn't have thought Costco would carry fancy Nikon and Cannon cameras, but I was wrong. If you wanted, you could drop $1,600 on a camera here.
Besides offering an ample selection of vision aids, Costco also offers eye exams, meaning that you can walk away from the store with a new prescription, a new set of glasses, sunglasses, and contacts.
And that's not the only medical service the warehouse offers. We came across a hearing aid center...
... and a full pharmacy. The idea of combining a grocery shopping trip with a trip to the doctor seemed odd, but convenient.
We continued to discover other seemingly random but impressive services Costco provides shoppers with: There's photo developing and printing...
From there we wandered over to the jewellery cases. The options were nothing to scoff at; the warehouse even sells engagement rings.
Costco even sells some pretty high-end watch brands. We were surprised to see a watch that cost close to $13,000.
Not far from the jewellery was a row of appliances that included washing machines, stoves/ovens, and refrigerators.
There were smaller appliances too, like the cult-favourite KitchenAid mixer. This was an unbeatable price, considering these usually retail for around $300.
Close by were rows upon rows of giant-sized toiletries. One stop at Costco and you won't have to go to a drugstore for a year.
The middle of the store featured long tables piled high with stacks of clothing. There were options for men, women, and children.
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