10 Items She Refuses To Buy At Costco

by Simplify

Christine has spent considerable time researching and evaluating the vast inventory of items available at Costco. While the store is renowned for its cost-saving deals and bulk purchases, not everything on its shelves provides the best value for your money. In her latest video, she provides keen insights into some items that savvy shoppers might consider thinking twice about before buying. Let's take a closer look!

1. Christmas Decorations

Costco's decorations, such as the six-foot tall Nutcracker, are undoubtedly beautiful but tend to be on the pricier side. For budget-conscious shoppers, thrift stores might offer similar decorations at a fraction of the cost.

Christmas decor

2. I Design Pro Keeper

Currently priced at $15.99, this product might not offer the best value for its purpose. A notable issue is with its bins that require water, causing potential messy accidents.

3. Small Kitchen Appliances

Many of Costco's branded kitchen appliances like certain air fryers could be considered overpriced. Moreover, such items might end up being underutilized and just taking up space.

4. Mattresses at Costco

While convenient, there are concerns regarding the transportation and quality of mattresses from Costco. Christine vouches for Helix mattresses, praising their customizability, direct delivery, and overall quality.

5. Sunscreen in Bulk

While buying sunscreen in bulk might seem like a good idea, especially for families, its efficacy can degrade over time. Unless you're sure to use it all promptly, you might end up with less effective protection by the end of the bottle.

6. Kirkland Laundry Detergent

The Kirkland brand is well-loved for many of its products, but its laundry detergent has received mixed reviews. Some users have reported skin irritation or dissatisfaction with its cleaning capability.

Costco parking lot

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8. Printed Photos

Costco offers photo printing services, but the quality might not always be consistent. Depending on the location, some users have reported issues with color accuracy or print longevity.

9. Kirkland Light Beer

Beer preferences can be subjective, but Christine notes that the Kirkland Light Beer might not be everyone's cup of tea. Given its price, some might find better-tasting alternatives elsewhere.

Costco food isle

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10. Name-Brand Clothing

While Costco does stock name-brand clothing from time to time, the selection can be hit or miss in terms of style and size availability. Christine suggests that for specific brand preferences, dedicated clothing stores might provide a better shopping experience.

It's important to note that while some of these items might not have met Christine's expectations, everyone's experiences and preferences can differ. It's always a good practice to do individual research and evaluate based on personal needs and preferences. Happy Costco shopping!

For more money-saving stories, discover  what not to buy at Target and  what not to buy at Dollar Tree.

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  • Cynthia Cynthia on May 08, 2024

    When was this originally published? Costco has not printed photo’s in-house for a long, long time!

  • Rosemary Craven Rosemary Craven on May 28, 2024

    Actually, when Costco did provide photo printing, I always got perfect very reasonable prints. Never had a problem.

    As for their small appliances, I have seen items like air fryers at about one-third the price of what I paid elsewhere. Do your research and you will always save money at Costco. Their return policy can't be matched by any other store.