COLUMBUS -- If you are a Costco member and would like to purchase a phone from Costco, please be aware that Costco does not sell cell phones. You might be wondering why there is a huge red sign indicating a wireless kiosk within the electronics department. Well, that would be an indirect dealer named Wireless Advocates.
My understanding of this shady company is that they treat their employees poorly - obviously no training, encourage shark-like sales tactics, and tell their employees to refer all customer service issues to the retail store. The representative was uninformed, manipulative and aggressive. Cared a lot about the sale, but not much about the customer. This seems to be the common practices of this company.
I have never received my mail-in rebate from this company. The accessory package they paraded as free was distinctly cheap and the case didn't even fit the phone it came with. The DM was unwilling to talk to me personally. Plus, every time I walk down that particular aisle, there are two representative waiting to harass me about purchasing another phone.
Not a great experience. Wouldn't recommend. Go to the retail store. You will get what you pay for. However, I will say that the Costco management has been super helpful and aided in cleaning up my mess and I am sure many other messes this company carelessly leaves behind.
PENNSYLVANIA -- I have a Canon Pixma Inkjet printer with 6 ink cartridges. The print / photo quality is outstanding. With light usage I have to replace the ink about every four months. Amazon sells the new Canon ink for $75.00. Internet search prices for after market ink was about $25.00. Very skeptical, didn't want to clog the print heads or worse.
Costco refilled the original Canon cartridges with quality ink for $9.00 bucks each. They completely clean it first removing any old residual ink and seal it with a new tight cap. It's filled to maximum capacity, they don't cheat you on the ink. Because you're reusing the old cartridge with the factory chip there are no compatibility issues.
Conclusion: Costco offers a huge cost savings, the refilled cartridges worked flawlessly. The print and photo quality was as good as the more expensive ripoff manufacturer ink that they want you to buy. Check it out, you won't be disappointed.
Costco's bakery has many delectable delights. My favorite is their strawberry cheesecake. It's huge, 5.50 lbs for $14.99. This is restaurant quality where they charge you $6.00 bucks for a small slice. Rich and creamy with a generous strawberry topping. Start your day off with a good cup of coffee (Keurig's Newman special blend K-Cup) and a slice of this mouth watering cheesecake and you're good to go. No I can't possibly eat the whole thing. I enjoy a few slices and give the rest away to family and neighbors who never turn it away. Treat yourself to this rich indulgence and you will be most happy.
Costco really treats the customer right when it comes to returns. Best Buy and other retailers with a restrictive return policy need to take notice. Costco has no time limit for the return of general merchandise. If you're not happy or it fails just return it for a full refund. Their return policy on electronics (TV, camera, printer etc) is a very liberal 90 days.
Four months ago I purchased a heavy duty shop work bench from them for $399.00. They just put it on sale for $299.00. I went to customer service with the receipt and asked for a price reduction. Not a problem. My AMEX card was immediately credited with a $100.00 refund. At Costco you can shop with confidence knowing that you are getting the best price with a no hassle return policy.
ONLINE WWW.COSTCO.COM, CONNECTICUT -- I ordered bulk flowers for the center pieces. They arrived two days before the wedding with instructions. We followed the instructions and placed them (after we trimmed off the stems) in buckets of water with the packets they sent. The next night we went to the rehearsal and put together the center pieces and left them overnight for the next day which was the wedding. They opened beautifully and were gorgeous. We received so many compliments about how gorgeous they were.
The yellow roses were long stem so we had enough to place in long clear vases in the bathrooms. The roses lasted for a week after the wedding. They became more beautiful as they opened each day. We were very satisfied with the price and quality. I don't think we could have gotten anything more beautiful anywhere. I would highly recommend this service by Costco for anyone trying to stay to a budget for a wedding!!!!!
I am pretty fussy about the jeans that I wear. They have to be comfortable, wear well and withstand repeated washing. Until now my favorite has been Levi's 550 relaxed fit retailing for $58.00. I can usually find them on sale in the forty dollar range. Recently while shopping at Costco I spotted a pair of Kirkland jeans for $13.95. My first thought was they have to junk for that price. Upon closer inspection they were made of heavy denim, seemed well made and had a relaxed fit. Costco has an easy return policy if I'm dissatisfied.
After washing them there was very little shrinkage and they fit perfectly. Repeated wear and washings have had little effect. The quality is as good as the higher priced name brand jeans. These are not designer jeans, the "Kirkland" label is on the back pocket advertising that you didn't over pay. So what, you got a great value. My wife has found that the women's clothing offers an equal value. Check it out.
SEATTLE, WASHINGTON -- I bought a TV from Costco, even though it was available for less elsewhere, because of Costco's "added value"—additional warranty and “Concierge” technical support. Then I had a dreadful experience with Costco Concierge Service. Having discovered that the TV did not have built-in WiFi, I called Concierge Services to ask if I could access the WiFi features by connecting my computer, which has WiFi. The representative immediately told me that the TV--a Panasonic TC-P55UT50-- DID have WiFi built in. When I said "it did not", she argued with me. I repeated my question, trying to get the information I needed without an argument.
She said, "Let me look at the manual," and insisted again that the TV had the feature and all I had to do was select it. Please understand that the TV does NOT have the feature; an optional WiFi adapter is required, as I explained to the "concierge." That fact is clearly stated in the manual—the very one the technician had to read to provide technical support!
This incident makes me doubt the veracity of the claims made about the service. The agent was most definitely NOT an "expert-level technician!" She could not even read the manual correctly, much less treat me with respect!
Frankly, I think Costco should do something either about the qualifications of its employees or about its false claims of "expertise."
TIGARD, OREGON -- Two years in a row, Costco advertised Black Friday sale for artificial X-mas tree which they are under stock or don't even exist. Last year I went online a little late, in the middle day of Black Friday. I consider it was late but actually it was a 3 day sale. This year I am more prepared because I promised my children I will get it this year for sure, so I didn't go out for Black Friday. I just stayed home, jumped online when the time just exactly 4:59 AM to be sure I'm the 1st one. It turned out they don't even have any in stock. I called customer service and patiently waited for 1 hour to be able to talked to a representative. All she can say was, "It sold out, product discontinued".
I went to Tigard Store, the manager told me the same thing, he added "you & your children may not have this X-mas tree this year. Maybe wait until next year then." I feel so lost. My Holiday spirit is over. I'm so disappointed, their business just like Best Buy and Fry's Electronic. They all try to advertise to get customers' attention for which they just have a few or none, we are a victimize. Like me I really wanted that X-mas tree so I don't even sleep on that night so I don't missed it. Oh well, I guess nowadays, that's how stores does business.
Since buying a Costco membership one year ago I couldn't be more pleased. As a former BJ's and Sam's Club member Costco has them beat. The in store and online product selection is far superior. They offer great pricing, excellent customer service and 90 day returns. There are two memberships available. The standard cost $55.00 which is well worth the money. With the huge savings you will recoup this quickly.
Then they have an Executive Membership for $110.00. This is where you get the perks. You get 2% cash-back on all of your purchases. This adds up fast. It also makes available to you the full buying power of Costco. Auto & Home Insurance, Auto Program, ID Protection, Mortgage & Refinancing, Online Investing... the list goes on & on.
Here's the AMEX deal only available to Costco members. Zero percent interest for the first 6 months. Earn a $55 statement credit after your first purchase. No annual fee. Cash Back for the following. 3% for gasoline, 2% for restaurants, 2% for travel and 1% for everything else. Plus you still get the 2% Executive Reward.
If you only spend a few hundred dollars total this will be meaningless to you. However if you combine all of your purchases using this card and take advantage of the cash back the savings are significant. Something to consider if you want to save some money.
I currently have a four year old Samsung 46 inch LCD HDTV that has been completely trouble free. Recently while shopping at Costco I was quite impressed with their wide selection of HD TVs, Blue Ray disc players and Wall Mounts. On display was the new Samsung LED 55 inch Smart TV. OMG the picture quality was jaw dropping. Built-in Wi-Fi, Skype, Apps and able to display full 3D movies, glasses included. It's only 1.2 inches thick with a frame-less boarder. Regular wholesale price was $2700, on sale that week for $2000. I checked Amazon pricing and they had the older model which did not include the 3D glasses for $1850. It was close.
Here's where Costco has them beat. When you buy any TV from Costco they automatically give you a second year warranty for free. Then you can purchase an in home zero deductible three year extended warranty for $100 bucks. I'm not done. Also included is their free tech service. They give you an 800 number to call that will assist you with any problem. This is service and treating the customer right. Are you listening Sears and BestBuy? The yearly membership cost is only $50 bucks, I definitely got my money's worth.