I’m a Costco shopper – six of the super store’s most overhyped and overpriced items from holiday items to pricey food
COSTCO continues to be a haven for many shoppers looking for the best deals on all types of items.
However, some frequent Costco shoppers feel that some items are a bit overpriced for what they are worth.
Here are six of the superstore’s most overrated and overpriced items, from holiday essentials to expensive groceries.
For these points, you might want to look elsewhere before making a decision.
The holidays are practically here, but if you’re a last-minute decorator, you might think that Costco would be your best bet for budget-friendly items.
However, some buyers have said that many decorative items tend to be more expensive in the warehouse than in other locations.
Reddit users on the r/Costco subreddit have shared their frustration across multiple threads.
“The gigantic, LED-illuminated, plastic Christmas baubles appealed to me. $110 for one. They don’t even have alternate lighting modes,” wrote user ATricksyHobbit.
The “oversized” ornaments are even more expensive on Costco’s website — they total a whopping $119 each.
If you’re looking for a cheaper alternative, Amazon sells 24-inch Christmas ornaments to make you shine for $22.99.
Buying products from Costco is a double-edged sword.
The product is available in bulk, but you will likely pay a little more for it.
The problem with buying products in bulk is that you may not be able to use them all before they go bad.
One Reddit user wrote: “Even if we could [get through the fruits and veggies before they go bad]Shopping at my local grocery store is more cost effective.”
Reddit user Sowf_Paw said that when buying milk, they prefer to shop at Aldi because it’s “almost always cheaper in my area.”
According to Nasdaq, it costs $8.70 for two gallons of 2% milk at Costco.
However, at Costco, the same amount of milk is only $8.58.
Another cheaper option is at Ralph’s for just $7.8 with two gallons of two percent milk.
One thing to note is that Costco sells milk in pairs while these other stores don’t, meaning you only have to decide on a gallon.
For those who love salmon, Kirkland Signature Fresh Farmed Atlantic Salmon Filet costs about $16.16 a pound.
However, a pound of Farm Raise Fresh Atlantic Salmon Fillets is only $9.99.
Still, many Costco superfans believe the supermarket has better quality salmon than most grocery stores.
Reddit user Surprise_Corgi wrote, “I’ve never seen better quality beef for the price though. Or salmon. Their cuts are a few notches above the asking price.”
It might be better if you go to your local grocery store to buy this staple.
Reddit user drubhub shared, “Chicken breasts at Costco will range from $2.99 to $3.49 per pound, while Kroger had organic chicken breasts for $2.79 per pound.”
At Costco, boneless and skinless chicken breasts are $4.34 a pound, compared to just $3.99 at Ralphs.
Finally, it might be best to buy toothpaste from a local grocery store instead.
At Costco, a four-pack of Sensodyne Advanced Whitening Toothpaste is $31.99.
For the amount you’re buying, this might seem like a good deal, but if you do the math, it turns out you might not be getting the best deal.
At Ralphs, a 2-pack of Sensodyne Extra Whitening Sensitive Toothpaste is only $13.99.
Buying two of these would only cost $27.98, making it cheaper than buying from Costco.
Reddit user helpme9282828 wrote, “If you have 2 minutes to clip digital coupons, you should never pay for toothpaste. It’s always free [and] You even often get it for free with cashback.
This might help if you really want to save money on toothpaste.