I shop at Costco, because it's the best value.So what you are saying MrMatt is that most people are CHEAPSKATES. I don't disagree with that. I think 'cheap' has become a huge part of our current society's way of thinking about anything.
Look at retail anything and what we see is major retailers going out of business while 'cheap' stores like Costco and Walmart, etc. continue on with no difficulty. I can remember the days when people would not admit to shopping in 'bargain stores'. It had a stigma attached to it that basically said, 'you can't afford anything better.'
The staff are well paid, they have high quality products at the best prices.
Their returns and other policies are great.
They do this, while basically selling all their products at cost.
If they're selling what you want, I think Costco is simply the best place to shop.
I'm glad that this social status stigma is fading. It's really quite stupid to overpay for products for "status".