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Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by QuakeAttack, May 21, 2013.
I do love Costco! I used to work there for a long time!
Thanks for the comment. I wasn't implying victimhood. Just remarking on price/customer experience ratio. It's a warehouse, so it may seem sometimes that they don't give a shit about their customers (Walmart usually doesn't, except for the bottom line that you buy something). Generally I agree. It's a business, they want to make a profit. Don't like it, don't shop there. But you might recall a comparison between, say, Circuit City and Best Buy, where Circuit City use to have better selection and better prices and, at one point, more knowledgeable staff and better customer-relations policies. Then they decided that neither staff nor customers mattered and laid off all their experienced employees with an offer to rehire, but at the bottom tier. Customer experience suffered and they were bankrupt months later (it's a bit more complicated than that, as much of their profit margin came from large-ticket items and having experienced staff trying to explain to you why a $4000 TV is better than a $3000 TV was a big deal). You could see the customer base dropping in their reports (and at the registers). Best Buy is virtually the lone survivor in its niche because they are seen as customer-friendly.
PS: What I was actually thinking is that they could get a great deal on something (like Ruin10, for instance), look around what everyone else charges and undercut them by, say, a quarter. This would still make them a bargain, but customers would be paying more into the profit margin at Costco than at Stone. Costco doesn't really do that. They get a special deal, they pass it on. For comparison, take a look around on end-of-season prices on Founders Breakfast Stout. At one store, I was told that Founders was switching to 6-packs, so distributors were selling off cases at a discount. That was the same store where the 4s were priced at $8.99 and cases at $42. Other stores that got the same deal from the distributor priced theirs at $10.99 (still a discount, but not much). Yet others just absorbed the discount and kept the regular price. It's a choice. They have a right to make a buck. I still have a right to think that they are greedy.
We were @ Costco yesterday where I saw 750s of Chimay Blue and Duvel stocked for the first time, both priced marginally lower than most places but not jaw-droppingly low. I passed. I could see buying a case of something like Rochefort 10 or Orval if the price was right.
I can tell you what they carry in the Clearwater store. I go there once every 3-4 weeks and was just there yesterday.
They had a Magic Hat 24-pack sampler. That was about it for "craft" beer.
They had the usual Bud Light, Miller Lite, Mich Ultra, Coors Light, and Corona and Corona Light. They had a Mexican 24-pack sampler (Dos Equis, etc.), and some of the other usual imports - Stella, Heineken, etc.
I think they had some Sam Adams as well.
The only major "find" I've seen at my Costco was Chimay Blue about a year ago for $9.99/bottle, which was the same price at the time, as Total Wine.
Thanks for the info. If that's what they have in the Tampa Bay area, I can guarantee that they don't have anything better in South FL. That lineup sounds the same as they have at BJ's.
Again, I wasn't a member when I lived in the Bay Area, so I couldn't guess at what they carried, but I definitely agree about that tequila! I always have a bottle of the silver in my cabinet.
As far as that pricing, that is unbelievable. I don't think that anybody is going to think that they are getting screwed by Costco if the margin is 8.5% versus 6% on a specific item. Those are getting down to straight grocery margins for a place that offers far more than groceries. I suppose that keeping the SKU count down (less selection) in many categories is what has kept them from predatory marketing lawsuits at those margins.
The reason Circuit City staff tried to explain to you that a $4000 TV was better than a $3000 on is that they were paid commission.
You would think that if it's Costco they would force you to purchase a case.
Not that it matters, but you must be thinking of Sears... At Circuit City, sales people had no problem referring you to someone else, which is unheard of in commission-driven stores. Just imagine what beer sales would be like if they worked on commission.
The point was not that they were trying to sell you more expensive stuff (in my experience, they were not), but that they knew the difference and could explain it. At Best Buy, they don't even know if appliances come in anything but white.
Well, sorry to disagree, but I was told just that by a Circuit City employee back in the day.
And having done some sales myself, I know that any salesperson will tell you it's not uncommon to agree to split a commission when sending a customer from one salesperson to another. In fact, if you sent a customer to another salesperson and they didn't split with you, it would be considered really bad behavior.
And I agree about Best Buy, and most big box stores for that matter.
We get bullshit here in NYC, wish i could get some good local stuff at a decent price.
The best my local Costco has done is 3 packs of 750ml Duvel for about $21 last Thanksgiving/Christmas. Recently had one that'd been sitting around in the basement, quite delicious.
At the Costco in Issaquah (Seattle suburb, and also home of Costco headquarters), they usually have a pretty good variety, but nothing like RuinTen or Parabola or Abyss. I've seen the following craft options over the 10+ years I've been shopping there:
Hale's Mongoose IPA (pretty much always)
Chimay blue (a few times)
Duvel (a few times)
Deschutes seasonals (frequently, but I'm talking Red Chair or Twilight, etc., not Abyss)
Ninkasi (cases of Total Domination bombers occasionally, seasonal variety four-pack once or twice)
Rogue Amber Ale (case of bombers, still quite expensive at like $58, if I recall correctly; occasionally available)
Rogue Dead Guy (case of 24, can't remember price, used to be pretty frequent but haven't seen for a while)
Unibroue variety two-pack (just once that I can recall)
Chouffe IPA Tripel (just once)
Rodenbach Grand Cru (just once)
Various Sam Adams
Various New Belgium
I'm sure I'm missing some things, but those are the ones that stick in my mind. I don't usually buy there, except for the Ninkasi four-packs, which I think were a couple bucks cheaper than anywhere else. (And the Chouffe and Rodenbach.)
Haven't been a member for long, but so far in NJ we have.
Sam's Seasonal packs
Riverhorse summer sampler cases
Ommegang Winter giftboxes
DFH 60 min
Never have single bottles, but the wine selection is supposedly amazing.
Lately at the Southlake, TX store they have had these four pack of the Sam Adams Small Batch Collection for $20. I remember in the late winter/early spring it contained the Merry Mischief among others and now has more summer options.
Costco in Salem has recently kicked Samuel Adams to the curb in favor of a big display of Kirkland beer. Boo! Hiss!
Never seen a bomber here. It looks like wine country mostly.
I wish we got Ommegang samplers! The wine selection is not "amazing" but very serviceable and the prices are very comparable to other stores' case sales (10-20% off 6/12). And these are everyday prices, so it's pretty good. The good thing about the wine selection is that aside from the mass-product (1.5L and such), they don't have many low points. Their wine buyers tend to be knowledgeable.
I haven't been to any NYC stores in a long time (last time in Brooklyn maybe 7 years ago), but a year ago I was in a LI store and they had Brooklyn cases. They also had an exceptional scotch deal that they offered at a tasting along with the wine (kind of bizarre, really). I know, I know, this is a beer forum...
I had some of the Kirkland samplers. Some selections are pretty good, the others sub-par. They also may differ regionally, as I have no idea who brews them. But I haven't seen any Kirkland beers for the past 9 months. Maybe they decided to phase them out as "unsuccessful".
Kirkland beer is Gordon Biersch
Here in the far NW burbs the closet thing to craft is SNPA and around the Holidays I've seen Celebration which I purchase like a mad man. About a month ago I saw a half a skid of Lagunitas IPA that didn't last a week and years ago they would have Goose Island IPA (pre InBev) but haven't seen that in a while. Never seen bombers of anything but great wine selection and excellent prices on the hard stuff
What Costco was this pic taken at?
Gordon Biersch in West, FX Matt in East.
Costco in San Diego (Mission Valley location) is selling
Green Flash Imperial
Lost Abbey Red Barn
Ironfist Velvet Glove
Ironfist Renegade Blond
I believe Costco is making a push to sell local craft brew at their locations
Dude, I thought the same thing last Saturday at my Costco in Tustin, CA!
Stone Sublimely Self-Righteous
To name a couple
Just picked up a case of ruinten at a Costco in irvine! At $5 ea it's a steal!
this thread really makes me want to check out the local costco : 3
I believe that is true for the West Coast but may not be the case eslewhere.
It is like sharpski said four posts ago, Matt in the East.
The Costso here sells top end Champagne too never thought I'd see Dom on the shelf.
Anyone have any idea what the selection in the Costco in cholcester, vt is like?!?
Costco is the #1 seller of Dom in the US (or at least was a few years ago, and I don't think anything's changed).
more not so great pix but here's a few things that were at the store moments ago:
How much were those Hitachino's? I'd def pick up a couple of those if less than $10.
You may want to read the Florida replies first.
I love Costco. But there's no craft going on there in Florida.
A fair point, but If I ever find myself in a store browsing, I will still be checking out their liquor store/beer section just to take a chance.
cant hurt right?
Good lord. Where is that?
That does it! Moving back to California tomorrow... I want half-a-case of each, except for Rogue...
at the location the guy from Texas earlier claimed there's nothing worth talking about except Stone 8pks.
p.s. that wasn't everything either!
I feel your pain. Luckily I'm close enough to the NY border that I can get most of my craft beer from there. You got any Wegmans near you? They sell beer, and have a nice selection of craft. They used a loophole because they have an eating area.
Not sure if you already answered this, but which Costco is this?