Costco customers have discovered a ‘secret’ guide to the budget warehouse’s prices – and the hack helps them save even more money on their shopping.
Thousands have been flocking to their nearest Costco after realising it sells discounted everyday items from groceries and clothes to electronics and home décor.
The catch of a Costco bargain is the store’s annual $60 fee that often deters shoppers – but those who bite the bullet also reap the rewards, and Australians can’t get enough of the 15 store locations across the country.
Carla, a mum-of-three, revealed the store has five different kinds of prices that signify whether products are on clearance, unusually cheap, or part of a special manager’s deal.
Popular lifestyle vlogger Ryan Quinlan shared the chart that dictates if item prices end in 99c, they are full price, but buys ending in 97c are special corporate markdowns that won’t be there for very long.
What do Costco’s prices mean?
If a product ends with:
99c – items are full price
97c – special deals. These won’t be around for long and can offer amazing discounts
49c/79c – Manufacturer’s special offer. These prices usually apply to products which are heaving a trial run and are cheaper than their retail price
.00 – Costco wants these items off the shelf for good. They’re priced down and nearly out of stock
* – Discontinued item. Priced cheaply to get them off the shelves
Source: Carla TheBubblelush
Prices ending in 49c, 79c, or something similarly unusual are the manufacturer’s special offer to test-run the products before they’re sold for their normal retail price.
Items that cost round numbers (ending in .00) signify the store manager wants them off the shelves so they’re priced down and nearly out of stock.
The last detail to be aware of are asterisks (*) on prices – as it means those items are discontinued are priced down to get them off the shelves.
Parents of larger families have reported slashing hundreds of dollars off their grocery bills by buying in bulk at Costco – and this new hack will benefit them even more.
Several customers shared the bargain buys they scored at the warehouse.
‘The .00 prices are insane. I got a braiser pan that usually retails for $75 for $15 because it was the last one in the store,’ one shared.
‘I’ve gotten lots of great deals on asterisk prices – definitely recommend looking out for them,’ another wrote.