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Costco Setup Shop Northlake
Dazzagc
Gold Coast, Queensland
1348 posts
good news for north brisbane people, Costco will be building a new store next to westfield northlake :)
06:19pm 29/04/13 Permalink
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Tollaz0r!
Brisbane, Queensland
13608 posts
Those of us know. Ikea is rumored to go there as well.

I live in the next suburb over from North Lakes, woot.
06:35pm 29/04/13 Permalink
Spook
Brisbane, Queensland
35607 posts
i totes get it that people on the northside need a store like costco, due to their lower average family incomes, but a part of me is outraged that its on the northside and not on the southside.
06:40pm 29/04/13 Permalink
copuis
Brisbane, Queensland
3978 posts
i totes get it that people on the northside need a store like costco, due to their lower average family incomes, but a part of me is outraged that its on the northside and not on the southside.


you have like the super butcher and ikea, get over it
06:43pm 29/04/13 Permalink
Spook
Brisbane, Queensland
35608 posts
ill swap you ikea for costco
06:44pm 29/04/13 Permalink
copuis
Brisbane, Queensland
3979 posts
too late, you made your flat pack bed,
06:51pm 29/04/13 Permalink
Damo
Brisbane, Queensland
6479 posts
Old news is very old..
06:52pm 29/04/13 Permalink
HERMITech
Brisbane, Queensland
8211 posts
too late, you made your flat pack bed,


touche sir, touche!

/golf clap
07:03pm 29/04/13 Permalink
mental
Brisbane, Queensland
3913 posts
Kids acting up? Take them for a run through the jungle gym of lies and treat them to a one dollar hot dog. Bonus points if you and your family are gigantic and block every single passage to the next section while smearing sauce on the white lamp shades.
07:16pm 29/04/13 Permalink
FaceMan
Brisbane, Queensland
10159 posts
A good amount of products will still be cheaper to buy online and ship to your door.
How does COSTCO compare to online ?
They cant compete against USA prices ?


07:47pm 29/04/13 Permalink
natslovR
Sydney, New South Wales
8185 posts
We have started going to Costco this year. It seems pretty good to me.

So much of woolies and Coles is their own brands these days that I don't mind trying the brands in Costco that I don't know. It feels that I'm still spending about the same each month on groceries, so much less of it goes to w&c, and because I'm buying things in larger quantities things aren't bought as often so I suspect that if we keep going to Costco once a month with a little weekly at w&c the monthly $ spend will decline

A guy on ozbargain did a representative shop at all three and Costco was roughly 15% cheaper by price/quantity but your spend was greater
07:47pm 29/04/13 Permalink
DeadlyDav0
Brisbane, Queensland
3623 posts
Northlake??? North Lakes.

Do wish i had a superbutcher although ive been happy with aldi's cheaper, vac sealed and grass fed porterhouse.
08:10pm 29/04/13 Permalink
kos
Germany
2589 posts
The impossible has happened, SUPERBOSS has made a post with readable Englis**
08:14pm 29/04/13 Permalink
paveway
Brisbane, Queensland
18079 posts
It is funny that the most jewish person i know (spook) is making comments about who needs costco

Did that doc sign off on your shoulder "rehab" so you can scam your health care to pay your gym membership for 6 months?
08:19pm 29/04/13 Permalink
Whoop
Brisbane, Queensland
21769 posts
wtf is costco?
08:43pm 29/04/13 Permalink
thermite
Brisbane, Queensland
11114 posts
According to wikipedia it is a "membership-only warehouse club".
In Australia, membership is A$55.00 a year for a business membership, or A$60.00 a year for a Gold Star membership.[32]
08:51pm 29/04/13 Permalink
crazymorton
Brisbane, Queensland
4091 posts
wtf is costco?

A massive as f*** bulk shopping group where you have to be a member to buy bulk s*** paper and cola.

Don't bother yourself unless you've got 15 kids and a s*** load of storage space.
08:51pm 29/04/13 Permalink
maRtz
Brisbane, Queensland
3925 posts
^^^^
08:55pm 29/04/13 Permalink
maRtz
Brisbane, Queensland
3926 posts
Sounds like a campbells cash and carry??
08:56pm 29/04/13 Permalink
Spook
Brisbane, Queensland
35610 posts
Did that doc sign off on your shoulder "rehab" so you can scam your health care to pay your gym membership for 6 months?


yes, my doctorb did think that going to the gym would be good "rehab" for my broken shoulders.

also, im not jewish, im broke.

09:15pm 29/04/13 Permalink
natslovR
Sydney, New South Wales
8186 posts
They are big in America. They make their money through the annual membership. It sells pretty much everything but in bulk. From brand names you know to their own home brands, plus 'homeware' stuff like play equipment, select seasonal clothing, cameras, TVs, laptops, even quality diamond rings.

As an example that stood out to me from this past weekend, Woolworths has Uncle Toby's Yoghurt topper bars. They have it in an "18bars value pack only at woolworths" for $9.20

From costco we go one box of Uncle Toby's Yoghurt topper bars for $12.99, which contains 36 bars - 3x12 Pack. These were not on special, that's just the price they sell them for. It is way more muesli bars than we'll need for the kids' lunch in the next few weeks, but the savings is huge.

They also have a decent grog section, but you have to watch the prices, since bottles are 1-1.5L not 750ml.

Here's the ozbargain comparison post: Does Costco save you money? Let's put it to the test
09:18pm 29/04/13 Permalink
HeardY
Gaelic newb
Sydney, New South Wales
21079 posts
you generally buy s*** you don't need because 'it's cheap' thus negating any savings you may have made from W or C.

Typically though it doesn't seem that much cheaper to me...
09:18pm 29/04/13 Permalink
DeadlyDav0
Brisbane, Queensland
3626 posts
Dont forget the DMAA to help with shoulder recovery spook.

Back in the day i used to live on devondale milk. Whenever it was half price id buy half a dozen 6 pack cartons or so that would last me a few months. I do the same for canned fish, canned baked beans, coconut cream etc. As long as my average intake doesnt change, it saves a good amount in the long run as long as i can manage the up front costs.

Also just got 12x 4kg tubs of protein powder cause the supplier was doing 4kg for the price of 3kg cause they ran out of 3kg tubs. Epic savings.
09:26pm 29/04/13 Permalink
Dodgymon
Brisbane, Queensland
2333 posts
Super butcher opened a store at Eagle farm. Or isn't that classed as northside?
11:41pm 29/04/13 Permalink
Whoop
Brisbane, Queensland
21772 posts
A massive as f*** bulk shopping group where you have to be a member to buy bulk s*** paper and cola.

Don't bother yourself unless you've got 15 kids and a s*** load of storage space.

ok. no storage space and no kids so I guess I'll stick to being ripped @ coles
11:49pm 29/04/13 Permalink
FaceMan
Brisbane, Queensland
10161 posts
Suppose my Father gets a card.
Does that mean I can use it or would he have to be with me ?
Do they check your ID or just swipe the card ?

12:36am 30/04/13 Permalink
d0mino
Melbourne, Victoria
5306 posts
Costco is the tits pyjamas - they have it down here in Melbourne, and we go about once every three or four weeks for a big grocery shop. We get lots of tuna, wild alaskan salmon, salsa, nuts, and other bits and pieces. Save about $200.

The tricky thing is getting food that you think might be good and it's not and/or s*** that won't keep. Shop with your head and you wont end up having to tough out 3 litres of raspberry yoghurt before a deadline.


08:08am 30/04/13 Permalink
thermite
Brisbane, Queensland
11116 posts
Yeah I was thinking of going halves with someone in the costco membership
08:21am 30/04/13 Permalink
IVY_MiKe
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory
1489 posts
Hi folks,

Costco isn't a replacement for Woolies or Coles. The are a 'bulk' purchase type specialist.

They do have some bargains on general goods, but for the most part it's only a bargain per unit because of it's bulk scale.

Spook, I wouldn't be too worried about it being far away, because of the scale of the purchases, it strikes me that unless you have a family of 8-10 you'll ge shopping there at a maximum of quarterly anyway.

Memberships:
Yep, it's $60 per annum. This (combined with my lack of needing to buy toilet paper by the hundreds) is reason enough for me to let my membership lapse. I live in a 2BR Apartment, and I just can't store what I've purchased so I'm out.
The idea behind the 'two membership cards' is that you both need to 'live at the same address'.

The benefit to their membership system is that they offer a 'lifetime warranty' on items purchased from them. So buy a TV [which regularly pop up on OzBargain as an awesome price nationally] and hang onto it for 7-8 years, if it dies, take your membership and the TV back, bingo 'replace' it.
The downside to that is that this would all obviously be tracked by them, so people 'abusing' this system can have their membership refunded and are no longer eligible to sign up.

Be patient when you first go shopping there, as not only the shopping is in bulk (The queue's at the checkouts don't move quickly as everyone is buying tonnes of items) and take a trailer or ute if you expect to 'spend big' as it is easy to fill any normal car with even a 'small purchase' from Costco

Short Version:
There are some compelling reasons to become a member, and there are some 'price per unit' bargains to be had there daily.
These items usually come in such a large quantity however, that unless you're buying for 4-6 people, you're buying so much product that it'll potentially expire before you can consume it.
09:13am 30/04/13 Permalink
Nakor
Brisbane, Queensland
3176 posts
Super Butcher been at Eagle Farm for ages now, been shopping there for at least 18 months.

There's also the new Eagle Farm Value Depot (the old Campbell's) that's opened up just down the road, so bulk groceries and then bulk meat all in the one trip!
09:20am 30/04/13 Permalink
Totenkopf
Melbourne, Victoria
606 posts
You guys dont have costco or ikea up there?!
03:30pm 30/04/13 Permalink
copuis
Brisbane, Queensland
3983 posts
no costco, one ikea (that I know of)
03:36pm 30/04/13 Permalink
trog
AGN Admin
Brisbane, Queensland
36930 posts
Here's my shorter version of IVY_Mike's post:

costco is awesome
04:15pm 30/04/13 Permalink
DecayingCorpse
Brisbane, Queensland
2155 posts
I live in the next suburb over from North Lakes, woot.

me too! wewt!
05:32pm 30/04/13 Permalink
Totenkopf
Melbourne, Victoria
607 posts
When they set up shop down here afew years back i was pff theres no way ill be paying 50 dollars just for getting in and to get a stupid card ....i went with a friend and i was like f*** give me a f*****g card! never again i have bought toilet paper lol
05:44pm 30/04/13 Permalink
E.T.
Queensland
4596 posts
Those of us know. Ikea is rumored to go there as well.

I live in the next suburb over from North Lakes, woot.


I couldn't give a f*** about Ikea. Its over priced (WAY over priced) s***. They should write a book (1000 ways to present s*** chipboard that fools will buy)
08:42pm 30/04/13 Permalink
fpot
Gold Coast, Queensland
22628 posts
What do they have in the hot sauce department? I'd buy up big if they had the big 2L bottles of various hot sauces available.
08:47pm 30/04/13 Permalink
infi
Brisbane, Queensland
19842 posts
Costco is awesome in the US, it will be good to shake up the grocery duopoly over here.
08:41am 01/05/13 Permalink
Spook
Brisbane, Queensland
35619 posts
Costco is awesome in the US, it will be good to shake up the grocery duopoly over here.


pretty sure aldi is already doing this bro!
08:52am 01/05/13 Permalink
Tollaz0r!
Brisbane, Queensland
13618 posts
Westfield at North Lakes had a whinge over Costco coming in. Never mind they did the exact same thing to local business, they were going to take make an appeal to the Planning and Environment Court, a long costly exercise for everything (including the gubberment).
So the Government used a special call-in law and stepped in and basically said, 'it's being built', bypassing the long court battle.

Given that Costco is mainly large bulk orders I fail to see how this is bad for Westfield besides maybe Woolies and Coles (of which you should only care a little about, since your some of your super is probably in them).

I hope Westfield adds stuff to help capture those people who come afar to go to Costco, ie jam a good Cinema complex in there so people go to see a movie, then go to Costco.

Not only that, Costco will employee a good chunk of people in the area from retail to logistics. So this pretty much seems like a win for the people of the area, except maybe the owners of Drake Supermarket, they will have to focus on providing exceptional customer service and quality so people choose to pay the extra for that. Given they are in North Lakes that should be doable.
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