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FASCINATING FACTS: 17 Secret Costco Facts That Are Even Better Than The Free Samples

We all want to feel like we belong to an exclusive club. Whether it’s a secret speakeasy or a hot new spot in the city where you have to know a guy to get in. But most of us just aren’t that cool, or are just too busy to be dealing with that nonsense. Thankfully, there’s a place where you can go where everybody knows your name where you can grab a reasonably priced membership to get great wholesale deals. That place is Costco, and if you already have a membership, you might not be taking the fullest advantage of it. Here are some secrets.

1. Costco Employees Actually Make Pretty Good Money

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Every employee starts at $11.50/hour base, with wages going as high as $20/hour. Plus, benefits such as health, vision, dental and even 401k. Good on you, Costco.

2. The Free Samples People Don’t Even Work For Costco


 
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They’re contractors hired by Costco. IMPOSTERS!

3. Anyone – Yes, Even You – Can Buy Booze At Costco


 
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That’s because in more than a dozen states it is illegal for stores to sell liquor with a required membership.

4. You Can Find Costco Internationally, Such As in Australia, South Korea, Japan, And France


 
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5. Members Can Cancel Their Membership At Any Time And Receive A Full Refund


 
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6. Technically, It Remains One Of The Nation’s Largest Pizza Chains


 
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While Chuck-E Cheese has 600 locations, Costco isn’t too far behind, with over 500.

7. Employees Become Executive Members For Free


 
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That executive membership gives back 2% of qualified purchases annually in the form of a gift certificate. Noice.

8. The Classic Hotdog & Soda Combo Has Remained At $1.50 Since It Was Introduced In The 80’s


 
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9. There Are Purposefully No Signs To Encourage Shoppers To Wander The Aisles And Buy More Stuff


 
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10. The Limited Selection Helps Reduce Labor Costs


 
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This enables stockers to unload palettes of inventory at a time, rather than unboxing each and every different brand.

11. Costco Doesn’t Give Bags, Because It Doesn’t Want To Appear “Retail”


 
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Bags are just soooo “retail.”

12. You Can Pretty Much Return Anything


 
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“I once had a member return a patio furniture set — that was clearly more than 10 years old — due to ‘oxidation and sun damage.’”

13. That Delicious Chicken Bake Tastes Good Because It’s Made With Pizza Dough, Chicken Strips, Bacon, Mozzarella, And Caesar Dressing


 
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*heavy breathing*

14. Since 2015, Costco Has Outsold Amazon In Terms Of More Stuff Sold Each Year


 
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Suck it, Bezos.

15. Costco In California Accounts For A Third Of The Company’s Business In The U.S.


 
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16. Sunday’s The Busiest Day


 
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But that’s pretty par for the course for most grocery stores.

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17. Check Out How The Pizzas Are Made


 
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