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How to crack the Costco code that shopping sites are buzzing about
Financial Post ^ | APRIL 21, 2014 | Lou Carlozo

Posted on 04/21/2014 7:21:31 PM PDT by rickmichaels

NEW YORK — As superstore pricing mysteries go, it’s not the equivalent of “The Da Vinci Code,” but there’s still something deliciously elusive about the so-called “Costco Code” that has set the tongues of shopping mavens wagging for the past several months.

At least the plot line is direct enough: If you can interpret what the various sequences of digits and asterisks mean on Costco Wholesale Club price signs, you’re on your way to scoring serious bargains.

Here’s how it works, according to Costco shoppers spreading the word online: If a price at Costco ends in .99, you’re paying full price. But if it ends in, say, a .97, it represents a deal with a special price decided by the manager. And if you happen to see an asterisk in the upper right corner of the sign, then the item is on its way out of the store — and probably at the lowest price you’re going to see.

(Excerpt) Read more at business.financialpost.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy
KEYWORDS: cosco; costco; saveyoumoney

1 posted on 04/21/2014 7:21:31 PM PDT by rickmichaels
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To: rickmichaels

The asterisk thing is true AFAIK, I asked what it was about (suspected it was a “DNI”, which is what Sam’s does), and it was verified. This was last year sometime. The reason for my suspicion was that the price of whatever it was, was loooow.


2 posted on 04/21/2014 7:25:14 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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3 posted on 04/21/2014 7:26:44 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: SunkenCiv
I've known about the asterick for some time....the other stuff, no...

but if you know your prices, you know you're prices...no matter what they post, you know if its good or not...

4 posted on 04/21/2014 7:28:26 PM PDT by cherry
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To: sneakers

bttt


5 posted on 04/21/2014 7:32:55 PM PDT by sneakers
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To: Pontiac

Bump for later


6 posted on 04/21/2014 7:45:13 PM PDT by Pontiac (The welfare state must fail because it is contrary to human nature and diminishes the human spirit.)
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To: rickmichaels
 photo DSC01244_zpsd1bad690.jpgI bought some mouthwash from Wal-Mart a while back. Notice the "Alcohol free" print.
7 posted on 04/21/2014 7:53:57 PM PDT by yarddog (Romans 8: verses 38 and 39. "For I am persuaded".)
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To: rickmichaels

We are members of all 3 clubs (BJs, Sam’s and Costco.). Good for some things...


8 posted on 04/21/2014 7:54:46 PM PDT by ExCTCitizen (I'm ExCTCitizen and I approve this reply. If it does offend Libs, I'm NOT sorry...)
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To: yarddog
 photo DSC01248_zps3ea00c85.jpgNow notice the list of ingredients on back.
9 posted on 04/21/2014 7:55:13 PM PDT by yarddog (Romans 8: verses 38 and 39. "For I am persuaded".)
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To: SunkenCiv

“DNI” = Do Not Inventory

Usually a display sample or something like that.


10 posted on 04/21/2014 8:22:45 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: cherry

Walmart has some of the highest prices in the industry. They have lower prices that they advertise. But they more than make up for it on the other items.


11 posted on 04/21/2014 8:34:13 PM PDT by VerySadAmerican
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To: rickmichaels

He says that Home Depot uses green tags for discounts. I’ve never seen a green tag; it’s yellow in CA at least and sometimes it’s a real winner. I’ve seen top-quality flooring marked down from $2.99/SF to 50c/SF when it’s being discontinued.


12 posted on 04/21/2014 9:03:30 PM PDT by jiggyboy
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To: rickmichaels

With Amazon caving in on sales taxes and prices rising significantly even without the sales taxes, Amazon Prime isn’t making as much sense as it used to - in some cases I’m paying more buying through Amazon than I would to buy at Walmart or Costco. Guess I’m going to have to learn these Costo codes and get a membership.


13 posted on 04/21/2014 9:05:46 PM PDT by AnotherUnixGeek
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To: rickmichaels

Bookmark


14 posted on 04/21/2014 9:12:26 PM PDT by morphing libertarian
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To: yarddog

Although to an organic chemist benzyl alcohol, menthol, propylene glycol and sorbitol are certainly alcohols, nevertheless when a label says “alcohol free” they are referring to ethanol specifically, and indeed, this product does not list ethanol (ethyl alcohol, grain alcohol) as an ingredient.


15 posted on 04/21/2014 9:18:34 PM PDT by coloradan (The US has become a banana republic, except without the bananas - or the republic.)
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To: yarddog

That’s like seeing Domino marketing “Carbonfree” sugar... I was like, “Uh? I guess people are really that stupid.”


16 posted on 04/21/2014 9:23:17 PM PDT by Rodamala
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To: SunkenCiv
I've known about the asterisk for years and it indeed means item will be discontined.

I learned the hard waa when hooked on a product load up if you see the dreaded asterisk.

17 posted on 04/21/2014 9:38:43 PM PDT by QT3.14
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To: yarddog; rickmichaels
It's funny that Cetylpyridinium chloride would be listed as an inactive ingredient.
18 posted on 04/21/2014 9:53:38 PM PDT by pa_dweller (Extremist tea-party-driven hostage-taking legislative arsonist without a life)
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To: pa_dweller
I agree, and the salts of EDTA also appear to have some medicinal activity as well, including antimicrobial activity.
19 posted on 04/21/2014 10:37:52 PM PDT by coloradan (The US has become a banana republic, except without the bananas - or the republic.)
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To: AnotherUnixGeek

I’ll have to stick to Amazon, the other stores just are to far to drive, the products are cheap junk, they don’t carry my shoe size. And a few more reasons. Like MY GUN is not welcome. Malls are NOT handicapped Friendly places. I need a electric cart. OR shopping is a no go event, to much pain trying to walk with several popped disc in your back. All UN fixable thanks to OP.


20 posted on 04/21/2014 11:03:17 PM PDT by GailA (IF you fail to keep your promises to the Military, you won't keep them to Citizens!)
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To: coloradan
Dam, now I can”t purchase a colorless odorless mouthwash that will kill me?
21 posted on 04/21/2014 11:04:06 PM PDT by Domangart (LBGT = NAMBLA)
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To: jiggyboy

“I’ve never seen a green tag; it’s yellow in CA at least and sometimes it’s a real winner.”

You forget that a REPORTER wrote this story. Most likely his idea of a Home Depot is some interior design center run by them - not the actual warehouse store that has, YUCK, plumbing supplies.


22 posted on 04/22/2014 4:24:59 AM PDT by BobL
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