Thanks for posting that comparison. I don’t have a Costco card–my comparison was against Lucky’s with an assumption that Safeway was higher.
We’re getting this one which sometimes comes as 6 boxes of 170 also. When I originally signed up, I think the price was $8 or so which was great.
That said, two years ago, I did do a comparison against Costco–in store–when my parents were here and bugging me, and I could not find anything except batteries which were the brands/versions I wanted. The only kleenax they had was the medicated kind. The toilet paper wasn’t the kind i wanted (If I recall a lot of fluffy toilet paper which the kids go through really fast not the thin-Scotts kind). The napkins were vanity fair style, not the grocery store style (though I could live with that), couldn’t find All free and clear (I can’t remember if it had the scent or the oxiclean). None of the toothpaste my kids or husband use, not the floss we use, no Scope mouthwash. I think even the Irish Spring was different from what my husband uses, no ivory soap. No apple shampoo. None of the paper towels were pick-a-size, but I could live with that too. Razors didn’t match our handles.
The only thing I could find that I would be happy buying was batteries, and we’ve gone to mostly rechargables. With kids, I can’t just change up the flavors/smells, so I need to have brand consistency.
Costco is a minefield for me. I don’t think I’m aspergers or autistic or anything, but I find it extremely overwhelming, more so now than when I was younger and had a membership for BJs which is similar. I find the sheer quantities of crap depressing now, and when I go with my parents, I inevitably buy things I don’t need. I’m very very concerned about the quantity of junk food my parents eat–everything comes in a 6 pack of extra large muffins/cake loafs. I don’t have a membership even though I have one maybe 3 miles from me. If I can get this stuff online, though, I could see doing that… So I will take a closer look at that. But I can’t let myself walk into a store.
One thing that hasn’t been discussed here–when I buy on Amazon, every purchase is targeted. I sit down and say “I need xyz, what is available?” When you walk into Costco, you can walk out with junk you never ever intended to buy or didn’t know existed.
There are very few stores that do this to me, but Costco is apparently one. Michaels and craft stores are another. Oddly enough Home Depot is not–I can walk into Home Depot and come out only with the things I need to do projects I’ve planned. At worst I toss some batteries into my cart that I’m not sure I need or grab a candy bar at checkout.
But Costco scares the heck out of me.