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Costco Speed Run + Absurd Limit Sign Rant

Did a speed run on Costco over lunch today. In and out in under 15 minutes. Pretty proud of that.

There is nothing like a visit to Costco, especially during a pandemic, to make you lose faith in your fellow man. So many nose-out masks. So little distancing. BUT there weren’t wild children frolicking through the aisles diving in front of my cart like a confused deer... so at least there is that.

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So lets talk about purchasing limits.

I support them and, in general, I think they’re a good thing.

However

I do not agree with the way Costco implements them. Specifically, twice I’ve gone to checkout with too many “limited” items and I had no idea.

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The first time I thought it was a fluke and I just missed the sign.

The second time I was like “Ok really there was no sign.” I’m not usually one to make a fuss... in fact I spend a fair amount of time and energy to make sure I don’t. So being called out for being over a limit twice in a row kinda triggered me.

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I made a very small fuss.

Basically I just asked if there was a sign, because I didn’t see one. The checker said there was. I asked her to send someone to check at some point because I was pretty sure it must have fallen down or something.

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I tried to make it clear I wasn’t trying to bypass the limit, I just wanted to make sure there was a sign so others wouldn’t also be surprised.

A manager happened to be in the next register, overheard, and came over. I reiterated that I didn’t mind being limited, only that I really didn’t see a sign and I specifically looked for one.

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Luckily she knew what was up and responded with “Oh yeah it is printed on the price sign and is super tiny. It is dumb, I’m sorry.” and that was that.

Ok... dumb but fair enough.

So this time I look really hard and sure enough....

Illustration for article titled Costco Speed Run + Absurd Limit Sign Rant
Photo: Akio
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You see it? Nah me neither.

ENHANCE

Illustration for article titled Costco Speed Run + Absurd Limit Sign Rant
Photo: Akio
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Hmmm still not seeing it....

ENHANCE

Illustration for article titled Costco Speed Run + Absurd Limit Sign Rant
Photo: Akio
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Uhhh... wait maybe?

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Illustration for article titled Costco Speed Run + Absurd Limit Sign Rant
Photo: Akio
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Oh OK. There it is. In squintovision.

Literally smaller than the price per square foot number.

I actually had to stand on the palette to get this picture.
I actually had to stand on the palette to get this picture.
Photo: Akio
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Seriously? Be better Costco.

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