Earlier this month, Ron Lieber wrote an article in the New York Times comparing shopping at Costco to shopping on Amazon. As the online seller continues to expand its product offerings, you can now purchase many of the staples you would normally purchase at Costco or other warehouse stores with the click of your mouse. With Amazon’s Subscribe & Save service you can set up a regular recurring list of products that will automatically be delivered to your front door. So you never have to worry about running out of toilet paper and paper towels and you don’t have to wait in long lines to pay or have an SUV parked outside to haul all of these bulky items home.
Mr. Lieber put together his standard list of staples and purchased one batch from Amazon and compared that to what he would have payed at Costco. Overall, Amazon was 17 percent more expensive. But, Mr. Lieber reasoned that the time he saved buying online was worth the extra cost. Costco trips are not quick. One of the only downsides for Amazon, Mr. Lieber concluded, was the environmental waste that came with the shipping and all of the packaging.
So I started to think about this for myself and wondered whether I would give up my Costco experience to save time. I don’t think so. For me, Costco is an experience I love having. I love going to Costco and seeing the seasonal items, buying their rotisserie chicken, getting my eye glasses and contacts, and buying gift items. I’ve purchased so many high quality items like furniture that I would never have known about without making a trip to Costco. So, I don’t think I’ll be giving up my Costco membership anytime soon. What about you – Costco or Amazon?