Despite Costco employees’ overall satisfaction on the job and extreme loyalty to the brand, both current and former Costco staff do have some suggestions on what not to buy from the wholesale warehouse club. Here’s a list of things to skip on your next Costco run, according to the people who probably know best.
This might seem like a no-brainer, but Costco workers all seem to consistently remark that buying fruit at the famous warehouse store is risky. Most say it has nothing to do with the quality of the items, but more about the fact that it’s usually impossible to eat all of it before it goes bad.
Aside from the principle that it might not be smart to buy a perishable item in bulk, one long-time Costco produce department employee admitted in a Reddit thread that there are overall issues with the store’s produce. The user revealed:
“Mid level management and store managers know very little about handling produce in general and most just don’t care because it is physically hard to do.”
When Business Insider spoke to Costco employees about what they avoid buying in the store, the answers varied — one worker was adamant that customers steer clear of the mayo.
The folks at Eat This, Not That! seem to agree with the Costco worker, arguing that buying condiments like mayonnaise in bulk, especially for a family, isn’t wise. The site reports:
“Your favorite condiments like ketchup, mayo, and mustard tend to be loaded with sugar, salt, and other preservatives. Despite this, they can still go bad.”
Nobody wants a rep as the neighborhood mayo hoarder, so props to Costco workers for keeping customers in check.
Watch the video to see what workers revealed that you should absolutely never buy at Costco.
Produce | 0:18
Mayonnaise | 0:52
Tires | 1:28
Kirkland Signature Chicken Bake | 2:09
Electronics | 2:52
Grey Goose vodka | 3:39
Linens | 4:27
Vacations | 5:07