7 Things You Need to Know About Costco

Whether you’re a member or not, here’s what you should keep in mind.

 Shopping carts are collected outside a Costco store in Alhambra, California on June 2, 2013. Costco stores have been linked to a multi-state outbreak of hepatitis A infections with at least 30 cases nationwide may be linked to an organic antioxidant blend of frozen berries from Townsend Farms, with seven confirmed illnesses in California. The product has been removed from the shelves of Costco stores and customers who bought the product are being notified.
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Hot dog and soda is a winning combination. Costco sells 109 million hot dog and soda pop combinations worldwide per year at $1.50 for the combination of the two items. The details: Each hot dog is more than 1/4 pound and the hot dog and soda pop combination have been sold in all Costco locations since its founding in 1983.

The 72 million members of Costco attest to the popularity of the international wholesale store. Whatever you need, Costco aims to have it at good value – quality at the lowest price. Sometimes they carry special items for a certain period of time. "It creates what we call the treasure hunt," Elliott says.