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Lifestyles: Costco Unique Items

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Costco is known as a store that sells the majority of its items in bulk.

In this week's Lifestyles Report, Beartooth NBC's Drew Steele found some very unique luxury items also available through the chain.

Costco Employee’s say, "I am still blown away by the items that we have.  I'm surprised everyday actually that I come in here there's always something new.  I was really surprised at the selection and the quality.  I knew we did big products but not million dollar diamonds, not wedding dresses or coffin cases."

Before we get ahead of ourselves on what these employees are talking about, first we have to enter into the world of Costco.

Daniel Manibusan Costco Asst. General Manager, says, "Costco started in 1983 with Jim Senegal.  One of the stories that really intrigued me was the fact that it actually started in a coffee shop I believe in Seattle."

From there, the idea took off to 600 stores globally.

Erika Kostal Costco General Manager, says, "We needed not only a niche, but we also needed to give the value."

And that niche is bulk items which Costco managers Erika Kostal and Daniel Manibusan say come at competitive prices.

Kostal says, "You can have a coffin expedited to your home in less than 72 hours if you order by 11:00 am at costco.com which seems a little odd but again we're looking for the best value."

Coffins aren't the only items available online either.  Type in wedding dresses and a catalog full of them appears.  Looking for that perfect engagement ring, Costco has that too.

Even modern art is available, but you'll have to wait because they're all sold out.  Kostal says all of these big name items are available to remain competitive in the product market place.

Kostal says besides art, one of the highest priced items sold was a 24 karat gold ring, purchased for $300,000 in Chicago.


Story by Drew Steele, Beartooth NBC.
Copyright ©2012 Beartooth Communications Company. All Rights Reserved.

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