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Costco is known for its bargains, but did you know it’s also a place where you can buy a luxurious steak?
The retail giant sells a number of items that you might not consider buying during your weekly shopping trip.
Of course, thereare some staples you should always buy in bulk at Costco, like bacon and laundry detergents.But there are also some surprisingly pricey items that may make sense to sweep up at Costco, too.
Here are seven things that Costco sells that you might not know about:
Most people probably don’t realize that Costco has an entire funeral category, selling coffins in most states. Beyond caskets, which cost between $949.99 and $2,999.99, the company also sells a variety of urns.
Costco’s coffins, sold in partnership with Universal Casket Co., are very well reviewed.
“This purchase took much pressure off the difficult time of dealing with Mom’s funeral,” reads a review of the solid five-star ratedMother Casket. “She would have loved it, and it was her wish to do this… Funeral costs are very high, and this product and the people we dealt with were caring and professional.”
2. African safaris
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Costco has a number of vacation packages to destinations such as the Dominican Republic, Hawaii, and Fiji, and even a safari in theSouth African Savanna.
Packages include airfare and hotels, with different locations offering different perks. A visit to the Alsol Tiara Cap Cana resort in the Dominican Republicincludes all meals, snacks, beverages, and minibar access for $509 a night. A trip through Lion World Travel includes a spa treatment, a wine tour, and sightseeing trips with prices starting at$4,699 for a weeklong trip.
3. Engagement rings
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If you’re shopping for an engagement ring at Costco, you can choose to spend a lot, with options costing up to $19,999.99. There are also rings on the less expensive side, such as onechoice that clocks in at$779.99.
Costco’s engagement-ring business found itself in hot water last year, when a judge ruled that the retail chainwillfully infringed on Tiffany & Co.’s trademarksby selling rings bearing the jewelry brand’s name.
4. Wagyu beef
Costco’s D’Artagnan Japanese Wagyu Boneless Ribeye Roast costs a whopping $1,499.99.
The product description reads:
The Kuroge breed cattle are humanely-raised on grass when young and then finished in the traditional Japanese fashion: with incremental amounts of grain that build on the breed’s natural propensity to exquisite and abundant marbling. A stress-free environment and massage for muscle stimulation are all part of the pampering that the cattle receive.
According to customers, the beef is worth the investment, with an average of 4.8 out of five stars.
“This is the best beef you will ever have,” reads one five-star review. “Price is steep but well worth it, just make sure you have a grill expert that can grill to perfection. No seasoning need – melts in your mouth.”
Costco has a booming auto business, selling465,000 vehicles through partnerships with auto dealers in 2015, a 16.8% increase from the previous year.
The retailer has one major perk that traditional car dealerships lack: fixed prices. That means customers can skip the bargaining and upselling that is expected at traditional auto dealers.
6. Trips to theme parks
You can find bargains on theme parks, including Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando, Disneyland, and other Disney-guided vacations through Costco. The deals typically combine park tickets with vacation necessities, such as rental cars and hotel rooms.
Costco also offers deals onDisney cruises.
Everyone knows that Costco has a food court, but few realize just how powerful a force the retailer is in the pizza business.
With 703 domestic locations, the vast majority of which have food courts, the retailer is the 14th largest pizza chain in the country. Costco is a bigger pizza chain than California Pizza Kitchen and nearly as big as CiCis – at least when it comes to sheer size.
This isn’t the only part of the food industry where Costco has a huge impact, though. The chain servesmore than four times as many hot dogsa year than all the Major League Baseball ballparks combined.