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  •  Apples and oranges (3+ / 0-)
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    wader, Catte Nappe, MrWebster

    Costco doesn't go where Walmart lives.  The better-off accept a higher premium for occasional bulk buys at Costco.  Walmart's customer base is less affluent, and shops there everyday.  That's not to say that Walmart isn't ripping off its workers, but Costco isn't comparison.  The regional supermarket is a better yardstick.

    •  Sure they do (2+ / 0-)
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      Tonedevil, ypochris

      Albuquerque, for instance, has three Costcos, three Sam's Clubs located very close to the Costcos (as in down the road or across the street), twelve WalMarts in various configurations (regular, super, and market), five Targets, at least one Whole Foods and Trader Joe's, at least two other regional supermarket chains, and any number of other retail options. In many cases it's possible to go to half a dozen stores for specific items without driving more than a few miles overall, especially in the NE section of town.

    •  Seems that way. (1+ / 0-)
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      I have never shopped at Walmart but the claim is lower quality at lower prices.  Costco is higher quality products at higher prices at least for the food.  I can't see Costco doing all the great in less affluent areas where people are living more or less paycheck to paycheck and by necessity must buy "piece meal".  I love Costco's pastrami, but not in two pound packs and about $3 more per pound then the rubber sold in the supermarket chains (well, I don't buy them either).

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