2017 Costco Thread


#101

There used to be a huge selection of cereal at the Neihu Branch, but last I looked it was down to Corn Flakes and one other I forget the name of. What happened to Cheerios and all the others?


#102

They come and go. The oat-based ones (Cheerios at Costco, and Oatmeal Squares at our local super) disappeared right after the
glyphosate tests came up positive.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/carey-gillam/fda-tests-confirm-oatmeal_b_12252824.html

My guess is that GM, unable to source agrochemical-free oats in sufficient quantity, had to stop shipping to countries that have strict rules on this. Just a guess.


#103

For what it’s worth these days I buy most of my breakfast cereal from iHerb. Cereal’s one of the few items for which selection has gotten worse here in recent years, and even with shipping costs iHerb often turns out cheaper than local supermarkets, if the item exists here at all.

I guess this may be why I recently couldn’t find steel-cut oats here (which I also wound up ordering from iHerb).


#104

The Costco gas station opened last week in Zhongli! Haven’t had a chance to try yet, but received a text from them yesterday saying that it is self-serve and you can only use the partner CC (Cathay). Also, you will get 3% back from gas purchases.

“Costco中壢店加油站盛大開幕,全自助加油僅接受Costco聯名卡,站內加油3%多利金回饋,詳官網謹慎理財信用無價循環利率6.75~15%”


#105

I was shopping at the Neihu Costco today, and a Cathay Bank rep approached me to see if I want to apply for a credit card. I applied, but am skeptical if it will actually go through. Still, it was surprising to have the bank rep seek me out instead of avoid eye contact!
I applied a few years ago and was rejected on the basis of being a foreigner without a Taiwanese guarantor. I would never ask anyone to sign for me, and I was able to find another card with China Trust.
I would like the Costco credit card. Anyone have this card yet?


#106

If you had the Chinatrust Costco card, Cathay was supposed to take you in, foreign or not.

I have had the Costco credit card for years, and it has been quite beneficial, for instance, no year membership to pay due to points accumulated.

After you get Costco card from Cathay, you can ask for Asia Miles or Sogo or any cobranded card that best suits your needs.


#107

I have Chinatrust, but not Chinatrust costco. Let see if they approve me…


#108

I’ve had one for 3 years now, last year they upgraded me to the platinum card, guess I was profitable enough.

Originally I applied for Cathay’s Sogo mall card and was turned down like you said, a foreigner with no guarantor. I leaned on Sogo mall for help to no avail. Applied for the new Costco card when it came out and was rejected again but the saleslady at the branch called and gave them what for and it was approved.

From the stories I read, a lot of people that were rejected complained to Costco and the rule was changed. And to be honest, from a risk prospective, I would think Costco members would be a good risk, these are people willing to pay money to shop at a store that really isn’t that cheap.


#109

See if you can remind them of that. Like saying: I already have credit history, check my performance with Chinatrust.


#110

I did tell them about that. They said this should help.


#111

Couple of new things I saw at neihu Costco today

Asashi sakura clear beer (English said beer, might be soju)

Budweiser beer (cheap American beer,)

Ford focus and Ford fiesta cars (845000 and 643000)


#112

I was approached late last year while I was waiting for a friend. I told the sales lady I thought they didn’t offer them to foreigners. If I remember correctly, she said as long as I had a job for 2 years it would be no problem. So I signed up and got approved. I mainly got it to use at the new Costco gas station here in Zhongli.


#113

Where is the vegemite???


#114

Collecting in the toes of those forgotten damp mouldy-assed runners that have been sitting in the back of your closet for a year and a half…


#115

Jason’s.

EDIT:
At Jason’s Q Suare there was a lone Vegemite jar… by the cleaning products.


#116

Hopefully nowhere on this island. That stuff is awful.


#117

Mmm, always love to start my day with a yeast infection in my mouth!


#118

Went to the Costco gas station last night. Self serve and the 95 octane was 3 NT cheaper than CPC at 22.3 NT/L. Plus, I’ll be getting the 3% back in points redeemable at Costco. :happyrunningaround:


#119

For what it’s worth, at the Beitou / Guandu Costco today…

  • none of the Costco/Kirkland beer cases.
  • none of the good (Kirkland?) bacon.
  • no goat cheese.
  • no Tillamook pepper jack cheese.

But I still managed to get salad greens (maybe the only place for mixed greens in the northern part of Taipei these days?), coffee beans, maple syrup, and a block of Ford Farms’ “Coastal Rugged Mature English Cheddar”, so the trip wasn’t a waste. But man, I gave up beer for Lent, and I was looking forward to bringing home one of those Costco cases.

They’re still stocking the torta rolls as well, usually near the bagels. I like those for sandwiches.


#120

I noticed the past few weeks that supply was dwindling at the Zhongli store. Couple of days ago, they were all out. Since that was the winter pack, I’m hoping they were just getting rid of them for the summer brews coming back. Fingers crossed.