I have noticed a trend of less and less American goods being sold at Costco. They are slimming down to Taiwanese tastes and buying trends, which makes sense. However, it makes Costco no different than Carrefour, City Super, Jasons or Wellcome in regards to inventory. They just sell the same stuff but in bulk quantities.
What made Costco unique in my mind was the ability to find the same things you would find at a Costco in the USA.
One small example are their muffins. 10 years ago they had the complete variety: blueberry, apple cinnamon, banana, chocolate, poppy seed, maple and banana nut. Now, they only have blueberry and banana nut.
Another example are their cereals. 10 years ago they had Cheerios, Honey Nut Cheerios, Multi Grain Cheerios, Apple Cheerios, different varieties of Chex, Corn Flakes, Raisin Bran, Frosted Flakes and Honey Oh’s. Now they only carry the same cereals you can find in any Taiwanese grocery store, namely Frosted Flakes.
I also miss the Quaker Instant Oatmeal Packs. The ones that had maple and brown sugar packs, apple cinnamon, etc. Now they don’t sell it at all.
My point being that Costco no longer has “variety” and what they do have is not that unique. Bringing in Japanese and Korean products may be great for Taiwanese who love that stuff, but there are already stores in Taiwan that offer those things. Costco is becoming less and less American here and more and more regional in their offerings.