Anyone who knows me, knows I love all things Costco. When we became a family of 5 three years ago, we started doing our weekly grocery shopping exclusively shopping at Costco. Most weeks you will find me at the big rolling doors promptly when they open at 9:30 on Saturday (usually with three kids in tow). And as much as I enjoy strolling around that place while letting the kids go “sampling,” the thought of outsourcing this weekly ritual has crossed my mind more than once. So imagine my delight when Instacart announced they were finally coming to New Orleans and were partnering with Costco for home delivery service! I mean what more could I ask for?! I downloaded the app, logged in, and started preparing my weekly cart.
|Costco in Store||Instacart||Costco Delivery via costco.com|
|Ceaser Salad Kit (qty 2)||$6.98||$8.58||$8.78|
|Whole Organic Milk||$10.99||$13.49||$13.69|
|Kirkland Free Range Eggs||$6.49||$7.99||$8.09|
|Hillshire Farm Honey Ham||$9.69||$11.89||$12.09|
|La croix (qty 3)||$23.97||$29.37||$29.97|
|Organic Strawberry Spread||$6.99||$8.59||$8.69|
|Kirkland Peanut Better||$9.99||$12.19||$12.39|
|Palmolive (on sale)||$5.59||$7.39||$7.59|
|Kirkland Fabric Softener||$7.99||$9.79||$9.99|
|Kirkland Free and Clear Detergent||$13.99||$17.09||$17.39|
|Nuetragena Makeup Remover Wipes||$14.99||$18.29||$18.59|
|Subtotal (before taxes)||$169.59||$208.89||$212.50|
|Mark up ($)||$39.30||$42.91|
|Mark up (%)||23.17%||25.30%|
Sadly, after seeing the numbers, I don’t think I will be outsourcing the weekly grocery shopping to Instacart. However, it is good to know that in a pinch they can always bail me out.
Lindsay is a wife and mother to three girls, ages 7, 5 and 3. When she’s not working, she enjoys watching her kids play sports and swim in the pool.
Glad I’m not the only one frustrated with this. I know they’re probably trying to make up for the impulse purchases they will lose out on, but they’re missing the entire point of being a Costco member: wholesale prices!
They should leave the markups for customers who order directly from Instacart without a membership and give loyal customers who have forked out for a membership the actual store prices when ordering directly from the Costco website.
Thanks for writing this!! I think I may use it more during school year when time to go is limited… but not worth it yet! ?
It shows a lack of respect to their customers.
Thank you for the tid bid of info
Thank you for the tid bid of information! I had no idea as a member I had the option of not paying the service fee!