It's hard to start walking around a Costco store without noticing something you never thought you would see there. It could be a $1,300 casket or the $3,000 four-person outdoor steam sauna, or something completely different. We wondered what other bargains on unexpected items are open to Costco members -- and how the prices compare with other sellers. Sometimes the savings were in the hundreds of dollars.
Costco offers mattresses, bed frames, sheets, and anything else needed for a good night's sleep, including a Tempur-Pedic Supreme King Mattress Set for $2,300. The same unit at Sleep Train goes for $3,099.
Diamond rings at Costco start at $380 and go up to almost $20,000. To give an example of how a warehouse store engagement ring compares, consider a diamond platinum ring for $2,000 at Costco. It outdazzles a similar ring from jewelry specialist Zales that would set the proposer back $2,249.
A HOME GUN SAFE
The 435-pound Bighorn Classic keeps up to 24 rifles locked up safe (including from fire for up to a half-hour) and sells for $800 at Costco. The price for a similar safe from the same company is $918 at Home Depot.
Picking up a 12-foot, two person Emotion Spitfire kayak with storage and padded seats and backrests costs $490 at Costco. The Spitfire is $550 at both Cabela's and Dick's Sporting Goods.
If shopping leaves you feeling like you just want to bang on a drum all day, the Hitman Drum-1 electronic drum kit sells for $280 at Costco. At Maxstrata, the same item has sold for $317.
Chickens will be happy to cooped up in a weatherproofed, two-story Trixie model with a pull-out plastic tray for fast and easy cleaning -- a handsome egg factory kit that costs $210 at Costco but anywhere from $229 to $260 from Hayneedle, Wayfair, or Petco.
A Chelsea 30-inch Swivel Barstool is $180 at Costco, while the regular price for a similar stool by the same maker is $430 at a mainstream furniture website such as Wayfair.
Swimsuit season beckons, and there's a "cookie diet" to help get ready. At Costco, Smart For Life 14-day Oatmeal Raisin Smart Cookie Squares -- the maker says they are formulated to act as a natural appetite suppressant -- cost $65. At Walgreens, the package costs $90, but that's the way the diet cookie crumbles.