4 Costco Items That Have Remained Cheap for Years
What inflation? Costco has kept its prices low on many popular items for years on end, particularly its food items. So if you’re looking for a bargain, look no further than these four Costco items that have remained cheap for years.
Kirkland Signature Seasoned Rotisserie Chicken
Costco’s rotisserie chicken has cost $4.99 for a dozen years, Mashed reported. Costco chief financial officer Richard Galanti told The Seattle Times in 2015 that the warehouse club sells its chicken at a loss to keep customers coming through the door.
“When others were raising their chicken prices from $4.99 to $5.99, we were willing to eat, if you will, $30 to $40 million a year in gross margin by keeping it at $4.99,” Galanti said at the time. “That’s what we do for a living.”
Hot Dog & Soda Combo Meal
Costco’s classic hot dog and soda combo meal costs just $1.50 — the same price it was 30 years ago, Pop Sugar reported. And it’s likely to remain that way for the foreseeable future, as long as co-founder Jim Sinegal has a say. Costco CEO Craig Jelinek shared the following anecdote during a 2018 Issaquah Chamber of Commerce luncheon: “I came to [Jim Sinegal] once and I said, ‘Jim, we can’t sell this hot dog for a buck fifty. We are losing our rear ends.’ And he said, ‘If you raise the effing hot dog, I will kill you. Figure it out,'” he said, according to 425Business. “That’s all I really needed. By the way, if you raised [the price] to $1.75, it would not be that big of a deal. People would still buy. But it’s the mindset that when you think of Costco, you think of the $1.50 hot dog.”
Kirkland Signature Pumpkin Pie
For years, Costco sold its giant pumpkin pie for $5.99, but in 2021, the price was raised by $1, People reported. Still, $6.99 is an excellent price for a 58-ounce, 12-inch pie. Costco typically sells 6 million of the seasonal favorite dessert each year.
The pizza sold at the food court has remained a very affordable option over the years. You can get a massive slice for $1.99 or an entire 18-inch pizza for just $9.95. And the price is the same whether or not you get toppings.