There is one place we
can all go to witness what a rotting society looks like. The
decadence and gluttony of a culture that can never get enough, the
stupidity of herds and easily fooled masses, the unsanctioned
consumption and waste produced by their need to have more—all of it
is on display at your local Costco. The shopping carts crashing into
each other, the hoards swarming around tubs and containers of
condiments and big screen televisions, the greeters who check their
membership cards at the door to make them feel important, and the
endless line-ups that stretch for aisles are all hallmarks of an
institution that symbolizes the absolute and gluttonous decay of
If you disagree, you
must be one of the people who fell for the Costco ruse and paid money
to shop in a gross, over-packed warehouse that promises savings but
actually delivers none.
Few people who shop at
Costco ever do the math. If they did, they'd know they weren't really
saving anything. Unless you have nine children and seventeen uncles
living under one roof, you are not saving money at Coscto. Even so,
you're only saving on shit you don't really need in the first
place—like gallons of mayonaise, tubs of salad dressing, massive
potato sacks of pancake mix and so on. Nobody needs any of that
stuff. Furthermore, most people walk out of Costco with a bunch of
overpriced garbage that negates their savings.
On top of that, they
pay an annual membership fee between $60 and $120.
Through and through,
all around, Costco is ripping people off. The truth is, Costco
wouldn't be profitable if it didn't find ways to fuck people. The
fact that Costco makes more than $3 billion in revenues from
membership fees, on top of the gouging that happens there, is
alarming. They make you carry your groceries out in used boxes like a
peasant, they add a surcharge if you don't spend enough and they
don't accept credit cards. Most of the items in the store are
overpriced and marked up, but the masses are too stupid to notice
because they're enticed by cheap 152 billion litre bottles of ketchup
for $12.99. So, they put the ketchup in their carts, get further
mesmerized by the person offering free tasters, then buy what they
tasted in bulk for cheap—only to throw most of it out weeks later
when it goes bad.
The cycle repeats, but
people keep coming back, thinking they are saving money when they
walk out the doors with their carts full of shit they never intended
I've been through this
all before. I write from experience and recently had a blowout with
my wife over buying a membership. I went into Costco with an open
mind and left pissed off. Overall, as an avid Superstore shopper, I
found nothing worth my time or membership fee there. I saw a bunch
of garbage my family doesn't need and a bunch of stuff that only
offered savings in bulk, but would probably go bad in the
refrigerator, be thrown out, or get found in a cupboard ten years
Therein lies the scam
and the rapidly progressing rot of our civilization.
People piling on top of
each other, like animals, to buy shit they think they need. Costco's
meats are no cheaper than anywhere else, their Kirkland products are
sub-par and often more expensive than other in-house brands, and
their electronics aren't any more affordable than Best Buy—yet,
people keep coming back and Costco keeps ripping them off by drawing
them in with discounted garbage they don't need.
I can't figure out if
it's a cult, or some kind of mass delirium.
I had an open mind
because so many people have been doing it. There is a thing called
“wisdom of the crowd”, so I thought there must be something going
on at Costco that I was missing out on—otherwise, why would so many
people shop there.
We all saw what has
happened in the past few years. The unmentionable world crisis and
the economic destruction that has ensued should have clued me in.
People are dumb. They've never been smart and they've always been
brainwashed by the latest fads, trends and viral campaigns. They
bought their memberships for the same reason I did, but they allowed
their brainwashed relatives and friends to convince them that it was
worth it. It's the same kind of energy and pressure that turns people
into drug addicts.
The fealty of the
masses has never been more evident and clear than now, but Coscto has
been around a long time, which means this fealty was always there.
Before Costco, it was something else. It's not new and it's
definitely not a unique consequence of our current times. However,
for a moment before the latest global crisis, it looked like people
were waking up.
What's more frustrating
is the number of people who think they are “awake” but are still
dumb enough and asleep enough to think they are saving money at
Costco. These people don't belong to one specific religion or
The gluttonous and
mindless consumerism that drives the common Coscto shopper is a
byproduct of a civilization in its death throes. It's a society made up of
members that cannot think independently and that have allowed
themselves to be enslaved by corporate agendas and is doomed to fail. A
culture that teaches us to skip the math and to just follow the herd
is one that oozes with the stench of decay. Sadly, it's a very common
story that has played out several times throughout human history.
People have a lust and
desire for more things, but they have no idea why. Their ability and
wherewithal to notice their own faults has been erased by generations
of privilege, peace and prosperity. Costco feeds off their stupidity
and gullibility like a vulture. It draws them in like sheep and sends
them out on their inevitable trek to the slaughterhouse happy and
Costco embodies all
seven of the deadly sins.
The greed of the
corporation and the consumer. The gluttony and lust of
the people who need more things. The envy of the neighbours
who see each other's new and fancy things. The sloth of the
lazy, mindless consumers who have forfeited the effort required to
think critically about basic things. The pride of the people
who walk out with full carts and “savings” and the wrath
of those who angrily push and grab their way through the crowds.
To make it all worse,
when most Coscto customers finally have an epiphany about how they
haven't been saving and how Costco has been ripping them off for
years, they lie to themselves. To avoid feeling defeated and foolish,
they try to talk themselves into thinking it was somehow worth it. To
protect their egos, they tell themselves how that cheap hotdog they
had that one time, the bucket of peanut butter they saved on once and
how Costco has some real cool stuff, makes their annual membership
fees worth it. “Nah, I'm not an idiot. Costco has some good deals,
sometimes—once in a while—and they have stuff you can't find
The human ego is a
powerful thing. One noticeable staple of modern, western culture is
the lack of accountability and competence we have been seeing across
a wide spectrum of society. Nobody apologizes anymore and, when they
do, they don't really mean it. No one takes responsibility for their
mistakes because their egos are too fragile. We see this behaviour in
our leaders and we see it in the customer service clerks, mechanics,
teachers and healthcare professionals who serve us. We see it
everywhere and in everyone. Nothing is ever their fault.
Rather than sincerely
acknowledge and apologize for their errors, when most people realize
their mistakes, they scoff, sneer, deflect and dismiss anyone who
points them out. Reasonable debates and discussions have suffered as
a consequence. Look no further than Canada's prime minister for an
example, or down south at the last few presidents.
If this all sounds
overly dramatic, that's because it is. Most people live their lives
in a stupor, asleep behind the wheel and docile. Sometimes it takes a
little bit of drama to get their attention. In fact, sometimes it's
the only way to get their attention.
With that, I'll leave
you with some math on some things you might actually need.
Costco: $0.32 each
Walmart: $0.31 each
Lean ground beef
Costco: $9.90 per kg
Superstore: $8.80 per
Kirkland: $0.83 per
$0.67 per roll
Costco: $0.32 per 100
Superstore: $0.25 per
Now, divide the $60
annual fee across all those items and add it to the bill. Then add
the gasoline to drive there (don't tell me you really buy that poor
quality Costco gasoline that strains your engine and burns away
without giving you much mileage). Unless you're one of those moronic
apocalypse preppers, you aren't saving anything on the things you
actually need in your current day-to-day life at Costco. If you
think you'll be in a bomb shelter in a few years living off a
ten-year supply of pancake mix, maybe you saved a few cents, but you
should probably have guns, too—because there will be people coming
to take your shit when the apocalypse actually happens and they won't
be asking nicely. Stock up, morons! They may or may not thank you.