Costco is once again restricting how much you can buy when it comes to certain staples.
Early in the pandemic, shortages of some goods caused Costco to limit the amount shoppers could buy. Now, the warehouse giant is returning to the practice.
In a quarterly earnings call on September 23, Richard Galante, Costco’s chief financial officer, noted that Costco is “putting some limits on key elements.” These include:
- bath tissue
- Tissue paper
- Kirkland special water
- High demand cleaning supplies
Costco’s COVID-19 Updates web page also notes, “Some warehouses may have temporary material limits on select items.”
Neither Galanti nor Costco has specified the exact limits.
A combination of factors — from port delays and shortages of shipping containers to shipping delays and a shortage of truck drivers across the country — made it difficult to keep some items on store shelves, Galanti said.
A year ago, it was a shortage of merchandise that caused problems for Costco. But now the source of the problem is different, as Galante pointed out on the earnings call:
“Now they have a lot of goods, but there is a two or three week delay in their delivery because there is a limit to short-term changes to our trucking and delivery needs – suppliers.”
Even if you can’t get your favorite products in unlimited quantities, you can still get a good deal that lets you get more for your money at Costco.
Until September 26, if you purchase select $100 items from Procter & Gamble brands, you can get a free $25 Costco Gift Card. For more information, check out “How to Get a Free $25 Costco Gift Card This Week.”
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