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Costco is always an experience in Mexico

Saturday, March 09, 2013

One thing for sure I know after 8 years in Mexico is that one can never count on anything. Things are always subject to change. The might be open...but maybe not......but for sure one can never depend on the same products being sold at the same place. So one must never get attached to a particular product or service or restaurant or whatever! I went with my list to Costco thinking I could pick up some of the things I have come to like. I got some things on my list but some of the products that I have come to like were not available. Oh well, so be it. It teaches you to be creative and think outside the box. If nothing else it makes you constantly use your brain to think of substitutes. The good news is that nothing is ever critical. I know for sure though that Americans would never put up with such inventory dispersions all the time. People in America want to go in and get what is on their list and then get going. Down here it seems like such an experience to try and find what you want.
Oh well it keeps you young using your brain.
Hope all my sparks buddies had a great day and that your week end is going just great.
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  • GINA180847
    That fact of life (discontinued products) is something we deal with in Canada as well as in Mexico.
    1871 days ago
  • LIS193
    Life in Mexico is an adventure! Our nearest Costco in 1-1/2 hour north of here in Hermesillo but we do have a Sams and Walmart in Guaymas, about 15 minutes from here. They are nothing like what are used to in the U.S. but still a huge I step up from the local Walmart-look-a-like stores. like Ley's and Soriana or even Woolworth.
    The merchandise is not consistent, when you find something you like, stock up because it may never be back again :)

    1871 days ago
    Haha Sallie. I'm always running across products I like then they disappear. Quite often happens at Costco and Trader Joes. So goes the world of marketing. Have a great day. BTW, have you ever tried a special neck pillow?
    1871 days ago
    emoticon you turned a negative into a positive! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1871 days ago
    Great approach to life!
    1871 days ago
    I make a list from 4 supermarkets and go to each
    one and shop for the specials. We don't have a costco
    here - yet. It must be frustrating not to be able to get
    what you need though. Gives you a chance to use what
    you have and think of new menus to make.
    1871 days ago
    Costco - for me in SE Michigan - was the same way though. I would find a product we liked and the next time I went back it was gone. At some point in the future Costco might have it again, or maybe not. It was a little bit frustrating because sometimes the brand was not carried in any of the regular stores. But you are right, that would never happen in a regular store and if something did run out there would be rain checks and promises of when it would be restocked.

    Here in France it is the same way as you experience, to a degree. Sometimes the item is in the store, sometimes could be months or never before it appears again and there is no point in getting upset because that's not going to change.
    1871 days ago
    Well at least it keeps you on your toes and keeps "food monotony" at bay emoticon

    But when you crave something and can't get it it's not so much fun LOL
    1871 days ago
    I hear that from MIRAGE727 when he goes and can't find some of our fave items! We feel your pain!

    1871 days ago
    Love how you have turned it in to a positive!
    1871 days ago
  • BERRY4
    The one thing I've been missing is the organic ground flaxseeds. It was so nice to have to add in whenever I cooked, baked, or w/ my oatmeal. I've been chasing it down at COSTCO only to discover that it is discontinued.
    1871 days ago
    It is a great adventure when you have to improvise I shop our regular stores less and less. I go to the out of the way and discount stores to save money. One has some great gourmet items for really great prices. I know I cannot go back and find the same next week. I am in the habit of purchasing fresh and seasonal at our local farmers market. These places help me eat better foods and saves me money
    1871 days ago
    I love shopping at our 99 cents stores here and you never know what they will have, if you see something you like you better get it right then cause it might be sold out the next day
    1871 days ago
    Our Costco is always moving things around and/or discontinuing things too. I used to get my stick cinnamon there, but now they don't have it anymore. That's life in the big city I guess. Oh, I used to love the Wyman blueberries too!

    1871 days ago
    I'm sure life is more of an adventure when you live in Mexico. Sometimes that adventure is exciting; some other times, not so much. I lived in India for 2 years, so know a bit about living where you can't get things and needing to substitute. Hoping all your substitutes work well! Take care, Sallie!! -Marsha
    1872 days ago
    Well, you've got a good, positive, proactive attitude, Sallie! If it's any consolation, they're always MOVING items in our Costco - sometimes, from one side of the store to the other! Also, they discontinued the four-pound bag (or ANY bag, for that matter) of those wonderful frozen Wyman wild blueberries they used to have - a real loss for me, although I can get the three-pounder at a local grocery. It's always something with them, I guess...
    1872 days ago
    Wishing you a great week-end as well; patience is a virtue or so it is said; seems like living in Mexico leads to a virtuous life. emoticon
    1872 days ago
    That's a great way of looking at it- it forces you to be a flexible thinker and to be creative!
    1872 days ago
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