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Old 05-03-2012, 06:02 PM   #1
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Costco is doing a story on homebrewing and would like feedback from homebrewing members

http://www.costcoconnection.com/connection/201205#pg11

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Old 05-03-2012, 08:16 PM   #2
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Interesting, could be some nice free pub-licity! (sorry, that was terrible)

Good find, though, what is this Costco Connection thing?

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Old 05-03-2012, 08:26 PM   #3
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Maybe Costco is trying to get into the homebrew supplies game? Seems likely given this revelation. Maybe now I'll have a place to purchase a metric **** ton of Kirkland brand Marris Otter for $100.

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Old 05-03-2012, 08:31 PM   #4
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Maybe Costco is trying to get into the homebrew supplies game? Seems likely given this revelation. Maybe now I'll have a place to purchase a metric **** ton of Kirkland brand Marris Otter for $100.
That was my hope when I saw the magazine a few days ago, but then I thought they might only be offering a metric **** ton of Krikland brand pre-hopped LME, and then I got sad. A homebrew section would be a nice addition, even if you have to buy S-04 by the kilo.
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Old 05-03-2012, 08:41 PM   #5
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Costco Connection is a magazine that costco members get monthly. A complete waste of paper if you ask me, they go right into the recycle pile at my house. Cheap homebrew supplies at cost would be sweet though

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Old 05-03-2012, 08:48 PM   #6
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Costco Connection is a magazine that costco members get monthly. A complete waste of paper if you ask me, they go right into the recycle pile at my house.
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Cheap homebrew supplies at cost would be sweet though
CNBC just did a bit on them they have a 15% markup at most on items. They make a lot of their $ from the membership fees and "impulse buys"
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Old 05-03-2012, 08:53 PM   #7
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More than likely they're using it to collect data on whether or not it would be worth stocking homebrewing kits in their stores. Probably even tied in with Cooper's aquisition of Mr Beer. Looking to expand the market.

Bet you'll be seeing 5 gallon Cooper's equipment and ingredients kits in stores by Christmas. Or Just Mr beer starter kits.

But still if they see the market for it, you'll be seeing it in non member big box stores as well, like wal mart.

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I noticed Mr.beer kits at my local Academy Sports store last December. It won't surprise me if they start popping up everywhere...

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Old 05-03-2012, 09:03 PM   #9
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I'm not so willing to celebrate a big chain's entrance into this market. They enter the market, LHBS can't compete, closes down and then you have no one to chat with about beer when buying supplies. Not to mention only being able to buy the product(s) the store gets the best price/profit margin on. I know... I know... There is always the big internet guys, but I'd rather shop local & support independently owned stores -- even if it means paying a few extra bucks.

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I was just posting to another member here that our local feed/tack/farm supply store (4 or 5 stores) is expanding their home brew section, now instead of just the basics (mr. beer, extract kits, buckets, & carboys) they have DME, and specialty grains, yeast, and brewing accessories. And at prices that compare favorably to online prices. They may not have people that are knowledgeable on brewing, like a LHBS would, but at least they are close! I hate big box stores, but if Walmart were the only game in town, I'd bite my lip and go.

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