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anyone doing business with costco??

    • 355 posts
    January 9, 2009 11:22 AM EST
    First, are you going to be selling your product through any other outlet, or directly to the customer
    ( retail).  Second, what is your base price.  Somewhere between your base price and retail you will assign a price to sell to Costco.  You might also want to consider a tiered pricing structure for Costco.  You also need to find out if Costco has a prise they are looking to sell your product at through their stores.

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    • 1 posts
    January 8, 2009 7:25 PM EST
    We just got a call from a buyer at Costco with interest in our product!!!  Can anyone give me some advice on doing business with the big boys??
    What markup do they ask for?
    what terms do they pay on?
    Anything else important??
    • 2 posts
    April 7, 2013 8:32 AM EDT

     

    We just got a call from a buyer at Costco with interest in our product!!!  Can anyone give me some advice on doing business with the big boys??
    What markup do they ask for?
    what terms do they pay on?
    Anything else important??

     Hi there would you be able to tell me how to contact costco any number or email Iam from Austalia would like to sell my new patented product

    thank you

    • 2 posts
    April 7, 2013 8:36 AM EDT

     

    Hi,
    If you are still interested in persuing business with Costco I may be able to help.  I have extensive experience conducting business with all 3 divisions of Costco including international. 
     
    Drop me a note and let me know how I can help.
     
    You can also visit my website at www.tlbconsulting.com  or my blog at www.sell2costco.blogspot.com .
     
    Tim
    TimothyB7/28/2009 7:06 PM

     Good day Tim Iam looking for some one to get into costco I reside in Australia and have a patent applied in the US what am I looking here to get into please help

    thank you

    • 7 posts
    February 3, 2009 9:23 AM EST
    Costco is a great company.  You will need to make sure you have the ability to manage your inventory as Costco buys on multiple levels so you will need to forecast accordingly.  Most of the time you are dealing with an in and out item.  You need to have your margins set.  I obviously do not know your wholesale selling price but the markup from Costco`s standpoint is based on an equation which is primarily based cost and what the buyer feels the product will move at.  Usually you can bet safe that there will be a markup of at least a 65 - 75 up again, depending on what the product is.  Costco pays pretty well at around net 35 - 45 days which is usual in this business.  If they are bringing the product in as a 30 day test then they will most likely pay net 65 on the test and if the pull through numbers come in apprppriately they will bring it in slowly as an in and out item and pay net 45.

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    • 2 posts
    September 2, 2010 8:28 AM EDT

     

    We just got a call from a buyer at Costco with interest in our product!!!  Can anyone give me some advice on doing business with the big boys??
    What markup do they ask for?
    what terms do they pay on?
    Anything else important??

     i would like to get into costco/ sams with my products.  i am a one man band and i invest my products.  maybe we can partner up if you are doing business and have a track record.  can we talk? 951-522-0822. thanks , Tom

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    September 2, 2010 8:31 AM EDT

     

    We just got a call from a buyer at Costco with interest in our product!!!  Can anyone give me some advice on doing business with the big boys??
    What markup do they ask for?
    what terms do they pay on?
    Anything else important??

     Randa,

    i would like to get into costco/ sams with my products.  i am a one man band and i invest my products.  maybe we can partner up if you are doing business and have a track record.  can we talk? 951-522-0822. thanks , Tom