What does Costco do with returned cameras?

Discussion in 'Digital Cameras' started by Jerry Nash, Nov 4, 2003.

  1. Jerry Nash

    Jerry Nash Guest

    Does anyone know what Costco does with cameras that are returned
    to them via Costco's quite liberal return policies?
    Jerry Nash, Nov 4, 2003
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    Tony Spadaro Guest

    If they are like Wal-Mart they put them back on the shelf for the next
    Tony Spadaro, Nov 4, 2003
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    Mike Guest

    That's why I sometimes tuck in a small note that says, "This camera was
    returned because <insert reason here>. If you bought this camera as new, you
    really should complain!"
    Mike, Nov 4, 2003
  4. Jerry Nash

    DS Guest

    Ran into someone at a wedding a couple of years ago who operated a
    liquidation company here in the Seattle area, dealing in just this sort of
    thing. Believe that he said that most, if not all of his merchandise was
    Costo "returns,"
    and included everything from soup to nuts.
    DS, Nov 4, 2003
  5. Jerry Nash

    Tony Spadaro Guest

    I have bought three items from Wal Mart over the years
    1) A portable generator that had the first sales ticket inside the box.
    It was missing parts.
    2) A lamp that comes with a B base bulb - the bulb was not in it, and the
    tines of the plug were bent. Close examination showed that the bottom of the
    box had been taped back together
    3) A jacket I needed because I went to northern Michigan in October
    wearing and packing only short sleeve shirts. The jacket was dark blue and
    obviously never had been worn before. By the time we got back from Michigan
    the seat of my car was dark blue also, as were my arms below the level of my
    short sleeve shirt. I was stuck with that item as I couldn't find the
    reciept and have no idea if an NC Wally World would accept the return. Two
    washings gave me a light bluue faded jacket that doesn't turn my car blue.
    The other two items got returned and I'm certain went directly back out to
    be sold a third (or greater) time. The policy at crap stores like Wal-Mart
    is to keep selling it until it doesn't come back. It works because people
    are too lazy to call them to task for their nasty practices.
    I wonder how many idiots complain about American job loses then buy all
    their stuff at Wal-Mart -- aka The China Trading Company? How many people
    complain about the quality of consumer goods but don't return the shoddy
    products? Wal-Mart is the store they deserve, and probably the one their
    children will end up working for -- unless they completely replace all the
    legal staff with illegals they can pay less than minimum wage.
    Tony Spadaro, Nov 5, 2003
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    Doc Guest

    That's really surprising to hear. I shop there all the time, have been for
    years and hardly ever have a problem with anything I buy there. When I do,
    they're very apologetic and helful with exchange or refund.

    K-Mart now, that's another story. Even before the bankruptcy- real junk,
    really bad help, stores run down. And their spokespiggy Rosie

    Doc, Nov 5, 2003
  7. Jerry Nash

    zeitgeist Guest

    There are a couple of large discount outlets in our area, and one remarkably
    is across the street from the first location of Costco in our town (before
    they moved to a bigger place a few blocks away.

    These stores are filled with mostly costco items, obvious Kirkland labels.
    And what it strange is that while there are generally bargains, especially
    on the clothes, sometimes you see stuff that is priced at or above what
    costco sold them. I bought some Sketchers there for $19.95 and later saw
    them at costco for 17.

    But they have a whole section of computers and cameras and I'll bet that
    most came from across the street.

    Keep in mind that a lot of folks make a habit of buying something to use at
    a particularly big occasion and then return it, ask anybody who works in a
    TV shop about the day after superbowl. Quite often a camera is purchased
    to shoot a wedding, though thats supposed to be more about video.
    zeitgeist, Nov 5, 2003
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    Tony Spadaro Guest

    I'm shy.
    Tony Spadaro, Nov 5, 2003
  9. Jerry Nash

    yep Guest

    If they are like Wal-Mart they put them back on the shelf for the next
    Happened to me with a PS1 LCD screen I bought. Screen was all
    dirty/scratched and had different pieces of food stuck to it. They
    exchanged it right away and apologized, but I wonder if next time I
    purchase a product that was returned for a defect that is not obvious.

    To their defense however, I have purchased other very obvious returns
    from other retailers too. So they are all guilty of the same thing.

    I just bought a Canon A80 they other day at a camera store and I
    insisted on an 'unopened and sealed package'. The moment I left the
    shop I opened it up to make sure.
    yep, Nov 6, 2003
  10. Jerry Nash

    Jerry Nash Guest

    I agree completely with your Target and WalMart comparison. Everytime I go
    into Walmart my blood pressure doubles and it's a completely frustrating
    experience. Going into Target is, by far, more rewarding and less stressful.
    A price comparison on items I purchase show there is no difference in savings
    between WalMart and Target.
    Jerry Nash, Nov 10, 2003
  11. Jerry Nash

    DS Guest

    Target, at least here in Lynnwood WA, is akin to a shopping excursion in the
    third world.

    Can't even imagine how we would find a trip to WallMart.

    DS, Nov 11, 2003
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