Free Costco delivery
A Man With a Truck Brings Costco to You
This free Costco delivery service might be the solution for Manhattanites who want to shop at Costco but can't figure out how to get those 20-pound bags of frozen chicken quarters home, or the packages of paper goods you need for the office kitchen. The New York Times tells the story of an entrepreneur with a website and a truck who will take your order electronically, forward it on to the only Costco store on the island, pick up the goods, and deliver to your apartment (attendant necessary) or business.
You don't need to join the ranks of Costco members and you don't pay a delivery fee, but you do split your savings with the delivery service. Savings are determined by comparing the Costco price with the competition, although we're not sure who the competition might be.
Still, this seems like a win-win to us. A creative guy gets to run his own business (it's growing, he says), and you do your shopping in the comfort of your home or office. He makes money and you save money. And, of course, Costco benefits, too.
"It almost sounds too good to be true: Getting the savings of shopping at Costco, without the hassle of getting to the store. Yet Michael Eberstadt says he's for real, and that's just what he offers to Manhattanites on his Web site, MonsterSavings.com.
Two weeks ago in his Your Money column, Ron Lieber compared Costco with Amazon.com's "subscribe and save" discount service, which gives customers lower prices for regular deliveries of nonperishables like toilet paper and paper towels..."