Great news for Costco lovers…especially those who live further away from the warehouses. The retail giant has announced that members can shop its insanely large catalogue online.

While retail stores are closing its doors all across Australia, Costco is strengthening its Aussie footprint and giving its members the chance to shop from the comfort of their homes, starting this week.

Costco has admitted that it has taken a beating from the recent natural disasters of the bushfires and drought, as well as coronavirus. But Costco Australia managing director Patrick Noone spoke to 9News saying:

“We had a really good Christmas season and there’s a lot of confidence in the market coming back.”

“I think the business underlying is very strong but there are a couple of little speedbumps in the way right now. I think the next few months will get better,” said Mr Noone.

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While it seems that the announcement that German retail mammoth Kaufland would be withdrawing from Australia would be a cause of celebration for Costco, Mr Noone said their departure mattered little to Costco.

In fact, Mr Noone said that he actually welcomed the competition and that it makes “us all faster and stronger.”

We’re sure a few discreet champagne bottles were popped despite what they are publically saying.

Selected Online Items Available

But before you rush off to try buy the 1000-pack of toilet paper and various other Costco specialties, the retail store has said that not everything in the warehouse would be available online.

The initial offering would be limited to furniture, household appliances, whitegoods, electronics, toys, sporting goods, jewellery, watches, clothing and accessories, some grocery supplies and alcohol. And yes, toilet papers is for sale online.

What About Delivery?

In another first, the delivery fee will be bundled in with the product price so that the online price is also the total price.

Shipping of larger items will be limited to capital cities, while smaller products can wing itself to anywhere throughout Australia.

Strictly For Members

But, only members will be able to take advantage of the new online feature and you will need a $60 membership card to buy online, as well as in-store.

However, the good news is that you can register for a membership online and use your member number to shop online. To collect your card, you will need to go into a Costco Warehouse but you don’t need the card to shop online.

In addition, if you are already a Costco member, you need to go to their website to register for an online account, which is free for existing members.

Retailers such as Harvey Norman and JB Hifi will certainly be watching the new entrant into the online market carefully.

Costco said that new products will be added on a daily basis and prices will be constantly checked to ensure they are beating their competitors.

Have you ever shopped at Costo? Are you excited about this news? Tell us in the comments below.

  • This is great news as it will make it easier to compare prices

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  • I went once before and couldn’t really understand the hype- they didn’t seem that much cheaper.

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  • I’ve still never visited a Costco store. I’m overwhelmed by all of the stories I hear of all of the things to buy. I shop enough as it is, so am trying to avoid temptation. I don’t know if I’ll look online or not, but will try not to.

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  • I don’t really like Costco and I don’t really like online shopping for my groceries.

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  • We live almost 3 hours away so not a member and have never shopped there

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  • We love Costco. And while this is exciting news, I much prefer to go in for a few hours and browse and take my time shopping.

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  • I personally don’t like Costco. I had a membership for a year and found I didn’t use it. Found that if you can watch out for specials you can pretty much get things the same price. Also I don’t have over flowing space at home so I don’t need bulk goods

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  • I’ve never been there but my brother and sister in law shop there when they can. They said it’s amazing

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  • I love costco but I can only go when I go to Melbourne. I live in
    tassie and even thought about taking a car over and filling it up with the bargins

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  • At first it seems liked an amazing shop! But honestly unless you want or need in bulk.. there’s not much “saving” really happening

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  • Well.. Now it’s not so great… Very few items… None of the perishables,deli and most of the groceries are not online… There are few things I regularly buy from costco and none of them are online… So if I get them online for store pickup.. Will be super happy… Now not at all helpful… Fingers crossed for future…

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  • Wish I could see some product prices before actually purchasing membership. I understand across a lot of products it is cheaper, but that’s typically compared to a normal chain store. At times you can find cheaper through wholesalers, which I do, especially once you consider shipping costs too.

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  • Sounds like a good idea. I have a friend who is a member and she swears by it! Always getting good bargains and cheap bulk food.


    • I love Costco for bulk products too such; toilet paper, cleaning products and staple items.
      We make savings and all it takes is being organised and having a little storage for products.

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  • I’m not a Costco shopper/lover.

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  • I enjoy shopping at Costco and will continue to shop there in person.
    I prefer to see products in person instead of online.
    Walking around Costco is good exercise too!

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