Secrets to save time and money at Costco: Look for the Asterisk and Prices that Do Not End in 99.
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If there’s an asterisk on a Costco price tag, that means the item can't restocked and what you see is the last in the store, reports Costco Insider. So, if your favorite seasonal product is marked with a star, it’s time to buy enough to last you till next year.
Costco’s prices have a secret language that super fans like Len Rapoport have decoded. If an item ends with 99 cents, it’s regularly priced merchandise — not a mega deal. Items ending with 97 cents have been marked down, meaning you’re probably getting more for your money. If you see a price tag ending in 88 cents or an even dollar, those are usually local markdowns by a manager trying to get rid of a product.