It’s worth shopping around online for stores that offer savings on bulk purchases.
There are plenty of online stores that offer significant savings when you buy in bulk. These vendors are often very specialised and focus on certain products or brands, though the entire point of bulk buying is that the cost of an individual item can sometimes be reduced, depending on how many of them you buy at the one time. Any reputable online store will accept Mastercard or VISA for payment and PayPal is almost as common. They also deliver right to your door.
Online butchers are a great example of online buying that can offer great value for money. You can select from all of the usual cuts of meat in portion sizes that range from huge to gargantuan. We’re not exaggerating when we use the term “bulk buy” here! You’ll need some serious fridge and freezer space to store a meet tray from an online butcher, so you might want to do some measuring before you buy a side of a cow. There’s no shortage of online butchers available, so shop around. It only takes a few clicks. Most importantly, the first thing you need to do is check that they deliver to your area.
When it comes to buying in bulk, Costco’s gigantic wholesale warehouses sell a staggering variety of products. You can find pretty much everything you could ever need here and often at big discounts. They even sell holidays and also offer services such as eye and hearing tests or putting new tyres on your car. Their pricing is generally cheaper than the major Australian supermarkets but you’ll need to be prepared to buy in bulk to make a visit worth your time. The greater the quantity you buy, the better your savings. And yes, they do sell giant tubs of Vegemite!
One thing about Costco is that you’ll need to become a member if you want to shop at their warehouses. Membership costs $60 per year and includes one free household card for one person over the age of 18 who resides at your address, such as your spouse or flatmate. Anyone over the age of 18 can join in store or online. A Costco membership is accepted at all Costco warehouses, worldwide. Members can take a guest along to look around but the guest is not permitted to buy anything.
Costco don’t deliver, although they’ve recently announced that they’re trialing an online shopping and delivery service in certain areas of Melbourne. If everything goes smoothly they’re planning to roll it out across all of their Australian stores.
By Grant J Everett, Panorama magazine
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