Last night I went to Costco with my boss and another teacher. Korean Costco is pretty much the same things as Canadian Costco, only a bit crazier. For instance, since there are no giant plots of land available (like the Costcos in Canada), the store is spread over 5 storeys, three being dedicated to parking. As with every other store in Korea, when you go up floor escalators, there are people whose sole job is to bow at you. I’ve tried thinking of another reason why you’d post someone at thetop of a gentle decline escalator floor, but I can’t figure anything out. There are also giant quantities of Korean products. I picked up 2kg of mandu (dumplings) for little under 10,000won. I also picked up 60 eggs for 7,590won. They expire in one month, so I’ll need to power through those at a pretty brisk pace. Granted my fridge is completely packed now, but at least I won’t go hungry for a little while.
I eat cereal every morning, but that’s a pretty expensive habit here. I can buy a box of about 350g for around 4$ at the local market and milk is about 3$ per liter, I think. The main reason I went to Costco was to stock up on cereal. Mission accomplished. I bought over 90$ of cereal. I have a cupboard filled with boxes and boxes of all sorts of it. I actually picked up one of every brand that caught my eye on the shelf. It was awesome.
Just as a side note, some things cost way more here than back home. Things like bagels for instance cost 5,490won for 12 and maple syrup was around around 30,000won for 1.6 liter (granted it was Canadian maple syrup, so totally worth the price).
HANDY TIP/RUMOUR: A handy way to get around Costco’s necessary card policy is to get a friend who has a card to buy you a 5$ gift certificate. Apparently you don’t need a card to redeem them, so you can walk in, buy whatever you want, use your gift card and pay for the rest with cash. I’m not sure if this true of not though. It’s just the word on the street.