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Why Is Beer So Expensive in Oregon?

Why Is Beer So Expensive in Oregon?

It's undeniably pricier there. Why?

Beer prices are higher in Oregon.

Why is beer so expensive in Oregon? Let me tell you A Tale of Two Six-Packs.


Last October when The New School posse was doing some post-GABF beer shopping at a Denver liquor store, I was excited to find six-packs by Dry Dock Brewing. It was a Colorado brewery I hadn't heard of before that trip, and I had really enjoyed their gold-medal winning mild ale at the festival (they won 5 medals in total at the 2013 GABF). Checking beer in your luggage is easier when it's in cans, so it was a no-brainer to pick up a sixer of Dry Dock's Hop Abomination IPA. Even better, the price was right: $6.99. And that was not a sale price, that was the regular price of the beer.
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8 Things You Should Know Before Buying Booze At Costco

Once you read all these perks, you'll never stock up anywhere else.

1. You don't have to be a member to buy alcohol.

Many states have a law prohibiting stores from requiring membership to purchase alcohol, which means you can buy alcohol without a club card. You're in luck if you reside in Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Texas, or Vermont. Not every cashier knows the law, so be ready to explain your case to a manager.

2. Costco is the largest wine retailer in the U.S.

Wine makes up nearly half of the big box store's yearly alcohol sales. The most recent number Costco shared was $1.69 billion in 2016 wine sales, which placed it as the country's largest wine seller.

3. You can stock your entire bar with Kirkland brand booze.

Kirkland-branded wine was first produced in 2003, followed by hard alcohol in 2007 and later craft beer. Now, you can buy nearly every spirit under Costco's signature in-house label: American and French vodka, Scotch, whiskey, bourbon, rum tequila, and gin.

4. Big-name brands make some Kirkland spirits.

Here are the rumored names behind the bottles.

  • Kirkland beer is brewed by Gordon Biersch.
  • Kirkland Scotch are distilled by either Alexander Murray and Macallan Distillery.
  • Kirkland bourbon and rum is produced by Jim Beam.
  • Kirkland vodka is made from the same water source and by the same employees that Grey Goose uses.
  • Kirkland tequila is produced in the same distillery as Cielo tequila.

5. Costco's wine markups are half that of most stores.

Many boutique wine shops sell bottles for up to 50 percent more than what the wholesale price is. Costco's markups hover around 14 percent. That means, the cost of the same bottle of wine purchased at Costco versus another retailer could differ greatly &mdash in Costco's favor.

6. Keep an eye out for asterisks.

If you see this tiny star (*) in the upper right hand corner of a sign, it means Costco has the item on clearance. This is when you'll get the best deal, but it also might be the last time Costco restocks the product. Scoop up as many bottles while you can.

7. You can keep those empty wood wine cases that are lying around.

You know how Costco keeps empty cardboard boxes near checkout registers that are free for the taking? Same goes for any empty wine cases you see in the aisles. Designers go nuts for them, so take note: They make great-looking storage bins.

8. Don't try to return alcohol.

Costco is known for its insanely liberal return policy, but they don't budge on booze. It doesn't matter if your bottles are opened or sealed Costco won't give you a refund, so bottoms up.


8 Things You Should Know Before Buying Booze At Costco

Once you read all these perks, you'll never stock up anywhere else.

1. You don't have to be a member to buy alcohol.

Many states have a law prohibiting stores from requiring membership to purchase alcohol, which means you can buy alcohol without a club card. You're in luck if you reside in Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Texas, or Vermont. Not every cashier knows the law, so be ready to explain your case to a manager.

2. Costco is the largest wine retailer in the U.S.

Wine makes up nearly half of the big box store's yearly alcohol sales. The most recent number Costco shared was $1.69 billion in 2016 wine sales, which placed it as the country's largest wine seller.

3. You can stock your entire bar with Kirkland brand booze.

Kirkland-branded wine was first produced in 2003, followed by hard alcohol in 2007 and later craft beer. Now, you can buy nearly every spirit under Costco's signature in-house label: American and French vodka, Scotch, whiskey, bourbon, rum tequila, and gin.

4. Big-name brands make some Kirkland spirits.

Here are the rumored names behind the bottles.

  • Kirkland beer is brewed by Gordon Biersch.
  • Kirkland Scotch are distilled by either Alexander Murray and Macallan Distillery.
  • Kirkland bourbon and rum is produced by Jim Beam.
  • Kirkland vodka is made from the same water source and by the same employees that Grey Goose uses.
  • Kirkland tequila is produced in the same distillery as Cielo tequila.

5. Costco's wine markups are half that of most stores.

Many boutique wine shops sell bottles for up to 50 percent more than what the wholesale price is. Costco's markups hover around 14 percent. That means, the cost of the same bottle of wine purchased at Costco versus another retailer could differ greatly &mdash in Costco's favor.

6. Keep an eye out for asterisks.

If you see this tiny star (*) in the upper right hand corner of a sign, it means Costco has the item on clearance. This is when you'll get the best deal, but it also might be the last time Costco restocks the product. Scoop up as many bottles while you can.

7. You can keep those empty wood wine cases that are lying around.

You know how Costco keeps empty cardboard boxes near checkout registers that are free for the taking? Same goes for any empty wine cases you see in the aisles. Designers go nuts for them, so take note: They make great-looking storage bins.

8. Don't try to return alcohol.

Costco is known for its insanely liberal return policy, but they don't budge on booze. It doesn't matter if your bottles are opened or sealed Costco won't give you a refund, so bottoms up.


8 Things You Should Know Before Buying Booze At Costco

Once you read all these perks, you'll never stock up anywhere else.

1. You don't have to be a member to buy alcohol.

Many states have a law prohibiting stores from requiring membership to purchase alcohol, which means you can buy alcohol without a club card. You're in luck if you reside in Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Texas, or Vermont. Not every cashier knows the law, so be ready to explain your case to a manager.

2. Costco is the largest wine retailer in the U.S.

Wine makes up nearly half of the big box store's yearly alcohol sales. The most recent number Costco shared was $1.69 billion in 2016 wine sales, which placed it as the country's largest wine seller.

3. You can stock your entire bar with Kirkland brand booze.

Kirkland-branded wine was first produced in 2003, followed by hard alcohol in 2007 and later craft beer. Now, you can buy nearly every spirit under Costco's signature in-house label: American and French vodka, Scotch, whiskey, bourbon, rum tequila, and gin.

4. Big-name brands make some Kirkland spirits.

Here are the rumored names behind the bottles.

  • Kirkland beer is brewed by Gordon Biersch.
  • Kirkland Scotch are distilled by either Alexander Murray and Macallan Distillery.
  • Kirkland bourbon and rum is produced by Jim Beam.
  • Kirkland vodka is made from the same water source and by the same employees that Grey Goose uses.
  • Kirkland tequila is produced in the same distillery as Cielo tequila.

5. Costco's wine markups are half that of most stores.

Many boutique wine shops sell bottles for up to 50 percent more than what the wholesale price is. Costco's markups hover around 14 percent. That means, the cost of the same bottle of wine purchased at Costco versus another retailer could differ greatly &mdash in Costco's favor.

6. Keep an eye out for asterisks.

If you see this tiny star (*) in the upper right hand corner of a sign, it means Costco has the item on clearance. This is when you'll get the best deal, but it also might be the last time Costco restocks the product. Scoop up as many bottles while you can.

7. You can keep those empty wood wine cases that are lying around.

You know how Costco keeps empty cardboard boxes near checkout registers that are free for the taking? Same goes for any empty wine cases you see in the aisles. Designers go nuts for them, so take note: They make great-looking storage bins.

8. Don't try to return alcohol.

Costco is known for its insanely liberal return policy, but they don't budge on booze. It doesn't matter if your bottles are opened or sealed Costco won't give you a refund, so bottoms up.


8 Things You Should Know Before Buying Booze At Costco

Once you read all these perks, you'll never stock up anywhere else.

1. You don't have to be a member to buy alcohol.

Many states have a law prohibiting stores from requiring membership to purchase alcohol, which means you can buy alcohol without a club card. You're in luck if you reside in Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Texas, or Vermont. Not every cashier knows the law, so be ready to explain your case to a manager.

2. Costco is the largest wine retailer in the U.S.

Wine makes up nearly half of the big box store's yearly alcohol sales. The most recent number Costco shared was $1.69 billion in 2016 wine sales, which placed it as the country's largest wine seller.

3. You can stock your entire bar with Kirkland brand booze.

Kirkland-branded wine was first produced in 2003, followed by hard alcohol in 2007 and later craft beer. Now, you can buy nearly every spirit under Costco's signature in-house label: American and French vodka, Scotch, whiskey, bourbon, rum tequila, and gin.

4. Big-name brands make some Kirkland spirits.

Here are the rumored names behind the bottles.

  • Kirkland beer is brewed by Gordon Biersch.
  • Kirkland Scotch are distilled by either Alexander Murray and Macallan Distillery.
  • Kirkland bourbon and rum is produced by Jim Beam.
  • Kirkland vodka is made from the same water source and by the same employees that Grey Goose uses.
  • Kirkland tequila is produced in the same distillery as Cielo tequila.

5. Costco's wine markups are half that of most stores.

Many boutique wine shops sell bottles for up to 50 percent more than what the wholesale price is. Costco's markups hover around 14 percent. That means, the cost of the same bottle of wine purchased at Costco versus another retailer could differ greatly &mdash in Costco's favor.

6. Keep an eye out for asterisks.

If you see this tiny star (*) in the upper right hand corner of a sign, it means Costco has the item on clearance. This is when you'll get the best deal, but it also might be the last time Costco restocks the product. Scoop up as many bottles while you can.

7. You can keep those empty wood wine cases that are lying around.

You know how Costco keeps empty cardboard boxes near checkout registers that are free for the taking? Same goes for any empty wine cases you see in the aisles. Designers go nuts for them, so take note: They make great-looking storage bins.

8. Don't try to return alcohol.

Costco is known for its insanely liberal return policy, but they don't budge on booze. It doesn't matter if your bottles are opened or sealed Costco won't give you a refund, so bottoms up.


8 Things You Should Know Before Buying Booze At Costco

Once you read all these perks, you'll never stock up anywhere else.

1. You don't have to be a member to buy alcohol.

Many states have a law prohibiting stores from requiring membership to purchase alcohol, which means you can buy alcohol without a club card. You're in luck if you reside in Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Texas, or Vermont. Not every cashier knows the law, so be ready to explain your case to a manager.

2. Costco is the largest wine retailer in the U.S.

Wine makes up nearly half of the big box store's yearly alcohol sales. The most recent number Costco shared was $1.69 billion in 2016 wine sales, which placed it as the country's largest wine seller.

3. You can stock your entire bar with Kirkland brand booze.

Kirkland-branded wine was first produced in 2003, followed by hard alcohol in 2007 and later craft beer. Now, you can buy nearly every spirit under Costco's signature in-house label: American and French vodka, Scotch, whiskey, bourbon, rum tequila, and gin.

4. Big-name brands make some Kirkland spirits.

Here are the rumored names behind the bottles.

  • Kirkland beer is brewed by Gordon Biersch.
  • Kirkland Scotch are distilled by either Alexander Murray and Macallan Distillery.
  • Kirkland bourbon and rum is produced by Jim Beam.
  • Kirkland vodka is made from the same water source and by the same employees that Grey Goose uses.
  • Kirkland tequila is produced in the same distillery as Cielo tequila.

5. Costco's wine markups are half that of most stores.

Many boutique wine shops sell bottles for up to 50 percent more than what the wholesale price is. Costco's markups hover around 14 percent. That means, the cost of the same bottle of wine purchased at Costco versus another retailer could differ greatly &mdash in Costco's favor.

6. Keep an eye out for asterisks.

If you see this tiny star (*) in the upper right hand corner of a sign, it means Costco has the item on clearance. This is when you'll get the best deal, but it also might be the last time Costco restocks the product. Scoop up as many bottles while you can.

7. You can keep those empty wood wine cases that are lying around.

You know how Costco keeps empty cardboard boxes near checkout registers that are free for the taking? Same goes for any empty wine cases you see in the aisles. Designers go nuts for them, so take note: They make great-looking storage bins.

8. Don't try to return alcohol.

Costco is known for its insanely liberal return policy, but they don't budge on booze. It doesn't matter if your bottles are opened or sealed Costco won't give you a refund, so bottoms up.


8 Things You Should Know Before Buying Booze At Costco

Once you read all these perks, you'll never stock up anywhere else.

1. You don't have to be a member to buy alcohol.

Many states have a law prohibiting stores from requiring membership to purchase alcohol, which means you can buy alcohol without a club card. You're in luck if you reside in Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Texas, or Vermont. Not every cashier knows the law, so be ready to explain your case to a manager.

2. Costco is the largest wine retailer in the U.S.

Wine makes up nearly half of the big box store's yearly alcohol sales. The most recent number Costco shared was $1.69 billion in 2016 wine sales, which placed it as the country's largest wine seller.

3. You can stock your entire bar with Kirkland brand booze.

Kirkland-branded wine was first produced in 2003, followed by hard alcohol in 2007 and later craft beer. Now, you can buy nearly every spirit under Costco's signature in-house label: American and French vodka, Scotch, whiskey, bourbon, rum tequila, and gin.

4. Big-name brands make some Kirkland spirits.

Here are the rumored names behind the bottles.

  • Kirkland beer is brewed by Gordon Biersch.
  • Kirkland Scotch are distilled by either Alexander Murray and Macallan Distillery.
  • Kirkland bourbon and rum is produced by Jim Beam.
  • Kirkland vodka is made from the same water source and by the same employees that Grey Goose uses.
  • Kirkland tequila is produced in the same distillery as Cielo tequila.

5. Costco's wine markups are half that of most stores.

Many boutique wine shops sell bottles for up to 50 percent more than what the wholesale price is. Costco's markups hover around 14 percent. That means, the cost of the same bottle of wine purchased at Costco versus another retailer could differ greatly &mdash in Costco's favor.

6. Keep an eye out for asterisks.

If you see this tiny star (*) in the upper right hand corner of a sign, it means Costco has the item on clearance. This is when you'll get the best deal, but it also might be the last time Costco restocks the product. Scoop up as many bottles while you can.

7. You can keep those empty wood wine cases that are lying around.

You know how Costco keeps empty cardboard boxes near checkout registers that are free for the taking? Same goes for any empty wine cases you see in the aisles. Designers go nuts for them, so take note: They make great-looking storage bins.

8. Don't try to return alcohol.

Costco is known for its insanely liberal return policy, but they don't budge on booze. It doesn't matter if your bottles are opened or sealed Costco won't give you a refund, so bottoms up.


8 Things You Should Know Before Buying Booze At Costco

Once you read all these perks, you'll never stock up anywhere else.

1. You don't have to be a member to buy alcohol.

Many states have a law prohibiting stores from requiring membership to purchase alcohol, which means you can buy alcohol without a club card. You're in luck if you reside in Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Texas, or Vermont. Not every cashier knows the law, so be ready to explain your case to a manager.

2. Costco is the largest wine retailer in the U.S.

Wine makes up nearly half of the big box store's yearly alcohol sales. The most recent number Costco shared was $1.69 billion in 2016 wine sales, which placed it as the country's largest wine seller.

3. You can stock your entire bar with Kirkland brand booze.

Kirkland-branded wine was first produced in 2003, followed by hard alcohol in 2007 and later craft beer. Now, you can buy nearly every spirit under Costco's signature in-house label: American and French vodka, Scotch, whiskey, bourbon, rum tequila, and gin.

4. Big-name brands make some Kirkland spirits.

Here are the rumored names behind the bottles.

  • Kirkland beer is brewed by Gordon Biersch.
  • Kirkland Scotch are distilled by either Alexander Murray and Macallan Distillery.
  • Kirkland bourbon and rum is produced by Jim Beam.
  • Kirkland vodka is made from the same water source and by the same employees that Grey Goose uses.
  • Kirkland tequila is produced in the same distillery as Cielo tequila.

5. Costco's wine markups are half that of most stores.

Many boutique wine shops sell bottles for up to 50 percent more than what the wholesale price is. Costco's markups hover around 14 percent. That means, the cost of the same bottle of wine purchased at Costco versus another retailer could differ greatly &mdash in Costco's favor.

6. Keep an eye out for asterisks.

If you see this tiny star (*) in the upper right hand corner of a sign, it means Costco has the item on clearance. This is when you'll get the best deal, but it also might be the last time Costco restocks the product. Scoop up as many bottles while you can.

7. You can keep those empty wood wine cases that are lying around.

You know how Costco keeps empty cardboard boxes near checkout registers that are free for the taking? Same goes for any empty wine cases you see in the aisles. Designers go nuts for them, so take note: They make great-looking storage bins.

8. Don't try to return alcohol.

Costco is known for its insanely liberal return policy, but they don't budge on booze. It doesn't matter if your bottles are opened or sealed Costco won't give you a refund, so bottoms up.


8 Things You Should Know Before Buying Booze At Costco

Once you read all these perks, you'll never stock up anywhere else.

1. You don't have to be a member to buy alcohol.

Many states have a law prohibiting stores from requiring membership to purchase alcohol, which means you can buy alcohol without a club card. You're in luck if you reside in Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Texas, or Vermont. Not every cashier knows the law, so be ready to explain your case to a manager.

2. Costco is the largest wine retailer in the U.S.

Wine makes up nearly half of the big box store's yearly alcohol sales. The most recent number Costco shared was $1.69 billion in 2016 wine sales, which placed it as the country's largest wine seller.

3. You can stock your entire bar with Kirkland brand booze.

Kirkland-branded wine was first produced in 2003, followed by hard alcohol in 2007 and later craft beer. Now, you can buy nearly every spirit under Costco's signature in-house label: American and French vodka, Scotch, whiskey, bourbon, rum tequila, and gin.

4. Big-name brands make some Kirkland spirits.

Here are the rumored names behind the bottles.

  • Kirkland beer is brewed by Gordon Biersch.
  • Kirkland Scotch are distilled by either Alexander Murray and Macallan Distillery.
  • Kirkland bourbon and rum is produced by Jim Beam.
  • Kirkland vodka is made from the same water source and by the same employees that Grey Goose uses.
  • Kirkland tequila is produced in the same distillery as Cielo tequila.

5. Costco's wine markups are half that of most stores.

Many boutique wine shops sell bottles for up to 50 percent more than what the wholesale price is. Costco's markups hover around 14 percent. That means, the cost of the same bottle of wine purchased at Costco versus another retailer could differ greatly &mdash in Costco's favor.

6. Keep an eye out for asterisks.

If you see this tiny star (*) in the upper right hand corner of a sign, it means Costco has the item on clearance. This is when you'll get the best deal, but it also might be the last time Costco restocks the product. Scoop up as many bottles while you can.

7. You can keep those empty wood wine cases that are lying around.

You know how Costco keeps empty cardboard boxes near checkout registers that are free for the taking? Same goes for any empty wine cases you see in the aisles. Designers go nuts for them, so take note: They make great-looking storage bins.

8. Don't try to return alcohol.

Costco is known for its insanely liberal return policy, but they don't budge on booze. It doesn't matter if your bottles are opened or sealed Costco won't give you a refund, so bottoms up.


8 Things You Should Know Before Buying Booze At Costco

Once you read all these perks, you'll never stock up anywhere else.

1. You don't have to be a member to buy alcohol.

Many states have a law prohibiting stores from requiring membership to purchase alcohol, which means you can buy alcohol without a club card. You're in luck if you reside in Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Texas, or Vermont. Not every cashier knows the law, so be ready to explain your case to a manager.

2. Costco is the largest wine retailer in the U.S.

Wine makes up nearly half of the big box store's yearly alcohol sales. The most recent number Costco shared was $1.69 billion in 2016 wine sales, which placed it as the country's largest wine seller.

3. You can stock your entire bar with Kirkland brand booze.

Kirkland-branded wine was first produced in 2003, followed by hard alcohol in 2007 and later craft beer. Now, you can buy nearly every spirit under Costco's signature in-house label: American and French vodka, Scotch, whiskey, bourbon, rum tequila, and gin.

4. Big-name brands make some Kirkland spirits.

Here are the rumored names behind the bottles.

  • Kirkland beer is brewed by Gordon Biersch.
  • Kirkland Scotch are distilled by either Alexander Murray and Macallan Distillery.
  • Kirkland bourbon and rum is produced by Jim Beam.
  • Kirkland vodka is made from the same water source and by the same employees that Grey Goose uses.
  • Kirkland tequila is produced in the same distillery as Cielo tequila.

5. Costco's wine markups are half that of most stores.

Many boutique wine shops sell bottles for up to 50 percent more than what the wholesale price is. Costco's markups hover around 14 percent. That means, the cost of the same bottle of wine purchased at Costco versus another retailer could differ greatly &mdash in Costco's favor.

6. Keep an eye out for asterisks.

If you see this tiny star (*) in the upper right hand corner of a sign, it means Costco has the item on clearance. This is when you'll get the best deal, but it also might be the last time Costco restocks the product. Scoop up as many bottles while you can.

7. You can keep those empty wood wine cases that are lying around.

You know how Costco keeps empty cardboard boxes near checkout registers that are free for the taking? Same goes for any empty wine cases you see in the aisles. Designers go nuts for them, so take note: They make great-looking storage bins.

8. Don't try to return alcohol.

Costco is known for its insanely liberal return policy, but they don't budge on booze. It doesn't matter if your bottles are opened or sealed Costco won't give you a refund, so bottoms up.


8 Things You Should Know Before Buying Booze At Costco

Once you read all these perks, you'll never stock up anywhere else.

1. You don't have to be a member to buy alcohol.

Many states have a law prohibiting stores from requiring membership to purchase alcohol, which means you can buy alcohol without a club card. You're in luck if you reside in Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Texas, or Vermont. Not every cashier knows the law, so be ready to explain your case to a manager.

2. Costco is the largest wine retailer in the U.S.

Wine makes up nearly half of the big box store's yearly alcohol sales. The most recent number Costco shared was $1.69 billion in 2016 wine sales, which placed it as the country's largest wine seller.

3. You can stock your entire bar with Kirkland brand booze.

Kirkland-branded wine was first produced in 2003, followed by hard alcohol in 2007 and later craft beer. Now, you can buy nearly every spirit under Costco's signature in-house label: American and French vodka, Scotch, whiskey, bourbon, rum tequila, and gin.

4. Big-name brands make some Kirkland spirits.

Here are the rumored names behind the bottles.

  • Kirkland beer is brewed by Gordon Biersch.
  • Kirkland Scotch are distilled by either Alexander Murray and Macallan Distillery.
  • Kirkland bourbon and rum is produced by Jim Beam.
  • Kirkland vodka is made from the same water source and by the same employees that Grey Goose uses.
  • Kirkland tequila is produced in the same distillery as Cielo tequila.

5. Costco's wine markups are half that of most stores.

Many boutique wine shops sell bottles for up to 50 percent more than what the wholesale price is. Costco's markups hover around 14 percent. That means, the cost of the same bottle of wine purchased at Costco versus another retailer could differ greatly &mdash in Costco's favor.

6. Keep an eye out for asterisks.

If you see this tiny star (*) in the upper right hand corner of a sign, it means Costco has the item on clearance. This is when you'll get the best deal, but it also might be the last time Costco restocks the product. Scoop up as many bottles while you can.

7. You can keep those empty wood wine cases that are lying around.

You know how Costco keeps empty cardboard boxes near checkout registers that are free for the taking? Same goes for any empty wine cases you see in the aisles. Designers go nuts for them, so take note: They make great-looking storage bins.

8. Don't try to return alcohol.

Costco is known for its insanely liberal return policy, but they don't budge on booze. It doesn't matter if your bottles are opened or sealed Costco won't give you a refund, so bottoms up.