Change Is Coming To Free Samples At Costco
It’s no secret that when you make a Costco run, it’s not just about getting groceries and other items in bulk. It’s also about the free samples they offer their customers throughout the store.
If you’ve been to Costco, you most definitely have tried at least one of their free samples of one of their items they sell. It’s really a genius thing to do. You try the free sample then all of a sudden, you’re grabbing that item and throwing it in your cart to buy. Well the way you get your free samples from Costco is about to change.
What’s Changing With The Free Samples?
More and more stores around the country are going to self-service checkouts and stations. Why is this? Not only to be more quick and efficient, but also because of the lack of employees to work them. Now Costco shoppers are noticing that their beloved human interactions with the free sample employees is no longer a thing. The free samples are still there but have now been replaced with self-serving kiosks. Costco has put these kiosks up all around their stores and shoppers can receive their freebies that way.
Are They Actual Costco Employees?
If you’re worried about Costco not surviving and making cuts to staff, don’t worry. According to an article by The TakeOut, they’re actually not cutting any of their staff. The people handing out your free samples are actually not Costco employees. They don’t get any company benefits from the bulk retailer. They’re actually employed by a company called CDS or Club Demonstration Services. According to Glassdoor, product demonstrators get paid about $14-15 an hour doing the job. That’s not really that attractive to most and makes it hard for the company to employ or keep employees working. That’s why you’ll notice that most of the people handing out the samples are senior citizens or older people who are retired and just looking for something to do, The TakeOut reports.
How The Kiosks Operate
Kiosks are not placed all around the store. These kiosks are filled with the free samples and are what they called “Gravity Fed,” so the shopper can just grab the free sample from a small window at the bottom of the kiosk, according to a few posts on social media and Reddit. Yes this does mean that most if not all the samples at this point are pre-packaged. At the moment you’re not gonna get hot food items like you’re used to. But hopefully soon that will change.
Have you come across one of these kiosks or “Freeosks?” We have more on this in today’s edition of a Few Things You Should Know!