After my initial shock wore off, I emailed Costco's corporate office looking for an official statement on their coupon policy. Here is their response:
We appreciate you taking the time to email Costco Wholesale.
Costco Wholesale does not accept general manufacturer coupons. We have our own coupons and promotional offers, which are distributed to members in the mail and at our locations at various times throughout the year. We are able to offer consistently low prices because our buyers negotiate the best deals with our vendors. Manufacturers often will simply ‘load’ the cost of a coupon program into the original pricing of their product. We will not permit our vendors or buyers to do this since there is no advantage to the member. Thank you for your continued patronage and please let us know if there is anything else we can help you with.
Costco Wholesale Corporation"
As the CEO of our household, my job is to make sure our house runs like clockwork, part of which includes the financial aspects. With that in mind, I clip and print coupons on a daily basis as well research the best sales and prices. I have to tell you that the prices at Costco were fair but would have been much more competitive if they had accepted manufacturer's coupons. It is a case by case decision for each CEO of the household, but based on the location, coupon policy, membership price, and product prices, this CEO is sticking with BJ's!!!