Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Costco Trip Today

I don't have a Costco membership but I have a friend who does.  So we went there today.  That's a scary place.  I casually mentioned that I'd like to look at cameras, specifically, Nikon.  I have one now and I really like it.  When we had our lousy weather last week and I was taking pictures of the hummingbirds, most of them didn't turn out because the camera was focusing behind the hummingbirds and not where I wanted it to focus.  That was my first complaint with this camera and the realization that I didn't have control of the depth of field and I want that.  I wish that hadn't happened because now I wanted more from my camera, i.e., I wanted to do my own focusing and maybe I even wanted some more telephoto. Costco being Costco...you know what I mean...they have more than you want and they have things you didn't know you want...they had a Nikon D5000, on sale, almost $200 off, and that box just flew into our cart.  I wrestled with it three times and attempted to put it back on the shelf, but I was unsuccessful.  So I have a new camera to learn how to operate and it certainly isn't a point and shoot.  I might have to find a class to learn how to use it.  However, I do have 90 days should I decide to return it.  Hmmmmm, don't think so.  

I also wanted to buy refills for my Sonicare toothbrush so a package of refills ended up in the cart.  Then I found a box of clear plastic bags and the only way I can put shredded paper into my recycle bin is in a clear plastic bag, so they went into the cart.  Then I found the turkey breast all ready for the oven and then the  fleece sleeveless vest in blue. See what I mean about them having things I didn't even know I wanted???? So the toothbrush refills went back on the shelf because I actually still have one refill left.  Notice I didn't mention putting the camera back.  It hadn't worked the first three attempts so I wasn't going to try again.  You do know don't you that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and hoping for a different result?  Well, I saw the handwriting on the wall and didn't want any labels put on me so I kept the darn thing. Clearly, it was meant to come home with me.  

Am I the only person this happens to at Costco or have some of you experienced similar circumstances?  Now I know why I don't have a Costco membership...it's too costly.

More sunshine please,



  1. costco membership = spending at least $100 per visit!..enjoy your new camera..you will figure it out!!

  2. Standard Costco story, more common than you can possibly imagine. Can't wait to see your photos with the new camera. Wondering what the telephoto strength is and if it will do hummingbirds. Hope you got a tripod as well!

  3. I call Costco the "$100 Club" because for the first two years that you shop there, you can't get out without spending less. After two years, it can get even more expensive but you have have very focused trips where you actually spend less. I was at Costco today. I've been a member for over fifteen years. I returned jeans that did not fit from last week's visit. But I left with only one thing - A Christmas music CD. I didn't bring any on our California Odyssey that we started over a year ago! So all in all, I came out ahead. A refund for more than the CD cost. Oh, I would have loved to have come out with that new Nikon! Have fun with that. I'm starting a 365 shots in 365 days project on January 1st to push myself to try new things and grow as a photographer. You might enjoy such.

  4. Costco...usually never get out of there for less than $100 though I have gotten out for $14.79 once :)

    I am going to Costco on Thursday or Friday...but hope to stick to my list. Enjoy your new camera. We just got an Olympus from there this summer and really like it.

  5. I love to go to COSTCO, but I rarely buy anything that is not on my list. The husband is another story. The food samples often get him and we end up with unusual things in our freezer!

    Gas prices are good though, and our rebate is always much more than the membership fee.

  6. Oh yeah. We have Sam's club in PA. Same thing. How does anyone possibly need 48 rolls of TP at once? Or a 2# jar of peanut butter!? I always end up with things that I just *HAD* to have.
    Good luck with your camera. I love my D3000.

  7. COSTCO, our favorite store. We have bought a lot of great things at that store. When we were in the catering business, it saved us many times.

    Can't wait to see some pictures from that new Nikon!

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