Costco / Yardistry 12×14 and 12×12 Gazebo on sale at!

If you’re in the market for the Yardistry Gazebo, now is the time as Costco is offering both sizes at a substantial discount

12×14 Online Price $1,499.99
Less -$300.00
Your Price $1,199.99 (online price includes S/H)
Warehouse Price $1,299′-x-14′-Cedar-Gazebo-With-Aluminum-Roof-.product.100351084.html

12×12 Online Price $1,399.99

Less -$300.00

Your Price $1,099.99 (online price includes S/H)

Warehouse Price $1,199.99′-x-12′-Gazebo-with-Aluminum-Roof-by-Yardistry.product.100232830.html

Shipping and handling included for both sizes.  Technically it’s only $100 savings from the warehouse price since shipping is actually $200 but in this deal the shipping is considered free so it’s a bargain since you don’t have to rent a truck for the warehouse purchase.

Costco co-founder Jeff Brotman dies

SFGATE story on the passing of Costco co-founder

Courtesy of

“NEW YORK (AP) — Jeff Brotman, who co-founded retailer Costco and was the board chairman, has died.

Costco Wholesale Corp. said Brotman died early Tuesday. No other details were provided.

“The thoughts of Costco’s board, management and employees are with Jeff’s wife and family,” the company said.

Brotman opened Costco’s first warehouse with Jim Sinegal in 1983 in Seattle.

Months earlier, Brotman had met venture capitalist Fred Paulsell on a flight to Seattle that was struck by lightning and made an emergency landing in San Francisco. Brotman talked about opening a chain of low-cost warehouse clubs and Paulsell ended up providing critical financing and advice for the startup.

Based in Issaquah, Washington, the company now operates 736 warehouses around the world, including 511 in the United States and Puerto Rico.

Brotman was a major supporter of Democratic political campaigns. In 2012, he hosted a fundraising luncheon for President Barack Obama at his home in Medina, Washington. Along with Starbucks Chairman Howard Schultz, Brotman also hosted a $5,000-a-plate fundraising event in 2000 for then-vice presidential nominee Joe Lieberman. He endorsed Hillary Clinton‘s presidential campaign in 2016.

He was regent at the University of Washington, where he studied political science and earned an undergraduate degree in 1964. He later earned a law degree from the university in 1967. While he was a student there, he worked his family’s business, a men’s clothing chain called Bernie’s.

He was married to former Nordstrom executive Susan Brotman


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Shooting at Almaden Costco!

I don’t usually post this but this is highly unusual because it is at a high end Costco!

Almaden Costco Shooting – Wednesday July 5th 2017

Here’s the text from San Jose Mercury News

“SAN JOSE — A man was shot and wounded by a woman in a Costco parking lot Wednesday afternoon, and the shooter was quickly caught and arrested, according to San Jose police.

Officers were called at 12:34 p.m. to the wholesaler’s lot in the 5300 block of Almaden Expressway for a report of a shooting and found a man with at least one gunshot wound, police said.

He was rushed to the hospital with what police described as non-life threatening injuries.

A female suspect was spotted near the scene and was quickly taken into custody, police said, adding that they recovered the gun believed to have been used in the shooting. The woman was expected to be booked into the Santa Clara County jail.

Police said the suspect and victim knew each other, but otherwise did not elaborate on their relationship.

Additional details, including the suspect’s identity, were not immediately available.”

Story still breaking so stay tuned!

When Amazon has significantly better pricing than Costco.

I was in the market for a Lifetime folding kids table and was about to pull the trigger on ($74.99) but luckily I had an Amazon price watch widget installed on my Chrome browser.  The Amazon widget gives me their prices on products I search for on the Internet and is a very handy tool.  Of course Costco always wins the pricing war hands down so when this product popped up on the widget, it was a whopping $25 less at $49.87 and with Prime shipping!  I thought for sure it was a mistake and went directly to Amazon’s site to see if it was too good to be true.  Yup, it was true so I was little disappointed that Costco’s price for this item was 50% higher.  I double checked for any differences or included accessories and it’s basically apples for apples.  Take a look at the screen shot below:

By the way great table for the kids that is easy to clean and folds up for compact storage.  Check out the reviews on both Amazon’s and Costco’s website if you’re interested.  I wished Costco would have carried this table in a different color (green or blue?) – I probably would have spent the extra $25 for those colors instead of the generic off-white that most Lifetime tables come in.