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Good News Everyone: Costco's Having a Sale!

Nick Englehart

Posted on April 3, 2020 16:41

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An example of the economy functioning as planned.

In the rush of crowds and panic, I refrained, the best I could, from leaving the apartment. The grocery store is my one begrudging necessity. My fiance and I tried to prepare but three weeks ago on our usual shopping day, the stores were packed with fear and panic. We haven’t been fully stocked on groceries since. Every few days we walked to the store; visiting during unusual shopping times trying to find enough food for a few meals. Each time the shelves were empty; no rice, no beans, no tomatoes, no meat. We purchased perishables and, in vain, headed back to the store a few days later.

Bulk shopping is not new. My roommate roped me into a Costco membership earlier this year. He told me, "You don’t have to pay anything but I get to put someone on my membership so I’ll sign you up." I was immediately put off by the sign-up process. I needed proof of residence just to get a card that says I’m allowed to enter the premises. I went through less scrutiny when I signed up for my passport.

When the COVID-19 outbreak started this was the one place I refused to shop. It was busy at one p.m. on a random Tuesday, months before the pandemic started, and I wasn’t going to risk it now. I saw online pictures of members' purchasing thousands of dollars worth of merchandise (toilet paper especially) and lugging it out of the store. It is likely that grocery store panic has been one contributing factor to the spread of the disease. That being said, people have to eat.

I received an email from Costco; it’s in my spam folder and the place all emails from businesses belong. I checked it because I thought it might be a sale on food. An essential email from an essential company unlike the, "Going forward," email every company and that company's mother sent as the disease spread. This was no such email. It was a promotional ad from Costco. An offering. Spend a thousand dollars on these products and get a one hundred dollar gift card. The products in question: treadmills, T.V’s, pool furniture, and non-essential items.

To recap: an ad sent out by an 'essential' business during a pandemic infecting hundreds of thousands of Americans and more than a million worldwide, an ad that has nothing to do with the essential part of their business, tempts people to spread the disease. A decision that could potentially lead to more infection and more death.

When I advocate for the importance of government these are the situations where it’s intervention is necessary. Our economy encourages businesses to always make as much money as possible regardless of the effects. It encourages a grocery store to run sales, risking people's lives, during a worldwide crisis. It encourages inhumane practices. This behavior should be illegal, but instead, it's the entire point.

Nick Englehart

Posted on April 3, 2020 16:41

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