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  • It was like a Black Friday sale

  • except at a Costco.

  • At the recent opening of Costco's first mainland China outlet

  • in Shanghai,

  • a frenzy of shoppers overwhelmed operations.

  • This is what went down.

  • We just had to see for ourselves.

  • So we flew to the Shanghai store to check it out on day three.

  • Things were quite different.

  • Eventually, we got in after a two-hour wait.

  • Being inside a massive Costco

  • without much of a crowd feels surreal.

  • Most of the items here are supersized

  • and in bulk,

  • pretty much what you'd get in most Costco outlets in the States.

  • But the luxury bags and expensive Moutai liquor

  • that appeared on social media accounts

  • are conspicuously missing.

  • The membership in China is 299 yuan a year,

  • which is $42, cheaper than it is in the States.

  • It also comes with a pretty lenient return policy.

  • And if you are up for a $1 hot dog,

  • they sell it here, too.

  • By the way,

  • Costco itself isn't entirely new to China in the first place.

  • It's been available to Chinese buyers since 2014,

  • through Alibaba's popular Tmall e-commerce app.

  • But it seems although you could get to Costco's goods online,

  • somehow being there in person

  • was totally worth fighting the crowd for.

  • Go straight

  • No "hi," alright? No "hi."

  • Our Costco visit...

  • Our Costco visit was absolutely hectic.

  • It took an hour and a half to get there,

  • and we waited in line for two hours to get in.

  • It was crazy.

  • Sorry, I was...

  • And then when we got in, we're stopped by security

  • because we're not allowed to film in there.

  • So we got like two minutes of footage on the camera.

  • So we just took out our phones

  • and then just went all over the place with it.

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It was like a Black Friday sale

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    林宜悉 posted on 2020/10/23
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