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The five spot: 5 possible reasons Costco is jacking up fees

From the Editorial Board

Costco shoppers will have to pay an extra five spot each year for the privilege of making jumbo purchases, starting this summer.
Costco shoppers will have to pay an extra five spot each year for the privilege of making jumbo purchases, starting this summer.

Five explanations for Costco’s decision to raise membership fees this year.

 

1 Inspired by President Trump to build expensive wall around every store to keep out illegal immigrants, zombies and other nonmembers.

 

2 Fine print in last year’s Sound Transit ballot measure requires Costco members to pay for part of ST3 transit projects.

 

3 City of Kirkland is demanding royalties for having its name slapped on house-brand products so many years.

 

4 The extra Obamacare cost of admitting members with pre-existing conditions and letting kids stay on parents’ membership until they turn 26.

 

5 All those Saturday afternoon happy hour appetizers aren’t really free, people.

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