OK, this is not a $x.97 but it’s important news for all Costco shoppers right now.

In an unprecedented move, effective immediately, Costco will stop accepting returns on the following list of items being hoarded by customers during the Coronavirus pandemic. This is a drastic change in Costco’s normally extremely liberal return policy that members have become accustomed to.

The items in question are:

  • Toilet paper
  • Paper towels
  • Sanitizing wipes
  • Water
  • Rice
  • Lysol

We don’t know when (or if) this new policy will end or how it may affect purchases from before this policy was instituted. We’ll try to find out more. Let us know in the comments if you have any more details.

On an related note, to help our fellow Costco shoppers out there struggling to buy some of these basic necessities during this crisis because of people panic-buying these products, we’re considering adding a new “feature” to this site where we will track the daily availability of these high demand items that are running out stock daily. It’s not “$x.97” related but we felt it might help the community. Please visit this page to learn more and comment if you think this is a good idea (or not). Thank you for shopping responsibly!