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Essential Products Tracker – We Need Your Feedback

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Hello fellow Costco-holics. We’re trying to find ways to help our visitors & subscribers during these strange and trying times and we need your help.  As you’re likely well aware, most – if not all – Costco stores are running out of essential products during this Coronavirus pandemic. People are panic-buying and hoarding certain products so that those the actually who are out of them and need them cannot get them.

UPDATE:  Due to positive feedback, we’ve just implemented the TP Tracker! Please help us out by filling it out on your next visit to Costco.

Our idea is to create a daily tracker of which locations have stock of these items. It will be super basic – unless someone with WordPress experience can help us build something better – but hopefully useful. The idea is: each day we’ll publish an updated list of which stores are confirmed to have stock on certain items, such as water, disinfecting wipes, toilet paper, paper towels, and rice (we’re open to tracking other products).  This is where you come in: we’ll need you to email or text message us to let us know if you’ve found any of these items at your local Costco.  We’ll post the store location, the list of items confirmed as available for purchase, and the time(s) reported/updated. It would be updated throughout the day.

Please comment if:  a) you think this will help; and b) if you would help contribute by emailing or texting us if you find these items at your store. If you think this idea is lame or if you have a better idea, we’d like to know that as well.

Editor’s note: Just wanted to take a moment to point out that we are not related to Costco corporate in any way. We are an independent Costco fan site/blog that relies heavily upon the generosity of your time to help this site thrive and keep your fellow Costco shoppers informed about clearance deals and important Costco news. Stay safe everyone – and thank you for your input and content contributions to our site!

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  • Google Forms will relieve and populate a spreadsheet with this information for you. I believe you can embed the spreadsheet in your website or link to it.

    Avatar Sheila March 22, 2020 5:03 am Reply
    • Great idea!! We’re giving that a try!

      Costco97 Costco97 March 22, 2020 11:46 pm Reply
  • I think it is a great idea. It would help people to keep from wasting gas and polluting the environmental more by not having to drive everywhere to find essentials!
    What about, maybe, when the deliveries arrive…is it possible to report the number of pallets/total items per pallet? So people would know how fast they had to get there to get what they need?
    Just a thought🤔🤔🤔
    I applaud you!!

    Avatar Janet McGregor March 22, 2020 7:16 am Reply
  • Hello- Costco Lake Zurich, IL (Chicago NW suburb) has a large stock of gloves. They also have rice, limiting purchase to 1 per customer. Notably missing- fresh poultry, hamburger, toilet paper, paper towels, hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes. Stay safe!

    Avatar Diane March 22, 2020 7:18 am Reply
  • The idea is great but why not have each store alert members in the proximity to what is on hand.
    Can your database separate members within a certain mile radius from a store?
    Wouldn’t need to do this if everyone just purchased as before.

    Avatar Rita March 22, 2020 7:52 am Reply
  • this would be great for the Lawrence, NY and Oceanside NY locations

    Avatar Michael Fried March 22, 2020 8:01 am Reply
  • Further limit the items of toilet paper, and other sanitary needs to 1 per cart.
    Ancaster store is excellent as to protecting customers and staff. I commend you management and staff

    Avatar Very satisfied customer March 22, 2020 8:08 am Reply
  • An obvious but overlooked process would be to ask our .97 members to share large quantity items purchased. Due to the large sizes and quantities sold a Costco; many items can be purchased and cost shared between family and neighbors. This could help reduce crowding and potential waste.

    Avatar Neil March 22, 2020 8:09 am Reply
  • This is a great idea. I’m watching our local Facebook groups in San Diego and a large number of folks are starting to ask for these hard to find items. Some are elderly or immune compromised and can’t get out so a known is much better than an unknown if they are going to leave the house.

    Avatar Alandria Saifer March 22, 2020 8:11 am Reply
  • I think it’s more important to have special hours for seniors on a given day

    Avatar Marylou lerma March 22, 2020 8:19 am Reply
  • This is a great idea! All stores should limit one to a customer of the hard to find items.

    Avatar Lori March 22, 2020 8:24 am Reply
  • I live 60 miles away from either Jacksonville or Orlando stores, so would love to know before I make the trip.

    Avatar Nancy Cummings March 22, 2020 8:36 am Reply
  • Sad that this is even required due to hoarding. Those folks should be ashamed!!! A big thank you to COSTCO!!!

    Avatar Pat March 22, 2020 8:41 am Reply
  • Absolutely!!! Do it!!!

    Avatar Michael Bohdan March 22, 2020 9:03 am Reply
  • Raleigh NC. Fabulous ideas. No returns on high demand items will hopefully curb hoarding. Knowing what you had in stock would be hugely beneficial and would prevent many unnecessary trips and expose to others. A BIG thank you to Costco for always doing your best for your customer base.

    Avatar Deb March 22, 2020 9:06 am Reply
  • Great idea, time saver when you are looking for certain products.

    Avatar Joe March 22, 2020 9:43 am Reply
  • It would be good if Costco could track people who still insist on hoarding. ie if your membership reflects you have bought 20 packs of TP and Paper Towels and you don’t have a business or large family and this is a daily or every other day occurrence for you, Costco needs to flag these people for a NO SALE. We are all in this together buy for need, not greed.

    Avatar Martha March 22, 2020 10:41 am Reply
  • I would like to know, as it is a 45 minute drive for me. I also think you should track families who are having multiple family members in there buying all the tp. K

    Avatar Kathy Collins March 22, 2020 10:51 am Reply
  • Great idea

    Avatar Nancy March 22, 2020 12:01 pm Reply
  • I think doing anything that helps us in this terrible time is good. I think it would be good for each Costco store (I live in San Francisco) to set up a site also.

    Avatar Miguel March 22, 2020 12:43 pm Reply
  • I think doing anything that helps us in this terrible time is good. I think it would be good for each Costco store (I live in San Francisco) to set up a site also.

    Avatar Michael March 22, 2020 12:44 pm Reply
  • I would love to be able to place an order of things I need & I would be able to pick up at a certain day & time. No need to go inside the store. Pay online

    Avatar Christie March 22, 2020 1:10 pm Reply
  • Great idea!

    Avatar Christine Cuff March 22, 2020 1:27 pm Reply
  • Would you please track thermometers, too, please? Thank you and stay healthy and safe.

    Avatar kc March 23, 2020 3:59 pm Reply
  • Can you please add liquid soap and diapers to your list please? I know lots of families with kids who can benefit. Thank you.

    Avatar Jay L March 24, 2020 2:37 am Reply
  • Thanks for doing this. Please consider also tracking the following items:
    Tissues
    Napkins
    Peanut butter

    Avatar ST March 24, 2020 8:58 pm Reply
  • This is super helpful! Please add tracking for eggs, milk, frozen vegetables, and meat selection would be great. The things that are currently being tracked are important, but I’m sure people are looking to buy non perishable food as well when they go to Costco.

    Avatar Jane March 25, 2020 10:11 pm Reply
  • This is awesome and super helpful. I’m a little confused as to the timestamp however. Example: Today March 27, 2020 and it’s 12:57pm I’m in Orange County, California. The tracker says that on March 27, 2020 at 7:32:05 there were items in Mission Viejo, CA.
    Is the tracker set up with military time stamp or just standard times and if so then it really needs to state AM or PM. But then I don’t see how it could be PM since it is still noon time. The previous day does show the timestamps as military time which is why the confusion.

    Avatar Kim M March 27, 2020 1:04 pm Reply
    • Hi sorry for any confusion. We weren’t doing any formatting on the timestamp. It was coming directly from Google forms. I’m not sure why their formatting works the way it does. Anyway, we figured out a way to “standardize” the format…however still trying to get the table to recognize AM vs PM for better sorting.

      Costco97 Costco97 March 27, 2020 8:32 pm Reply
  • This is awesome! But it appears that some of the times are in 24 hour format and others in 12 hour. This makes sorting and reading a bit difficult. Could you do some magic to compare time of submission to time entered and convert to 24 hour format? If Costo is open for less than 12 hours, this should be pretty easy.

    Avatar SS March 27, 2020 6:07 pm Reply
    • Thanks for the feedback. We weren’t doing any formatting on the timestamp. It was coming directly from Google forms. I’m not sure why their formatting works the way it does. Anyway, we figured out a way to “standardize” the format…however still trying to get the table to recognize AM vs PM for better sorting.

      Costco97 Costco97 March 27, 2020 8:32 pm Reply
  • Thanks for the TP tracker! Keep us the great work. Maybe someone has mentioned this already, but what do you think of adding a few more inputs to the “Report Product Availability” form?

    (1) Include a “Time Visited” selection. The times throw me off because it’s when a person fills out the form, but not when they visited the store. For example, someone could report everything was available when they went at 10:00am, but filled out the report later that day. It’s not that helpful (to me) since I’d like to know when I should go.

    (2) Include a “Did not check” column. That way, when a report says that tp and pt are available, but rice was not mentioned, and they selected “Did not check,” it’s clear that this report does not mean rice was out of stock but simply not looked for.

    Avatar JC March 29, 2020 1:24 pm Reply

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