Costco Resists Seattle’s Sugary Drink Tax

Joe Scudder
Written by Joe Scudder

Costco gives instructions to customers on how to avoid their sugary drink tax by going to other Costco locations.

Despite wanting to keep customers, the Costco in Seattle is reminding them they can go to other locations and not have to pay the sugary drink tax. They are also displaying labels that show exactly how Seattle’s new law is affecting prices.

Why would they do this? The managers of Costco probably figured people would go to other stores anyway. At least, they can direct people to other Costco stores.

PJ Media reports, “Soda Tax Sticker Shock Grips Seattle.

The sign at Costco explaining the jacked-up price of a case of Gatorade has gone viral.

On January 1, Seattle had several new progressive laws go into effect. Along with mandatory paid sick leave, mandates for employers to post work schedules 14 days in advance, and severe restrictions on short-term rental platforms (Airbnb, VRBO, etc.), Seattle imposed a massive new soda tax — 1.75 cents per OUNCE on sugary drinks.

In response, at least one major retailer advertised in detail the reason for the significant increase in prices.

Costco, famous for selling products in bulk quantities, faces especially stiff price increases. On the previously mentioned pallet of 35 bottles of Gatorade, a list price of $15.99 is taxed $10.34, with a total cost of $26.33. Signs all over the Seattle stores list the tax separately, and then have another sign offering solutions to the consumer […].

Two weeks in and this issue still dominates social media — and for good reason. Sticker shock has gripped Seattle. Luckily, a solution presented itself right away, as Costco pointed out. Just head to the next town over to avoid the tax!

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Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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