First Look at Costco Warehouse Prices: $149,999 from Diamond Ring to 48-Roll Packs of Toilet Paper

An exclusive look at the products and deals Kiwis can expect from Costco coming soon to New Zealand. Video / NZ Herald

A platinum solitaire ring with 3.02 ct pear-shaped clarity diamonds sits to one side of the new Costco warehouse in Westgate.

His price? $149,999.99.

Across the 3-acre store, the Australian-made Kirkland Signature 3-ply, 48-roll ‘toilet paper’ sells across Tasman for AUD$34.99.

Patrick Noone shows off the $149,999.99 diamond ring - the most expensive in the new Costco warehouse in Auckland.  Photo / Carson Bluck
Patrick Noone shows off the $149,999.99 diamond ring – the most expensive in the new Costco warehouse in Auckland. Photo / Carson Bluck

Few products today displayed prices in the members-only megastore. Australasian boss Patrick Noone has not disclosed prices but all will be revealed from next Wednesday when the store opens at 8am.

Diamonds, sapphires, emeralds and pearls in the glass cases near the entrance are among the already priced items.

Hearing aids too. A pair of Kirkland Signature digital rechargeable hearing aids cost $1999.99, a pair of Phonak rechargeable aids cost $3999.99 while Philips rechargeables cost $2999.99/pair.

Audiology tests will be free and Noone said the aids will be delivered in about three days.

All products from the New Zealand store are inclusive of GST.

Cartier eyeglass frames with 18-karat gold trim cost $1,399 with free tests from an optician available.

Noone said people had already booked tests online and would come next week. “A delay of seven to ten days is envisaged,” Noone said.

“We have a system where we bring the prescription to Seattle and they pick up the lenses and put them in the frame in Sydney and then transport them to Auckland.”

An Omega Seamaster stainless steel men’s watch costs $27,999.99.

A men’s Versace watch is $1249, while a women’s Longines is $6449.99. Fossil, Ostrich and Skagen are other brands sold at the warehouse.

The 10ft Towering Animated Grim Reaper is Halloween ready, singing “save the last dance for me”, its skeleton lights up in neon green, realistic LCD eyes, “realistic head rotation and jaw movement, suitable for indoor and covered outdoor use.

It retails across the Tasman for A$319.99.

Patrick Noone, PM Jacinda Ardern and Minister for Trade and Consumer Affairs David Clark.  Photo /Julia Gabel
Patrick Noone, PM Jacinda Ardern and Minister for Trade and Consumer Affairs David Clark. Photo /Julia Gabel

Next to him is the 10-foot animated Halloween witch in purple and black, next to a life-size animated Headless Horseman in a soldier’s outfit with a pumpkin.

“In Australia they pretty much sell out. The scale and size are unique and local retailers wouldn’t have anything like it,” Noone says of the Halloween merchandise, snapping her fingers to reactivate the witch and mower.

A nearby storefront displays many luxury brand handbags.

A medium Yves St Laurent Niki black shoulder bag costs $3999.99. A Bvlgari handbag costs $4599.99, YSL’s small quilted Loulo black bag costs $3199.99 while a Tory Burch Kira Chevron mini bag costs $549.99.

These handbags are most popular on Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day and Christmas, says Noone.

Life-size 1.8m tall nutcracker soldiers with music and LED lights were produced in red, green and gold.

They retail for US$499.99 at Costco in the United States, but pricing for these standout Christmas pieces was unavailable today. Overseas advertising says soldiers sing up to eight different Christmas songs.

One of the most eye-catching products upon entering the warehouse are the rows of 12ft pre-lit artificial Christmas trees, complete with glowing LED micro lights, selling for over $1000 each at retail. ‘foreign. No prices are available here at the moment.

Clothing brands include Calvin Klein, Puma, Ben Sherman, Tommy Hilfiger, Nordica, adidas, Sportscraft and Canterbury.

Person with one of the electric bikes for sale in Auckland.  Photo / provided
Person with one of the electric bikes for sale in Auckland. Photo / supplied

Nobody says how much the popular 1.5kg roast chickens will cost, only that they sell for AU$6.99 in Australia.

But he says eight huge ovens he expects to operate during trading hours, selling “thousands” of chickens a day.

Sur-Ron electric off-road electric dirt bikes sell in Australia for A$5899.99 and are stocked in Auckland. The ad says they’re specifically designed for mountainous terrain, but are lightweight and quiet, with no clutches or complicated gear selectors.

The Costco warehouse opens in Westgate Wednesday at 8 a.m.

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