5 times you shouldn't buy the Kirkland brand at Costco

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  • Costco and
    its house brand, Kirkland, are known for their high-quality,
    low-cost products.
  • But there are certain Kirkland Signature items that you
    might want to avoid throwing in your Costco
    shopping cart.
  • Here are five Kirkland brand items you should steer
    clear of on your next trip to Costco.

If you have a
Costco membership
or know someone who does, then you’re
familiar with the high-quality and value of many of Costco’s

, you can generally find great prices on large quantities
of name-brand merchandise, like Tide, Kellogg’s, or Kraft

But if you’re looking for even better deals on food and
household items, you can choose from the variety of products
offered by Costco’s in-store brand, Kirkland Signature. Consumers
often give Kirkland Signature products, from
high ratings
for living up to Costco’s mission for great
quality at a lower cost than name brands.  

After examining new customer satisfaction for top retailers in
the US, a
2017 retail report by ACSI
placed Costco on top with a score of
83, leading all department and discount stores.

But no one is perfect, and even Costco has had a few
with its signature brand.  

Here are five Kirkland brand products you may want to skip:

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1. Kirkland Signature Solid White Albacore Tuna

If your concern for animals extends to the ocean, you may want
to skip Costco’s inhouse
Solid White Albacore canned tuna

In 2017, the environmental organization Greenpeace ranked the
product as one of the nine worst cans of tuna on a “shopping guide”
for “sustainable, ethical, and fair” tuna brands. In its ranking,
Greenpeace criticized Costco’s tuna sourcing in part for failing to
“address destructive fishing practices.”

Alternatively, you can buy
Wild Planet
tuna at Costco, which Greenpeace found to be the
most sustainably-sourced brand.

2. Kirkland Signature Laundry Detergents

Kirkland Signature offers several varieties of
environmentally-conscious laundry detergents, like the
Kirkland Signature Environmentally Responsible Liquid Laundry
, and the allergy-free
Kirkland Signature Free & Clear Liquid Laundry

Despite the detergent’s name, The Environmental Working Group
has given Kirkland’s “Environmentally Responsible” liquid laundry
an F-grade
for environmental friendliness, citing risks of
asthma, skin irritation, cancer, and harm to the environment.

on Consumer Reports also reported getting rashes
after using Kirkland’s Free & Clear Liquid Laundry

3. Kirkland Signature Supreme Diapers

If you’re a new parent, buying diapers in bulk might sound like
the way to go. But Kirkland’s
Signature Supreme Diapers
may not be your most efficient

The smallest quantity of diapers that the Kirkland brand sells
in size 1 for infants is
192 diapers
. As the deals site
notes, your baby could outgrow these 192 diapers
before you can use them up. 

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Source: FS – All – Interesting – Lifestyle
5 times you shouldn't buy the Kirkland brand at Costco