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#4623365 - 01/04/18 05:48 AM Costco battery rack - almost empty
JC1 Offline


Registered: 11/29/08
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Loc: Oshawa, Ontario Canada


I was at Costco laat night and the battery rack is almost empty.

I'm sure the battery manufacturers will be working overtime this winter.


Edited by JC1 (01/04/18 05:49 AM)
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#4623401 - 01/04/18 06:44 AM Re: Costco battery rack - almost empty [Re: JC1]
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Registered: 06/25/15
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I wonder if my local WM just put the old Subaru battery I traded in to get my core charge back on display with a $200 price tag... ;^)
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#4623407 - 01/04/18 06:49 AM Re: Costco battery rack - almost empty [Re: JC1]
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As you know... Heat kills batteries and winter is when that shows up.
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#4623495 - 01/04/18 08:33 AM Re: Costco battery rack - almost empty [Re: JC1]
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Tis the season
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#4623506 - 01/04/18 08:45 AM Re: Costco battery rack - almost empty [Re: JC1]
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Registered: 12/28/16
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C(cold) is the season for B(battery) smile
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#4623518 - 01/04/18 08:53 AM Re: Costco battery rack - almost empty [Re: JC1]
Linctex Offline


Registered: 12/31/16
Posts: 6148
Loc: Waco, TX
Originally Posted By: JC1

I was at Costco laat night and the battery rack is almost empty.

I'm sure the battery manufacturers will be working overtime this winter.


Nahhhh.... they just need to be shipped.

They already have warehouses full of them.
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#4623535 - 01/04/18 09:05 AM Re: Costco battery rack - almost empty [Re: JC1]
JHZR2 Offline



Registered: 12/14/02
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Loc: New Jersey
That picture is up to date? I thought they stopped labeling them Kirkland, and changed to interstate?

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#4623554 - 01/04/18 09:17 AM Re: Costco battery rack - almost empty [Re: JC1]
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It is that time of the year.
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#4623601 - 01/04/18 09:52 AM Re: Costco battery rack - almost empty [Re: bbhero]
oldoak2000 Offline


Registered: 07/23/14
Posts: 119
Loc: North TEXAS
Originally Posted By: bbhero
As you know... Heat kills batteries and winter is when that shows up.


actually, TIME kills batteries (~ 6years); 'heat' just shortens the time to 2-3 years.

They are 'chemical' devices that wear(diminish capacity) with age; extreme cold slows the chemistry ~50%;
so, a 3yr old battery (60% capacity) at at 0degrees only has 30% capacity - prolly barely enough to start an engine trudging in thickened oil.

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#4623638 - 01/04/18 10:18 AM Re: Costco battery rack - almost empty [Re: oldoak2000]
Kira Offline


Registered: 08/19/10
Posts: 5203
Loc: Champlain/Hudson Valley
A cold spell like this one will spur battery sales to be sure.

Costco will benefit from monitoring which batteries sold. Parts sales data bases include when the last item number sold.

A friend handed me a "flatter" oil filter (WIX) for an old Honda.

I brought it to a big WIX dealer to swap it and the lad told me they had one in stock and had sold one just 14 years before.

He said they couldn't swap it so I gave it to them. "It should keep the other one company", I said.

They charged me only $3 for the filter I bought.

Sorry for the long post but it's snowing out.

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#4623671 - 01/04/18 10:44 AM Re: Costco battery rack - almost empty [Re: JC1]
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Registered: 12/08/06
Posts: 8262
Loc: Illinois
That's why I always hope that I don't have to replace a battery until a couple of weeks *after* the first bad cold snap.... it allows enough time for some fresh stock to arrive.
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#4623721 - 01/04/18 11:25 AM Re: Costco battery rack - almost empty [Re: JC1]
supton Offline


Registered: 11/09/08
Posts: 11909
Loc: NH
I wonder how many of those batteries are truly dead when they get replaced. Last winter I drained one battery; this winter it got drained again. But it's limping along after being charged up. Another battery took a deep discharge also. Both are probably end of life, but a bit of charging and they still are pulling their weight, even in the middle of their worst trials.

I don't blame those who want to proactively replace--but I wonder if they are a bit too quick to replace? One good charge and maybe another year's use?
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#4623727 - 01/04/18 11:27 AM Re: Costco battery rack - almost empty [Re: JC1]
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Registered: 01/17/17
Posts: 128
Loc: California
Wish Costco still sold Kirkland batteries here, mine lasted 6 years and was still good when I replaced it.

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#4623734 - 01/04/18 11:31 AM Re: Costco battery rack - almost empty [Re: JC1]
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Registered: 09/06/15
Posts: 5506
Loc: Kalifornia Kollective
I have a 10 year old Kirkland in the big Bronco and it still spins like crazy laugh
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#4623793 - 01/04/18 12:14 PM Re: Costco battery rack - almost empty [Re: JC1]
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Registered: 04/15/17
Posts: 593
Loc: SF BAY AREA, CA
Wow, where was that picture taken? I was under the impression they are now stickered Interstate instead of Kirkland and have been for years?
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