I originally did business with Price Club, the company that pioneered the club business. Costco eventually merged with Price Club and was then known as Price-Costco. Eventually they dropped the Price name.
One product I supplied to them had it's highest sales around the holidays. Common for most businesses is the fact they can't manufacture sufficient numbers of products during November and December due to the holidays. That means they build inventory during the summer to carry them through.
After 7 years of doing business, Costco dropped my product with one week notice, 3 weeks before the increased holiday shipments were to start. That was a $2 million hit they had no problem wipping their hands from. They didn't care about the existing inventory, or the special nature of the products involved. Now, that's the way it goes. It's business. Very cold way to do business, and many, many suppliers have been destroyed by the Costco way of doing business. I was big enough to absorb it and move on, but imagine how nice it would have been to lay off employees at Christmas.
Costco is nothing more than another big business. Somebody always pays, and for Costco, it's their suppliers. Again, there is a vast sea of ruined businesses out there who got carried away with the idea of doing business with them.
That's my experience. Again, I like the company, but this pedestal stuff is a bit much.