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Are 'Too Many Canadians' Shopping at the Bellingham Costco?

By August 15, 2012

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So, right after I did my piece on Where to Shop Cheap in Seattle & Bellingham, I read that a group in Bellingham has started a Facebook page called "Bellingham Costco needs a special time just for Americans," (which has 4,473 likes and counting), because "too many" Canadians (presumably from Metro Vancouver) are heading south to shop cheap.

Apparently, even B.C. Tourism Minister Pat Bell agrees that too many Canadians are shopping in Washington, and says we should stay here to shop (with a total disregard to saving money, clearly), while the whole "controversy" has led to anti-Canadian comments on YouTube and Facebook.

OK. While I get that crowds at any store can be aggravating, surely most Bellingham residents appreciate the business Vancouverites/Canadians are sending their way, putting money into groceries, buying gas, and probably grabbing a meal or two down there when they shop. Right? Plus, I'm from Washington originally, and I promise: the vast majority of people love Vancouver/Canada. (And remember 10+ years ago, when Washingtonians would drive north, up here, to shop cheap(ish)? Maybe there's a bit of jealousy on display, here, too....)

Whatever happens, I'm sure none of us will stop shopping (cheap) in Washington state. Clearly, we just have to kill them (Bellingham residents) with (Canadian) kindness--even when grabbing for bulk toilet paper in Costco.


August 31, 2012 at 7:24 pm
(1) Ryan says:

Its awful presumptive to think that because your spending money in Washington that you get to do whatever you want. We dont like it when it takes over an hour to get gas at Costco. Show us your “Canadian” kindness by staying home.

December 4, 2012 at 12:02 am
(2) Haymanali says:

Hi Max:I am new to LifeRing, and I live outside of Vancouver, WA. I noctied that you have several meetings in Bellingham, WA, but do you know of any that are closer by near where I live?Thanks for your help.Sissy

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