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TikToker compares prices of Costco items between Canada and the U.S.

A Canadian TikToker has taken it upon himself to compare the prices of popular Costco items between the US and Canada to see which country offers the better deals.

Andy Shen conducts his "cross border grocery games" at Costco locations in the Vancouver, B.C., and Washington State areas and posts his findings on TikTok.

He first started his series in January, examining the price difference between Folgers Ground Coffee Classic Roast.

Based on the exchange rate at the time, Shen found that the Canadian Folgers coffee worked out to be a better deal at $10.74/kg CAD compared to the U.S. coffee priced at $12.83/kg CAD.

@andyshen.ca Costco Canada vs US -- Folgers In Your Cup #groceryshopping #grocerystore#costco#costcofinds #border #usa #canada ♬ original sound - andyshen.ca

Another popular comparison was between Kirkland organic maple syrup.

The 1L bottle in Canada was cheaper by around 8 per cent compared to the same product in the U.S.

Shen also tackled some produce items like a six-pack of bell peppers.

The Canadian peppers worked out to be a much better deal.

@andyshen.ca

Costco Canada vs USA -- Maple Syrup (Organic) by Kirkland Signature #groceryshopping #grocerystore#costco#costcofinds #border #usa #canada

♬ original sound - andyshen.ca

What about cheese? In February, Shen put the Kirkland Signature Parmigiano Reggiano to his cross-border test.

Shen's calculations found the cheese at the U.S. Costco location was the way to go.

Many commenters on Shen's videos wanted him to compare U.S. and Canadian meat, and he delivered.

Which organic lean ground beef do you think will be a better deal?

While the U.S. beef was slightly cheaper, the price wasn't too far off from the Canadian product.

One of Shen's most popular videos was his price analysis of chicken thighs.

@andyshen.ca

Costco 🇨🇦 vs 🇺🇸 -- Chicken Thighs (Kirkland Signature) #costco #groceryshopping #inflation #canada #usa

♬ original sound - Andy - andyshen.ca

Americans get a much better deal on the item at Costco, but many folks in the comments said they would stick with buying Canadian meat products either way.

"We have a more strict policy about our food so I'll stick to Canadian meat," said one commenter.

"USA meat and dairy products are not anywhere near the quality," added another person.

One individual said they 'trust Canadian chicken producers more than the U.S. ones."

Some Canadians have said they've found way better deals when they cross the border to shop for groceries.

Do you find better deals at Costco in Canada or the U.S.?

Lead photo by

@andyshen.ca/TikTok


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