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    Default Eneloops discontinued at Costco (USA)?

    For the last few weeks, every Costco I've been to in San Diego has had the eneloop 10 AA and 12 AAA packs at the regular price of $19.99 but the tag on the shelf has an asterisk. Anyone know if they are being replaced with something else?

    Also, I saw the Costco Canada website has an Eneloop Pro combo pack available with charger...wonder if we're getting those as replacements?

    Wondering if I should stock up before they're gone or hang in there. Any insight would be appreciated.

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    Default Re: Eneloops discontinued at Costco (USA)?

    I saw them all about a week, or two, ago at my local Costco. Don't know if they're blowing them out, but they've had the AA, AAA and combo packs for a while now.

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    My former mentor has a son in management of Costco. He told stories of times like when Coke told them to raise their prices and the next day every form of any Coca Cola product was either removed or being removed from every Costco.
    He said one time when Costco got into selling coffee the futures market went through the roof, and that 2 hot dog makers went belly up when Costco decided to make their own.

    Makes me wonder if Panasonic pissed off Costco or just cannot keep them stocked lately.
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    Default Re: Eneloops discontinued at Costco (USA)?

    Every store's different.

    My Costco has had them for 5 years, but sometimes I've seen them out, like any other item/store on Earth.

    Personally, they're right next to the Duracells and Rayovacs, so I'm guessing that most people at a Costco, don't even know what they are.

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    I actually bought a new combo set a few weeks ago and had the charger burn out on me after only using it once. When I went to return it I saw a pile of combos sitting in a stack behind the customer service counter, so I decided to get a refund instead of a replacement. I assumed at the time that they just got a bad batch. I wonder if that had anything to do with it. I hope they get it sorted out, since they're the only reasonable place to buy rechargeables in person.

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    Big box stores have a practice of signing big deals with suppliers taking a substantial portion of their production. They then begin squeezing them on price. Poor supplier who committed too much of his business to that one customer.

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    Default Re: Eneloops discontinued at Costco (USA)?

    FYI the 8AA + 4AAA set that includes the charger is currently on-sale nation-wide for $24. I believe until the end of the month. But, for some reason, they are not marked that way in all stores. My store (near LAX) had no signage but it still ran-up with the instant coupon.

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    Default Re: Eneloops discontinued at Costco (USA)?

    Here in the San Francisco area (East Bay) our Costcos have the Eneloop multi packs stocked. They do seem to come and go during the year. I remember last summer, when all the solar items were out on display, you could not find Eneloop in the store.

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    Default Re: Eneloops discontinued at Costco (USA)?

    Well, I've asked at Costco and they can't give me info on if they will be replaced or just discontinued. My two regular Costcos are almost completely out of everything - one had three of the multi-packs with chargers left and no AA and AAA packs, another over 20 of those and only AAA 12 packs left.

    I'm hopeful they will be replaced with new battery colors or the combo packs with C & D adapters but just in case they aren't I bought some to replace my near 10 year old cells.

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    Default Re: Eneloops discontinued at Costco (USA)?

    Quote Originally Posted by Wicho View Post
    Well, I've asked at Costco and they can't give me info on if they will be replaced or just discontinued. My two regular Costcos are almost completely out of everything - one had three of the multi-packs with chargers left and no AA and AAA packs, another over 20 of those and only AAA 12 packs left.

    I'm hopeful they will be replaced with new battery colors or the combo packs with C & D adapters but just in case they aren't I bought some to replace my near 10 year old cells.
    You can get legitimate Eneloop C/D adapters, both Gen. 1s and Gen. 2s, off of Ebay all day long. Gen. 2s have the screw on backs, FWIW.

    The AAs in the 10 pack are dark blue and the AAAs in the 12 pack are silver, so while not groundbreaking, they're a bit different from the typical white wrappers.

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