$1.50. That's been the price of Costco's signature hot-dog-and-soda combo for more than three decades.
The humble $1.50 hot dog is a secret weapon for the big-box warehouse club. It's one of the perks that helps persuade shoppers to dish out $60 or $120 for a membership every year."I know it sounds crazy making a big deal about a hot dog, but we spend a lot of time on it," Costco co-founder Jim Sinegal told The Seattle Times in 2009. "We're known for that hot dog. That's something you don't mess with."Costco makes little to no profit on its $1.50 dogs, and inflation makes the price seem more dated every year. But it's unlikely to change."It's somewhat sacrosanct," Richard Galanti, Costco's longtime chief financial officer, said in an interview.
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