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Was 'the Truth About Costco's Kirkland Meat' Revealed?

An ominous online advertisement displayed pictures of raw meat and teased supposedly revealing information about some of Costco's Kirkland products.

Published Feb 9, 2021

Shoppers walk out with full carts from a Costco store in Washington, DC, on May 5, 2020. - Big-box retailer Costco is limiting consumer purchases of meat in the wake of shutdowns of US processing plants due to the coronavirus.Costco, which has about 440 stores in the United States, is limiting purchases to three items among beef, pork and poultry products, the company said on its website. (Photo by Nicholas Kamm / AFP) (Photo by NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP via Getty Images) (Nicholas Kamm/AFP via Getty Images)
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The website Learnitwise revealed "the truth" about Costco's Kirkland meat products.

Since at least February 2021, online advertisements promised to reveal "the truth" about Kirkland meat products at Costco Wholesale. The ads were displayed by the website Learnitwise on the Outbrain advertising network:

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Two ads we found read: "[Pic] The Truth About Costco's Kirkland Meat." Another said: "Why You Should Never Buy Meat From Costco."

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Readers who clicked either ad were led to a lengthy article on Learnitwise.com. The headline of the story was a bit different than what the ads promised. It read: "Over 30 of the Greatest and Worst Deals You'll Find at Costco."

Being a member of the elite Costco club has many perks. All members will vouch for just how worth it the benefits are, and their customers are more than satisfied with their stock. However, customers who shop at Costco generally think that they are being offered the best deals and steals — this is not always the case. The list below has been divided to show you exactly what the best method of money-saving is at Costco.

The article advised readers to either buy or don't buy specific Kirkland products sold at Costco. For example, the story advised Costco shoppers to buy Kirkland Maple Syrup, but to avoid purchasing books. Instead of only covering 30 items as the headline mentioned, the article spanned 99 pages.

However, the ad was a classic case of clickbait. No "truth" about Costco's Kirkland meat was ever revealed.

Meat was mentioned near the end of the story. It included advice from the author to buy Costco's Kirkland meat products:

Buy: Meat and Poultry

At Costco, the club cost is better than the usually offered price by a local grocery. The grade is also excellent for beef! You would just buy a bunch of meat with one go and instead split everything before placing it in portion sizes in the freezer.

The same story also advised readers to purchase the store's rotisserie chickens, bacon, and bacon crumbles.

In sum, an online ad promised to reveal "the truth" about Costco's Kirkland meats. The resulting story never mentioned anything of the sort.

Snopes debunks a wide range of content, and online advertisements are no exception. Misleading ads often lead to obscure websites that host lengthy slideshow articles with lots of pages. It's called advertising "arbitrage." The advertiser's goal is to make more money on ads displayed on the slideshow's pages than it cost to show the initial ad that lured them to it. Feel free to submit ads to us, and be sure to include a screenshot of the ad and the link to where the ad leads.

Jordan Liles is a Senior Reporter who has been with Snopes since 2016.

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