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Megan McArdle

Costco's Second-Class Citizens

Demonstration workers make up about 10 percent of Costco's in-store workforce. 

Apropos of yesterday's post on Costco, Wal-Mart and Trader Joe's, Ira Stoll passes on the following piece of information, which I hadn't known about:

According to the linked article, these demonstrators make up about 10 percent of Costco's in-store workforce. I had no idea that they didn't work for Costco. It seems that the majority of people who I interact with on a Costco trip actually work for someone else -- captive contractors who exist to provide demonstration staff for Costco stores.