During that era (when we were drive farming) I drove down to Los Angeles for Thanksgiving with my wife’s family. As we head back, I see a “Costco” from the freeway and swerve to catch the exit and head in for the “limit two hard drives per customer deal”. Costco was one of the retail outfits we were farming as hard as we could.
Ok, so first time through the checkout line with two drives, I’m totally cool because it’s normal, right? I show my receipt to the dude at the exit door, and walk out into the parking lot and I drop the two drives off in the car with the wife, and say “Darling, just hang out here, I’m going to try again” and head back in for two more drives at the “limit two per customer” price. (My wife helped with drive farming to keep Backblaze alive, she knew the drill.)
The second time through the checkout line, I choose the cashier as far away from the first cashier as possible, but then I see the dude at the exit door. He let’s me through and I just assume he doesn’t recognize me.
About the fourth time through, it is starting to get uncomfortable. 🙂 The cashier I have now used a couple times says “is this a good deal or something?” and I respond “great deal, I’m stocking up”. The dude at the exit door now knows me well and says “Hey, you are back!” So I just straight up ask him, “When are you going to stop me from looping through here?” The dude doesn’t miss a beat and says, “as long as your credit card clears, you are golden to walk back and forth to your car as many times as you like”.
The next time through, I ask the dude at the exit door, “have you ever seen this before?” and again, he doesn’t miss a beat and says “it happens with certain deals Costco offers, the store says let you be you.”
I buy out MOST of Costco’s entire forklift pallet of “limit two per customer” hard drives over about an hour and a half. About the time my personal credit card was rejected my Nissan Sentra was bursting at the seams with drives and my wife was looking at me impatiently. We drove north back to the San Francisco area with $9,000 worth of hard drives in the trunk and back seat of the Sentra.
Brian Wilson, Reddit