I got my tree at Costco for the first time last year. It was the best deal and the nicest tree I have ever had. I was skeptical because they are all wrapped up and you can't see what they look like really before you purchase them. Slickdeals users helped me out by saying they were all great and in my case, they were absolutely right!
We bought one last weekend. $27 + tax in central VA.
The tree is advertised between 7-9ft tall IIRC. Ours is about 8' even after a little base trimming.
They are all tied with rope, so it's a little difficult to see exactly what you're getting without unrwapping them. He told me the bigger base and heavier weight means a fatter tree and skinny base means skinny tree (sounds logical, right?). I bought the heaviest, fattest-trunked tree without unrwapping any (it was cold, I had a lot more stops to make, and I didn't feel like re-wrapping it up), and it's definitely a wide tree, even at 8'. It is an excellent tree - well proportioned and very full. Very happy overall.
Btw, HD and Lowes have fresh trees for $20, but they're all about 6' tall. I figure the extra $7+ dollars is worth the extra height.
anyone know of a place to buy a base for cheap? i assume this tree just comes on a wood board X stand hammmered together
Wal-Mart, Target, etc. should have stands for less than $20, probably much cheaper than that. No freshly cut tree I've ever purchased comes with any stand. The Costco trees are wrapped up without stands. The Costco on Elston had these trees as of Sunday. I imagine they will sell out quickly here, because $27 is a steal here in the city. Even tiny trees at tree lots are $50 and up.
Do they come with a base of some kind? Never got one before and thinking of grabbing one this year. Is it buy and bring home stick in corner, start decorating deal?
From my experience last year, they do not come with a base so you would have to purchase that separately. The trees are compressed and wrapped in netting so you can't see their shape or width, but you can obviously see their height. They are great trees at a great price!
You should cut at least a 1/2" off the bottom of the trunk in order to get a clean, fresh cut to aid in water absorption to keep the tree from drying out and needles from dropping early. You'll also probably want to cut the lowest branches off so that you can get presents under there.
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