The worst things to buy at Trader Joe's

The trendy supermarket chain offers low prices on many items, but not everything.

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Jun 26, 2014 7:29PM
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I'll gladly pay extra for this stuff rather than going to Wal-Mart. 
Jun 26, 2014 8:31PM
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Why is MSN supporting WM?? One of the most despicable companies in the world.
Whole Foods and Walmart both do their damnedest to NOT pay decent wages as well as to NOT provide health care insurance to the vast majority of their workers. They can afford to have some lower prices. 
I will gladly pay a few higher prices at Trader Joe's to support a more responsible employer and company.

Jun 27, 2014 8:28AM
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Sorry, but I'd rather not buy fresh fruits and veggies at WalMart - just seeing all the fruit flies in the produce department lets me know there is fruit either already rotting, or getting very close to going bad.  Saving a couple cents doesn't matter when you have to throw uneaten food away because it went bad.
Jun 26, 2014 7:17PM
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A case of three buck chuck and you'll not worry about a few cents more for the rest of the stuff.
Jun 26, 2014 8:13PM
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Wow..Price plus quality defines a good buy. It has been over 2 years since i was in a Waldo.
Walmart may have have some things at lower prices, but across the board - NOT.  Check out their sporting goods or hardware higher costs compared to Kmart or Home Depot for two areas.

The big Kicker is quality...its definitely not at Walmart.
Trader Joe has them beat by a mile. Just check out those chicken breasts for instance.

Do you really want to travel (cost of gasoline) to Whole Foods for an item or two, because the rest of their food is Way higher.  Are you really saving money this way?
These articles are stupid !!!!




Jun 27, 2014 9:02AM
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what the heck did Trader Joes do to you MSN?  Trader Joes runs weekly specials like any other store.  You just have to walk in.  I would buy all of these things at Trader Joes.  Are you in Whole Foods pocket?  Another joke story from MSN.  They seem to numerous lately.
Jun 27, 2014 8:45AM
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I shop at stores that pay a living wage and gives benefits to their employees:  Trader Joe's, Winco, and Costco.   
Jun 27, 2014 2:41AM
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The thing is, at Trader Joes, you don't feel like a creep.
Jun 27, 2014 3:16AM
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To put TJs, Walmart, and Whole Foods in the same article is a little like comparing a Subaru, Yugo, and Mercedes.


Besides, how many Walmarts are within 50 miles of a Whole Foods.  Not many.

Jun 26, 2014 10:22PM
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The difference comes between quality and quantity.  Sometimes it's easy.  I love Trader Joe but it is far, so I make a special list just for them.  It will have their delicious cookies, the 1lb bars of belgium chocolate (can't be the price and the quality is one of the best chocolate I have ever tasted).  I will buy some of their frozen fish and fish/seafood products.  Go ahead buy their tuna in oil, so tasty and yes, I agree I won't buy the common item such as milk of eggs.  I did buy a few months ago some fresh blueberries and I thought I was in Luxembourg picking them in the woods.  Five stars to Trader Joe.
Jun 27, 2014 9:31AM
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how much do pirates pay for their earrings? a buccaneer.

what's the difference between deer nuts and beer nuts?
  beer nuts are a $1.69 and deer nuts are under a buck.

where does a one- armed man shop? at a secondhand store.

where does satisfaction come from? a satisfactory.
Jun 26, 2014 8:01PM
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part of why you go to trader joes is the selection, no one else has the selection, while i agree they are not the best on price, the convenience of one stop shop for healthy food out weights running to multiple stores, both in time and additional commuting costs.  if you have the time and the ability to shop multiple stores then yes by all means part your shopping list out.  
Jun 27, 2014 10:36AM
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Trader Joe's is great for unique items, like Teriyaki Chicken that you can get for $4.99 a bag in the frozen food section. It is pre-cooked, so you just heat it up in the microwave. Serve with steamed rice and vegatables and you have a quick meal for 2 or 3 people at a reasonable price.  Safeway tried to copy it, but their chicken wasn't as good.  Another unique item at Trader Joe's is their dark chocolate candy bar with Speculoos cookie spread filling, for 99 cents.  Awesome candy bar you can't get anywhere else.

 

Trader Joe's is like any other store; some items are priced better, some are worse, and some you can't get anywhere else.

Jun 27, 2014 11:22AM
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MSN bashes Wal-Mart for low employee wages, yet that's the exact reason their product prices are low. Then MSN bashes Trader Joes for having high prices, because of the ultra gullible "organic crowd", that will pay twice what they should for the same thing. 

"Don't shop anywhere", that's MSNBC's ultimate message. Just sit at home, and slowly starve to death.

Jun 27, 2014 10:48AM
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This is a damn Whole Foods and Walmart ad. WTF.  I bet Trader Joe's can find values over Whole Foods and Walmart too.
Jun 27, 2014 8:06AM
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What a crock! What was the purpose for writing this article? Every store has a selection of "more expensive items" to pad the bottom line. TJ's is no different.

 

A better suggestion is to be sure and check your receipt before leaving the store. The number of pricing errors that are happening in most grocery outlets are too numerous to be coincidence. A fairly recent game is to put a few cheaper house brand item next to a namebrand with a big low price sign so that people in their hurry grab the higher priced item thinking that they're getting a deal!

 

Buyer Beware!

Jun 27, 2014 8:47AM
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I don't have a Trader Joe's anywhere near my home but when I have to go somewhere where there's one nearby I always stop in and do some shopping.  It's more of an adventure for me than crossing items off my shopping list.  Organic?  I don't fall for that price trap.  Walmart is fine for packaged and canned items but have you ever taken a good look at their fresh fruit and vegetable bins?  I don't think they ever get cleaned.  Overall, for price AND quality I'll shop the sales at my neighborhood big chain grocery stores like Kroger & Safeway.
Jun 27, 2014 6:33AM
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The produce at Wal-Mart (and BJs) seems to have a shorter shelf life after I get it home.

 

I only buy what I know I will use that day or the next...after that I'm suspicious.

Jun 27, 2014 7:46PM
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Trader Joe's is not a discount store.  It is a specialty store with good prices.  If you want cheap stuff,
go to a cheap store.

Jun 27, 2014 11:32AM
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how can they compare a trader joes to walmart.. overall i shop at TJ twice a week , maybe spend 10 dollars more a week and get a pleasant shopping experience.. from the produce to meats to the wines, whatever you need you need you will always find a smile in their employees.  Havent step in a walmart in more than 15 years and not ever I will
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