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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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
go to a cheap store.
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