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Old 10-27-2009, 09:39 AM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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for the most part trader joe's only sells one brand for each item they carry (usually their own), maybe that has something to do with it.
But why would that allow them to sell their mild, bread, etc cheaper than a "plain wrap" brand at a supermarket? (Of course, this question is based on the assumption that TJ's prices are lower as reported by the original poster.)
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Old 10-27-2009, 10:08 AM
 
Location: Up in the air
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I usually shop between a local grocery chain (Spencers or Cookie Crock) and Trader Joe's. Every once in a while I'll go to the 'big stores' to grab a few things, but it's always far more expensive and of lesser quality ingredients. Between the locals and TJs, plus my farmes market for veggies and fruits I have zero need to go to big brand grocery store and consider myself very lucky.
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Old 11-16-2009, 10:30 AM
 
Location: San Jose
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I know someone on the east coast who got all excited maybe 10 years ago when Trader Joe's finally opened a store in or near NYC. The joke was on him, though: he made the trek and discovered that they weren't allowed to sell wine and liquor because of some obscure New York state law. With such restrictions still in place, I can understand why TJ's is reluctant to expand into some states. Who wants to shop at an emasculated version of Trader Joe's?
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Old 11-16-2009, 11:44 AM
 
Location: Apple Valley Calif
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All I have to say is that every Trader Joe's I went into in the Boston area (when I went to school there) was dirty and run-down. Sure, the stuff (including wine) was cheap, but I felt like I needed a shower once I left the door. Maybe there were some nicer ones in different areas but the way those stores were kept turning me off for good.
I shop at several TJ's in So Calif, and they couldn't be cleaner or neater. It's hard to imagine the management would allow a dirty store, expecially one that sells food, but having never been near Boston, I have no idea what you put up with.
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Old 11-16-2009, 01:20 PM
 
Location: Bay Area
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All I have to say is that every Trader Joe's I went into in the Boston area (when I went to school there) was dirty and run-down. Sure, the stuff (including wine) was cheap, but I felt like I needed a shower once I left the door. Maybe there were some nicer ones in different areas but the way those stores were kept turning me off for good.
Wow, A friend of mine that lives outside of Boston said the exact same thing-- produce was old, store was dirty, run down etc.

Really strange since it's a complete opposite at the stores here on the West Coast. I prefer to do most of my shopping at TJ's because of the prices, friendly staff, cleanliness etc. I've also noticed that they've started selling more "unwrapped" fruits/veg which used to drive me crazy.
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Old 11-16-2009, 01:30 PM
 
Location: San Diego North County
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Oh how I miss Trader Joe's....you don't know what you've got until you're in Wyoming and the closest TJ's is in Santa Fe, New Mexico.....

(I miss IKEA too....)
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Old 11-16-2009, 01:57 PM
 
Location: Denver
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I have been doing some price comparisons between Trader Joe's and Albertsons and Vons, Trader Joes's is less money for staples such as milk and eggs and beer and bread, and especially cheap wine, two buck chuck. On most items they are cheaper.

One would think that the big chain supermarkets with their buying volume would be cheaper, but they aren't.

Why is this?
Surprisingly Whole Foods (or 'Whole Paycheck' as I call it) is also less than "The Supermarkets" in the staples arena.

For example 1 gallon of "Clover" Whole Organic Milk is $3.50 here in Redwood City. While right across the street at Safeway's it is $6.00 for the "Horizons" gallon, $5.00 for the Safeway brand.

Where Whole Foods is expensive (by far), is in Produce and Poultry...but their stuff is near perfect.
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Old 11-16-2009, 02:03 PM
 
Location: Cali
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Fresh & Easy is also very good. I sure do hope they expand beyond CA, NV, and AZ.
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Old 11-16-2009, 02:08 PM
 
Location: SW MO Aux Arcs
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Here in the boonies of SW MO the closest TJs is in St. Louis which is about a four hour drive. There are four of them there but none elsewhere.

Needless to say, that doesn't make for weekly shopping!
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Old 11-16-2009, 05:08 PM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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Here in the boonies of SW MO the closest TJs is in St. Louis which is about a four hour drive. There are four of them there but none elsewhere.

Needless to say, that doesn't make for weekly shopping!
there is one in St Louis you don't want to visit...If you do, you will miss the ones in California so much. We went while in St Louis a year or so ago...

Nita
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