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Old 02-08-2016, 12:44 PM
 
Location: Log "cabin" west of Bangor
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Want to bash something? Bash this; why is it my pack of boneless chicken breasts from Walmart at 3.99/lbs when boiled, has all this yellow foam floating up on top when the ones from whole foods at 5.99/lbs does not?
Higher fat content, not trimmed as well.

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Why is it when I bake the chicken, the Walmart ones lose about 25% of its weight while the Whole Foods ones lose about 10% of its weight? Why is it on the boneless chicken thighs from Walmart at 2.99/lbs, I am removing a ton of fat and still lose weight from cooking, while the ones from Whole Foods at 3.99/lbs has hardly any fat or loss of weight?
Pay attention to the labels on the WallyWorld stuff- I've noticed that some of them say "contains up to xx%" of a 'solution'- mostly (I presume) a solution of water and salt or something like that, unless you're getting the higher priced name brand stuff (maybe those too, but I can't recall at the moment).

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Why can I buy blueberries at Walmart and I better eat them within two days or they start to go bad, while ones from Whole Foods always without fail last much, much longer (add bananas and every other fruit and most veggies)
I rarely buy produce from WM unless I plan on using it immediately. I too have noticed that it goes bad sooner than stuff from a regular frocery store, in some cases, *very* quickly.

I'll go out on a limb and suggest that their buyers are bidding on lower quality, bottom-of-the-barrel stuff that's on its last legs when they get it, the stuff the more expensive stores have passed on.
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Old 02-08-2016, 12:53 PM
 
Location: Log "cabin" west of Bangor
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Younger women who have too much silicon implanted.
What? Are they Borg??
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Old 02-08-2016, 01:09 PM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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What? Are they Borg??

Well, most of them are connected to the Collective while they're shopping. Which is also true at Safeway.
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Old 02-08-2016, 04:27 PM
 
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I think the atmosphere depends very much on the Whole Foods you go to. The one in Princeton, NJ tended to have a very mixed crowd as it is close to some lower-income housing and they made a strong effort to cater to different ethnicities. The prices were not terrible if you knew how to shop. I'd go out of my way to shop there.

The stores I've been to in Colorado are significantly less a mix of incomes. The one in the Cherry Creek area is freakin' terrifying - I felt underdressed in a t-shirt and jeans. And yeah, it's way pricier.
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Old 02-08-2016, 04:30 PM
 
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The nearest Whole Foods to me is in Annapolis.


The customers there tend to fall into two categories:


Middle aged and older women who have seen the Botox needle too often.


Younger women who have too much silicon implanted.
You have just described the women who shop at Whole Foods in the affluent sections of LA!
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Old 02-08-2016, 05:12 PM
 
Location: Philaburbia
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I shop at Whole Foods, Trader Joe's, Aldi, Big Lots, produce markets, butcher shops ... and traditional grocery stores. I buy different items at all of them.

What kind of stereotype does that suggest? LOL

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When someone acts a bit holier than thou, it's fun to note their location at a shelf, go into the aisle next to it, and at the precise moment when they're reaching for the product -push a few boxes off the shelf and have them fall at their feet. *useful at the library as well. Hey, I lead a boring life!
How mature of you.

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Are Trader Joe's shoppers weird too? What about shoppers at Aldi?
There was a woman at Aldi today who was on my last nerve! Everywhere I turned, there she was, between me and what I wanted to pick off the shelf.
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Old 02-08-2016, 06:55 PM
 
Location: San Francisco Bay Area
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Those of you who complain about Whole Foods' prices ought to visit Draeger's. LOL!

They have four locations, all in upscale neighborhoods: San Mateo, Menlo Park, Danville, and Los Altos.

Here's a pic of one:

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Old 02-08-2016, 08:00 PM
 
Location: Pacific Northwest
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Never noticed what your saying OP. Whole foods offers good quality meats, produce and dairy. Their 365 store brand products are comparable to other grocery stores.

Although one time driving thru St. Louis (Whole Foods) a lady almost hit me in the parking lot and didn't care. I casually mentioned that to the customer service and he said it's common and quite a complaint, never happened at any other location.
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Old 02-08-2016, 08:14 PM
 
Location: Fremont, California
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Those of you who complain about Whole Foods' prices ought to visit Draeger's. LOL!

They have four locations, all in upscale neighborhoods: San Mateo, Menlo Park, Danville, and Los Altos.
That's what I was thinking too. Dragger's makes Whole Foods look like a run down Safeway in a bad neighborhood.

OP's Whole Foods experience is nothing like what I've experienced here in Northern California. The suburb that I live in is ethnically diverse, middle class, and the Whole Foods is two blocks from a train station. So, you see all sorts of people shopping there, and no one walks around looking confused or nervous. It also most definitely isn't a status symbol. In Silicon Valley if you want to flaunt your wealth, you buy a Tesla Roadster. Your choice of grocery store isn't even on anyone's radar.
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Old 02-08-2016, 08:58 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia, PA
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You nailed it on the paranoia. They keep looking around and like behind their shoulders and they look SCARED.
Many of them are so skinny and sickly looking that I feel like a giant amongst them (I'm 5'10, 200#) ... They're so worried about "this and that" in their food, but then I see them outside smoking brown cigarettes.
I do love Whole Foods whole milk in the glass bottle, though. Best I ever had.
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