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  1. #1
    Gary Guest

    Default TJ sucks, imo.

    heheh Don't worry, Tommy Joe, i'm not talking about you. You're funny and
    amusing with your posts! You're pretty cool, imo. :-D

    Yesterday, I *finally* made it to and checked out my local Trader Joe's
    store (aka: TJ). It's only been open here for almost 4 years now and only
    1.5 miles from my home. It was about time that I finally checked it out.

    I was at that shopping center and decided to finally take a few minutes to
    investigate.

    One thing I wanted to buy was in their recent newsletter....The Greek Style
    Feta Dressing for salads. As I love feta cheese crumbled on salads, I
    wanted to try that. So I bought that for only $1.99 for an 8oz jar...a fair
    price.

    The second thing I wanted to try was their "Triple Ginger Snaps" that at
    least 2 people here raved about. I like those so worth a try, if they are
    "all that."

    The feta dressing: Disappointing taste. It's nothing more than cheap tasting
    ranch dressing with just enough feta cheeze blended in smoothly to give you
    a hint of that taste. I'll use it but I'll NEVER buy that crap again. Next
    time, I'll crumble some real feta cheese on my salad and use a decent salad
    dressing.

    As for the "to die for" Triple Ginger Snaps? YAWN!!!!
    This was my biggest disappointment. I've always bought Murray brand ginger
    snaps. I tried the TJ brand yesterday and expected the clouds to part and
    hear angels singing. Nope. Just plain old ginger snaps at twice the price.

    To be fair though, I bought a bag of my regular brand this morning and did
    the taste test side by side.

    I think my old Murray brand is better (or at least equal) and it's much less
    cost.

    Murray brand ginger snaps: $2.49 for 16oz bag
    Trader Joe's Triple ginger snaps: $3.99 for 14oz plastic container

    I also wandered the isles while I was there and I was not impressed with
    their prices. In most cases, I see that I can get better prices at my
    regular grocery store.

    Glad that I check out the store (finally) but I won't be going back. Trader
    Joe's is nothing special, imo.

    G.

  2. #2
    George Guest

    Default Re: TJ sucks, imo.

    On 9/9/2012 9:43 AM, Gary wrote:
    > heheh Don't worry, Tommy Joe, i'm not talking about you. You're funny and
    > amusing with your posts! You're pretty cool, imo. :-D
    >
    > Yesterday, I *finally* made it to and checked out my local Trader Joe's
    > store (aka: TJ). It's only been open here for almost 4 years now and only
    > 1.5 miles from my home. It was about time that I finally checked it out.
    >
    > I was at that shopping center and decided to finally take a few minutes to
    > investigate.
    >
    > One thing I wanted to buy was in their recent newsletter....The Greek Style
    > Feta Dressing for salads. As I love feta cheese crumbled on salads, I
    > wanted to try that. So I bought that for only $1.99 for an 8oz jar...a fair
    > price.
    >
    > The second thing I wanted to try was their "Triple Ginger Snaps" that at
    > least 2 people here raved about. I like those so worth a try, if they are
    > "all that."
    >
    > The feta dressing: Disappointing taste. It's nothing more than cheap tasting
    > ranch dressing with just enough feta cheeze blended in smoothly to give you
    > a hint of that taste. I'll use it but I'll NEVER buy that crap again. Next
    > time, I'll crumble some real feta cheese on my salad and use a decent salad
    > dressing.
    >
    > As for the "to die for" Triple Ginger Snaps? YAWN!!!!
    > This was my biggest disappointment. I've always bought Murray brand ginger
    > snaps. I tried the TJ brand yesterday and expected the clouds to part and
    > hear angels singing. Nope. Just plain old ginger snaps at twice the price.



    No TJs around here so I have only stopped at one a few times. I love
    ginger snaps but I agree that the "triple ginger snaps" are nothing to
    write home about.



    >
    > To be fair though, I bought a bag of my regular brand this morning and did
    > the taste test side by side.
    >
    > I think my old Murray brand is better (or at least equal) and it's much less
    > cost.
    >
    > Murray brand ginger snaps: $2.49 for 16oz bag
    > Trader Joe's Triple ginger snaps: $3.99 for 14oz plastic container
    >
    > I also wandered the isles while I was there and I was not impressed with
    > their prices. In most cases, I see that I can get better prices at my
    > regular grocery store.
    >
    > Glad that I check out the store (finally) but I won't be going back. Trader
    > Joe's is nothing special, imo.
    >
    > G.
    >



  3. #3
    Boron Elgar Guest

    Default Re: TJ sucks, imo.

    On Sun, 09 Sep 2012 09:43:52 -0400, Gary <[email protected]> wrote:

    >
    >Yesterday, I *finally* made it to and checked out my local Trader Joe's
    >store (aka: TJ). It's only been open here for almost 4 years now and only
    >1.5 miles from my home. It was about time that I finally checked it out.
    >

    snip
    >
    >As for the "to die for" Triple Ginger Snaps? YAWN!!!!
    >This was my biggest disappointment. I've always bought Murray brand ginger
    >snaps. I tried the TJ brand yesterday and expected the clouds to part and
    >hear angels singing. Nope. Just plain old ginger snaps at twice the price.
    >
    >To be fair though, I bought a bag of my regular brand this morning and did
    >the taste test side by side.
    >
    >I think my old Murray brand is better (or at least equal) and it's much less
    >cost.
    >
    >Murray brand ginger snaps: $2.49 for 16oz bag
    >Trader Joe's Triple ginger snaps: $3.99 for 14oz plastic container
    >


    Just so you have the ingredients list side, by side, you can see the
    following::

    Murray's-

    Enriched Flour (Wheat Flour, Niacin, Reduced Iron, Thiamin Mononitrate
    [Vitamin B1], Riboflavin [Vitamin B2], Folic Acid), Sugar, Vegetable
    Oil (Soybean, Palm And Palm Kernel Oil With Tbhq For Freshness),
    Molasses, Contains Two Percent Or Less Of Ginger, Salt, Baking Soda,
    Soy Lecithin. Contains Wheat And Soy Ingredients. May Contain Traces
    Of Tree Nuts.


    And TJ's -

    Unbleached Wheat Flour, Brown Sugar, Butter (milk), Crystallized
    Ginger (Ginger, Sugar), Molasses, Eggs, Fresh Ginger, Baking Soda,
    Ground Ginger, Kosher Salt.

  4. #4
    sf Guest

    Default Re: TJ sucks, imo.

    On Sun, 09 Sep 2012 09:43:52 -0400, Gary <[email protected]> wrote:

    > I also wandered the isles while I was there and I was not impressed with
    > their prices. In most cases, I see that I can get better prices at my
    > regular grocery store.
    >
    > Glad that I check out the store (finally) but I won't be going back. Trader
    > Joe's is nothing special, imo.


    You went in with the wrong expectations. I've said over and over that
    it shouldn't be considered a regular grocery store. In any case, I'd
    never buy what you bought because I don't buy premade dressings or
    cookies.

    You didn't like their selection of bread/baguettes? I don't know what
    the bread aisle at TJ's is like where you live, but we have a great
    selection here - high quality (Acme, Semi-Freddies) at a really good
    price. One of my treats from their bread aisle is the "Almond Ring
    Danish (think: big bear claw). Eggs and dairy are always a very
    reasonable price too. It isn't a huge selection in terms of variety,
    but they have what I want at better prices than where I shop for
    groceries. Extra large eggs were consistently $1.69 a dozen before
    prices started to rise a couple of weeks ago in response to the
    drought. Check out the frozen vegetables. I always keep a bag of
    petit peas and one of roasted corn in the freezer - you just can't
    beat TJ's regular price for them, even on sale elsewhere. You already
    know how much I like their Marinara sauce in the 28 oz can and their
    Arrabbiata sauce in a jar. Read the labels; they're basically tomato
    and spices - home made without the work. On the snack aisle, they
    have Olive Oil potato chips, multi-colored potato chips, sweet potato
    chips, root chips, vegetable chips - all sorts of goodies - $1.99 for
    packages you'd be paying $4-5 for elsewhere. I buy the one pound
    package of regular hummus in the refrigerated section, it's perfectly
    seasoned for me... just enough garlic. I don't want/need anything
    fancier. Then there's the wine aisle... and beware of the checkout
    counter because that's where the chocolate starts whispering my name.

    But if you're not going back, you'll never know how wrong you are.

    --
    Food is an important part of a balanced diet.

  5. #5
    sf Guest

    Default Re: TJ sucks, imo.

    On Sun, 09 Sep 2012 10:32:35 -0400, Boron Elgar
    <boron_el[email protected]> wrote:

    > On Sun, 09 Sep 2012 09:43:52 -0400, Gary <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    > >
    > >Yesterday, I *finally* made it to and checked out my local Trader Joe's
    > >store (aka: TJ). It's only been open here for almost 4 years now and only
    > >1.5 miles from my home. It was about time that I finally checked it out.
    > >

    > snip
    > >
    > >As for the "to die for" Triple Ginger Snaps? YAWN!!!!
    > >This was my biggest disappointment. I've always bought Murray brand ginger
    > >snaps. I tried the TJ brand yesterday and expected the clouds to part and
    > >hear angels singing. Nope. Just plain old ginger snaps at twice the price.
    > >
    > >To be fair though, I bought a bag of my regular brand this morning and did
    > >the taste test side by side.
    > >
    > >I think my old Murray brand is better (or at least equal) and it's much less
    > >cost.
    > >
    > >Murray brand ginger snaps: $2.49 for 16oz bag
    > >Trader Joe's Triple ginger snaps: $3.99 for 14oz plastic container
    > >

    >
    > Just so you have the ingredients list side, by side, you can see the
    > following::
    >
    > Murray's-
    >
    > Enriched Flour (Wheat Flour, Niacin, Reduced Iron, Thiamin Mononitrate
    > [Vitamin B1], Riboflavin [Vitamin B2], Folic Acid), Sugar, Vegetable
    > Oil (Soybean, Palm And Palm Kernel Oil With Tbhq For Freshness),
    > Molasses, Contains Two Percent Or Less Of Ginger, Salt, Baking Soda,
    > Soy Lecithin. Contains Wheat And Soy Ingredients. May Contain Traces
    > Of Tree Nuts.
    >
    >
    > And TJ's -
    >
    > Unbleached Wheat Flour, Brown Sugar, Butter (milk), Crystallized
    > Ginger (Ginger, Sugar), Molasses, Eggs, Fresh Ginger, Baking Soda,
    > Ground Ginger, Kosher Salt.


    Thank you. That's why people shop at Trader Joe's - although you do
    have to read labels there too, especially the canned/jarred tomato
    products.

    --
    Food is an important part of a balanced diet.

  6. #6
    gtr Guest

    Default Re: TJ sucks, imo.

    On 2012-09-09 13:43:52 +0000, Gary said:

    > Glad that I check out the store (finally) but I won't be going back. Trader
    > Joe's is nothing special, imo.


    Yeah, the feta and the ginger snaps; that's pretty much all they've got.


  7. #7
    Ed Pawlowski Guest

    Default Re: TJ sucks, imo.

    On Sun, 09 Sep 2012 09:43:52 -0400, Gary <[email protected]> wrote:



    >I also wandered the isles while I was there and I was not impressed with
    >their prices. In most cases, I see that I can get better prices at my
    >regular grocery store.
    >
    >Glad that I check out the store (finally) but I won't be going back. Trader
    >Joe's is nothing special, imo.
    >
    >G.


    I don't go there for the prices. We stop at a TJs once or twice a
    year. Last year they had apple pies that we reasonably priced and
    very good. They had some good bread too. Most of their stuff seems
    geared to the working family that wants a quick meal on the table,
    thus a lot of frozen stuff easy to prepare.

    If I want something special, Whole Foods or Wegmans are better
    choices, IMO.

  8. #8
    James Silverton Guest

    Default Re: TJ sucks, imo.

    On 9/9/2012 10:34 AM, sf wrote:
    > On Sun, 09 Sep 2012 09:43:52 -0400, Gary <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >> I also wandered the isles while I was there and I was not impressed with
    >> their prices. In most cases, I see that I can get better prices at my
    >> regular grocery store.
    >>
    >> Glad that I check out the store (finally) but I won't be going back. Trader
    >> Joe's is nothing special, imo.

    >
    > You went in with the wrong expectations. I've said over and over that
    > it shouldn't be considered a regular grocery store. In any case, I'd
    > never buy what you bought because I don't buy premade dressings or
    > cookies.
    >
    > You didn't like their selection of bread/baguettes? I don't know what
    > the bread aisle at TJ's is like where you live, but we have a great
    > selection here - high quality (Acme, Semi-Freddies) at a really good
    > price. One of my treats from their bread aisle is the "Almond Ring
    > Danish (think: big bear claw). Eggs and dairy are always a very
    > reasonable price too. It isn't a huge selection in terms of variety,
    > but they have what I want at better prices than where I shop for
    > groceries. Extra large eggs were consistently $1.69 a dozen before
    > prices started to rise a couple of weeks ago in response to the
    > drought. Check out the frozen vegetables. I always keep a bag of
    > petit peas and one of roasted corn in the freezer - you just can't
    > beat TJ's regular price for them, even on sale elsewhere. You already
    > know how much I like their Marinara sauce in the 28 oz can and their
    > Arrabbiata sauce in a jar. Read the labels; they're basically tomato
    > and spices - home made without the work. On the snack aisle, they
    > have Olive Oil potato chips, multi-colored potato chips, sweet potato
    > chips, root chips, vegetable chips - all sorts of goodies - $1.99 for
    > packages you'd be paying $4-5 for elsewhere. I buy the one pound
    > package of regular hummus in the refrigerated section, it's perfectly
    > seasoned for me... just enough garlic. I don't want/need anything
    > fancier. Then there's the wine aisle... and beware of the checkout
    > counter because that's where the chocolate starts whispering my name.
    >
    > But if you're not going back, you'll never know how wrong you are.
    >

    I quite like TJ's spaghetti sauces but I wish they would sell them in
    smaller quantities. Yes, I know I can freeze small quantities and I do!
    A lot of their breads are quite good but I don't think much of their
    baguettes; my regular (Giant) grocery store does better and sells a more
    authentically French tasting sourdough. I can't talk much about their
    wines since none of their stores in Maryland seem to have licenses.

    --
    Jim Silverton (Potomac, MD)

    Extraneous "not" in Reply To.

  9. #9
    George M. Middius Guest

    Default Re: TJ sucks, imo.

    Gary wrote:

    > Murray brand ginger snaps: $2.49 for 16oz bag
    > Trader Joe's Triple ginger snaps: $3.99 for 14oz plastic container


    Funny you should focus on two items and come up short.

    > Glad that I check out the store (finally) but I won't be going back. Trader
    > Joe's is nothing special, imo.


    Here are my regular TJ items:

    nuts
    breakfast cereal
    cheese
    dried fruit
    frozen vegetables
    yogurt
    chips

    On all of those items, TJ's prices are much lower than supermarkets
    around here. They also have many prepared foods, mostly frozen, that
    are either unavailable at big stores or, again, a lot more costly
    there.

    If the cookies and salad dressing are what matters most to you, then
    you're right to shun the store.




  10. #10
    Gary Guest

    Default Re: TJ sucks, imo.

    Boron Elgar wrote:
    >
    > On Sun, 09 Sep 2012 09:43:52 -0400, Gary <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    > >
    > >Yesterday, I *finally* made it to and checked out my local Trader Joe's
    > >store (aka: TJ). It's only been open here for almost 4 years now and only
    > >1.5 miles from my home. It was about time that I finally checked it out.
    > >

    > snip
    > >
    > >As for the "to die for" Triple Ginger Snaps? YAWN!!!!
    > >This was my biggest disappointment. I've always bought Murray brand ginger
    > >snaps. I tried the TJ brand yesterday and expected the clouds to part and
    > >hear angels singing. Nope. Just plain old ginger snaps at twice the price.
    > >
    > >To be fair though, I bought a bag of my regular brand this morning and did
    > >the taste test side by side.
    > >
    > >I think my old Murray brand is better (or at least equal) and it's much less
    > >cost.
    > >
    > >Murray brand ginger snaps: $2.49 for 16oz bag
    > >Trader Joe's Triple ginger snaps: $3.99 for 14oz plastic container
    > >

    >
    > Just so you have the ingredients list side, by side, you can see the
    > following::
    >
    > Murray's-
    >
    > Enriched Flour (Wheat Flour, Niacin, Reduced Iron, Thiamin Mononitrate
    > [Vitamin B1], Riboflavin [Vitamin B2], Folic Acid), Sugar, Vegetable
    > Oil (Soybean, Palm And Palm Kernel Oil With Tbhq For Freshness),
    > Molasses, Contains Two Percent Or Less Of Ginger, Salt, Baking Soda,
    > Soy Lecithin. Contains Wheat And Soy Ingredients. May Contain Traces
    > Of Tree Nuts.
    >
    > And TJ's -
    >
    > Unbleached Wheat Flour, Brown Sugar, Butter (milk), Crystallized
    > Ginger (Ginger, Sugar), Molasses, Eggs, Fresh Ginger, Baking Soda,
    > Ground Ginger, Kosher Salt.


    One thing I liked about the TJ ginger snaps was the small bits of
    crystallized ginger that gave them a slightly chewy taste at the end. Other
    than that, I don't care about the ingredients. I don't eat them often so I
    let my taste buds make the final decision. For half the price, I'll choose
    Murray's from now on.

    G.

  11. #11
    pltrgyst Guest

    Default Re: TJ sucks, imo.

    On 9/9/12 9:43 AM, Gary wrote:
    >
    > Yesterday, I *finally* made it to and checked out my local Trader Joe's
    > store (aka: TJ). It's only been open here for almost 4 years now and only
    > 1.5 miles from my home. It was about time that I finally checked it out.


    1.5 miles, four years? Wow!

    > Glad that I check out the store (finally) but I won't be going back. Trader
    > Joe's is nothing special, imo.


    Trader Joe's is *not* a high-end specialty store, and has never claimed
    to be. It is a grocery store which purports to offer non-brand name,
    relatively healthy foods at low prices.

    If you know all your local markets, you can find some interesting, even
    unique items there. That's all. Their selection is limited; like Whole
    Foods, they will not suffice for all your grocery shopping, no matter
    how much you like them.

    Just think of them as another tool in your bag, another arrow in your
    quiver. To say they suck is pointless and inappropriate, really.

    -- Larry


  12. #12
    Gary Guest

    Default Re: TJ sucks, imo.

    gtr wrote:
    >
    > On 2012-09-09 13:43:52 +0000, Gary said:
    >
    > > Glad that I check out the store (finally) but I won't be going back. Trader
    > > Joe's is nothing special, imo.

    >
    > Yeah, the feta and the ginger snaps; that's pretty much all they've got.


    I did walk up and down each isle looking at everything yesterday,
    Mr.TakesValiumAtNight.SoAsToNotLoseAnHourOfSleep.O nceOrTwiceAMonth.

    None of the prices were impressive. All seemed to be equal or higher than my
    regular store. TJ is not all that. Just my opinion. I finally gave it a
    try and wasn't impressed. No need to defend them.

    No need to get offended either that I won't go back unless you are a
    stockholder just hoping for more dividends each year.

    G.

  13. #13
    Gary Guest

    Default Re: TJ sucks, imo.

    "George M. Middius" wrote:
    >
    > Gary wrote:
    >
    > > Murray brand ginger snaps: $2.49 for 16oz bag
    > > Trader Joe's Triple ginger snaps: $3.99 for 14oz plastic container

    >
    > Funny you should focus on two items and come up short.
    >
    > > Glad that I check out the store (finally) but I won't be going back. Trader
    > > Joe's is nothing special, imo.

    >
    > Here are my regular TJ items:
    >
    > nuts
    > breakfast cereal
    > cheese
    > dried fruit
    > frozen vegetables
    > yogurt
    > chips
    >
    > On all of those items, TJ's prices are much lower than supermarkets
    > around here. They also have many prepared foods, mostly frozen, that
    > are either unavailable at big stores or, again, a lot more costly
    > there.
    >
    > If the cookies and salad dressing are what matters most to you, then
    > you're right to shun the store.


    I'll probably try TJ's one more time. I just wasn't impressed with the
    first visit and the two highly recommended items that I bought. i did a
    quick walk around. I'll look closer at other things next time.

    G.

  14. #14
    spamtrap1888 Guest

    Default Re: TJ sucks, imo.

    On Sep 9, 7:44*am, gtr <x...@yyy.zzz> wrote:
    > On 2012-09-09 13:43:52 +0000, Gary said:
    >
    > > Glad that I check out the store (finally) but I won't be going back. *Trader
    > > Joe's is nothing special, imo.

    >
    > Yeah, the feta and the ginger snaps; that's pretty much all they've got.


    I didn't even know Trader Joe's carried feta dressing. And I sure
    don't remember any raves about their ginger snaps here.

    What we buy from TJ's:

    Raisins
    Bagged mache and arugula
    Occasionally bananas
    Sliced Jarlsberg
    Milk, half and half, butter, cream-top yogurt, and Greek yogurt.
    Coffee
    Rose wine
    Two Buck Chuck (for cooking it's cheaper than broth)
    Chicken broth in the 1L tetrabrik
    Roasted red pepper in ditto

    All of these are at lower prices than the non-TJ's versions in other
    stores, unless bananas are on sale. Dairy products are 25% to 33%
    cheaper than their brand name counterparts (whereismymilkfrom.com).
    The name brand versions of the tetrabriked soups in other stores are
    obvious. Other products can be tracked to their source via the various
    kosher certification web sites.

    We'll stop off at TJ's roughly twice every three weeks, a 15 minute
    stop, at most, on our way home.

  15. #15
    ImStillMags Guest

    Default Re: TJ sucks, imo.

    On Sep 9, 8:36*am, Gary <g.maj...@att.net> wrote:

    >
    > I'll probably try TJ's one more time. *I just wasn't impressed with the
    > first visit and the two highly recommended items that I bought. *i did a
    > quick walk around. *I'll look closer at other things next time.
    >
    > G.


    Gary, what Boron posted about the ingredients in the two brands of
    ginger snaps is one of the things I like about Trader Joe's. They
    search out and find good products with better ingredients, healthier
    ingredients and keep the prices as reasonable as possible.

    I don't buy many prepared foods. But the ones at TJ's seem to be
    healthier to me. I really like TJ's selection of cheeses. They
    have a huge variety at VERY reasonable prices. Did you look in the
    dairy case?


  16. #16
    spamtrap1888 Guest

    Default Re: TJ sucks, imo.

    On Sep 9, 9:01*am, ImStillMags <sitara8...@gmail.com> wrote:
    > On Sep 9, 8:36*am, Gary <g.maj...@att.net> wrote:
    >
    >
    >
    > > I'll probably try TJ's one more time. *I just wasn't impressed with the
    > > first visit and the two highly recommended items that I bought. *i did a
    > > quick walk around. *I'll look closer at other things next time.

    >
    > > G.

    >
    > Gary, what Boron posted about the ingredients in the two brands of
    > ginger snaps is one of the things I like about Trader Joe's. * *They
    > search out and find good products with better ingredients, healthier
    > ingredients and keep the prices as reasonable as possible.


    Reminds me of my childhood. Ever since I could remember, if we had
    soup it was Campbell's. Then we went to Great-Grandma's house for
    dinner. She served chicken soup she had made herself, with fresh meat
    and vegetables, finished with lots of parsley. I thought: "What the
    hell is this?" Where was all the sodium? How come the vegetables
    tasted like vegetables? Why that strange herby flavor? Clearly Great-
    Grandma knew nothing about making chicken soup.

  17. #17
    Boron Elgar Guest

    Default Re: TJ sucks, imo.

    On Sun, 09 Sep 2012 11:31:08 -0400, Gary <[email protected]> wrote:

    >gtr wrote:
    >>
    >> On 2012-09-09 13:43:52 +0000, Gary said:
    >>
    >> > Glad that I check out the store (finally) but I won't be going back. Trader
    >> > Joe's is nothing special, imo.

    >>
    >> Yeah, the feta and the ginger snaps; that's pretty much all they've got.

    >
    >I did walk up and down each isle looking at everything yesterday,
    >Mr.TakesValiumAtNight.SoAsToNotLoseAnHourOfSleep. OnceOrTwiceAMonth.
    >
    >None of the prices were impressive. All seemed to be equal or higher than my
    >regular store.


    TJs is a specialty foods store and many of the products they carry
    cannot be brand-duplicated at regular groceries at all or easily. A
    lot of them are organics and/or all natural, which appeal to some
    folks, maybe not to you. And you do not seem to seek out products with
    all natural ingredients. The grocery store would seem more appealing
    to you for that, too, but to find such all natural products can be
    daunting at a regular market. Some groceries carry them, many, if they
    do at all, are limited. YMMV. YOu may have the best grocery stores in
    the world.

    They are certainly much cheaper for a lot of things, though, but they
    may not be the kids of foods *you* buy, so they are of no interest to
    you.

    .....their 17 oz bittersweet and dark chocolate bars, my go-to
    ingredients for baking many things, are superior in quality and much
    more economical compared to anything you can get in a regular grocery,
    and that includes Lindt and Ghiradelli.

    ...their little containers of pear sauce are fantastic and not
    something I can find anywhere else.

    ...their imported cheeses, while not a full array of all types, is very
    good and very reasonably priced. Same with imported salami or other
    charcuterie.

    ....They have cookies that are just not found easily elsewhere and are
    reasonably priced compared to national brands, even if the types of
    cookies themselves are not comparable, nor appealing to you
    specifically. Your favorite of Murray's, is, frankly, a discount
    brand. TJs isn't a discount store. Murray's is the sort of thing they
    have on the bottom shelf at CVS around here.

    ....they have great and reasonably priced fair trade coffees. Cheaper
    and more eco-friendly than at the grocery stores. Again, you might not
    care, but some folks do.

    ....they have the cheapest orchid plants I have ever seen. I collect
    orchids, so that is important to me. If you don't, you can stay at
    your local whatever and shop.

    ....lots of vegan dishes and ingredients.

    ....great imported canned tuna. They used to have even better, but they
    discontinued it.

    ...cheapest frozen veggies and frozen fish around. Excellent quality on
    both counts.

    ....they are damned cheap on vitamins and supplements and "green"
    household products. If you don't like that stuff, you won't care.

    ....they suck for produce, generally. It is all pre-packaged and I
    prefer local, of possible, BUT this varies from TJs to TJs. The one I
    go to here in NJ has crappy produce, the one I visit when in
    California, is terrific. Can not beat them for shallots out there.
    Hands down. Or for their guacamole combo of 2 avocados, jalapeno,
    garlic, tomato, lime and onion all packed together for under $3.

    ....prepared salad dressings...well, frankly that Is not of much
    interest to me one way or the other. I get some Wishbone Italian as a
    marinade to have around the house, but other than that, I make my own
    dressings....oh, you should like the TJ olive oils, vinegars and mayos
    for that.

    ....NO giant sized anything at TJs. If you like that sort of economy,
    you will not find it there.

    TJs is not a grocery store. It is a specialty market.

    Boron




  18. #18
    sf Guest

    Default Re: TJ sucks, imo.

    On Sun, 09 Sep 2012 12:17:33 -0400, Boron Elgar
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    > ...they suck for produce, generally. It is all pre-packaged and I
    > prefer local, of possible, BUT this varies from TJs to TJs. The one I
    > go to here in NJ has crappy produce, the one I visit when in
    > California, is terrific


    I love their prewashed & bagged salad greens mixes and prefer TJ's
    smaller, less expensive packages over what I am limited to at my
    regular grocery store.

    --
    Food is an important part of a balanced diet.

  19. #19
    gtr Guest

    Default Re: TJ sucks, imo.

    On 2012-09-09 15:31:08 +0000, Gary said:

    > gtr wrote:
    >>
    >> On 2012-09-09 13:43:52 +0000, Gary said:
    >>
    >>> Glad that I check out the store (finally) but I won't be going back. Trader
    >>> Joe's is nothing special, imo.

    >>
    >> Yeah, the feta and the ginger snaps; that's pretty much all they've got.

    >
    > I did walk up and down each isle looking at everything yesterday,
    > Mr.TakesValiumAtNight.SoAsToNotLoseAnHourOfSleep.O nceOrTwiceAMonth.


    Wow; that reminds me of how bad Usenet can be when it's bad.

    > None of the prices were impressive. All seemed to be equal or higher than my
    > regular store. TJ is not all that. Just my opinion. I finally gave it a
    > try and wasn't impressed. No need to defend them.


    I didn't.

    And you didn't givfe them "a try" any more than reading the back-panel
    of a book is "a try". Not that I give a ****, but it's easy to point
    out, even on a topic I'm not invested in. I heard the Stones once,
    they suck, might get the same response.

    > No need to get offended either that I won't go back unless you are a
    > stockholder just hoping for more dividends each year.


    I wasn't. No need to make it so personal and barbed because I said,
    "Maybe there's more to a store than one cheese and one cookie".

    You must have some real hurt in there. I'll be glad not to know any
    more about it.


  20. #20
    gtr Guest

    Default Re: TJ sucks, imo.

    On 2012-09-09 15:20:56 +0000, pltrgyst said:

    > On 9/9/12 9:43 AM, Gary wrote:
    >>
    >> Yesterday, I *finally* made it to and checked out my local Trader Joe's
    >> store (aka: TJ). It's only been open here for almost 4 years now and only
    >> 1.5 miles from my home. It was about time that I finally checked it out.

    >
    > 1.5 miles, four years? Wow!
    >
    >> Glad that I check out the store (finally) but I won't be going back. Trader
    >> Joe's is nothing special, imo.

    >
    > Trader Joe's is *not* a high-end specialty store, and has never claimed
    > to be. It is a grocery store which purports to offer non-brand name,
    > relatively healthy foods at low prices.


    It doesn't matter what they are or what they do. Didn't you read where
    he said: "it sucks". What more can be said?

    It's a tiny tiny world.



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