RICHMOND, VIRGINIA -- Ok so after two nice comments about stores I unfortunately have to write a complaint. In my area of Richmond, Va. they have opened a Whole Foods and a Trader Joe's less than a mile from each other. My two friends and I visited Whole Foods and I taped my friends interacting with each other and cutting up on camera as well as myself showing some of the stuff Whole Foods had to offer. No problem there.
I came across one of those boards where Whole Foods compared their prices to Trader Joe's buying exact items both stores had and seeing the receipt and pointing out Whole Foods was cheaper. I was impressed and all the more reason to check out Trader Joe's since I had never been to one. So off we went and we entered the store with my camera phone once again rolling and my friends doing the same thing. I cut it off and left my phone open and pointing toward the ground. A very nice lady came toward us and was talking about the store and what it had to offer. I felt we were very comfortable being there.
After the lady had walked off we continued to look at their products and still my phone was open and pointing to the floor. a lady came up and asked me not to film their products. I said I wasn't doing anything wrong and that I wasn't from Whole Foods. She walked off. Another lady came up to us a few minutes later again I had not filmed anything and she said the same thing. this time one of my friends got in her face and said we weren't doing anything wrong. We immediately paid for our purchases with some of the employees looking at us and then we left.
Don't get me wrong I think Trader Joe's is a welcome addition to Richmond as well as Whole Foods but I am wanting people's opinions on this. Why is it ok for a company like Whole Foods or anyone who is wanting to attract business to buying items from their competitor and post both receipts for anyone to see? And why am I in the wrong for filming the store if I am only focusing mostly on my friends.It is not like I am taking picturesd or filming certain products or better yet having pen and paper in hand?
I went on You Tube and some guy filmed his experience at Trader Joe's. He even interacted with the cashier and she said something to the camera. So If I am doing something along the lines of what he did why is that wrong?
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Trader Joes a Rip-off
Posted by Jimnames on 02/14/2008
SAN LUIS OBISPO, CALIFORNIA -- I am making a rip-off report about Trader Joes that they have just gone out of control on their price increases. So I wrote to Trader Joes but haven't had an answer. I am still buying from Trader Joes but a lot less and I am telling others about it as well by spreading the word on their prices, this is not discount any more at Trader Joes, so you shop there, it is going to cost more and more money now. Besides the US recession, Trader Joes is not helping people to save, just spend more money so they can profit again and again.
If you have a story to talk about Trader Joes, lets us know.
I am really upset about the price increases at Trader Joes. Pricing have gone up, up and up again, again and again. I have receipts from 2003 to 2008 to verify that with in the last year alone that prices have jumped 20% even and almost double on some of your products.
I have also looked online on forum complaint sites like ripoffreport.com, my3cents.com, vox.com, youtube and other sites to view people making the same statements on Trader Joes about the price increases and there are so many complaints on your prices.
I am seeing customers cut back on spending as well and people are not going to Trader Joes as much as I would see people time to time, now even myself, I have questioned the prices not just on gas prices & minimum wage increases but the prices are very upseting besides that.
Please tell me the main reasons for Trader Joes on its increases, it is both the gasoline prices & minimum wages from Congress to push prices so high?
Second, will prices go down when gasoline goes down but also will they go down if the demand is less from people cutting back and is there anything you can bring prices down?
The United States is on a major recession and the economy is really being hurt but companies increasing prices in the last 2 years. San Luis Obispo is not a strong middle class town, it is mostly minimum wage jobs but when you increase your prices again, again and again, you are hurting the customers.
I am cutting but also I am not spending my money at Trades Joes like I have in the past as I am taking notes on the things I bought last year and see the things increased in your store. The prices are so noticeable that I am not buying the things that have increased for example.
I am considering of not shopping at Trader Joes as the prices have gone way too far but the evidence from my receipts and the all the complaints online.