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Trader Joes a Rip-off
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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.

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Dear Trader Joes management:

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 within 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.

.... no answer

here is some of there locations

3212 Pico Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90405


19720 Hawthorne Blvd
Torrance, CA 90503


Trader Joe's Torrance-Rolling Hills
2545 Pacific Coast Hwy
Torrance, CA 90505

Trader Joe's West Hollywood
7304 Santa Monica Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90046

Trader Joe's West Hollywood
8611 Santa Monica Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90069

Trader Joe's West Los Angeles
10850 National Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90064

Trader Joe's West Los Angeles
3456 S Sepulveda Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90034

Trader Joe's Westchester
8645 S Sepulveda Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90045

Trader Joe's Culver City
9290 Culver Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232

Trader Joe's Long Beach Bixby Knolls
4121 Atlantic Ave
Long Beach, CA 90807

Long Beach, CA 90807
6451 E Pacific Coast Hwy
Long Beach, CA 90803


Trader Joe's Long Beach Bellflower
2222 N Bellflower Blvd
Long Beach, CA 90815

Trader Joe's Silver Lake
2738 Hyperion Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027

Trader Joe's Los Angeles
263 S La Brea Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036

Trader Joe's Manhattan Beach
1821 Manhattan Beach Blvd
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

Trader Joe's Mahattan Beach
1800 Rosecrans Ave
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

Trader Joe's Rcho Palos Verdes (57)
28901 S Western Ave
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275

Trader Joe's Redondo Beach
1761 S Elena Ave
Redondo Beach, CA 90277

Trader Joe's Cerritos
12861 Towne Center Dr
Cerritos, CA 90703

Trader Joe's Chino Hills
13911 Peyton Dr.
Chino Hills, CA 91709
     
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Anonymous on 2008-02-14:
I dunno, I really like Trader Joe's. If you think their prices are too high, don't shop there. I highly recommend their "Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato Soup." It is way good - especially with a dash of McCormick Sea Salt.
Anonymous on 2008-02-14:
And no other grocery store has raised prices since 2003? With the depressed value of the US dollar it costs more to import food. And as you have said fuel and wages have gone up. So who pays? The consumer does. Trader Joes is not known as a discount food market. At least not around here in Maryland.

Out of shear curiosity why are you saving receipts dating back to 2003?
Anonymous on 2008-02-14:
I love Trader Joes and will continue to shop there. All prices have gone up--the more fuel goes up, the more everything else will too (because of transportation costs), as PassingBy has said.

They still have the best prices on organic food of anywhere I've checked. Plus, it's small and quick to get in and out with everything I need for a week.
Anonymous on 2008-02-14:
But they are Trader's???
FoggyOne on 2008-02-15:
"Besides the US recession, Trader Joes is not helping people to save, just spend more money so they can profit again and again. " Sounds like Trader Joe's is a for-profit corporation rather than a charitable organization. If you want to save more money stop spending so much, don't blame Trader Joe's for your spending habits.
jktshff1 on 2008-02-15:
If I am not mistaken, they are in business to make money for their stockholders/owners..as much as they can.
Jimnames on 2008-02-15:
Prices at Trader Joes are not just that simple increases, they are massive. Prices jumped $7.99 to $9.99 or $.59 to $.79, $2.99 now $3.99 are just examples.

Trader Joes is not cutting back on their expenses, they're just increasing and increasing without any real way to help people save on the goods. Who pays the costs, you do, not them. They are expending, they are doing do but no trying to make a difference in the price but a difference to expand.

You spend spend spend but don't realize the increases, even if you cut back but when you hold on to your receipts from 2007 to 2008, then take a look at how much things have gone up. I mean if you bought the average bag of groceries for $29.00, the price now has jumped over %20 $35.00 to $37.00 now.

If you just shop and send but say nothing, the price increases will continue. When people complain, then they take it seriously.

At Trader Joes, you don't get big proportions, they are small proportions. They are not Costco or sell things in bulk, they are small.

Second, hiring illegal immigrants. When you buy from companies who staff illegal immigrants, then the labor is cheaper. Companies are doing this everywhere but are not getting caught. Trader Joes does not have an honest belt when it comes to buying from their producers who staff illegal immigrants, so when you pay more and they are trying to sell at their price but not helping the economy by doing business from companies that staff illegal immigrants.

Sure shop where prices count but also behind the prices too. Anyone can question any activity and see for themselves. You can search online and know that there is questioning behind Trader Joes where US Customs Enforcement needs to step in.
Jimnames on 2008-02-15:
Prices at Trader Joes are not just simple increases, they are massive. Prices have jumped $7.99 to $9.99 or $.59 to $.79, $2.99 now $3.99 are just examples.

Trader Joes is not cutting back on their expenses, they're just increasing and increasing without any real way to help people save on the goods. Who pays the costs, you do, not them. They are expanding; they are doing so to only expand but they are not trying to make a difference in the price but a difference to expand.

You spend spend spend but don't realize the increases, even if you cut back but when you hold on to your receipts from 2007 to 2008, then take a look at how much things have gone up. I mean if you bought the average bag of groceries for $29.00, the price now has jumped over 20% $35.00 to $37.00 now. Think about people who are making $7.00 an hour with no tips and no health care or anything to get ahead but get set back even further from inflation. Obviously the Federal Reserve is making this country worse than getting better but Trader Joes is a different front of inflation from the online forum sites about them. They moving prices higher than the rate of inflation.

If you just shop and spend but say nothing, the price increases will continue. When people complain, then they take it seriously.

At Trader Joes, you don't get big proportions, they are small proportions. They are not Costco or sell things in bulk, they are small. Everything is so small and you are paying for things that look good and look somewhat like that are more but are not more proportioned then they should be. It is more from less.

Second, hiring illegal immigrants. When you buy from companies who staff illegal immigrants, then the labor is cheaper. Companies are doing this everywhere but are not getting caught. Trader Joes does not have an honest belt when it comes to buying from their producers who staff illegal immigrants, so when you pay more and they are trying to sell at their price but not helping the economy by doing business from companies that staff illegal immigrants. What do you think now, still support them? Impossible, well think, this is California and the daily average of illegal immigrants coming from Mexico is about 2,000 a day, that’s the overall average. When you take that number and times 365 days in one year, think how many illegal immigrants that is and so, where do they go (but only about 27,000 to 29,000 of them get deported so look at the real number)? Food producers are the biggest name in the business to hire illegal immigrants, it is not just the name in the business, and it is everyone who doing it. The problem is no one is reporting them in and if so, there is not enough Customs Enforcement.

Sure shop where prices count but also behind the prices too. Anyone can question any activity and see for themselves. You can search online and know if there is questioning behind Trader Joes where US Customs Enforcement needs to step in.

What I am going to do is I am going to video tape their prices, than ask the customers about their prices, then I am going to visit the companies where they buy from and questioned their labors. The post the information on youtube and send the information to the US Customs Enforcement and then I am going to send the material to Congress about prices and inflation factors.

Really American’s aren’t doing a thing about stopping inflation; they just spend and do nothing. More and more companies are outsourcing labor overseas or hiring illegal immigrants then you wonder why everything in America is made in China. Back in 2003, Newsweek magazine did an article on China and said the only way for America to compete with China is that every manufacture through the entire nation has to cut it’s cost by 30% or greater but because American companies don’t, we lose and lose where we borrow more and more foreign money like this ridiculous stimulus plan from the President & Federal Reserve where we are told to just spend it on anything, doesn’t matter if they are foreign products or anything, just spend it but this $160 billion dollar stimulus is borrowed money from Japan & China anywhere. Really this country is not facing the reality of doing business but instead this country owns more than $900 billion in credit card debt alone (just credit cards but 304 million US people are getting a proportion of $160 billion to spend) where people can’t get ahead. California’s real estate value is the worse in 20 years according to MSN.com yesterday but we continue to the spend and not stop this countries financial burden. Sure if you want to shop at Trader Joes, then let them move the price to 40% and see what 2009 does, then we will feel the pressure as it is expected that 2009 is a major inflation year according to CNBC markets and Newsweek.

In the last 100 years, the US has had 3 major depression periods caused by inflation factors. America is really losing its GDP where the US money is being diverted to other countries because how we are hiring illegal immigrants, outsourcing our countries products & businesses, outsourcing foreign labor, interest rates & a devaluating dollar and borrowing from foreign banks instead of our own.

Sure if you want to just pay the price at Trader Joes and not complain, we end up with a recession we have now and maybe a depression period afterwards which by then the entire middle class suffers. If you want Trader Joes to change, the best thing to do is complain, complain and complaint till they pair their hair out of there heads until they are tired of hearing about it. Trader Joes is not helping anyone with their increases bottom line. Trader Joes can reduce it’s prices, it just doesn’t want to so I will think of a way for them to. Watch on Youtube in the next there months and they will see how customers can do something about it.
Ronspano on 2011-08-24:
Jimnames, As others have stated here, Trader Joe's is a for-profit business and they are raising their prices just like every other grocery store has.

Serving less food and charging more, cutting corners when possible to save money...everything you've listed above is the name of the game when it comes to running a successful business. Your gripe is not with Trader Joe's, but the capitalist system here in America that can feel designed to keep us from moving ahead.

(Prices rising, lower pay, lobbyists funneling money into anything but education which keeps people dumb and dumb people make great consumers, etc.)

In some ways you're right, but Trader Joe's isn't to blame here. Instead, fight the system. Don't consume as much. Make your own products when possible. Buy groceries from local suppliers and farms, grow your own. Do this or be fair and complain about every other grocery store in American because they're all doing the same thing.
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Frozen Macaroon Cookies Are Awful
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SILVER SPRING, MARYLAND -- Trader Joe's has lots of good stuff, and some stuff I think is just overpriced and trendy hype. And they often have great desserts, including the Raspberry Macaroon Cake which is to die for. Which, unfortunately they didn't have - another problem with Trader Joe's is, stuff comes and goes - so I tried these frozen macaroon cookies which I thought would be the same quality - 6 different flavors, in the frozen dessert section. I bought 3 boxes as I thought these would be like the raspberry cake.

Absolutely horrid, like dried I don't know what sandwiched together with flavored dried-up gum. Maybe like dried circles of library paste. I was going to return them and demand my money back, but I am really too busy so ended up trashing them - hate losing the money but worse wasting my time over something that should not have been a problem. I only shop at TJ's once in a while, but if I want a cookie I'll go back to my tried and true Walker's Shortbread and LU biscuits that I can get at any big grocery. Just wanted to warn TJ shoppers these cookies are awful. The box makes them look pretty but meh.
     
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Trader Joe's Employees Seem Paranoid!
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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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madconsumer on 2008-10-26:
many comercial places have a thing about filming their premises.
Anonymous on 2008-10-26:
Trader's Joes is one of the WORST in regard to how they treat animals and perhaps they are wary of cameras in any venue. They are disgusting, profit driven, inhumane pieces of crap. I could give you details, but it would make you sick, and yes, I have seen pictures and videos. Their chickens are some of the worst kept (for eggs?) in the business. This is WELL documented, again, on film. They probably are paranoid because of this in addition being price compared. Sorry for the rant, but I am very passionate about this.
DigitalCommando on 2008-10-26:
Normal people arrive there and select products, bring them to the counter and pay for them. Any activity outside of this should be viewed with suspicion. There is no legitimate need for anybody to be filming inside a grocery store without obtaining the stores permission first.
Ben There on 2008-10-26:
Grocery stores have every right to prohibit filming and photography if they want to. They are there to sell food, not provide a friendly environment for one to film other people. This rule is not only in place to prevent negative images like rotton food from being shown online (be it legitimate or brought in and planted by someone who just wants attention on YouTube), but it also provides a more private and comfortable shopping environment for all the other customers. I don't want to shop in a store with people with pets, without shoes, who are drunk and yelling, or that are filming while I am shopping for bananas.
Anonymous on 2008-10-26:
Have to agree with everyone on the filming. There are plenty of stores that prohibit filming or picture taking and they are well within their rights. As for Whole Foods being cheaper--that is very debatable. I think it would depend what you are buying. Whole Foods may very well have compared only items they knew were cheaper (or on sale at their store). I have to say that I like both stores for different items, but, overall, I find that Whole Foods is usually more expensive. It just depends what you are looking for. I always buy my Thanksgiving turkey from them because they are free-range, fed no hormones and have no flavor enhancers injected into them. Once you try one of these, you won't eat anything else.
heaven17 on 2008-10-26:
I don't know that it was so much them being paranoid or allegedly having something to hide that they didn't want you filming in the store. As a customer, it would make me somewhat uncomfortable and I suspect that was the bigger motivation. Not everybody would think that what you were doing was 'cute'. Find another hobby, huh?
Anonymous on 2008-10-26:
Yeah. What heaven17 said.

Nohandle on 2008-10-26:
Yeah. What MM said.
Anonymous on 2008-10-26:
I recommend knitting. What do you recommend, NH?
Nohandle on 2008-10-26:
Knitting? I don’t know. Obviously photography wouldn't be a good choice. How about stamp collecting?
Starlord on 2008-10-27:
I can think of three places I Have been that have signs posted forbidding photography, as they consider their stores as proprietary. There is Fudrucker's in California, Taco Time in Washington, and IHOP in Arizona. Any business can forbid any activity on their premises.
music4life75 on 2008-10-27:
OK guys and girls I am very thankful for most of the comments on here and value most of your opinions. To reemphasize what I was saying was the fact that Whole Foods bought items from Trader Joe's that Whole Foods had and posted both receipts on a big board in the middle of the store. What I did was not even considered close to what they did or the guy from You Tube who filmed his whole shopping experience and named items he bought and how much he paid for them. He also had an interaction with the sales clerk and she knowingly was filmed. I thought it would be kind of cool for me and two friends to do this since we had never experienced a Trader Joe's before. I never thought employees would be so uncomfortable on me filming my friends albeit for a short length of time and only for my personal use. Keep those comments coming!!!
Anonymous on 2008-10-27:
Music--I totally understand that you were doing the filming just for fun. However, the employees have to uphold the corporate rules that are set forth. I'll bet it didn't have anything to do with them being uncomfortable about it.

Starlord--I wasn't even aware of this policy until a few years ago when my daughter worked for American Eagle and told me about this rule. It seems that most of the stores at the mall where she worked were under the same ruling. It must be pretty widespread. (BTW everyone, this was way before YouTube.)
Ben There on 2008-10-27:
I think most people regardless of where they work would be upset if some random stranger starts filming them at work, unless you work in a place like Disney where filming the employees is probably common. I bet most assume it is because someone is trying to get them in trouble.
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