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Trader Joe's Pet Peeves

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Trader Joe's Pet Peeves

biscuit | Dec 19, 2008 08:54 PM

• You get to really, really love a product and buy it for months, even years. Then suddenly, it's gone. (R.I.P. Ginger Joe's, Hansen's Cola, Double Rainbow Pumpkin and Blu Italy Lime water, to name a few). I understand that they have limited contracts with vendors, but while this practice may benefit the buying public from a cost perspective, it is ultimately very frustrating and more of an annoyance than a service.

• You get to really, really love a product and buy it for months, even years, then they go and make a TJ-branded version of it that is definitely not the same thing and in many cases, simply a poor imitation.

• You can't access areas of the store because there are 14 workers restocking the shelves and they are so wrapped up in their little worlds that they don't bother to see if a customer might actually want to buy the product they are blocking. Yes, fresh is good, but there's a point where it's just obnoxious to have that many employees impeding the shopping experience. Perhaps this is naive to say, but maybe they could stock enough in the morning to last the day?

Any others?

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