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Jan 31, 2007 01:24 PM

Trader Joe's - Whats the big deal?

I live near Trader Joe's and am always amazed by the lines. I've gone in a few times but haven't seen anything that I had to have.

What am I missing?

What are the must have items that you can't get anywhere else?

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  1. I like their pre-cut vegetables & big bags of frozen poultry & fish. It's cheaper than what you can get at whole foods, but of similar quality. Their produce & bread is hit & miss. But for basics like spices, flour, sugar, and certain frozen items - you can't beat the price/quality combination anywhere.

    1. I'm not sure that TJ's can sell alcoholic beverages in NYC -- I don't think so -- but the basic attraction *for me* has never been the alcohol (though sometimes they have a good deal on a beer or distillate that I like, I often find the wines lacking). No, as the above post says, really high quality packaged goods (frozen, bottled, etc.).

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      1. re: zin1953

        NYC has beer in the store, and a (substandard, I agree zin) wine store next door.

      2. Exactly. What is the big deal???

        1. So its about packaged foods?

          Therefore if I am into cooking (and prefer to do all the chopping myself) stick with the farmer's market and Whole Foods? I am not a fan of frozen veggies or poultry.

          In NYC they do have a wine store next door and have already made my mind up about there. Some good deals, I like the Columbia Crest Cab for a good value but the two buck chuck (actually $3) was awful.

          1. they have good sweets and breads.

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