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Dec 4, 2008 04:36 PM

"Chains" Board

I don't mean this in a bad way, but the "Chains" board has turned into the "Let's Talk About Every Single Thing Trader Joe's Sells And Then Move On To Costco" board. Could I suggest a "Marketplace" or "Stores" or "Shopping" category for these discussions, so if you didn't feel like scrolling through a dozen Trader Joe's threads you wouldn't have to? I will stipulate I may be bitter because there is not a Trader Joe's in my city, but still.

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  1. I hate to admit it, but I also get a bit annoyed at all of the TJ posts. It is assumed that we all have a TJ's in our area, but we don't! And I belong to Sam's, not Costco, but whatever. I know it's not realistic to create a separate board for shopping, but like in the "Two Buck Chuck" thread, which is a wine from TJ's, well how would I know?

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    1. re: danhole

      I wouldn't mind a a Shopping board either. I don't know if it's realistic, but I do think the focus of the other posts in Chains are different than the TJ/Costco ones. I am not so much bothered by regional chain restaurants, because they fit the bill, but TJ/Costco are stores.

      1. re: queencru

        How many stores would actually populate the board though? Would it include cookware stuff? What about wine and beer and booze? I think it would cut across a lot of other boards and cause some issues about how to separate them.

        1. re: ccbweb

          It was just a thought. I just feel like supermarkets and online retailers might do better in a shopping-related area because some Chowhounds have such disdain for chains that they have no clue that places like TJs or Costco are even there. It would also be a good place to talk about good online retailers that's more specific than Not About Food and General. Obviously there will be some overlap, but I think there already is some overlap.

          1. re: queencru

            Interesting thoughts. I can see how that could be a fruitful sort of board idea.

    2. Much of the Chains threads are for qvetching about how bad the restaurants are.

      1. Every single thread on Chowhound is read by a small minority of people who read Chowhound and even fewer people post to each thread.

        An optimistic take is that since Chowhounds are after deliciousness and Trader Joe's and Costco both tend toward some higher quality and better products than many other stores it makes it more likely that there are going to be things to discuss from those stores.

        Many Chains are regional rather than national or don't have a presence in some places in the country. I don't think there's any presumption that everyone has a Trader Joe's down the street or that everyone belongs to a Costco anymore than there's an expectation that everyone has eaten at Babbo or Chez Panisse.

        I guess the bottom line for me is: not all posts are for everyone and all one needs to do is not click on them if they're not of interest for whatever reason. But trying to cordon off certain kinds of posts based on individual's personal preferences would really get sticky.

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        1. re: ccbweb

          I'd agree with that and add that if you think a board is dominated by one topic, the solution isn't to limit discussion of that topic- it's to take the initiative and start more topics that are of interest to you.

          That being said, I do kind of like the idea of a "Shopping" board...