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Jan 18, 2014 04:16 PM

Target/Super Target Yays and Nays 2014

Target doesn't seem to get much play here, but I'll start a thread for 2014 and see how it goes.

Huge yay - Simply Balanced organic green tea with ginger. I bought this because I could not find what I wanted (Bigelow Chai green tea (the Dr. Pepper of tea)). I did not have high hopes, but I love it. It tastes of green tea (which some brands don't really) with a little ginger tang. Delicious.

Yay - Market Pantry low salt black beans. When they go on sale for 70 cents a can I stock up.

Yay, sorta - Market Pantry lemon creme sandwich cookies. Jam packed with all the stuff you should never ever eat. Damn tasty in an artificial "Why the hell am I eating these?" way. I wish they still carried the chocolate variety.

Market Pantry cocktail peanuts. When in sale (which is often) they cost less than, and are comparable to Trader Joe's peanuts.

Anyone else, or am I alone in my Target shopping?

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  1. I have a Target within walking distance of my house. Prior to my credit card info being hacked I was in there roughly every 48 hours for one household thing or another.

    I rarely bought any food there unless it was an emergency. Seemed pretty basic and generic to me and there was precious little choice about anything.

    Now it's not an issue. I just don't go in there.

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    1. re: rainey

      I find tend to find Target slightly better than Walmart for pricing. Selection, however, tends to be quite limited where both are more about commodity shopping. I much prefer Aldies and Trader Joes for the fresh food, but I will pick up some can goods, cleaning supplies and and paper goods at Target (and occasionally Walmart).

    2. I have only been to Target a handful of times, and the ones around here do not sell perishable food. I am almost 100% certain that I've only used cash there, yet I received their e-mail about credit protection. Something's fishy. Not to mention their ridiculous insistence on calling their customers "guests". I'm not booking a room or a table there, FCOL! They'd have to offer some exceptional food/kitchen equipment items for me to ever go back.

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      1. re: greygarious

        imho, their kitchen equiptment is pretty awful.
        basic stuff, all made in china, nothing special, relatively high prices.

        1. re: westsidegal

          made the mistake of buying a Giada garlic press. What a POS

          However, her spaghetti (or "spagheetee") sauce is actually very good

          1. re: coney with everything

            "spagheetee", indeed! She must be from a different Italy than we are familiar with!

            1. re: sandylc

              I wonder if she was in the Italian spelling bee when she was a kid?

      2. YAY to Noosa yogurt -- one of the only places I can find this terrific stuff.

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        1. re: Boston_Otter

          I like NOOSA as well. I buy mine at Gelson's or Von's. Love the lemon.

          1. re: Boston_Otter

            Noosa is great, I can find it at Wegmans. I live the mango and the rhubarb/strawberry

          2. Their 3L boxed wines...tastier & cheaper than Black Box.

            1. Although I've seen some interesting items in their food section, I just can't get past management's decision to have no staff on the sales floor. Whenever I've gone, I feel like I'm Charlton Heston in Omega Man. Not about to pick up a phone to get help. This isn't just one location either -- I've experienced this in several stores in various locations. I just don't bother anymore.

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              1. re: Steve Green

                I can usually find an associate on the sales floor and they always ask me if I need help and are super friendly.

                1. re: Steve Green

                  Heh. Great reference Steve. John and I love the Amy's kettle corn, especially the iced gingerbread and peppermint flavored.I keep checking to see if they have anything special for Valentines Day. Maybe Easter.