Trader Joe's

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Remember Cartmanland? After Eric Cartman inherits $1,000,000 from his grandmother, he spends it on a failing amusement park, one which he plans on keeping all to himself.

Yes, South Park. It teaches you lessons. Listen.

It's always been his dream to own a theme park, so that he can keep everyone else out and have all the rides to himself, never again to wait in line. His hard-line stance has an unintended economic consequence: A ticket to "Cartmanland" is now an ultra-exclusive luxury good. It's a classic example of premium pricing, but taken to the extreme, and suddenly, he's hailed as a business genius. Everyone starts keeping everybody out. No one can eat at this restaurant! No one can see this movie!

It's all about reputation, see; for a brief while, when the lighting's just right, what you don't do can't hurt you. It works better in the cartoon world, of course, because in the real world, doing nothing is in fact doing something. Sometimes you're better off doing nothing, because you are, in fact, doing a lot of things. Not opening up that new McDonalds location on the ground floor of the PETA building. Not selling Michael Richards t-shirts in predominantly black communities.

It's not always that inflammatory. Sometimes it's just about brand image. Wal-Mart isn't going to open a store next to a gas station, because Wal-Mart is all about being larger-than-life. Gas stations are little. It doesn't make sense.

Trader Joe's is an acceptable grocer. They sometimes sell better food than other large grocers, like Shaws or Stop & Shop. The problem with the Trader Joe's on Boylston, though, is that it's tiny and crappy. It's the size of a three-car garage, and is stocked with three main goods: frozen foods, bread, and nuts. If you're in the market for one of these three things, and are within a half-mile of 899 Boylston, you won't be mad at Trader Joe's at all.

This is the most "downtown" of the TJ locations, though, and it makes me dislike the brand. Where are the fresh vegetables? Why are there no meat or deli counters? Is this really all you guys have here? With Whole Foods Symphony so very close by, it's somewhat remarkable that this location still exists. I will gleefully admit my preference for that neighboring grocer. I try to be objective, and hey, I think that I succeed. Even the neighboring Shaws has a "whole and natural" section that's essentially the size of this entire spot. It's the worst grocery store in the neighborhood, and when you're an image-conscious chain, that's never a good thing.

You should've done nothing, Trader Joe's. You could've been a contender.

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Remember Cartmanland? After Eric Cartman inherits $1,000,000 from his grandmother, he spends it on a failing amusement park, one which he plans on keeping all to himself.

Yes, South Park. It teaches you lessons. Listen.

It's always been his dream to own a theme park, so that he can keep everyone else out and have all the rides to himself, never again to wait in line. His hard-line stance has an unintended economic consequence: A ticket to "Cartmanland" is now an ultra-exclusive luxury good. It's a classic example of premium pricing, but taken to the extreme, and suddenly, he's hailed as a business genius. Everyone starts keeping everybody out. No one can eat at this restaurant! No one can see this movie!

It's all about reputation, see; for a brief while, when the lighting's just right, what you don't do can't hurt you. It works better in the cartoon world, of course, because in the real world, doing nothing is in fact doing something. Sometimes you're better off doing nothing, because you are, in fact, doing a lot of things. Not opening up that new McDonalds location on the ground floor of the PETA building. Not selling Michael Richards t-shirts in predominantly black communities.

It's not always that inflammatory. Sometimes it's just about brand image. Wal-Mart isn't going to open a store next to a gas station, because Wal-Mart is all about being larger-than-life. Gas stations are little. It doesn't make sense.

Trader Joe's is an acceptable grocer. They sometimes sell better food than other large grocers, like Shaws or Stop & Shop. The problem with the Trader Joe's on Boylston, though, is that it's tiny and crappy. It's the size of a three-car garage, and is stocked with three main goods: frozen foods, bread, and nuts. If you're in the market for one of these three things, and are within a half-mile of 899 Boylston, you won't be mad at Trader Joe's at all.

This is the most "downtown" of the TJ locations, though, and it makes me dislike the brand. Where are the fresh vegetables? Why are there no meat or deli counters? Is this really all you guys have here? With Whole Foods Symphony so very close by, it's somewhat remarkable that this location still exists. I will gleefully admit my preference for that neighboring grocer. I try to be objective, and hey, I think that I succeed. Even the neighboring Shaws has a "whole and natural" section that's essentially the size of this entire spot. It's the worst grocery store in the neighborhood, and when you're an image-conscious chain, that's never a good thing.

You should've done nothing, Trader Joe's. You could've been a contender.

Pros: Sometimes, all you want is a bunch of granola.

Cons: Wait, are these really the only two aisles?

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This is a great place to shop. I feel like everything is fresh and the store is clean. The staff is friendly and they try to get everyone in and out as quickly as they can.

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★★★★☆

This is a great place to shop. I feel like everything is fresh and the store is clean. The staff is friendly and they try to get everyone in and out as quickly as they can.

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Trader Joe's has food you won't find at most other markets. Most items are suprisingly cheap. Above all, they have a great selection of wine at very cheap prices. If you are a cheap wine fan, you should stock up here. I prefer Joe's over other healthfood stores because it is very unique and specialized while maintaining low prices. Also, the shopping experience is a lot of fun!

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Trader Joe's has food you won't find at most other markets. Most items are suprisingly cheap. Above all, they have a great selection of wine at very cheap prices. If you are a cheap wine fan, you should stock up here. I prefer Joe's over other healthfood stores because it is very unique and specialized while maintaining low prices. Also, the shopping experience is a lot of fun!

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I do 90% of my shopping at this Trader Joe's and I am almost never disappointed. Their selection is great, and is always the same price...no confusing sales to try and figure out, only consistently low prices. I love their selection of healthy chips, soy foods, and vegetarian delights. The staff has always been friendly, they seem to genuinely enjoy the company they work for. Not only do they have a great selection of food, but it is always tasty. The quality is there, and it shows. I feel good about shopping here.

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I do 90% of my shopping at this Trader Joe's and I am almost never disappointed. Their selection is great, and is always the same price...no confusing sales to try and figure out, only consistently low prices. I love their selection of healthy chips, soy foods, and vegetarian delights. The staff has always been friendly, they seem to genuinely enjoy the company they work for. Not only do they have a great selection of food, but it is always tasty. The quality is there, and it shows. I feel good about shopping here.

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And you can't beat the prices. They don't have a fresh produce section. But everything else is great. I love buying the Trader Joe's brand things. It's great to stop by and pick up a few things on your way home and not put a hole in your wallet. (**cough cough** Whole Foods)

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★★★★☆

And you can't beat the prices. They don't have a fresh produce section. But everything else is great. I love buying the Trader Joe's brand things. It's great to stop by and pick up a few things on your way home and not put a hole in your wallet. (**cough cough** Whole Foods)

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I love the fact that Boylston St. has a small Trader Joe's. Its great for picking up the perfect something to complete dinner, or, for us vegetarias, the perfect place to pick up everything we need to make an eclectic and organic meal. The staff is friendly, youthful, and willing to help all the time; the desserts are great, the produce fresh. Just stick to frozen things, those of you who are single- often, the fresh stuff is just packaged with too much to eat!

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★★★★☆

I love the fact that Boylston St. has a small Trader Joe's. Its great for picking up the perfect something to complete dinner, or, for us vegetarias, the perfect place to pick up everything we need to make an eclectic and organic meal. The staff is friendly, youthful, and willing to help all the time; the desserts are great, the produce fresh. Just stick to frozen things, those of you who are single- often, the fresh stuff is just packaged with too much to eat!

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Trader Joes is the best place to shop if you like organic foods. There prices are wonderful, the store is always in great condition and stocked. The staff are wonderful and knowledgable. Love there organic cereal selections. There fliers are great I can help plan my shop with them. Defintaly you have to try going to this store you'll be hooked.

5
★★★★★

Trader Joes is the best place to shop if you like organic foods. There prices are wonderful, the store is always in great condition and stocked. The staff are wonderful and knowledgable. Love there organic cereal selections. There fliers are great I can help plan my shop with them. Defintaly you have to try going to this store you'll be hooked.

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Trader Joe's is a great grocery store. The only difference is this boylston location does not sell wine. The camberidge location however has a great selection. I definately reccomend shopping at trader joes.

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Trader Joe's is a great grocery store. The only difference is this boylston location does not sell wine. The camberidge location however has a great selection. I definately reccomend shopping at trader joes.

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Trader Joe's is the best place to grocery shop in the area. It has tons of organic foods, extremely healthy choices, as well as products you can't find anywhere else. They also have a monthly flier with new food recipes. Not to mention the extremely reasonable prices. This location is small but most times I have been here it has not been that crowded.

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Trader Joe's is the best place to grocery shop in the area. It has tons of organic foods, extremely healthy choices, as well as products you can't find anywhere else. They also have a monthly flier with new food recipes. Not to mention the extremely reasonable prices. This location is small but most times I have been here it has not been that crowded.

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