Trader Joe's - Discontinued Items!

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by RockPoet, Jan 9, 2006.

  1. RockPoet macrumors newbie

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    (This topic is a follow-up to the "Who Loves Trader Joe's?" topic.)

    Those of us who love Trader Joe's, consider it one of the foundations of modern civilization, and have shelves mostly stocked with Trader Joe's items UNDERSTAND the need for this new topic.

    It hit me when they discontinued my whole-wheat, hydrogenated-oil-free, real-fig fig cookies (fig newtons). For years, these were staple items I carried in my car for munching-in-traffic. I have mourned the loss of my healthy fig newtons ever since. Then they dropped the chicken egg rolls. Then the shrimp egg rolls. Then the powdered soy milk (Soy Good), which was a great coffee creamer that didn't spoil. The last straw was the Big Chunk Harvest Vegetables (frozen). What next?

    There are two toll-call phone numbers to communicate with Trader Joe’s Customer Information Representatives, one in California (626-599-3817) and one in Massachusetts (781-455-7319).

    When I called the California number, which was answered immediately, my requests where politely received. But I’m only one voice in the wilderness. We need to speak up!

    I encourage all of you to call one of these numbers to request the return of your favorite discontinued items. The more requests they get, the more chances they will bring some of these items back. Perhaps in a special “Customers Favorites” section?

    Yes, suggestions can also be placed at the local branches... but requests for the return of discontinued items are generally met with fatalistic sighs from employees who also loved the product in question.

    So here it is at last... the Discontinued Items Forum for discontinued Trader Joe's items. I hope readers of the Mac Rumors forum contribute to this topic... and I hope Trader Joe's eventually takes note.

    While we do appreciate Joe's constant efforts to introduce new items to keep their stores fresh and interesting, there are certainly some great products which deserve a permanent place on their shelves.

    Maybe Joe's could create a special section for CUSTOMER FAVORITES items, like the special sections for new items and organic items...

    So... which products do YOU wish Trader Joe's would reintroduce ???

    (I am an honest-to-goodness Trader Joe's customer, not a Joe's employee, not a shill, not working for any company which supplies or promotes Trader Joe's. I just miss my whole-wheat fig newtons. And my chicken egg rolls.)
     
  2. iGary Guest

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    They don't have firewood at ours this year - which sucks.

    No more Argentinian pink shrimp (yum)...

    They discontinued the grilled chicken I used to make my lunch salads with...

    The list goes on.

    Trader Joe's ditches anything that doesn't sell well, or if they lose their supplier...

    Way it goes.
     
  3. balamw Moderator

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    They always seem to stop carrying something once we're absolutely hooked on it. :p

    Most recently, I miss their cream soda which has been absent from the stores near me for months. :(

    There are also a number of products which are only seasonally available, such as organic lasagna noodles, which are only available in the summer for some ungodly reason. There are also lots of "one shot deals" which come and go shortly.

    B
     
  4. iGary Guest

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    Yeah, they also ditch some flavors of Clif Bars during the summer. :rolleyes:

    If they get rid of their English Toffee, people will die.
     
  5. Flowbee macrumors 68030

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    My recurring nightmare is that I walk into Trader Joe's and find that they've discontinued their Black Bean and Jack Cheese Burritos. Next I turn to the Spicy Hummus shelf, and it's empty too. :eek: Living a block away from a TJ's can lead to an unhealthy obsession.
     
  6. Applespider macrumors G4

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    Although at least you're in the fortunate position of knowing enough Brits to have some sent over although I'd recommend you try the McCowan's Highland Toffee. Fabulous... tho you won't talk for hours ;)

    My Bay Area friend took me to TJ's when I was out there. It was fabulous; they had some cracking balsamic vinegar and some great olive oils.

    I'll also confess that in one of my first incarnations online, I made the mistake of using Cadbury's Flake bars as an analogy which led to me posting various boxes of them across the US when groups in the community met up since they became very popular. Apparently TJ's stocked them and at one point, I'd get emails from all over telling me which TJ's had them ;)
     
  7. strydr macrumors 6502

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    kinda off topic ( a little), but as I sit here, working the night away, I can't help but (try) to offer assistance. I am actually working for TJ's right now, so maybe I can ask around for the perfect person to complain to about discontinued items.. I'll ask in the morning, when I have my daily confrence call.
     
  8. Abstract macrumors Penryn

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    (Abstract doesn't know or care about Trader Joes, but thinks Argentinian Pink Shrimp sounds gooooooooood)
     
  9. iGary Guest

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    I'm actually a big fan of sponge toffee. You can send me a box of Crunchies and we could have kids and stuff.
     
  10. Abstract macrumors Penryn

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    iGary is cheaper than a Russian mail-order bride?

    Don't sell yourself short, man. You should ask for more than a single box.
     
  11. iGary Guest

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    I used to have a contact in Wymondham that would send me stuff, but alas, she moved I think.

    Yes, I am a cheap toffee whore.
     
  12. Applespider macrumors G4

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    Well, if the urge for Crunchies ever becomes overwhelming, let me know. I'll forgo the kids though! :eek:
     
  13. jayscheuerle macrumors 68020

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    You ARE speaking to them when you buy their products. I don't imagine they would discontinue a big seller...
     
  14. Mr. Anderson Moderator emeritus

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    They used to have a small bottle of pickled ginger - what you get with sushi - and it was great. I'd use it for all sorts of things, especially maranades - and the thing is I've not been able to find a substitute here in Indiana yet.

    Bleh,

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  15. Applespider macrumors G4

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    I love that stuff - it is useful in so many things. Our local supermarket sells it for 99p. Hmm, perhaps I should set up a MR export sidebusiness :p
     

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