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Popular grocery store chain Trader Joe's has installed new NFC-compatible VeriFone touchscreen checkout terminals in some of its stores, allowing for contactless payments. First noticed by AppleInsider, some of these stores with the new payment terminals are accepting Apple Pay, which works at any location that allows for contactless payments.

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MacRumors has verified that Apple Pay works in some Trader Joe's stores. In the Raleigh, North Carolina area, we were able to make a purchase at Trader Joe's with the Apple Watch using Apple Pay.

Not all Trader Joe's stores have the new payment terminals at this time, and not all stores with the new terminals are accepting Apple Pay via NFC. The Apple Pay logo is present on the checkout terminal, however, suggesting Trader Joe's is perhaps considering becoming an official Apple Pay partner.

Trader Joe's is known for its high-quality low-priced products, and it has more than 400 locations across the United States. If Trader Joe's becomes an official Apple Pay partner, it will join other grocery store chains like Whole Foods, Dick's Fresh Market, Winn-Dixie, Bi-Lo, Food Maxx, Lucky, Meijer, Sprouts, and more.

Article Link: Some Trader Joe's Stores Accepting Contactless Payments, Including Apple Pay
 

macsplusmacs

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Wait. Wait. Wait.

You mean I don't even have to pull out my wallet for some Two-Buck Chuck?

We live in wondrous times.
 

create

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The one in Lafayette, CA accepted Apple pay when the first rolled out the new terminals a few months ago but it only lasted 3 or 4 weeks and then they disabled it.
I wrote customer service to ask why they turned it off and they said:
"... we are pilot testing in Cupertino, CA and Glendale, AZ. The test includes Apple Pay, Google Wallet and tap and pay credit cards. Our intent is to have this in all stores by the end of the year. "
 

charliex5

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Trader Joe's is known for its high-quality low-priced products...

This is the first time I've ever heard anyone say this about Trader Joe's. Mediocre at decent prices has always been my experience. I have one 2 blocks from my apartment and shop there MAYBE once a month. Garbage produce and bland processed foods.
 

McDaddio

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That is a good price for arugula!!

If I didn't check out macrumors, I never would have known!

Nice!!
 

Mad-B-One

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So, wonder when Aldi will follow...

... because Trader Joe's is the "other Aldi" since "Aldi Sued" is the one with the "Aldi" license in the U.S. and "Aldi Nord" uses Trader Joe's as their brand in the U.S. - but in general, they follow similar strategies.
 

Mad-B-One

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It's great more stores are adding Apple Pay but who actually shops at Trader Joe's ?

Well, why would you not?

All native Germans would because around Christmas, that's where you get original German Christmas cookies and other treats. Besides, it is usually cheaper than Walmart. Same for Aldi USA.
 

gorkt

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I love Trader Joes! Between that and Wegmans I live in grocery store heaven!
 

gnasher729

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... because Trader Joe's is the "other Aldi" since "Aldi Sued" is the one with the "Aldi" license in the U.S. and "Aldi Nord" uses Trader Joe's as their brand in the U.S. - but in general, they follow similar strategies.

Just saying... It's "Aldi Süd" which is German for "South" (Aldi Nord = North), and not some particularly litiguous company :)
 

ackmondual

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Still not comfy on the contactless payment train. We'll see if we change in another 6 years though. Biggest "issue" for me with Apple Pay (iPay?) is I have no intention of getting an iPhone. Still quite content with my Ipod Touch (although in 6 more years or so, we'll see, again).

This is the first time I've ever heard anyone say this about Trader Joe's. Mediocre at decent prices has always been my experience. I have one 2 blocks from my apartment and shop there MAYBE once a month. Garbage produce and bland processed foods.
Really? They've got quite a cult following (not unlike the Apple crowd in some ways). I've enjoyed them while I could (no longer live near one). I went there around once every 1 to 2 weeks myself. Some of there stuff is unique, tasty, and/or cheap. However, I wouldn't buy it just because it had the TJ label. Other items weren't that great, and could be had for cheaper elsewhere.

Moving around, I've been able to find suitable replacements for them, like Aldi's, and to a lesser extent, Big Lots.
 

ttss6

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Apple Pay reminds me of the rollout of Passbook in that it was a relatively small start but around a year and half after it launched it started to become more prominent and part of the status quo
 

Swift

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Still not comfy on the contactless payment train. We'll see if we change in another 6 years though. Biggest "issue" for me with Apple Pay (iPay?) is I have no intention of getting an iPhone. Still quite content with my Ipod Touch (although in 6 more years or so, we'll see, again).


Really? They've got quite a cult following (not unlike the Apple crowd in some ways). I've enjoyed them while I could (no longer live near one). I went there around once every 1 to 2 weeks myself. Some of there stuff is unique, tasty, and/or cheap. However, I wouldn't buy it just because it had the TJ label. Other items weren't that great, and could be had for cheaper elsewhere.

Moving around, I've been able to find suitable replacements for them, like Aldi's, and to a lesser extent, Big Lots.

Well, it works with other systems, you know. Look at the screen. I'd always gotten a thing or two at TJ's, but it really clicked around the early 2000s, when the grocery stores in LA all decided to bust the unions and take away medical insurance. All but one chain, and then there was TJ. They had unions and no intention of joining the cabal of employers. They added lots to their normal stock, and suddenly I was getting half my stuff there. Big supermarket or TJ: which is the cult?
 

Mad-B-One

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Just saying... It's "Aldi Süd" which is German for "South" (Aldi Nord = North), and not some particularly litiguous company :)

So, you are telling a German how to spell German... Interesting. However, I was lazy, didn't want to look up the ASCII code for the Umlaut and just used the German rule of using the "e" behind the "u." Nothing wrong with that.


Edit: I could even go that far and say it's philosophical: Even Goethe changed his name from Göthe (early spelling, before he studied).
 
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x-evil-x

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i love trader joes for certain things.... i usually rotate between sprouts, whole foods, trader joes and costco for all my food. I never eat out(once or twice a month).
the ones in arizona have had apple pay for over a month now
 

laurim

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I tried Pay at my Home Depot self-checkout today and it didn't work. An employee said it works at some registers but not the self-check ones. Hope they sort that all out like a recent article said...
 

Robisan

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Honestly don't see why pulling out a $600 smartphone to pay is any easier than pulling out a plastic credit card. One thing's for sure - the credit card will suffer less potential damage if it's accidentally dropped in the process.

...adding, glad to see TJ's also accepts Google Wallet and isn't exclusively Apple Pay.
 
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