How Asian Is Your Costco?

Really shows what a ridiculous amount we pay here for inferior products. The lens industry is such a scam for consumers.

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Luxottica sends its regards.

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You’re not the only one. I don’t get it. I also don’t get Trader Joes.

I totally don’t get TJ - mediocre shop with mainly low quality (produce, cheese etc) or highly processed food

You must not have children. Costco makes a ton of sense for anyone providing for more than their spouse.

TJs is good for a few things including snacks, quick meals for small families and surprisingly, orchids.

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But the price is pretty fair for the quality for many of the items (IMHO).

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The few times we tried stuff from them the quality was so disappointing that the prices weren’t great

I don’t buy the sad produce at Trader Joe’s or highly procesed food anywhere. A lot of their products suck (their tortilla chips are remarkably bad) but they have good prices on some high-quality items including crackers, Belgian chocolate, nuts, peanut butter, roasted peppers, toum, frozen pizza made in Italy, Greek olive oil, some cheeses, house-brand “Pain Pascal” levain from La Boulangerie (some parts of the SF Bay Area only), bar soap, deodorant, and toothpaste.

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Trader Joe’s has been through many changes. It began IIRC in something called Pronto Markets which the founder envisioned as a meld between a liquor store and a health food store. Signs of this remain to this day. Now the liquor element is more focused on budget wines.

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TJ is good for flowers and nuts.

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so true - been burned way too many times by that shite

So true on the tortilla chips haha. Horrific.

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Trader Joe’s has great prices on some first-rate hard liquor, especially around Christmas when its selection expands. Wines … generally what’s good isn’t cheap and what’s cheap isn’t good, but there are some good values, e.g. Vinho Verde and Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc.

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Yeah. It depends on the item of course. I don’t buy all my produce there (especially since I have access to a Super King recently), but generally find that they have the best prices and quality for items like…

– Workhorse Tomatoes (Compari and Mini San Marzanos)
– Crimini Mushrooms (sometimes Shiitake)
– Shallots (Some places don’t even carry them UGH!)
– Bagged Baby Kale
– Steamed Lentils
– Pomegranate Seeds
– Teeny Tiny Avocados

They also have some unique seasonal items, like the Baby Corn and Cole Slaw Mix (the best one in the market).

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TJ’s was the only reliable place I was able to find fiddlehead ferns (many years ago). Can’t find them any longer :frowning:

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Fiddleheads have a short season and are imported from the East Coast. Interesting that Trader Joe’s would carry them, that’s really not the kind of thing I’d expect from them.

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i saw fresh fiddleheads last night at the whole foods on crescent in beverly hills.

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