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20 Things You Can’t Get At Traders Joes (They’re Actually Not Worth Buying)

When we go shopping, it’s a letdown if we can’t find what we want or if the stuff we see isn’t good enough for the price. Sometimes, the price is fair, but the quality could be better. 

A user asked the forum, “What’s the one thing you can’t get at Trader Joe’s?” 

Here are the common responses. 


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“Rotisserie chickens. I have to go to Costco for that.”


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“Bagels! They taste like Play-Doh, and I get mine instead from my local farmers market. Also, milk, as my local Trader Joe’s seems to have stopped selling the Lactose-Free Milk.”


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“Meat, it’s so overpriced and tiny portions, and all their organic milk expires within three days, and it’s wild!”


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“Missing a lot of spices. Too many spice mixes, not enough spices.”


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“Good oat milk. I have to get it from Target.”


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“I need my peanut butter to be as artificial as possible. So not there.”


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“Bread that lasts longer than two days.”


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“The ketchup is bad. Who the hell puts cloves in ketchup?”


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“Mayonnaise. Unfortunately, I love Dukes and can’t stand the Trader Joe (TJ) one.”


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“Ranch. I love some Trader Joe’s, but as a Midwesterner, that ranch is downright offensive to my people.”


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“Their cup of ramen. The noodles all have a chewy texture, and the flavors are boring. The 99-cent stuff is better.”


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“Vegetables without a pound of plastic wrap on them. There’s no reason to wrap two zucchini together with 2 feet of Saran Wrap.”


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“Plain white sugar, I don’t get it.”



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“Cottage Cheese. Once I tried the Good Culture brand, I was hooked. I drove to several stores to find it. Worth it.”


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“Good grains, Trader Joe’s would greatly benefit from selling various beans and grains. They have a nice tri-color Quinoa mix, and the frozen rice is pretty good, though, so no major complaints; it would just be nice for them to expand on it.”


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“Sriracha sauce. I don’t know what those knockoff sauces parading around at Sriracha sauce are at Trader Joe’s. But they taste like mild ketchup.”


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“Frozen pizza. It’s all so boring, and that’s a bummer because my all-time favorite Trader Joe item was their discontinued Spinach and Ricotta pizza.”


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“Chilled beer and wine. Some stores do have alcoholic beverages refrigerated, but most don’t. So that’s the only thing I would change about my local Trader Joe’s.”


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“Condensed milk at any time other than the fall.”


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“Red lentils. They discontinued them.”

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