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The smart shopper of the household (not me) reports that prices went up by about a dime at Trader Joe's. Not on everything, but on a few items. Altoids, dog food, candles. Some things are the same price. Orange Juice didn't change. They have good OJ, not from concentrate and actually tastes like an orange. I sound like a commercial, don't I? Oh, the other thing that Trader Joe's is doing, is asking for your zip code every time you buy anything at any of their stores. They're doing the smart thing and studying up on who is shopping where, and how far people are coming to shop at each store. Things are changing. I wish I had invested in Trader Joe's instead of Whole Foods. But I don't know what they're doing. Does anybody out there shop at a Whole Foods, ever? Last I heard they had been renamed Whole Paycheck and I'd lost about half what I put into stock. But I haven't sold the stock. Either I'm a fool, or they're doing something smart too. I hope they're making a move. The businesses who think ahead and come into new times with new approaches may do well. I keep thinking of business ideas....molding them all into my big idea, my dream. I am grateful to one man who suggested one book who has colored my thinking. The book is called The Magic of Thinking Big.

The smart shopper also buys things on Ebay. It is an art form, business online. She's good at it. She also says that the price of a room in Cannon City on the Pacific keeps going down.

The last news I can find about Whole Foods is that they had to recall a lot of bulk peanut stock because of potential salmonella contamination. And this one, about a certain brand of bottled water getting a placement into 7 Whole Foods stores in New Jersey.


Gluten free cookies in Florida:

Ah to the meat of it:
Whole Foods, Wild Oats court hearings postponed
Molly Triece
Daily Texan Staff

Published: Friday, February 6, 2009
Updated: Friday, February 6, 2009

Whole Foods and Wild Oats representatives avoided each other once again in court after hearings were supposed to resume Thursday but were then postponed.

The nation’s organic foods market has been dominated by two major players: Whole Foods Market Inc., an Austin-based chain, and Wild Oats Markets Inc., a grocer established in Boulder, Colo.

As of August 2007, Whole Foods officially purchased Wild Oats for an estimated price of $671 million. The Federal Trade Commission is currently blocking the merger with complaints that Whole Foods will monopolize the organic grocers market.

“This merger, involving the two leading operators of premium natural and organic supermarkets, will increase prices and reduce quality and services in a number of geographic markets throughout the United States,” according to the commission’s formal complaint.

The complaint called for the market buyout to be subject to judicial review. The commision said Whole Foods’ acquisition of Wild Oats rid the market of competition and was thus illegal.

“Consumers in those markets have reaped price and non-price benefits of the competition between Whole Foods and Wild Oats,” the complaint read.

The date set for when Whole Foods must appear in court has been repeatedly pushed back, said Mitchell Katz, commision spokesman. The case was recently pulled out of administrative court for settlement negotiations between Whole Foods and Wild Oats. If the negotiations fail and the FTC wins the lawsuit, Whole Foods would be forced to sell its remaining Wild Oats assets.

In its defense, Whole Foods said in the complaint that Wild Oats has enjoyed a monopoly in certain markets and that consumers benefited from Whole Foods’ presence.


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Feb. 7th, 2009 03:19 am (UTC)
I think I have a very old version of that book -- the version pictured there looks pretty new. I remember reading it like 10-15 years ago, I don't remember much about it.
Feb. 7th, 2009 05:58 am (UTC)
Honestly, I don't remember much about the book, either. I did not read the whole thing. But the idea it planted in my head is still there. That is, to design a business that can be reproduced at different locations with different staff---to build yourself out of the equation so you can retire while your business makes you rich. To franchise, if you will. I can't quite get the idea out of my head. Who knows if anything will come of it being in there.
Feb. 7th, 2009 03:33 am (UTC)
I wonder if that book is similar to The Secret. Manifesting changes in your life by thinking about them. Making them happen through the power of positive thought. I swear, it works. I've done it.
Feb. 7th, 2009 06:01 am (UTC)
This book is not about manifesting things by directing thought-energy. But I also am quite certain that thinking influences reality. Same way feng shui works. I'm not sure why we call it the Secret, seems like lots of people GET it.
Feb. 8th, 2009 04:01 pm (UTC)
heh heh. When I lived in Chicago I did about 90% of my shopping at Whole Foods and people would tease me by calling it Whole Paycheck. True - it's not cheap to be healthy. But I figured if I had to spend a lot of money on something that it should be healthy food for my body. Better than spending twice the cash on a pair of Nikes. We don't have Whole Foods here, but we have an independent store that's much like it (but better, in my humble opinion). I've never been a Trader Joe's fan - it always struck me as a glorified liquor store with a couple isles of food. I used to call it Trader Blows. But we don't have those here either.
Feb. 8th, 2009 08:56 pm (UTC)
It's true, I discovered TJ's because of the cheap wine. But I have discovered that they are also the cheapest source of honey, my favorite tea, butter, feta cheese, OJ, rice crackers, chocolate, shampoo, and a few other staples in my household. I've noticed that just about every product with TJ on the label is better and cheaper than alternatives including those available at Walmart etc. They do especially well with chocolates and cheeses. The only TJ product I've found that utterly sucks is their curry simmer sauces. I go elsewhere to buy produce and meat.
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