Trader Joe's: A grocery store. A culture. A DESTINATION. I don't work for TJ's, I am simply a customer who loves the store, the products, & the experience.
This blog was a year-long project. In 2015 I reviewed 1 TJ's product EVERY SINGLE DAY. I visited lots of TJ's stores around the country, and when the year ended I couldn't stop. I still post often (though not daily) & I welcome your comments on the products & reviews.
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Day 42: Altoids Smalls
I do not like Altoids, big or small. They are too “curiously strong” for me. But when I needed several tiny gifts, this
petite little tin fit the bill perfectly.
I grabbed them while at Trader Joe’s, and later wondered how the price
would compare to other stores. It is not
often you can directly price compare with things you buy at Trader Joe’s,
because 9 times out of 10 the products you get are Trader Joe’s brand, so you
can’t compare “apples to apples”, so to speak.
But in THIS case I could, because Altoids are a national brand.
Cute teeny tiny little Altoid tin
So here’s the scoop:
at Trader Joe’s, I paid $1.19. IF
I had made the same impulse purchase at my local CVS, I would have paid $1.49
for the same exact tin of mints!
Altoid Smalls display at CVS - 30 cents more!
And if I
preferred to not leave the house and buy them from the comfort of my living
room, I could have gone to http://www.candyfavorites.com/candy/mints-and-breath-fresheners/altoids-mints?utm_source=bing&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=mints
and bought a pack of 9 Altoid Smalls tins
for $14.81, then paid for shipping on top of that, making each box cost me
$2.75 (plus, I would have been stuck with 8 extra boxes of mints I do not
like)! (Note: had I wanted $50 worth of candy, I could have
qualified for free shipping… Or if I was
a power online shopper and had Amazon Prime I would have “free shipping”, but
this is just for COMPARISON mind you…)
So my point here is this:
some people have told me that they think Trader Joe’s is expensive. And yes, there are products that cost more at
Trader Joe’s than at other stores. But
if you are careful and if you compare, you will find that OFTEN you can save
money by shopping at Trader Joe’s!
So, the rating of this product is not on my personal
taste of it, since I didn’t even open the tin and instead gifted it to an
Altoid lover. The rating is based on the
fact that Trader Joe’s carries a few nationally known branded products and manages
to give customers a break on buying them.
I appreciate that (even if I don’t like Altoids J ).