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Trader Joe´s drags a pirate to court
San Francisco Chronicle, by Patricia Yollin

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Posted By:PageTurner, 8/16/2013 9:55:51 PM

Vancouver, British Columbia -- Michael Hallatt has spent more than $350,000 at Trader Joe´s in less than two years. But the popular grocery chain doesn´t ever want to see him again. "I´m their best customer," he said with a mix of pride and indignation. Every week, the former Bay Area resident drives his panel van across the border to buy a few thousand dollars worth of merchandise at Trader Joe´s stores in the States. He then turns around and resells the goods at his own shop in Canada for a profit. Now, despite the obvious affection Hallatt and his customers

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The guy is filling a market need. If Trader Joe´s doesn´t like it, it should open its own store in Canada. The guy is doing nothing wrong.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: uno, 8/16/2013 10:11:24 PM     (No. 9477924)

Arrghhh! How much for the ear rings matey?
A buck an ear...

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Reply 2 - Posted by: LouD, 8/16/2013 10:13:38 PM     (No. 9477925)

That´s a terrific price for corn, #1.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: veritas, 8/16/2013 10:40:13 PM     (No. 9477949)

1. Hallatt´s clearly not misrepresenting himself, if the piece is accurate.

2. Trader Joe´s obviously employs too many lawyers.

3. Yo, Ca-nah-duh! This guy proves it´s possible to buy retail in the US; cover time and cost [store rent; travel; transport; stocking shelves; utilities; etc.]; undercut Canadian companies on price; and squeeze out something for himself. Something´s very wrong with Canada´s economy.

Some might suggest that it´s a meddling gov´t....

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Reply 4 - Posted by: HPmatt, 8/16/2013 10:49:15 PM     (No. 9477955)

Hope the pirate wins a big settlement from the German billionaire supermarket chain that owns Trader Joes and Aldi.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Machista, 8/16/2013 11:02:41 PM     (No. 9477963)

"milk chocolate covered potato chips"? Sounds wonderful.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: mackrand, 8/16/2013 11:42:00 PM     (No. 9478000)

Trader Joes needs to fire a few lawyers and get back to serving the public. This is one of those silly not harming anybody resellers in another country being persecuted by the big corporate bullies.

I´m a regular customer at my local TJ´s but I really don´t like hearing about this sort of vendetta. I´ll be making an effort to find another source of the specific things I buy there. Like next door at Smart and Final in Chatsworth.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: fayebeck, 8/16/2013 11:46:32 PM     (No. 9478008)

#5 It´s a California thing. Governor Moonbeam probably likes them.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: kanphil, 8/17/2013 12:06:18 AM     (No. 9478019)

Agree, OP. I like Trader Joe´s but they are off base on this one.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: thelmalou, 8/17/2013 12:12:34 AM     (No. 9478025)

Hey, that´s pretty stupe, TJ. If they had a store in that town, I might understand. Booo hisss!


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Reply 10 - Posted by: Lalo, 8/17/2013 12:15:10 AM     (No. 9478029)

Who cares if Trader Joe´s is owned by a German - at least it isn´t owned by China and it´s a wonderful store with high-quality products and amazingly low prices. And as far as their lawsuit - it seems par for the course to me; they can´t be lettin´ people get too loose with the old merchandise and trademark.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Lalo, 8/17/2013 12:21:22 AM     (No. 9478032)

Maybe they are off base here - it doesn´t seem in character for them, that´s for sure. But I still give them the benefit of the doubt. They took the extraordinary measure in 2007 of stopping carrying products made in China (really) and later even stopped carrying products with ingredients even *made* in the constantly food-toxic, human-rights violating, Tibet annexing, citizen-torturing, Christian-persecuting, Communist China.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: belwhatter, 8/17/2013 1:25:13 AM     (No. 9478062)

The Bellingham TJs is so popular that there is hardly ever a vacant parking space any day of the week - but I guess someone regularly purchasing goods in the $3-5 k range might well attract a measure of curiosity.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: Mushroom, 8/17/2013 3:03:41 AM     (No. 9478079)

Honestly based on this article I´m having trouble seeing this as anything but a win-win.
The guy pays retail, takes it outside trade area, pays customs duty, and then resells it at a profit.
TJ should be paying HIM. TJ owns the trademark in Canada, super, so when/if they open in Canada this guy will have already wetted the appetite of the locals. It´s a ready made market for TJ!
The product and ownership is irrelevant.
It´s not like he is buying loss leaders and selling them down the street. He isn´t the competition. He is building brand recognition outside of your service area!

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Reply 14 - Posted by: kOok, 8/17/2013 10:40:06 PM     (No. 9479134)

You know why they call pirates, pirates?

Because that´s what they aaarrrrrrrrrrrrr111

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