Surviving Whole Foods

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    Hate the place and tell Mrs. Exile to never go there. This article pretty much hits it out of the park as to why. :D
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    I have you ever noticed how many of the staff in health food stores
    appear pale and undernourished?

    Do they look healthy to you?
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    It really is an exercise in status identification. I eat better foods than you, some of them you can't even identify, and pay more for them. It's the ultimate arrogance, IMO, considering how many people struggle to eat anything at all. I used to be able to avoid this crowd by just not going to the golf course. Now they're in polite society. I'll pass.
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    love me some Trader Joe's :)
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    They could be a breading ground for vegans which IMO is a unhealthy lifestyle.
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    I will say however, it's a brilliant marketing idea. Healthy food, yada yada yada. What it really is a grocery store for people who don't want to go to the same grocery store as the "rest of us." Until now most grocery stores weren't dramatically different. Same stuff, same general layout, little variance in pricing. Now there's a place where you can go to buy food and never run into society's undesirables. They already had this covered with virtually all other things--clothing, housing, restaurants, transportation, etc. So I'll give credit where credit is due. D-bags provided a demand for a grocery store and someone provided the supply.
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    Did anyone read the article? It's hilarious!

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    Yeah, and she was definitively identified as being 78% ugly at the store. Who wouldn't want to find that out?
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    you mad.
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    More unimpressed.
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    Now that is funny
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    More judgmental, why do you care where other folks shop if that's where they want to shop?
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    This..:joecool:
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    More not caring and just laughing.
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    If we can laugh at Walmart shopper threads, we should laugh at whole foods shopper threads, too.
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    Now, I don't care where other people shop, but I'm not afraid to admit that I shop at ALDI and Wal-mart. I can afford to buy my groceries at Publix, but it's not really about affording it or not, it's just how I am as a shopper in general: pay the lowest price possible as long as it's not too much of an inconvenience. Seeing "undesirable" people at stores doesn't matter to me; who am I to judge anybody? They're just people buying the things they need (or want). Who cares about them? And that's the beauty of it.

    I'd estimate I save as much as 40% by buying the essentials at ALDI as compared to Publix. It's probably 30% on most occasions, but sometimes the savings really are ridiculous. And Wal-mart is pretty cheap too...can't beat the forever $2 lb boneless, skinless chicken breast. And their "black label" beef isn't bad, especially for the price. Produce is much lower too. Why give a store (Publix, Whole Foods, etc) more money for the same thing? Yeah the "store environment" is nice. Give me a break. If such a thing is important to you, then I guess I share much different values. I go to the store to get my stuff and move on with life.
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    Yeah, I judge minute to minute. I recommend you do too. That keeps you out of places you don't belong. It's real close to being discriminating, which you should do even more. And of course you do or you wouldn't be around to post on an Internet message board. My judgment doesn't affect your trips to Whole Foods in any way. Have at it. I'll be somewhere else. You'll never know the difference.

    Now if you're trying to make some sort of statement about monolithic communities, I just assumed we had all accepted that. IOW, not all people in Whole Foods are d-bags. But all d-bads go to Whole Foods (if it's convenient.)
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    What happened to this thread?
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    Sorry, but I have to label the article the same as the UF instructor wrote at the top of my first paper in freshman English: "Cheap sarcasm." Yes WF is more expensive but it's a choice and they do have things not offered elsewhere.

    I don't like labeling people by where they shop (I'm referring to the article writer, not you). Last election I was called by one of the polling groups. After all the political preference questions they asked if I shopped at Walmart and how often.

    It's just like with clothes. Some people buy clothes at Lord & Taylor's, Neiman Marcus, or Von Maur. Some buy at KMart or Kohl's. I buy at Kohls because they always have sales. But my wife discovered Von Maur has racks of heavily discounted things among the high priced stuff and they do free alterations.

    I food shop mostly at Kroger, sometimes Aldi, and once in a while hit the high end grocery for specialty items no one else carries. I also like Trader Joes, but you have to be careful. Not everything is cheaper. I love Pelligrino mineral water. It's $23 a case at Joe's and $13 at Sam's.
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    Sounds like there are some butt-hurt Whole Fooders here.
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