Trader Joes had great, affordable quality products. There is no question about it. They also have a seemingly great, straightforward return policy: if you don't like it, we will take it back, no questions asked.
I recently bought some chewyble "great tasting" omega 3 supplements, Sea Gummies, to increased my vitamin intake. Please, do not buy them unless you enjoy the taste of sugar coated fishes. They were pretty bad. I decided that I could not eat them. I also decided that I would return them because I thought I would do good as a loyal customer to let one of my favorite stores that one of their products...sucks.
I walked up to the customer service counter and was instantly greeted by a friendly face. He was kind, and although he did ask me if anything was wrong with the product, he didn't flinch when I said I just didn't like it. I did not have my receipt, but this was not a problem, since almost all of the products sold there are TJ brand. He wrote me up a return slip (on a small piece of paper) and told me to get my credit at the cash register since he didn't have the ability to credit me from the desk....ok. This is when I got irritated.
If you have ever shopped at TJ's before, you know that the lines can sometimes be very long. I feel like the counters are not build to handle full shopping carts, so the process gets insanely slowed down. There is also no baggers, so the cashier usually rings up everything, then bags. It can take a while.
I waited in line for a good 10 minutes, and when I get to the cashier, she has to call over the manager, who was the guy that helped me behind the customer service counter, to unlock the register for a return....This took another 2-3 minutes.
Then they were confused as to how to actually credit me back my money. The girl at the register was going to give me cash, but she took 3 minutes fumbling with the register to try and open it. Then she called the manager over again, who said it would be easier to credit me back. I had to swipe my card three times in order for them to figure out the right way to credit me back.
This whole process would be a lot easier if the manager had a register behind his desk for returns!
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Trader Joe's is a privately held chain of specialty grocery stores headquartered in Monrovia, California. As of December 2008, Trader Joe's has a total of 315 stores. Its stores are located most densely in Southern California, but the grocery company has locations in 24 other states and Washington, D.C. Trader Joe's was founded by Joe Coulombe and is currently owned by a family trust set up by German billionaire Theo Albrecht, one of the two brothers behind the German supermarket chain Aldi. Trader Joe's stores usually have a South Seas (often seen as Hawaiian) theme. CLICK FOR LOCATIONS