| Trader Joe's will soon no longer be on our weekly shopping list
| because they've CHOSEN to stop supplying us with the products
| that we enjoyed; we found alternatives at other stores -- and don't
| hesitate to tell our friends of these experiences (TJ's just
| rebrands other peoples' products, for the most part).
Yes, and they don't care about quality.
It's a discount store with a boutique theme.
I buy a few things there, but try to avoid the
store brands. A good example of their low
quality was in the news recently: A recall of
frozen vegetables due to listeria. The product
was produced by a factory operation called
CRF Frozen Foods. TJs was on the recall list (along
with dozens of other brands) for their organic
frozen vegetables. They claim they're organic,
but it's all coming from the one big wholesaler,
and not all of CRF products are organic. So how
is it that their organic corn and regular corn
both got listeria taint?
Awhile back it was tainted peanut butter. Again,
TJs was on a big list of stores. It turned out that
TJs peanut butter was just a TJ-labeled bottle of
a product from another big food manufacturer,
known as Big Nut. :)
Costco also had products affected by the recall.
And, I'm sure other "store brands" were affected.
TJ's *always* has something listed for recall.
And, since everything they sell is consummable,
it's sad that folks don't notice more.
Costco also has a long list of recalls at any
time. But, as they sell a variety of products,
there's fewer (proportionately) that are food.
A difference is that Costco notified us -- by phone
AND mail -- of the recall (based on our purchase
history). TJ's assumes you'll discover on your own
(no "membership" list that they can consult).
Our TJ purchases have dwindled to avocados (which tend
to be better than the local grocers; and smaller
purchase quantity than Costco forces on you!), some
cheeses and fresh spinach. If the stores weren't
"on the route" that we routinely take when doing
our shopping, we could easily skip them in favor of
other suppliers (as we've done with the other items that
we used to purchase at TJ's).
We're not teenagers looking to kill time "shopping".
Instead, its a CHORE that we want out of the way
as quickly as possible -- more interesting things to
do with our time than "buy stuff"! So, if a product's
availability is uncertain, we'd rather find another vendor
that is more reliable -- or another product.
The most recent "dropped product" was TJ's veggie chili.
After waiting for months for it to "come in" (SWMBO doesn't
eat it frequently enough to make it a "priority" purchase),
we went looking for alternatives.
And, found the exact same chili marketed as "Amy's" -- down
to the same photograph on the label, etc. "Gee, we can buy
Amy's at several different stores! Why wait for TJ's to
get their act together?"
TJ's never *did* get their act together. Instead, brought in a
different product (many many months later). SWMBO tasted a
"sample" and said, "I'll stick with Amy's". One LESS thing
driving us to stop at TJ's each week...
I still have a few that I've been trying to conserve. 3 x 5 spiral pads
are the closest I can find. OK, but...
They used to be available everywhere - WalMart, Staples, dollar stores,
etc. but no more. I wonder why they evidently quit making tham.
You know it's time to clean the refrigerator
when something closes the door from the inside.
Not quite as many.
Buck a pad is a bit steep, but what you gonna do?
Half a buck each, a bit better.
Post it note format.
I attended a Square Dance convention, and the publisher of a Square
Dance magazine ("Bow & Swing") was giving away 4 1/4" X 5 1/2" note pads
with their logo as advertisement.
It seems that their main business was as a print shop, and publishing
the magazine was a sideline to support their hobby. Perhaps you can
find what you want at a local print shop.
You might also search for "sticky notes", although you will find more
responses for a computerized version!
One or two charities send me pads in the mail about once a year.
That's as much as I use.
They're good but if I try to take notes on page 3, say, it's likely to
come out of the pad. So I have a stack of loose pages I've only
written one line on.
I used to work for a printing company, we mainly did continuous and
laser cut sheets, but would do padding if a client wanted it. The
problem for you going that route, there may be way more pads than you
can use in your lifetime in a minimum order.
Thanks, everyone, but I'm not looking
for cards and I don't want to order from
a print shop. I just want to find a sotre
that sells basic supplies, if any
still exists. These things are typically
about $2 for 4 pads. As DonY said, just
simple white paper with glue binding.
My Dad used to buy from
http://www.quill.com/search?keywords=3+x+5+pads+&x "&y&scfHe had a couple dozen pads as you describe.
They got shot out when my sister cleaned
the house earlier this year. I am sorry.
Sorry for me, too, I might have used them.
On Friday, June 3, 2016 at 9:08:36 AM UTC-5, Mayayana wrote:
Take a ream of paper to your local copy shop and have them pad it and
cut into whatever size you need.
At the office, instead of putting paper in the recycle bin, we keep the
sheets that are printed on one side for pads. Easy way is to jog a
stack so that the sides are flush, put a couple of bricks on top near
one edge, and paint the edge with white glue. Then when it's dry,
separate it into pads. If you want it cut down, the copy shop can do
that for you cheap.
| Office Depot has 3x5 pads and spiral notebooks for a reasonable price.
They do have several 3x5 pad options.
Maybe I'll check a local Office Depot. They're
scarce around here, but they do exist. Oddly,
there seems to ba a Staples on every corner
but I always find OD to have better prices and
Not sure where you're looking but they're still commonly available:
(Amazon.com product link shortened)
Do a Google search for "3x5 note pad" or "3x5 scratch pads".
Heck, I've even seen small packs at the local grocery stores.
Are these what you're looking for?
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