Continued price increases at Trader Joe’s

I’m sure you too have noticed Trader Joe’s prices continue to creep up. And up. This despite inflation supposedly actually getting better, and even coming down a bit. Almost every time I go to TJ’s lately I notice increases. Some things up 29 cents, some 49 cents. For example the Soy Milk has been $1.99 for a long time The other day I pick it up and notice the sign now says it $2.29. I see the same 29 cents increase on the tofu I regularly, it was $1.99 for a long time. Now $2.29. Jack Cheese that was $4.99 a pound went up to 5.49. These are just a few examples. I could not even begin to list how many products have gone up again recently. Price hikes of 10-15% or more? So it seems like I get sticker shock at the register every time I go recently. Are these increases actually justified? Since inflation has come down a bit and since gas prices have come down. Or are they taking advantage of the situation where people are expecting increases – and get them.

Feel free to share your thoughts about these price increases in Comments.


7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Connie Sutherland
    Feb 04, 2023 @ 12:44:41

    Yes, you’re right.

    But about justification, the difference between TJ’s increases and the increases at Safeway and Stop & Shop during and the pandemic and since is gigantic.



  2. Chefchenko
    Feb 04, 2023 @ 12:53:50

    No, they are NOT!
    I’m with you friend. Sticker shock everywhere on everything. Costco – same thing. Retailers are milking the economic woes to increase their revenues. Supply chain costs have dropped immensely.
    It’s really sad . This is one small reason why shoplifting has gotten out of control.
    Whole Paycheck for example now charges 8 buck per pound for organic garlic! Absurd.



  3. Stefano Giovannini
    Feb 04, 2023 @ 15:03:24

    Frozen Brussels sprouts 50% increase from $0.99 to $1.49. Green dragon hot sauce and Soyaki sauce are now closer to $4, they were maybe $1.99 and $2.49. Rustico bread 50 cent increase to $3.49. Will they come down with higher interest rates and layoffs driven by Jerome Powell/Fed Reserve? Once prices go up, they rarely come down.



  4. Stefano Giovannini
    Feb 04, 2023 @ 15:05:36

    PS inflation is often an excuse to increase profit margins by large companies, via price hikes. The US Fed is pushing policies that increase layoffs and unemployment, so the workforce won’t be able to negotiate salary increases. So as usual the rich get richer and the others get the finger.



  5. Anon
    Feb 14, 2023 @ 19:03:36

    Sockeye salmon went from $11.99/lb last year (2022), to $12.99/lb late last year, to $13.99/lb early this year (2023), and now to $14.99/lb. I’m done with that.

    Also noticed that shaved beef went up from $9.99/lb -> $10.99/lb.

    Hopefully the workers are getting a significant piece of those increases. As someone else accurately put it, “the rich do well in good times, and do even better in a crisis”. Just more wealth transfer from middle-class -> rich.



  6. Jim
    Feb 18, 2023 @ 03:21:49

    TJ’s Organic Steel Cut Oats, 30 oz canister. All last year, 2022, $3.99. Price just increased to $4.49. 12.5%.

    At Whole Foods, 365 Brand, same size, first of 2022 was $4.19; mid year jumped to $4.99 and by the end of 2022, $5.79. 38%.

    Record profits.

    Record CEO compensation — “for providing strategic direction and navigating the business in challenging and uncertain times.” [eyeroll]



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