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#16 FloatingFatMan

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Posted 18 August 2013 - 16:23

Of course not; in fact in many countries it will be illegal to stop someone to resell a product. In this case, this guys a jerk: he's actively selling items in a way to mimic to original store's, which is wrong.

 

I agree.  It's wrong, it's jerkish, but it's not illegal.




#17 vcfan

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Posted 18 August 2013 - 16:44

Records indicate that Trader Joe’s has obtained a Canadian trademark, which it applied for in October 2010.

 

http://seattletimes....oessuitxml.html

 

 

and lol at this

 

 


Hallatt usually spends $4,000 to $5,000 in cash during his weekly shopping trips. He used to go mainly to Bellingham, where more than 40 percent of credit-card transactions are with non-U.S. residents, according to the suit.

 

Once, to avoid being recognized, he decided to cross-dress. He was putting on a leopard muumuu, earrings and flowered flip-flops in a Rite-Aid parking lot when somebody called the police, figuring he was going to rob the store.

“My nail polish was not even dry when three cops showed up,” Hallatt recalled.



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Posted 18 August 2013 - 16:48

And Pirate Joe's was reselling from 2010 onwards or before?



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Posted 18 August 2013 - 16:53

he only opened the store in 2012,according to the article I posted.



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Posted 18 August 2013 - 17:01

 

 

he only opened the store in 2012,according to the article I posted.

 

Well, in that case, they're going to take the guy to the cleaners.



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Posted 19 August 2013 - 18:06

^ As well they should. He is disgusting.



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Posted 19 August 2013 - 18:16

Maybe they should start selling in Canada too since it looks like there's a market for it.



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Posted 19 August 2013 - 18:25

Sorry, couldn't resist...

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#24 wv@gt

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Posted 19 August 2013 - 18:40

The problem is that he went about it the wrong way. His responses show how casual he is to the matter and naturally assumed it would be ok "If Trader Joes was a person he would ok with this" etc. Many companies have unofficial licences stores, these are not officially owned stores, just ones that are licensed  to sell the companies products, user their branding etc. Had he tried to see if Trader Joes would be ok with this and signed a contract, this would be different. 



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Posted 20 August 2013 - 01:49

This guy's business is not much different than all those liquidation/overstock places that advertise "BRAND NEW SONY TV 70% OFF." You think that they are authorized resellers, or have licensed Sony's trademarks? Actually, those places would be even more of a competitor to Sony than this guy is to Trader Joe's. There is not a single Trader Joe's store in Canada, so he's not competing over their target market at all.



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Posted 20 August 2013 - 02:02

He could've earned a bit of extra money by going through the proper channels and being an affiliated store.

 

Guess he's going to lose out big time now!



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Posted 20 August 2013 - 11:11

Weirdly (or not), you can buy Trader Joe's food off of eBay. Their Christmas cookies go for like 4x the price online once they're out of the stores.

 

Personally I have a hard time believe the guy is making much money doing this, considering he has to buy all of their stuff at cost, plus transportation and owning a storefront.



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Posted 20 August 2013 - 13:24

Maybe they should start selling in Canada too since it looks like there's a market for it.

Yeah -- why doesn't Trader Joe franchise out stores to Canadians, make more profits, and quit the complaining. ;)



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Posted 20 August 2013 - 13:33

Yeah -- why doesn't Trader Joe franchise out stores to Canadians, make more profits, and quit the complaining. ;)

There's more profit from free advertising in a media reported lawsuit?



#30 Geoffrey B.

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Posted 20 August 2013 - 13:40

I can honestly say I have never even seen a Trader Joe's store before, I hear people talking about it all the time though.