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Trade Joe\'S Bag Groceries
Trade Joe\'S Bag Groceries
Jocelyn Hsu / Spoon


This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at UC Berkeley chapter.

A grocery store, a cult classic is what Trader Joe’s has become. Very few things attain the iconic status of being a cult classic of a certain genre. Known for its quirky products, affordability, and loyal fan base, the grocery store chain has yet again captured the attention of its consumers and even outsiders with their latest product: Trader Joe’s mini shopping bag totes.

A cute and quirky spin on their classic shopping bag tote, the mini is the same. At the affordable price of four dollars, the mini tote with the iconic Trader Joe’s logo has become a must-have item. With the change of times from plastic bags to reusable bags, many shoppers like me have always looked for the cutest grocery bags. The new Trader Joe’s bag is the answer to the newest cute reusable bag on the market. However, what may seem like a cute and convenient accessory soon turned into a full-blown frenzy that many wanted to get their hands on. 

The news of the mini Trader Joe’s bag was sudden. I, like many, didn’t know they were coming to the market. The mini Trader Joe’s bags began to be sold in selected locations. As word spread quickly, it reached social media platforms such as TikTok, Instagram, Twitter, and even Pinterest. People sharing pictures of the new mini tote and praising the new products created this new market for demand. Then the frenzy started as the bag began to hit new locations — they began flying off the shelves with stores struggling to keep up with the demand. 

Trader Joe\'S Reusable Bag
Jocelyn Hsu / Spoon

The frenzy reached a peak when reports of long lines of shoppers began to appear at stores before opening hours, hoping to be one of the lucky ones to snag a mini tote before being sold out. However, this became a problem due to resellers starting to snag all the $4 totes and reselling them for up to $80. Soon, stores began to limit the number of totes for each customer in an effort to prevent reselling and allow customers the ability to buy the bag. 

Despite the effort, the mini totes proved to be an exclusive commodity. Within days, the mini totes were completely sold out in all locations across the country leaving many disillusioned shoppers wanting the tote. Worsening the fate of many, there seems to be no signs of restocking. The disappearance of the mini totes only furthered the notoriety of Trader Joe’s. There are conspiracy theories of Trader Joe’s deliberately making the mini totes a scarcity to create demand. 

Meanwhile, Trader Joe’s has yet to speak on the situation, offering no explanation for the absence of the hot commodity of the mini totes. This added to the mystery surrounding the product and fuelled the desire of the shoppers to get the sought-after totes. 

As the months pass, the demand has yet to die down, even with Trader Joe’s Mini Totes showing no signs of coming back. In fact, it can be claimed that there is even a stronger demand for them due to their exclusivity. So as the frenzy continues, shoppers eagerly await for any news of the totes. Until then, the lucky ones that were able to snag, are able to know that they have a cute tote but also a sought out piece of Trader Joe’s history.

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