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Old 08-22-2012, 10:21 PM   #1
 
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Default Trader Joe's Tea Tree Tingle conditioner

Why is it so expensive on the internet? When I saw the price I couldn't imagine spending that much for a TJ product but I went shopping yesterday and it was $3.99....not the $9.35 price. Although it shows $3.99 in CurlMart, the link sends you to Amazon's $9.35 price.

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Old 08-24-2012, 08:35 AM   #2
 
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Two reasons:
1) since this is over 13 ounces, it cannot be sent via first class mail, so the shipping cost is over $5.

2) Amazon takes a huge cut from third-party sellers, so they have to adjust their prices accordingly.

I have an ongoing arrangement with a curly here: since she doesn't have a Trader Joe's, I pick up 3 or 4 bottles at a time and ship them Priority Mail. She pays me the actual cost through Paypal. I can do the same for you, if you want.

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Old 08-24-2012, 10:29 AM   #3
 
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That's sweet of you....as I stated I went shopping and got one at the cheap price. I live right down the street from a TJ's. Thanks though. I was just curious about the HUGE price difference.
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Old 08-28-2012, 09:05 PM   #4
 
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Basically, online sellers at Amazon and Ebay can charge what they want. And yeah, they have to make up the fees online retailers charge them. And make up for shipping - esp. at Amazon, because Amazon only gives a seller a flat rate allowance for shipping that does not take weight into consideration. So a seller takes a loss on shipping for alot of products if they weigh over a certain amount (as conditioner does). For example, if you sell books, they only give you a credit of $2.99 for shipping, regardless of how much the book might weigh, or if the book is actuallly a set of books that have to be sold together (this happened to me on a set of books that weighed close to 10 lbs. I still only got a $2.99 credit for shipping, and those books cost me $15 to ship). So they mark it up to cover shipping. Ebay lets the seller set the shipping price, at least, but Amazon doesn't.
And they want to make a profit, of course. It seems ridiculous that all this turn's a $4 bottle of conditioner into a $10 bottle of conditioner, but I guess if one doesn't live near a Trader Joe's, then one is willing to pay that price. Consumerism at it's "best"!
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Old 08-28-2012, 09:49 PM   #5
 
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thanks for the clear explanation

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That's sweet of you....as I stated I went shopping and got one at the cheap price. I live right down the street from a TJ's. Thanks though. I was just curious about the HUGE price difference
Oh, I misunderstood and thought you bought it from CurlMart! Glad you have access to TJ's - after moving to FL I didn't have one anymore, which was quite a bummer Fortunately, one just opened this year, so my son doesn't have to ship boxes of stuff from Philly anymore.

And +1 to Auntie Bubbs' comment on fixed shipping rates, which can really squeeze sellers for heavy items.
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Old 08-29-2012, 09:41 PM   #7
 
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Question about this conditioner - is it used as a co-wash or a rinse out?
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Old 08-29-2012, 10:04 PM   #8
 
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I used it as a co-wash today but I've previously used it as a leave-in.

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I used it as a co-wash today but I've previously used it as a leave-in.

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I'm looking for a cowash with a tingly feeling so would you say this was a good cowash or is there a better one with a minty tingly feeling?
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Old 09-01-2012, 03:28 AM   #10
 
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I've used the Trader Joe's TTT as a cowash in the past, and thought it worked great even though it does not contain any ingredients that are particularly cleansing (its effectiveness was always a mystery to me). I believe it did tingle a bit, as it seems to contain a lot of eucalyptus. Since it contains protein, I've now switched to Giovanni TTTT, which tingles a little less, but seems to do just as good of a job at keeping the itchies at bay.
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Old 09-02-2012, 09:25 PM   #11
 
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This is my holy grail cowash conditioner. My hair feels clean and soft after using this stuff.
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Old 09-03-2012, 03:46 AM   #12
 
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Another one here who considers TJTT condish a hg co wash. It's one of my faves, even though like others have said, it's a mystery to me why it works.
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