Trader Joe's goes after Pirate Joe's for reselling products

Trader Joe's in West Hartford, Connecticut.

Trader Joe's is suing a small business owner for reselling its products in Canada. The popular grocer doesn't operate in Canada, which is a business opportunity for Mike Hallatt, who runs a Vancouver shop called Pirate Joe's. Hallatt says he's spent hundreds of thousands of dollars shopping at Trader Joe's in America. He then marks up their products and resells them. Trader Joe's wants that to stop.

Hallatt joins Marketplace's Mark Garrison to discuss. Click on the audio player above to hear more.

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Mark Garrison is a reporter and substitute host for Marketplace, based in New York.


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