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The Newest Trader Joe's Product Has The Internet In An Absolute Chokehold, And If You Haven't Grabbed It Yet, You Might've Missed Your Chance

From the highly anticipated annual pumpkin items to the must-haves from the frozen aisle (I'm looking at you, hash browns), Trader Joe's is the master in drawing hype around their products. But we're not here to talk about the latest food item, because the internet seems to be going wild for something else entirely: the new mini tote bags.

Sale sign reading "YOU TOTES NEED THIS BAG!" above canvas bags on a wood-paneled wall, priced at $2.99 each
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The totes, which come in four colors and sell for $2.99 each, have quickly taken over the internet. In a video from @athenaspud, swarms of customers can be seen waiting for their chance to grab a bag as employees try to control the crowd. One lucky customer manages to walk away with several in each hand.

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The mini tote hype is so strong that people have been comparing it to the Stanley craze with one TikTok user commenting, "The totes version of the Stanley cup lol" on yet another viral video of customers snatching up as many bags as they could.

tiktok comment comparing the mini totes to the Stanley Cup
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And let me tell ya, people are very obsessed. Many are suggesting that it's the perfect size to hold your lunch.

@fathrfigvre / Via Twitter: @fathrfigvre

Customers are even taking to social media to show off their cute customizations.

@alexis_grande / Via Twitter: @alexis_grande

And some, well, are using them as pet carriers.

@mileyVGK / Via Twitter: @mileyVGK

Unfortunately, not everyone has been able to get their hands on these coveted bags as stores across the country have been quickly selling out. In a thread posted to the r/traderjoes subreddit, user u/picklesandrainbows explains that "phones were off the hook with people calling about the totes" at their local Trader Joe's and that they "sold 900 in two days."

Shelves of neatly stacked colorful mini totes with a mural above

One TikTok user mentioned that despite working at Trader Joe's, they couldn't even get their hands on one.

tiktok comment reads: "NO BECAUSE I WORK THERE AND I COULDN'T EVEN GET ONE"
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Other Trader Joe's employees have also been documenting their experiences with the sudden hype. Someone commented that there was a line outside their store an hour before it even opened.

User comments: "I had a line outside my store an hour before we opened"
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Some are even running into issues with over-eager customers who are upset about the bag-per-person limit.

tiktok comment reads: "The amount of times a customer argued with me for not selling them MORE [than] we were allowed to"

The obsession with these tiny bags has even led resellers to mark them up on sites like eBay, Mercari, and Poshmark where the $3 tote is going for as much as $15 apiece.

Four reusable Trader Joe's grocery bags in different colors laid out on a floral background, the price is listed as $60

It's tricky to tell if this in-store chaos is regional. I happened to be at my local New York City Trader Joe's this past Sunday and noticed the totes were fully in stock, and no one seemed to be in a rush to grab 'em. Others have shared my experience, with one TikTok user mentioning that their store was "soooo chill."

tiktok comment reads: "Honestly my Trader Joe's was soooo chill. This is wild!"

If you're wondering: No, I didn't get one, and yes, I do slightly regret it.

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Needless to say, some folks aren't too happy that we as a society have managed to create yet another hype product, pointing out the overconsumption of it all. "This is just the latest new thing everyone wants, and if everyone wants it, even more people will want it," Reddit user u/d_ofu wrote.

Reddit user comments on the practical size of trader joe's mini tote but that there's an overconsumption trend influenced by social media
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"I want one but it's like not that deep," someone else commented on TikTok.

tiktok comment reads: "I want one but it's like not that deep"
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But if you were looking to snag one, you might be out of luck. Word on the street (read: the r/traderjoes subreddit) is that the bags might not return until 2025. The Trader Joe's website also has them listed as "not available."

Two Reddit comments discussing that trader joe's will be out of stock until next year
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What do you think of the Trader Joe's mini tote bag hype? Better yet, did you manage to grab one?! Let us know in the comments!