New Post Advanced Search

Buying dead plants at Aldi

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Praise, Vent & Warnings
19 replies 4.7K views
grumpygardenergrumpygardener Forumite
29 posts
Part of the Furniture 10 Posts Combo Breaker
edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Praise, Vent & Warnings
Aldi has spent much time and money on advertising, but it never seems to have offers on plants. Why? Because a week or so after they're on sale they're half dead. A week later they're fully dead. Is it just certain Aldi stores who staff can't be bothered to water them, or is it just the 2 stores in my home town? I emailed Aldi asking if it wouldn't be better to offer surplus plants to community groups but I just got the usual "Thank you for contacting us and blah-de-blah ' and they do nothing.
«1

Replies

  • linnilinni Forumite
    1.5K posts
    Part of the Furniture 1,000 Posts Combo Breaker
    ✭✭✭
    I've asked to buy plants in Aldi, if they reduced the price, but they said no because they just return them anyway. I find it really sad to see loads of half dead plants just needing a bit of water..
  • JJ_EganJJ_Egan Forumite
    18.5K posts
    Tenth Anniversary 10,000 Posts Name Dropper
    ✭✭✭✭✭
    All the local Aldi around me sell the plants very quickly and rarely have i seen old plants on sale .Probably because they are on sale at a very good price from day one .
  • DCFC79DCFC79 Forumite
    40.2K posts
    Part of the Furniture 10,000 Posts Name Dropper
    ✭✭✭✭✭
    Dont get a chance to water them as they sell really fast round here.
  • SystemSystem Forumite
    177.9K posts
    10,000 Posts Name Dropper
    ✭✭✭✭✭✭
    They are dead plants around here.

    If some stores are charged watering them, they should stop selling them
  • willihamwilliham Forumite
    1.2K posts
    I've bought quite a lot of reduced plants from aldi, so they do reduce them. It's normally if they're still there after a few weeks that they drop the price.
  • peter_the_piperpeter_the_piper Forumite
    30K posts
    Part of the Furniture 10,000 Posts Name Dropper
    ✭✭✭✭✭
    If they just return them have a thought for poor grower whp probably have to take the loss when they don't look after them.
    I'd rather be an Optimist and be proved wrong than a Pessimist and be proved right.
  • I have never bought any from Aldi or Lidl, but I have actually bought half dead plants in HOMEBASE, (with like, 70% off,) and within 3-4 weeks, they often comes back to life.

    I think HOMEBASE really look after their plants well. :)
    cooeeeeeeeee :j :wave:
  • grumpygardenergrumpygardener Forumite
    29 posts
    Part of the Furniture 10 Posts Combo Breaker
    The point I made to Aldi is that EVERY CUSTOMER has to pay for the dead plants. No sale = Aldi loses the wholesale cost, therefore the loss goes against profits (just as if the item is stolen), which reflects in the cost of other items they sell.
  • edited 26 April 2015 at 9:54PM
    hollydayshollydays Forumite
    19.8K posts
    Part of the Furniture 10,000 Posts Name Dropper
    ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited 26 April 2015 at 9:54PM
    The point I made to Aldi is that EVERY CUSTOMER has to pay for the dead plants. No sale = Aldi loses the wholesale cost, therefore the loss goes against profits (just as if the item is stolen), which reflects in the cost of other items they sell.

    But they gain in staff time not wasted watering and cleaning up the mess.
    Best tip I had from a gardener-buy half dead plants, perennials , from b & q in September
  • AzariAzari Forumite
    4.3K posts
    Part of the Furniture 1,000 Posts Name Dropper
    ✭✭✭✭
    If they just return them have a thought for poor grower whp probably have to take the loss when they don't look after them.

    I suspect that the manager of the store in question was either fibbing, or not telling the whole truth.

    It may be that he can 'send them back', so that the cost is not reflected in his shop's figures but I doubt if 'Aldi central' then send them back to the grower.

    Of course, with all the stories of supermarkets 'bullying' suppliers, you can never be certain.
    There are two types of people in the world: Those that can extrapolate information.
This discussion has been closed.

Quick links

Essential Money | Who & Where are you? | Work & Benefits | Household and travel | Shopping & Freebies | About MSE | The MoneySavers Arms | Covid-19 & Coronavirus Support