MSE News: Primark voted ‘most loathed’ retailer as Aldi tops the list for ‘most loved

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  • roddydogs
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    meer53 wrote: »
    I'm baffled as to how people get parking tickets in an Aldi car park !
    Because they use the car park for shopping or other stuff not connected to Aldi, then whinge on MSE how to "Get off" the ticket.
    Who has a ticket for only going to Aldi, then leaving??
  • A._Badger
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    Crabman wrote: »
    Simple really - the private parking company has an incentive to be less than truthful about how long vehicles have been in the car park. In many of these cases, people will simply pay £40 for exceeding an arbitrary maximum period.

    Aldi and Parking Eye then decide among themselves who gets what share of the proceeds.

    That's how people get parking tickets in an Aldi car park.

    You still haven't explained why you are singling Aldi out for this venom when so many other supermarkets employ similar companies and do exactly the same things.
  • HappyMJ
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    Crabman wrote: »
    Simple really - the private parking company has an incentive to be less than truthful about how long vehicles have been in the car park. In many of these cases, people will simply pay £40 for exceeding an arbitrary maximum period.

    Aldi and Parking Eye then decide among themselves who gets what share of the proceeds.

    That's how people get parking tickets in an Aldi car park.
    According to this Facebook post Aldi make nothing from Parking Eye's charges.

    https://www.facebook.com/AldiUK/posts/546361388758001
    roddydogs wrote: »
    Because they use the car park for shopping or other stuff not connected to Aldi, then whinge on MSE how to "Get off" the ticket.
    Who has a ticket for only going to Aldi, then leaving??
    According to this newspaper article from the trustworthy Daily Mail it now takes 1 hour and 26 minutes to do a full weekly shop. The comments suggest it's because they move stuff around and each week you've got to hunt for what you want and in Aldi's case it's in my opinion because they have those central aisles with so many interesting non-food products that change on a weekly basis that I've just got to look through to see if I can find a bargain. The parking limit is 1 hour and 30 minutes. Even just shopping that's fairly easy to exceed. I'm not a quick shopper myself preferring to compare prices on each product to find a perceived bargain.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2808613/Bargain-hunting-isn-t-saving-money-enjoy-thrill-feeling-thrifty-means-TWICE-long-weekly-shop.html
    A._Badger wrote: »
    You still haven't explained why you are singling Aldi out for this venom when so many other supermarkets employ similar companies and do exactly the same things.

    Other supermarkets seem to have more liberal parking policies. Many other (especially out of town) supermarkets have 3 hour limits.

    If you were to shop at Asda in my town you will not get a parking charge. You can't leave the car park unless you've paid the charges which are only a few pounds - 4 hours is £2.50. You can leave free of charge after 6PM. Asda shoppers who spend £10 get free parking.

    Sainsbury's is the same you pay £1 for the car park ticket for a 2 hour time limit then get your money back when you finish shopping. Tesco and Morrisons (in my area) do not have pay on exit or parking tickets like Aldi but do not enforce the parking time limit but they reserve the right to.
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  • roddydogs
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    Daily Mail,ha ha. Who takes longer than1hr 30min in Aldi only.
  • TrustyOven
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    A._Badger wrote: »
    You mean despite the number of times Tesco has been cited for the horrible way it treats it suppliers?

    I've not heard anything about this. If that's the case, wouldn't all supermarkets be doing this too?

    Also... I'm not a supplier... Were all the responders to the survey actually suppliers?
    A._Badger wrote: »
    The countless 'Bogoffs' 'Twofers', 'offers' and 'deals' that turn out to be scams?

    What on earth are you talking about?
    I've never encountered any problems with any offers.
    A._Badger wrote: »
    The fact that so many of its processed meat products use the cheap imported meat when most others have switched to UK-sourced meat?

    Nothing wrong with international meat...
    And I cannot believe that they do not have UK sourced meat.
    A._Badger wrote: »
    The rotten attitude of so many of its demoralised staff?

    Never encountered this. Maybe you just visited Tesco supermarkets in very deprived areas?
    A._Badger wrote: »
    The way it has metastasised and helped drive smaller stores and even entire high streets out of business?

    Yes. So you are talking about supermarkets in general, and nothing to do with Tesco specifically. I should not have to go to a shop that sells underwear, and then another shop that sells jackets, and then another shop that sells lightbulbs, and then go to a different shop that sells milk, and then another shop that sells meat (aka a butcher), or a place that just sells bread (aka a baker). Supermarkets are better in this regard - we do not want to go back 50+ years. Perhaps some older generation still pine for such types of shops, but those shops are just past their time.
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  • I'm surprised Aldi topped the list as the best. Personally I find the service pretty poor. They do scan shopping so fast you don't have time to pack it and I pride myself on being a quick packer. I was once even told I needed to pack quicker as the cashier was timed per customer - why should that be my problem?
    Having tried to take something back to Aldi I think their returns process is rubbish. I had a faulty sandwich maker that tripped the electrics the first time I used it. When I took it back they wouldn't accept it for a return or refund as I didn't have proof of purchase despite the sandwich maker being an Aldi brand! Look on the consumer pages for details of customers returning goods to Aldi and only receiving part refunds or replacement cost as the deduct any length of use. What other retailer does that and expects to be classed as great?
    I find the adverts are misleading too as it says a basket/trolley of shopping is cheaper at Aldi than the larger supermarkets but the products aren't even comparable. Aldi doesn't have main brands so of course they are cheaper - why don't they show the cost of the larger supermarkets own brand products for comparison.
    Saying that....I'll still sop there as there are some products I quite like but I don't see Aldi the same way as when I listened to all the hype about it.
  • A._Badger
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    TrustyOven wrote: »
    I've not heard anything about this. If that's the case, wouldn't all supermarkets be doing this too?.

    You mean you never read newspapers, nor listen to or watch consumer programmes? Tesco has come in for sustained and regular criticism.

    http://www.theguardian.com/business/2016/jan/26/tesco-ordered-change-deal-suppliers

    http://www.packagingnews.co.uk/news/business/supply-chain/watchdog-criticises-tesco-for-mistreating-suppliers-27-01-2016

    http://www.foodmanufacture.co.uk/Supply-Chain/Tesco-suppliers-slam-apology-from-Dave-Lewis


    And that is just some of it!


    TrustyOven wrote: »
    I've never encountered any problems with any offers.

    I can recommend a really good site called moneysavingexpert.com
    Plenty of complaints about Tesco's dodgy deals on it.
    TrustyOven wrote: »
    Nothing wrong with international meat...
    And I cannot believe that they do not have UK sourced meat.

    OK, so you really don't read newspapers, watch the television or listen to the radio, do you?

    I don't know why I waste my time arguing with people who walk around in a daze.
  • A._Badger
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    edited 21 April 2016 at 9:29PM
    HappyMJ wrote: »


    Other supermarkets seem to have more liberal parking policies. Many other (especially out of town) supermarkets have 3 hour limits.

    If you were to shop at Asda in my town you will not get a parking charge. You can't leave the car park unless you've paid the charges which are only a few pounds - 4 hours is £2.50. You can leave free of charge after 6PM. Asda shoppers who spend £10 get free parking.

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    Curiously, the worst supermarket I know for parking charges and generally Stasi like behaviour is an Asda (Ashford, in Kent, in case you were wondering).

    Aldi has a 'kinda sorta' excuse for its 1 1/2 hour policy. Its use of small sites means its car parks tend to be commensurately small. It is also very popular, so they need a quick turnaround. As a consequence you get lower prices.

    What I hate about Aldi car parks isn't the 1 1/2 hours (as roddydogs says above, who needs 1 1/2 hours in an Aldi!) is that the spaces are small and the stores seem to attract drivers who don't mind damaging other customers' cars then making a quick dash for it.

    I suspect there's some irrational hatred of anything new at work among the virulently anti-Aldi brigade.
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  • I can't stand Aldi, mainly down to the long queues at the till, plus i don't find it much cheaper if you buy offers, it can be cheaper to buy Walkers on offer than normal priced 'Stalkers' (Most Aldi items are blatant rip offs of named brands)
    A good protion of their cheap branded stuff isn't great tasting, the fruit/veg doesn't last, the few we've been in are usually dirty unless a new store & its full of tat in the middle
    Lidl is ok, Products are more european (good for my german wife) compared to Aldi.

    But usually its Asda or Tesco for us, i like the self scanner guns you get in tesco
  • Archie_Jnr
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    I'm surprised Aldi topped the list as the best. Personally I find the service pretty poor. They do scan shopping so fast you don't have time to pack it and I pride myself on being a quick packer. I was once even told I needed to pack quicker as the cashier was timed per customer - why should that be my problem?
    I've always understood the etiquette in European discount supermarkets is to move everything into a trolley or basket and pack it in bags on the surfaces the other side of the tills. Makes the tills move a lot faster. Have noticed they point it out quite often if someone starts packing in the queue.
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