Good and Bad Buying at Lidl and Aldi (***Please don't expire***)

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  • PLRFDPLRFD Forumite
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    Most of the pasta is missing in my local Lidl.
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    It looks like they are about to shift everything around again in my local Lidl store.
  • ididntgetwhereiamtodayididntgetwhereiamtoday Forumite
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    Yes but how much are sardines in olive oil in Sainsburies?
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  • njm123njm123 Forumite
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    od244051 said:
    I have been amazed recently by the empty shelves in my two local Lidl stores. It doesn't seem to be fresh produce, rather tins and bottles, etc. They are usually so efficient in turning the stock around.
    Each store is different. Plus could have changed delivery times. My employer has changed delivery times 
    Think it's more a supply chain issue than delivery times as items seem to disappear for weeks.   When I went to my local Lidl today, tinned chickpeas and baked beans are back in stock after being completely missing for weeks - they'd even removed the SEL on the chickpeas.   However they are now out of their own tomato ketchup.  
    Speculating I'd say either simply imported goods have got caught up in the problems with shipping containers and new customs paperwork or suppliers won't/cant supply at the price Lidl wants to pay.
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    Some Breakfast Cereals missing from my Lidl today, and an official apology notice.   (I struggle to see these as a foreign import, though).
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  • mamanmaman Forumite
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    I'm convinced it's a supply chain issue working through either because of Brexit issues or factories limiting production when they had to introduce Covid secure conditions. Probably a bit of both.
    I noticed today that Aldi had jumped the gun and put up the price of their compostable carrier bags to 10p in advance of changing rules. 

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    I asked the duty manager at Lidl today what the problem was with certain items not being available and all she could tell me was that it is a supply problem, she had no other info to give so I think the outlets are probably as much in the dark about the shortages as the shoppers are.

    It has affected me for the first time today with no tortilla wraps available.
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    I asked the duty manager at Lidl today what the problem was with certain items not being available and all she could tell me was that it is a supply problem, she had no other info to give so I think the outlets are probably as much in the dark about the shortages as the shoppers are.

    It has affected me for the first time today with no tortilla wraps available.
    I don't have much experience of Lidl but it's much the same in Aldi. I find their overall staff training very good in terms of customer service but this is an area where they fall down, as do all chain stores. I don't think the individual outlets have any say whatsoever in ordering, they just have to accept what comes in. It's the same in 'normal' times when items disappear because (I'm guessing) they can't procure an item at the right price. I've asked them whether they are able to pass on customer feedback and they say that technically they can but they don't think anyone really listens. 

    I'd better add that prunes have been unavailable for the last two weeks in Aldi ( i had to pay a £6.50 per kg in Sainsbury's instead of £3.38 in per kg in Aldi) as posting on customer service is generally frowned on. 😉
  • fatbellyfatbelly Forumite
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    Saw what looks like a new product in Lidl - 10kg basmati rice for £10.50. 

    Thought that was a good price
  • PLRFDPLRFD Forumite
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    Its not a bad price at all they have these quite regular just make sure it’s not broken basmati it looks almost the same packaging.
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