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    • guestjim
    • By guestjim 29th Apr 19, 7:22 PM
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    Sainsbury's New Regular Price is a Price Rise
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    Sainsbury's New Regular Price is a Price Rise 29th Apr 19 at 7:22 PM
    In Sainsbury's they have glaring red stickers on the shelves saying New Regular Price.

    Looks like you are being pointed to a bargain, but the ones I've seen have been a price increase! Which is good of them to point out. I think the intention was not to warn of a price increase.

    For example, generic Ibuprofen more than doubled in price. (Though, it has since been slightly reduced as people stopped buying it, I presume.) And today cat food - Whiskas pouches - have gone up 10% and received the red sticker treatment. Much cheaper elsewhere


    The basis of business is to assume we are all fools and can be duped! But they can't fool our cat.
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    • VfM4meplse
    • By VfM4meplse 29th Apr 19, 8:23 PM
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    Perhaps a fit of pique to she the consumer what's what after the recent CMA ruling? CMA blocks merger between Sainsbury’s and Asda.

    I've watched Asda go into decline in recent times, I predict a radical reaction in terms of jobs from them shortly.
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    • Bacman
    • By Bacman 30th Apr 19, 5:13 AM
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    Asda have good prices. Sainsburys used to but now are expensive like Tesco.


    Red stockers (or yellow ones) are for reduced price items not price hikes; Sainsburys think they can dupe their customers.


    I used to like to shop in Sainsburys along with the other stores, now I rarely shop there.
    • deborah100
    • By deborah100 30th Apr 19, 7:01 PM
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    I've noticed these around lately but didn't pay much attention to what the prices were
    • judexx
    • By judexx 4th May 19, 5:42 PM
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    Asda have good prices. Sainsburys used to but now are expensive like Tesco.


    Red stockers (or yellow ones) are for reduced price items not price hikes; Sainsburys think they can dupe their customers.


    I used to like to shop in Sainsburys along with the other stores, now I rarely shop there.
    Originally posted by Bacman

    I find Sainsbury's quite a bit more expensive than Tesco now - like you I used to be a loyal Sainsbury customer but now only go there when I have too - prices are just too high
    • A. Badger
    • By A. Badger 4th May 19, 6:44 PM
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    Sainsbury's seem to have taken a decision a few years ago to pitch itself somewhere nearer Waitrose in terms of perceived status. It was doomed to fail as whatever the reality, its image was below Waitrose's by some margin, albeit higher than Tesco's.

    It turns out to have been a very unwise decision for another reason too, as a lot of middle class customers held their noses and gave Lidl and Aldi a try, What they found was that, beneath the unfamiliar brand names, lurked high quality products, almost always better than Sainsbury's own, and at far lower prices.

    The one thing that set Sainsbury's apart from Tesco was the vague sense that even if its prices were high, it was somehow more ethical in the way it treated its customers than the spivs at Tesco. If the OP is right, it has now abandoned that, too.

    The marriage with Asda (itself a hopeless case as, despite its size, Walmart proved to be no match for the Germans) was doomed to fail. It sought to unite a discounter which had been beaten at ts own game, with a Waitrose wanabe. How on earth was that supposed to work?

    Where either Sainsbury's or Asda goes from here is anyone's guess. If I had shares in either, I would sell them.
    • maman
    • By maman 5th May 19, 2:19 PM
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    Sainsbury's seem to have taken a decision a few years ago to pitch itself somewhere nearer Waitrose in terms of perceived status. It was doomed to fail as whatever the reality, its image was below Waitrose's by some margin, albeit higher than Tesco's.

    It turns out to have been a very unwise decision for another reason too, as a lot of middle class customers held their noses and gave Lidl and Aldi a try, What they found was that, beneath the unfamiliar brand names, lurked high quality products, almost always better than Sainsbury's own, and at far lower prices.

    The one thing that set Sainsbury's apart from Tesco was the vague sense that even if its prices were high, it was somehow more ethical in the way it treated its customers than the spivs at Tesco. If the OP is right, it has now abandoned that, too.

    The marriage with Asda (itself a hopeless case as, despite its size, Walmart proved to be no match for the Germans) was doomed to fail. It sought to unite a discounter which had been beaten at ts own game, with a Waitrose wanabe. How on earth was that supposed to work?

    Where either Sainsbury's or Asda goes from here is anyone's guess. If I had shares in either, I would sell them.
    Originally posted by A. Badger

    I agree.


    Another issue is that Sainsbury's used to offer good customer service but with staff cutbacks and even more self service check outs that seems to be waning .


    Aldi meanwhile has no self service checkouts and staff seem to be trained to multi task so there's always someone on the shop floor busy stocking shelves but only too happy to help if asked.


    I only visit Sainsbury's (my nearest to Aldi SM) for occasional things that Aldi doesn't have like a wide range of herbs and spices.
    • Rainbowgirl84
    • By Rainbowgirl84 5th May 19, 4:03 PM
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    I agree.


    Another issue is that Sainsbury's used to offer good customer service but with staff cutbacks and even more self service check outs that seems to be waning .


    Aldi meanwhile has no self service checkouts and staff seem to be trained to multi task so there's always someone on the shop floor busy stocking shelves but only too happy to help if asked.


    I only visit Sainsbury's (my nearest to Aldi SM) for occasional things that Aldi doesn't have like a wide range of herbs and spices.
    Originally posted by maman
    They do now!

    https://www.retailgazette.co.uk/blog/2019/04/aldi-launches-self-service-checkouts/
    Last edited by Rainbowgirl84; 05-05-2019 at 4:12 PM.
    • maman
    • By maman 5th May 19, 4:48 PM
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    Thanks for that. I don't object to them for anyone who wants to buy a sandwich or some people might prefer to serve themselves slowly. What I've noticed in our city centre Lidl though is huge queues and unstaffed check outs. Although, even where we don't have self service, Lidl don't seem to prioritise opening check outs.
    • VfM4meplse
    • By VfM4meplse 5th May 19, 8:53 PM
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    Thanks for that. I don't object to them for anyone who wants to buy a sandwich or some people might prefer to serve themselves slowly. What I've noticed in our city centre Lidl though is huge queues and unstaffed check outs. Although, even where we don't have self service, Lidl don't seem to prioritise opening check outs.
    Originally posted by maman
    Agreed, where it has the SACTs Lidl should have an item limitation (10 would be sensible). If you've ever shopped in East Ham or central Ilford branches you'll know the queues make you want to drop your "quick purchase" and walk straight out again.

    Whereas in Aldi SAs hop on and off tills like jack-in-the boxes. In Sainsburys, they sit there twiddling their thumbs!
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    • Bacman
    • By Bacman 6th May 19, 4:14 PM
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    We only go to Lidl or Aldi occasionally and usually for certain items only.

    It is interesting though that not only do the customers in those stores seem a lot friendlier to other customers but also the checkout staff are too.

    Just an observation.

    Larger supermarkets take note!
    • A. Badger
    • By A. Badger 6th May 19, 4:52 PM
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    Agreed, where it has the SACTs Lidl should have an item limitation (10 would be sensible). If you've ever shopped in East Ham or central Ilford branches you'll know the queues make you want to drop your "quick purchase" and walk straight out again.

    Whereas in Aldi SAs hop on and off tills like jack-in-the boxes. In Sainsburys, they sit there twiddling their thumbs!
    Originally posted by VfM4meplse
    They seem to stand around talking with one another while the queues grow ever longer in my local Sainsbury's, while a milk monitor type surveys the ever more frustrated customers, but never drives any of her brood onto a till.

    If the bigwigs want to find out why their business is in trouble they could do a worse than shop there now and again.
    • maman
    • By maman 6th May 19, 5:15 PM
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    They seem to stand around talking with one another while the queues grow ever longer in my local Sainsbury's, while a milk monitor type surveys the ever more frustrated customers, but never drives any of her brood onto a till.

    If the bigwigs want to find out why their business is in trouble they could do a worse than shop there now and again.
    Originally posted by A. Badger
    I've tried asking the 'milk monitors' if they would open another checkout when there are queues. They look askance as if I'd made a ridiculous suggestion.

    Their role seems to be (as in the banks) to encourage customers to self service.
    • A. Badger
    • By A. Badger 6th May 19, 8:48 PM
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    I've tried asking the 'milk monitors' if they would open another checkout when there are queues. They look askance as if I'd made a ridiculous suggestion.

    Their role seems to be (as in the banks) to encourage customers to self service.
    Originally posted by maman
    So have I and received the same (lack of) response. The last time I was so incensed I complained to head office. They went through the motions of apologising but nothing changed.
    • TheBanker
    • By TheBanker 18th May 19, 11:22 AM
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    When I was little my mum used to shop at Sainsburys, and when I was 17 I got my first job working there part time. I worked there all through uni and so have a bit of affection for the company.

    But since then I've watched them go downhill. This isn't one particular branch because I've moved around the country a lot, and seen the decline in all the branches I've used.

    My store was huge and I used to run the checkouts on a Saturday. On a busy day we could take £250k through my checkouts (and this was 20 years ago). My sole job was to keep the queues moving and make sure we never had more than one customer waiting behind the customer being served.

    At the time we had enough staff to open every checkout, if we needed to. This would sometimes include the store manager opening a checkout, or relieving anyone who needed a break rather than close a till. We also had enough staff to deal with problems quickly (missing barcodes, items that wouldn't scan, anyone who needed a hand unloading their trolley or packing). Everyone's priority was keeping the queues moving.

    Not any more - now queues a mile long and keeping customers waiting seems to be fine while the poor supervisor runs between the self service tills, the customer service desk, the cigarette and lottery kiosk and deals with any other problems.
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    • prowla
    • By prowla 18th May 19, 11:55 AM
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    Sainsbury's used to be pitched at the more premium end of the market, but they shifted down for a while.


    The thing about supermarkets is that we have a good choice in the UK and the merger block has been a positive thing on that front.


    The big supermarkets have been bumping their prices up and that coupled with shrinkflation means some increases can be 50% (for instance chocolate bars).


    The net effect is that they are less competitive and I will shop around.
    • harz99
    • By harz99 18th May 19, 12:23 PM
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    Sainsbury's used to be pitched at the more premium end of the market, but they shifted down for a while.


    The thing about supermarkets is that we have a good choice in the UK and the merger block has been a positive thing on that front.


    The big supermarkets have been bumping their prices up and that coupled with shrinkflation means some increases can be 50% (for instance chocolate bars).


    The net effect is that they are less competitive and I will shop around.
    Originally posted by prowla
    The net effect for me with inflation of that magnitude is usually that i just stop buying the product!

    There aren't many things as a general rule that we actually need, as opposed to desire.
    • VfM4meplse
    • By VfM4meplse 19th May 19, 3:57 PM
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    I shopped at Sainsbury's for the first time in ages yesterday and saw a couple of stickers here and there that purported to be permanent price reductions. The one that stuck in my mind was their generic version of Twix, and something similar without the biscuit - down from 90p to 56p for a pack of 4.

    So perhaps there is a shred of truth to the claim that has been exaggerated to suit?
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