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    • torbrex
    • By torbrex 17th Jan 16, 10:59 AM
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    Good and Bad Buys from Aldi & Lidl *Do NOT Expire Please*
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    • 17th Jan 16, 10:59 AM
    Good and Bad Buys from Aldi & Lidl *Do NOT Expire Please* 17th Jan 16 at 10:59 AM
    The old thread can be found here.

    Please use this new thread to report any good finds in the Discount stores Aldi & Lidl.
    You can also report any not so good deals as a warning to others.


    The Stollen bites and other xmas food was being given away FREE in my local Lidl this morning, plenty left and they want it shifted by next week.
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    • janeyfastcarr
    • By janeyfastcarr 12th Jan 19, 4:48 PM
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    A vote here for lidl Platinum. By far the best better than fairy platinum.
    • VfM4meplse
    • By VfM4meplse 12th Jan 19, 11:11 PM
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    The Lidl baclava is really good, with residual stock still on sale after Christmas (not an item that has benefited from a price slash, though). Expensive but worth it, great to serve after a meal with coffee instead of dessert.
    Value-for-money-for-me-puhleeze!

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    • RainbowDrops
    • By RainbowDrops 13th Jan 19, 6:52 AM
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    Expensive but worth it.
    Originally posted by VfM4meplse
    It's actually very cheap compared to the real deal.
    I live in an area with lots of Baclava bakeries, and a similar amount of "fresh" stuff costs around £10.
    • Eenymeeny
    • By Eenymeeny 13th Jan 19, 9:50 AM
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    Thanks for all of your advice on the washing up liquid. I'll look out for the Lidl Platinum next time I'm in there. We do call into Aldi sometimes so will look for those too.
    Reckon I'll be using the present one much quicker than usual! (Little tip if you haven't heard of it: I decant it into a soap dispenser then squirt it onto the washing up sponge. Two squirts usually suffice but I'm using three at the moment!)
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    • VfM4meplse
    • By VfM4meplse 13th Jan 19, 11:48 AM
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    It's actually very cheap compared to the real deal.
    I live in an area with lots of Baclava bakeries, and a similar amount of "fresh" stuff costs around £10.
    Originally posted by RainbowDrops
    Agreed, but for a mass-produced product its great. Plus for me its a luxury vs the w/w price of Western goodies, ie biscuits, cake or chocolate.

    Say for arguments sake each piece is 25g, it costs about 27p per piece. That is compared to 2.25p for a chocolate oatie biscuit of 18.75g (a very affordable favourite of mine), currently 42p / 300g pack in Aldi. You can't compare the two in terms of quality of ingredients, but if its a sugar hit you're after the biscuits win hands down for me, as I discriminate preferentially on the basis of price
    Value-for-money-for-me-puhleeze!

    "No man is worth, crawling on the earth"- adapted from Bob Crewe and Bob Gaudio

    Hope is not a strategy ...A child is for life, not just 18 years....Don't get me started on the NHS, because you won't win...I love chaz-ing!
    • PLRFD
    • By PLRFD 13th Jan 19, 1:17 PM
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    Could say that again please with a bit more detail this time
    • VfM4meplse
    • By VfM4meplse 13th Jan 19, 4:30 PM
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    Could say that again please with a bit more detail this time
    Originally posted by PLRFD
    Sorry m'lud, just being greedy MSE.
    Value-for-money-for-me-puhleeze!

    "No man is worth, crawling on the earth"- adapted from Bob Crewe and Bob Gaudio

    Hope is not a strategy ...A child is for life, not just 18 years....Don't get me started on the NHS, because you won't win...I love chaz-ing!
    • RainbowDrops
    • By RainbowDrops 14th Jan 19, 7:41 AM
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    Loving your sugar maths!
    • maman
    • By maman 14th Jan 19, 12:15 PM
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    My Aldi was an absolute mess again this week.

    Not sure where I should raise it? I did comment to the guy on the checkout but he seemed as exasperated as me.
    Originally posted by maman

    https://customerservice.aldi.co.uk/contact


    ( and Select "store" in step 1 )
    Originally posted by dlusman

    I followed this up and got a swift, polite response from Aldi. Pleasingly it did address what I'd written not just a standard churned out email. They apologised, of course, but also said they'd pass it on to the local store. Hopefully normal service will be resumed.


    I don't think it can be a supply problem as such as plenty of e.g. cauli and broccoli in Sainsbury's but none in Aldi. The mess store has to a lack of management of staff, assuming they have enough staff in the first place.
    • A. Badger
    • By A. Badger 15th Jan 19, 9:40 AM
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    I followed this up and got a swift, polite response from Aldi. Pleasingly it did address what I'd written not just a standard churned out email. They apologised, of course, but also said they'd pass it on to the local store. Hopefully normal service will be resumed.


    I don't think it can be a supply problem as such as plenty of e.g. cauli and broccoli in Sainsbury's but none in Aldi. The mess store has to a lack of management of staff, assuming they have enough staff in the first place.
    Originally posted by maman
    Aldi is a victim of its own success . I have two stores in my area and both are woefully small for the volumes of business they are doing. The car parks are always crammed and the staff work flat out constantly re-stacking the shelves, which are stripped again in next to no time.

    I understand a new store is planned in one of the towns concerned but it's taking time, I suspect because Aldi's management is as badly stretched as are its shelf stackers.

    I suppose it's a nice problem for the company to have but it can be frustrating for consumers and it must be hell on the staff.
    • maman
    • By maman 15th Jan 19, 4:57 PM
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    Aldi is a victim of its own success . I have two stores in my area and both are woefully small for the volumes of business they are doing. The car parks are always crammed and the staff work flat out constantly re-stacking the shelves, which are stripped again in next to no time.

    I understand a new store is planned in one of the towns concerned but it's taking time, I suspect because Aldi's management is as badly stretched as are its shelf stackers.

    I suppose it's a nice problem for the company to have but it can be frustrating for consumers and it must be hell on the staff.
    Originally posted by A. Badger

    Yes, you're right about being a victim of its own success.


    I have four stores in easy reach including one new and larger one.


    What made me comment was that this particular store is always well managed and tidy. I recognise your description of staff refilling shelves flat out but since Christmas there don't seem to be so many staff there or the stock. I time my shop for just before the Friday teatime onslaught when the car park is fairly empty as parents have gone to collect offspring from school and too early for most people to have finished work. Usually, because they're expecting the weekend rush there is plenty of stock and high staffing levels.


    I'll post again if anything changes.
    • Doc N
    • By Doc N 15th Jan 19, 6:41 PM
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    It’s a nice ‘problem’ to have, isn’t it.

    They have a huge building programme underway, so it will resolve itself, and the newer larger stores are as good as any of those of their competitors.

    Still infinitely better than any of the old-style overpriced supermarkets.
    • Cornucopia
    • By Cornucopia 16th Jan 19, 11:51 AM
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    As usual (for January), Aldi have special buy stock of Gullon Sugar-free Biscuits.

    This year, it's 400g packs of Digestives for 89p, which I think is the cheapest I have seen them in a long while.

    As a comparison, Poundland dropped to the 250g some months ago.


    Also, new products at Aldi:-

    - Corn Wraps (soft wraps with a distinctly yellow colour).

    - Sweet Chilli flavoured wraps (similar, but with a pink hue).

    Both 79p for 8.
    Last edited by Cornucopia; 16-01-2019 at 11:53 AM.
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    • VfM4meplse
    • By VfM4meplse 16th Jan 19, 6:24 PM
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    I don't think it can be a supply problem as such as plenty of e.g. cauli and broccoli in Sainsbury's but none in Aldi.
    Originally posted by maman
    Same situation in my local Aldi this l/t. Tesco however had loads of fresh veg, all gleaming happily at me.
    Value-for-money-for-me-puhleeze!

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    • ScarletMarble
    • By ScarletMarble 18th Jan 19, 1:38 PM
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    I visited Aldi today:.
    . They put the tins far too high on the top shelf. I am 5ft 8.5 and I had to stand on tip toes to get to the tins on the top case. As for the shorter customers, they take tins about halfway on the stack. Which leads to...
    . Having to duck to avoid a case of beans fall on me due to another customer picked a tin of beans half way down then walked away. This made the stack unstable
    . Still same issues of mixed pallet boards of mixer drinks and flavoured waters. One day there will be a customer injured by the pallet falling onto them

    Then as I was packing on the shelf, a guy walked down the checkouts and left the store yo his car at the far end of the large car park. He nicked loads of beef and lamb into an Aldi shopper bag. Then about 8 members of staff coming from nowhere followed him to his car and he wasn't in a rush as he put the bag into the boot. Four of the staff blocked him in the parking bay to prevent him going off. The managers were at the front at the car asking him to open the boot and either hand over the meat or go back into the store to pay. He got out of his car, took out the bag from the boot and throw the bag at one of the staff at the back of the car. He then shouted some obscene language and was able to leave. I'm not too sure if that is the right way to deal with this customer.
    • Farway
    • By Farway 18th Jan 19, 2:13 PM
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    The managers were at the front at the car asking him to open the boot and either hand over the meat or go back into the store to pay. He got out of his car, took out the bag from the boot and throw the bag at one of the staff at the back of the car. He then shouted some obscene language and was able to leave. I'm not too sure if that is the right way to deal with this customer.
    Originally posted by ScarletMarble
    Difficult to call, have you seen the video of thief in supermarket car park running people over to escape from staff, or one where thief gets run over by lorry as he attempts to flee?

    No point calling police, it would be next week before they turned up
    • ScarletMarble
    • By ScarletMarble 18th Jan 19, 2:34 PM
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    Difficult to call, have you seen the video of thief in supermarket car park running people over to escape from staff, or one where thief gets run over by lorry as he attempts to flee?

    No point calling police, it would be next week before they turned up
    Originally posted by Farway
    No I haven't.
    • maman
    • By maman 18th Jan 19, 5:46 PM
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    Same situation in my local Aldi this l/t. Tesco however had loads of fresh veg, all gleaming happily at me.
    Originally posted by VfM4meplse

    I have to report a big improvement today. The store looked as if it had a major tidy up. Stock was improved but still not 100%. Still no cauliflowers and very limited mushrooms. They seem to have stopped doing the large punnets of mushrooms but today didn't have any small punnets of closed cup either, just chestnut and portabella.


    Tesco is the one store it's not convenient for me to get to but on my rare visits I'm impressed with their veg offers. I think they led the way at Christmas.
    • millie
    • By millie 18th Jan 19, 6:16 PM
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    My local Aldi have yogurts on the top shelf of the chilled section, they are mixed variety trays I am 5 foot 6 and I can only just reach them. to find the flavour I want is impossible, there are only 2 facings and even I can only reach the front row. there is no way I could get to the back to sort them out.
    • Doc N
    • By Doc N 18th Jan 19, 6:29 PM
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    My local Aldi have yogurts on the top shelf of the chilled section, they are mixed variety trays I am 5 foot 6 and I can only just reach them. to find the flavour I want is impossible, there are only 2 facings and even I can only reach the front row. there is no way I could get to the back to sort them out.
    Originally posted by millie
    My wife’s only 5’2” and just climbs up the shelves. The staff simply watch in amusement.
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