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Aldi’s are fast becoming a major player within the food buying shop scene , and the reason for this is selling basic foods are a budget price , allowing those who choose so , to get a fair bit for their money .
Aldi’s are a company originating from Germany , and in fact the owners are related to Lidl’s , although both companies have nothing to do with each other .
They actually remind me of Kwik Save in it’s early years , offering a very limited range of products , at a good price , and prices placed near to a product , relying on staff to remember the cost of each item , rather than rely on an EPOS type system as used in most supermarkets , such as Asda , Tesco etc. .
Most products are Aldi own brand , under various names such as Carlini , Corale etc. Occasionally they will have stock of a major brand name , but these are generally few and far between . As for their quality , most are in the budget range , and are the same as the major supermarkets basic / budget ranges . This can be proved by checking , for example tinned carrots , which carry the same date and manufacture stamps as Asda’s Smart Price tinned carrots . Buyers should be aware of this , as quite often you can taste the difference between this type of range and the better quality / more expensive ranges .
This said , as far as milk , flour , eggs etc. go , well ...... an eggs an egg isn’t it ?
In addition to tinned produce , Aldi’s sell frozen , chilled and fresh produce . Depending upon your tastes ,only you yourself can say if a product is good or not. Personally I normally use Aldi’s for the likes of milk , sugar and fresh veg. , but only on occasion . Some people I know swear by the value and quality of the goods , others I know of have nothing good to say of them .
On a personal basis , I can recommend their fresh fruit and veg. produce , bottled Brockwurst , chilled packed meats , crisps and dearer carbonated drinks . Wines and spirits equate very well as well .Meanwhile the kids love their sweets , biscuits and ice-cream treats ( when purchased ! ) .
I can also highly recommend their fresh flowers , which at £1.89 offer exceptional value for money and last for ages . Beware though of yesterdays flowers - those that look a little tired due to being man handled. In my local store these are placed on the right hand side of the flower stand the following day of sale, and should be missed if possible.
Furthermore Aldi’s sell a range of non food items , which vary from week to week , eg deck chairs , baby travel cots , cutlery , bedding , televisions etc . Thursdays are ‘Special Days’ and each week sees a delivery of exceptionally prices hardware items , that are very limited in quantity, and can be sold in a matter of minutes after opening. Each weeks ‘specials’ are listed in a news leaflet the week prior to sale . well worth checking them out .
One thing you will rarely see is markdowns . Aldi’s rule is to discard any out of date / damaged items rather than sell them at a reduced cost . The only exception to this is hardware , which on occasion is reduced to clear . This avoids a lot of complaints , however should a purchase not prove of acceptable quality , Aldi’s will refund or replace such , without quibble.
To further keep costs down , shoppers have to purchase carrier bags - lightweight are 3p , heavy duty 9p . So be prepared to take your own , or buy from them . Additionally , no shopping baskets are available , something I find most annoying . Often I would want 5 or less items and therefore have to get a trolley ( for which a £1.00 coin ( refundable ) is needed to unlock ) , or struggle with my hands full . Furthermore you will notice very few staff - there are always more till points than staff . Quite often you will see the store manager on the checkouts . All staff have to shelf -fill , and do checkout duty, and at peak times , a long queue will be inevitable , so be prepared to wait . An express checkout would be useful .In addition , opening hours are very basic , with little extended opening , and none on Sunday's & bank holidays .
With so few staff , shelves do sometimes get a little low . This is also intentional , as stock rotation , especially where fresh produce is concerned , is no longer a problem ( come on admit it , when shopping at say Asda , how many times have you checked stock to the rear for a better sell by date ? ) . With less stock available people buy what’s out .
Aldi’s are currently undergoing a shop by shop revamp . My local store has just made this transition , and is now a more comfortable place to shop , with better lighting , fewer pallets , and easier product location . What staff are available are always polite , and as for the speed of till input , well they all must have had training from Ben Johnson , you just can’t keep up with them !
A cautious recommendation is given , but try only a few different products at a time , in case of disappointment . If you shop wisely you can save money , but then again you also don’t get those larger supermarket specials . So it’s swings and roundabouts really.