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Things to look out for in Lidl and Aldi

Discussion in 'suburban75' started by Shirl, Oct 5, 2014.

  1. Tankus

    Tankus living someone else's dream.

    Got a gripe over lidl..possibly my first ..and its slowly getting worse ......their logistics don't seem to be keeping pace with their expansion .......Items on the shelf (chiller cabinets mostly) seem to be getting closer and closer to code (longer and longer in logistics) , with increasingly shorter shelf life's , there's now even several tramps buffet sections with 30% off for on date items .

    Also ...I like big oranges ......a 1 a day man ....so its a section I visit every shop..I've noticed rotten ones on the shelves (blue green fungus) ,and I've been caught out once or twice on fruit .....every packet gets a thorough inspection now ...and I take from the back or underneath on all chiller produce ..

    I've shopped in lidl for well over a decade in more than one country ....I've never had this issue before

    Disappointed to post this .....as I can practically shop without breaking my stride , and I race the cashiers for amusement ....

    Now I've got to put a bit more effort into it ...and checking the dates all the time is mildly irritating ...

    see you in the slow lane ...sad

    Saying that ...bought a parkside dremel clone with extra heads as an impulse buy yesterday ..wheee ...mantoys.....I may find a use for it ...+

    I hope they get on top of this ...and I don't think that this is Christmas legacy
  2. colacubes

    colacubes Well-Known Member

    Or biscuits for cheese!

    RubyToogood it was ok but tbh not sure I’d make a special effort. Lidl is better imho.
  3. RubyToogood

    RubyToogood can't remember what goes here

    That's always been my feeling about it.
  4. Ms T

    Ms T Honey-coloured ramparts

    They did have biscuits for cheese but in an odd place - I had to ask where they were!

    My view is that they're both good for different things but on balance I prefer Lidl.
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  5. moonsi til

    moonsi til worked it out now!

    We went to Aldi yesterday for a change (usually Sainsbury’s). I couldn’t get chives, celery, leeks, tinned tomato soup or cannelini beans. I’m prepared to accept no chives but not the others.

    Shopping at Aldi/Lidl doesn’t work as a full shop for me sadly.
  6. High Voltage

    High Voltage Laying in the gutter, looking at the kerb.

    But look at the size of your bill when comparing like for like with Sainers - you need to have a bit of an adjustment to your shopping regime when shopping in either of the German "discounters" - once you can do this a whole new world opens up to you . . . not least, the "Isle(sic) of Wonders"
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  7. existentialist

    existentialist Spartacus? No, never heard of him.

    One of the things which suddenly struck me in Lidl yesterday was that there is very little loose veg. So, if you're trying to do your bit to reduce plastics consumption (not to mention just buying a couple of carrots, rather than half a kilo), it's a bit tricky.

    Yes. The other side of the bag'o'carrots thing is that you're often getting a whole bagful for not a lot more than the price of 2 loose ones in Tesco anyway.

    And the Krazy Krap aisle (as she is known here) is truly a thing of joy and wonder, although not perhaps when you're shopping in Lidl in the first place because you're boracic.

    My shopping strategy is - make a Tesco list, then go round Lidl buying everything off it I can there (noting with interest the differences in price), then pop into Tesco on the way home to mop up all the bits Lidl couldn't do.
  8. friendofdorothy

    friendofdorothy it is so much worse than Thatcherism now

    I do something similar, but do most fresh veg, herb and exotic spices in Brixton Market as well.

    I love the Krazy Krap aisle! great name, but there are some amazing bargains there sometime - the trick is not to get sucked in the buying stuff you dont need.
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  9. Ms T

    Ms T Honey-coloured ramparts

    It's known as globalisation alley in our house - not really sure why!
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  10. Ms T

    Ms T Honey-coloured ramparts

    I've got all of those things in Aldi in the past (apart from the chives, maybe). Weird. Lidl doesn't do cannellini beans any more though definitely - not sure why.
  11. seeformiles

    seeformiles Lost in the wood

    Aldi & Lidl do cheap decent wine. Even their cheapest plonk (£3-£4) is miles ahead of other supermarkets’ budget ranges at the same price. Aldi even do mixed cases on line with free delivery :)
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    ATOMIC SUPLEX Member Since: 1985 Post Count: 3

    Got two lidls in Croydon and some products are in one and not the other. One is bigger, but it's also often vice versa too!

    Got a £5 lidl through my door this weekend, but because I am not drinking for the time being, I'm not sure how I can make the £30 shop to get the saving.
  13. felixthecat

    felixthecat are we there yet?

    I actually bought all of the above ( except for the tinned tomato soup because it's not one of my staples) in my local Aldi on Friday. I always do my main shop there with a few bits and bobs picked up seperately in Tesco.
  14. Libertad

    Libertad Sweetie

    Treasure Aisle in ours.
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  15. Calamity1971

    Calamity1971 If Mr Peanut says It's okay, then it is.

    What other supermarket is one going to get a cement mixer or air compressor opposite the onions?
    I've been seduced into buying shite. Not long ago bought a battery operated tooth cleaner for 6quid, got it home and it had hollow rubber spinning tubes that flings toothpaste up the walls and mirror without actually cleaning ya gnashers.
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  16. High Voltage

    High Voltage Laying in the gutter, looking at the kerb.

    I like it when they have bleach or drain cleaner or some such stacked next to baby food
  17. chandlerp

    chandlerp Well-Known Member

    Why do Aldi have boxes that contain two varieties of things. As an example, cat litter. The clumping and non-clumping cat litter are in the same box and stacked alternately. Just why? It's not like it's light and easily moved if you want a particular type.
  18. cybershot

    cybershot Well-Known Member

    Cost. It's daft stuff like that that keeps the prices down.
  19. existentialist

    existentialist Spartacus? No, never heard of him.

    They do this with cat food, too - I've been caught out by the in-gravy and in-jelly varieties all being in together. It doesn't really exercise me, except when I have to go through the whole stack trying to find whether there's actually any of the other kind there.

    I've always accepted the little tribulations of shopping in Lidl as part of the whole cheap-as-chips deal, really. And, compared to the tendency of the likes of Tesco to suddenly switch the whole bloody shop around, presumably because some marketing type (or a computer) has decided that, because the sun's going to shine, they should stick four tons of lettuce right by the door, it's not that much of a hardship!
  20. Casual Observer

    Casual Observer binoculars

    If you're after a bargain then the Aldi in Streatham are selling axes at £3.49. They're towards the back of the shop, just by the baby food.
  21. Throbbing Angel

    Throbbing Angel Wakey, Wakey, Eggs & Bakey!

  22. Shirl

    Shirl Brexit my arse

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  23. Sprocket.

    Sprocket. Never Mind That, It’s Time For the Bus!...

    We have noticed that chicken seems to be better quality and tends to last longer in the fridge from Lidl compared to Sainsbury’s.
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  24. Voley

    Voley Peaceful Oat Goblin

    I did the lighting for my living room from the Lidl Krazy Krap aisle. Four lights with dimmer switches - forty quid, the lot. :thumbs:
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  25. friendofdorothy

    friendofdorothy it is so much worse than Thatcherism now

    I've only bought 2 electrical items in Lidl. The first was a hairdryer that sparks and smoke came out of the first time I turned it on. The second was a cheap LED reading lamp that worked for about a week.

    Do you know if you take a faulty item back to lidl with out a receipt, they can't refund you. You have to phone a customer service line who take all your details, then send you a letter, by post, only then can you return the item with the letter, to get your money back. GrrrrH!

    I'm not buying any more electric items there.
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  26. chandlerp

    chandlerp Well-Known Member

    That's actually illegal. Proof of purchase is all that is required and that is not necessarily a receipt.

    The fact that they are the only supplier and have only been selling for a short period of time can also be considered proof of purchase as you could ONLY have bought it there. Also, believe it or not, having a witness is considered proof.
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  27. Stig

    Stig Bull in a china shop

    Lidl have always given me my money back straight away, whether the item is faulty or not, right there at the till. Maybe it's changed recently.
  28. Chilli.s

    Chilli.s Well-Known Member

    My glue gun from Lidl has been fantastic.
  29. 19sixtysix

    19sixtysix Life as viewed from a Gay Gorbals Garret

    Box of alphabet fridge magnets in lidl for £2.99. As a 51 year old child I've had much amusement already :)
  30. cybershot

    cybershot Well-Known Member

    I've always avoided electrical purchases from either in case they die 2 years down the line. Also stuff which needs parts, or refills, what's the likelihood you're actually going to be able to get something that's compatible?

    I saw they had coffee pod machines recently, I assume they will be compatible with some sort of brand, but i dunno, just seems like it's a purchase that will eventually break quicker than it should.

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