ALDI Food Worth Trying?

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ChevyChase77

560 posts

5 months

Friday 18th October
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I find Aldi/Lidl good for some things and rubbish for others.

I've found the fruit and veg doesn't last as long as Tesco. And the customer service is generally shocking in ours. Closing all the tills forcing you to use the self service ones. Plus the checkout anxiety as they scan it so quickly with no packing area.

Steamer

11,313 posts

160 months

Friday 18th October
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andburg said:
definitely not worth trying...the basic salted tortilla chips, they were fine until recently they changed to a blue/yellow and clear bag and they're now atrocious.
Seconded! - I fell into this trap. You get loads of them - but they are not very nice. Stick with the NON See-through blue bags - much better quality.

V8mate

42,866 posts

136 months

Friday 18th October
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Steamer said:
andburg said:
definitely not worth trying...the basic salted tortilla chips, they were fine until recently they changed to a blue/yellow and clear bag and they're now atrocious.
Seconded! - I fell into this trap. You get loads of them - but they are not very nice. Stick with the NON See-through blue bags - much better quality.
I can't say I agree.
They're not the best tortilla chips in the world, but I've had far, far worse. The texture is good and they perform their primary task - that of shovelling a mound of dip into your gob - perfectly. At the price, they're good VfM.

V8mate

42,866 posts

136 months

Friday 18th October
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ChevyChase77 said:
I find Aldi/Lidl good for some things and rubbish for others.

I've found the fruit and veg doesn't last as long as Tesco. And the customer service is generally shocking in ours. Closing all the tills forcing you to use the self service ones. Plus the checkout anxiety as they scan it so quickly with no packing area.
I think you need to attribute your comments to Aldi or Lidl. Are there Aldis with self-scan tills?

As for packing without a packing area: you're doing it wrong. Everything goes back in the trolley and you pack on the shelf in the window (in Aldi).

Newer Lidls have larger checkouts with bag packing area at the checkout (they clearly decided that the British market was incapable of adapting their learned behaviour)

IME, Aldi is the most responsive of all UK supermarkets with regard to opening/closing checkouts to match demand. In Germany, they just shrug and leave one checkout open. The attitude is 'if you want cheap food, the quid pro quo is that you queue a while.

davek_964

6,097 posts

122 months

Friday 18th October
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V8mate said:
IME, Aldi is the most responsive of all UK supermarkets with regard to opening/closing checkouts to match demand.
+1 - I find the same.

(Lidl is dire)

ambuletz

8,076 posts

128 months

Friday 18th October
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Just had a look on the Lidl site and this might be worth stocking up on for sandwiches etc..

https://www.lidl.co.uk/en/p/super-weekend/warren-s...

99p for 180g of chicken. Where's the catch? something of that weight would cost £2-2.50 in asda.

Steamer

11,313 posts

160 months

Friday 18th October
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davek_964 said:
V8mate said:
IME, Aldi is the most responsive of all UK supermarkets with regard to opening/closing checkouts to match demand.
+1 - I find the same.

(Lidl is dire)
Agreed - poor staff always getting pulled off their stacking jobs and rushing round like blue-arsed flies.

...Last night someone committed the cardinal / rooky mistake at the checkouts: Left their wallet in the car!!

There does'nt seem to be any way round it, other than waiting for them to go and retrieve their wallet and come back... everyone had to wait and tutt very loudly.

Poor girl on the check out said they have had people with a full trolly just not come back in to pay for it. Apparently it all has to get rescanned to void it before putting back on the shelf.

andburg

3,332 posts

116 months

Friday 18th October
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bags stood up in the trolley and i have no issues packing as they sling them through

CharlesdeGaulle

11,001 posts

127 months

Friday 18th October
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andburg said:
bags stood up in the trolley and i have no issues packing as they sling them through
Me too, and I always keep up with the till person and cause no delay. But I observe that my ninja-packing skills are only rarely shared by other shoppers, and almost never by women.

The 'great' British public is anything but, and I can see why the refusal to adapt to other systems causes frustration.

Bear-n

538 posts

29 months

Friday 18th October
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I've been waiting years for this; I feared it would never happen.

99p


Chester35

28 posts

2 months

Friday 18th October
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They do Bishops Finger for £1.20 rather than £1.25 in Tesco's

Also pigs ear off cuts for dogs are £1.67 per bag. It's still not cheap but better than the price they charge you in Sainsbury's.

Me and my dog are often seen down their wearing our dirty macs .... him smelling of beer and me of pork after I get a bit nibbly whilst rummaging around in their "it will be gone soon so buy it now" aisle.

What's the deal with having to put a £1 in the shopping trolley? Germans eh, I could have spent that in store. confused


Jim on the hill

3,705 posts

137 months

Friday 18th October
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V8mate said:
Steamer said:
andburg said:
definitely not worth trying...the basic salted tortilla chips, they were fine until recently they changed to a blue/yellow and clear bag and they're now atrocious.
Seconded! - I fell into this trap. You get loads of them - but they are not very nice. Stick with the NON See-through blue bags - much better quality.
I can't say I agree.
They're not the best tortilla chips in the world, but I've had far, far worse. The texture is good and they perform their primary task - that of shovelling a mound of dip into your gob - perfectly. At the price, they're good VfM.
Don't spoil thier fun, I love the dramatically over the top language people use on this thread it's hilarious. Clearly they were so atrocious they ran to the toilet immediately and vacated thier bodies of the terrible product.

bingybongy

2,222 posts

93 months

Saturday 19th October
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ChevyChase77 said:
I find Aldi/Lidl good for some things and rubbish for others.

I've found the fruit and veg doesn't last as long as Tesco. And the customer service is generally shocking in ours. Closing all the tills forcing you to use the self service ones. Plus the checkout anxiety as they scan it so quickly with no packing area.

borcy

542 posts

3 months

Sunday 20th October
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21st Century Man said:
What "other systems"? And how are we supposed to know there's another system in operation? No one's ever told me, nor have I seen a sign of explanation. Been shopping at Aldi/Lidl for years, putiing my stuff in the bags in my trolley, as does seemingly everyone else. Are we doing it wrong?
I see loads at aldi and lidl put it in the trolley and then pack it into the bags on the big shelf at the back.

They used to have signs telling you to do it that way.

Fermit and Sexy Sarah

7,274 posts

47 months

Sunday 20th October
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borcy said:
I see loads at aldi and lidl put it in the trolley and then pack it into the bags on the big shelf at the back.

They used to have signs telling you to do it that way.
Yep.....


borcy

542 posts

3 months

Sunday 20th October
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They used to have it on the triangle plastic dividers you use to seperate each others shopping as well.

V8mate

42,866 posts

136 months

Sunday 20th October
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21st Century Man said:
I can understand that if you're slow, but you're telling me it's the standard MO and I'm supposed to be doing it that way? Sod that, I can keep up with the teller.
I bet you're the kind of person who loves to tell all kinds of business that they're 'doing it wrong' and that you're going to engage with them your way?

Your obstinacy is, I guess, assisted by the slower baud rate afforded by EPOS checkouts. You would never have been able to pack under the earlier checkout regimes, where the cashier knew the prices of everything in-store or, later, knew all the four-digit PLUs.

Stan the Bat

5,058 posts

159 months

Sunday 20th October
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I think more than 50% now pack at the proper packing shelf, but there are always those tts that think they can keep up with the cashier who slow everyone down.

Bear-n

538 posts

29 months

Sunday 20th October
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Stan the Bat said:
I think more than 50% now pack at the proper packing shelf, but there are always those tts that think they can keep up with the cashier who slow everyone down.
tt here. I only shop by the basket-full though, and am aware of the rules of produce-ordering on the belt off dreams, so it's easy to keep up.

Reason for posting though is a lady-friend picked up a Yankee-type candle the other day, for £2.99 instead of the £89 that Yankee charge. I'm yet to hunt them down myself, but I bloody love a Yankee (stop sniggering at the back) so I'm hoping this is a permanent feature.

BrabusMog

14,860 posts

133 months

Sunday 20th October
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Just load the conveyor belt in the order you want to pack things in and you can pack at the checkout. It's not rocket science.