To not understand the prejudice against asda on here?

(225 Posts)
rogersmellyonthetelly Wed 07-Nov-12 17:49:12

Seen a couple of comments about asda on here, seems they are quite looked down on by some. I don't really get it. The food is no better and no worse than the other big names in this area (tesco and morrisons) the prices are low, and the staff are generally lovely and very helpful, at least the ones in my local are. So whats the problem with asda (ignoring the current Christmas add which whilst cringeworthy is not the worst I have seen)

nokidshere Wed 07-Nov-12 18:11:42

I don't go to asda because the local one is horrid - really messy and cramped. I don't go to tesco because the local one is enormous, messy and busy. I don't go to sainsburys because i always end up spending way too much.

I do however shop at all 3 of them from the comfort of my living room. Which one I use depends on which one has what I need and the special offers that week.

I only go to wait rose when I am feeling particularly flush grin

Narked Wed 07-Nov-12 18:13:32

Sainsbury's would be my first choice of supermarket if someone else was paying grin. Their stuff is generally excellent but their own brand products tend to be priced very close to the brands so you don't save much if you buy non-branded (like me) and their fruit and veg on offer costs the same or more than Morrison's regular prices.

GreatAuntMaud Wed 07-Nov-12 18:15:14

I shop at Asda because it is our closest big supermarket. In the previous two places I lived in I shopped at Waitrose and Sainsburys respectively because they were the closest. I suspect that's what a lot of people do. Just go with the most convenient good supermarket.

Ours is very good though, very large and good quality fresh produce. The clientele can be a bit, err, downmarket sometimes but I am shopping for products, not people, so it doesn't bother me.

Goldchilled7up Wed 07-Nov-12 18:17:08

I don't shop at Asda because there isn't one anywhere near where we live, I've actually never been to one so I have no idea. I would not snob any supermarket by who shops there, but after going to lidl once, the customer service was so appalling that I never went back.

stinkinseamonkey Wed 07-Nov-12 18:18:46

but with sainsburys the "true" cost is different because so much of their stuff is on the turn, with other supermarkets you can buy a weeks worth of veg etc and its still fine near the end of the week, with sainsbos you can only buy fresh if you're going to eat it in the next 48 hours! so more is wasted making it more expensive than its actual cost! So where waitrose is a bit more expensive than sainsburies, nothing is wasted because it lasts the week and gets used so IMO better value

Don't have a Morrisons so can't compaire to that, only to Tesco, Aldi, Lidl, Asda, M&S and Waitrose

cornflowers Wed 07-Nov-12 18:19:09

The bread at ASDA is terrible.

orangeandlemons Wed 07-Nov-12 18:19:40

Stinkin. That's what I found, which is why I don't got to Asda. There are 2 big ones reasonably near me, and they are both the same. Just as you described

whathasthecatdonenow Wed 07-Nov-12 18:20:00

I shop at ASDA and Sainsbury's. I do the big weekly shop at ASDA, but have to go to the next town to do it. My small town only has a Sainsbury's so I do a top-up shop there. I can't say that I notice much difference in the shoppers, but then again I shop as quickly as possible and am in and out for a big shop in 20 minutes and a top-up shop in 5. I don't have time to notice anyone else.

zukiecat Wed 07-Nov-12 18:20:36

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Narked Wed 07-Nov-12 18:23:00

Lidl is fine if you know the rules:

Use a trolley

Put everything the cashier has scanned straight into the trolley

Once you've paid, move away and pack your stuff into the bags you've brought.

HullyChristmasgully Wed 07-Nov-12 18:23:13

oh dear

this thread is really a little ill-judged isn't it?

stinkinseamonkey Wed 07-Nov-12 18:23:14

zukiecat sad, but I think all retail is now one of the most soul destroying workplaces around!

some people still think its easy or even fun.. yeah I'm sure it used to be back when my DM or MIL had stints in them, but from recent experience (not sainsburys) its one of the most horrible environments to work in!

usualsuspect3 Wed 07-Nov-12 18:27:55

I'm not about to boycott Asda because of a stupid advert.

DameEnidsOrange Wed 07-Nov-12 18:28:35

Our local Asda is next to a similar sized Waitrose, but compares quite badly.

The aisles in Asda are really cramped and there are always those big warehouse trolleys in the way for shelf filling which makes it even harder to get past. The ceilings are low which makes it look darker and more cramped than it probably is.

You have to have a pound for the trolley, which is always annoying scrabbling round for one.

The car park spaces are too small and there are always fights over p&c - I don't use them, but it is a bit disconcerting walking past people having a slanging match.

The fresh produce doesn't last as long, so like a PP has said, it is wasteful.

usualsuspect3 Wed 07-Nov-12 18:30:01

<sits in the vile corner downmarket corner >

usualsuspect3 Wed 07-Nov-12 18:30:38

Too many corners in that post

ChickenFillet Wed 07-Nov-12 18:32:18

<Sits with usual>

PropertyNightmare Wed 07-Nov-12 18:33:55

Well, it's the only shop where I've ever felt moved to have an argument with another shopper (she thought it was fine to let her toddler push a trolley into a disabled woman- 'he's just a kid'). She was such a common, thick, pointless, waste of space but I digress.

usualsuspect3 Wed 07-Nov-12 18:35:30

<adds common and thick to my corner>

I really don't care about a bloody advert, dp does most of the shopping. I hate it. Usually asda or morrisons

Everlong Wed 07-Nov-12 18:38:30

The quality isn't great imo but then neither is tesco or sainsburys.

Mousefunk Wed 07-Nov-12 18:48:25

Asda is certainly not the cheapest supermarket out there.. think lidl, aldi and iceland (and formally netto which I believe Asda have turned into mini asda or something now).. It stocks the SAME products for less money, so why shop elsewhere?

However sainsburys is a much more pleasant shopping experience and the fresh stuff is a lot better quality/they have clearer labelling for vegetarians&vegans. Also they are a far more ethical supermarket.. bringing me onto my final point!

Asda are certainly not the most ethical of companies to say the least, hence the low prices. Waitrose, m&s and sainsburys year after year top the ethical shopping lists (sorry, don't know the actual name of that list) and asda trail down low along with aldi and lidl and closely followed by tesco. Morrisons is sort of mid way. So it does depend whether you care about being an ethical shopper or not.

Personally I have shopped at asda, I have shopped at sainsburys too. Never waitrose because our city isn't posh enough doesn't have one, never tesco because the nearest one is miles away and online don't accept my card.. and never been in a lidl or aldi because i'm a snob tsk tsk because I have no idea where they are. Usually morrisons because its a five minute walk from my house though.

InSPsFanjoNoOneHearsYouScream Wed 07-Nov-12 18:52:20

My works at an Asda Living store and my step dad works at a supermarket. I don't see the problem tbh.

Is rather go there then waitrose

Mousefunk Wed 07-Nov-12 18:54:05

* I go in m&s for the odd bit too as well but we got the vegetables from there last Christmas and it was possibly the worst veg i've ever had, honestly.

reallyboredatwork Wed 07-Nov-12 18:57:13

Leave the bastard

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