To have been stressed out by Aldi

(67 Posts)
Loveweekends10 Sun 25-Nov-12 11:48:48

Just done a food shop at Aldi to save some money. It stressed me out. There was trolleys and pallets all over the place. At one point there was a backlog of people with trolleys who couldn't get down an isle. The food seemed to be stored in such a random way that I was back and forth. Then oh my god at the checkout he threw the food at me and it took 20 minutes to distress and sort my trolley out.
I cannot do that every week. AIBU?

gordyslovesheep Sun 25-Nov-12 11:50:04

yes YABU - it's not compulsory to shop there - go somewhere else

minifingers Sun 25-Nov-12 11:50:39

You clearly went to a badly managed Aldi.

Mine is shopping heaven. grin

HecatePropylaea Sun 25-Nov-12 11:52:49

Oh god yes. It's horrible. I went there once.

You're not allowed to pack at the checkout hmm you have your stuff thrown at you. It feels very much like 'give us your money and piss off'.

Never. Again.

I don't like feeling like I am an inconvenience.

mrskeithrichards Sun 25-Nov-12 11:53:08

Yabu Aldi is the easiest place in the world to shop - so efficient I can be in and out in 30 minutes and I never forget anything. Nice and compact, only one type of everything so no wasting time trying to work out best deals.

You must be doing it wrong!

Runningblue Sun 25-Nov-12 11:53:45

Sunday's never a good day to go especially first thing, as loads of people go for the twice weekly special deals which come out on Sundays and Thursday's.
So I'd say YAB a bit U- try later on on a sunday, and it's more gentle, or a weekday/ Saturday.

Also learn the things you like to buy in aldi, and top up with another supermarket. They do have a much wider range of stock than they used to, but it can be stressy trying to do a full shop if you expect the same choice of stuff you'd get in a big supermarket.

But, on the positive you're home already so time for a restorative Sunday drinkie?

mrskeithrichards Sun 25-Nov-12 11:54:43

They don't throw food at you! They just scan it, really fast, and you put it in your trolley. You then go to the shelf and pack at your own pace. So much quicker!

Thats why its so cheap!

Runningblue Sun 25-Nov-12 11:57:36

Re the packing, you must have to do it the aldi way, then it's cool.
Park your trolley at the checkout and then stack the trolley with the scanned items in a logical way - say chilled/frozen, store cupboard, cleaning etc.
don't even think to pack bags at this stage, too stressy.

It's then easy and quite soothing to pack at the long shelf behind the checkouts.

The advantage of the manic check out skills is it makes it bloody fast to whip through.

orangepudding Sun 25-Nov-12 12:07:13

I love it there. I take IKEA bags' open them out in my trolley and shove all my shopping in them at the check out. Its so fast, find other supermarkets unnecessary slow!

youngermother1 Sun 25-Nov-12 12:16:00

Aldi is not cheaper than supermarket own ranges in my experience, so why bother?

Runningblue Sun 25-Nov-12 12:19:39

Really? It's especially good on fruit veg dairy cold meats etc I find...

mrskeithrichards Sun 25-Nov-12 12:20:02

It's a lot cheaper. On par with value range prices but superior quality. What are you buying that's not cheaper?

Clary Sun 25-Nov-12 12:23:10

I agree with ussing Aldi for what you like then top up elsewhere.

I like organic butter and milk so buy them at Asda/Sainsbos, ditto some at etc; otoh Aldi is fab for fruit and veg, cereal is good, tinned stuff is fine, cheese, salami, etc.

I know what I buy there so it's quick; I don't find the packing a problem either tho I agree you need to be fast. Take the kids and hand e a giant bag each grin

MrsBucketxx Sun 25-Nov-12 12:26:33

you wrong younger, you obviously dont shop around.

pack the aldi way is quicker and less stressful when packing into bags. its what your used too, people dont like change and your post op prooves it.

BeatTheClock Sun 25-Nov-12 12:35:17

Well I quite like Aldi but I have also had my shopping thrown at me.

I get the whole Aldi checkout thing about being quick and packing it in another place blah, but nonetheless I have also thought hmm as another tin hurtles towards me. There's no need to be quite so vigorous hostile.

(They don't hurl stuff at me in Lidl)

Runningblue Sun 25-Nov-12 12:41:56

Tbf to the checkout sipped, I am pretty sure the aldi staff are on targets for the most items per house scanned through the till... It can be a bit scary/ rude to the unitiated!

Ps the electrical goods are generally excellent too, and all with a 3 year guarantee ...and the wine wins lots of awards.... And, the nappies are excellent.... And no I don't work for them...!

Runningblue Sun 25-Nov-12 12:42:22

Check out STAFF - sorry..

Runningblue Sun 25-Nov-12 12:42:55

Actually that post was just littered with iPad autocorrect shite, sorry!

ThatsNice Sun 25-Nov-12 12:43:14

I love my local Aldi but i have been to another that is not so well kept/ managed. You absolutely have to switch your checkout routine concepts at Aldi If you try and pack your bags as you would at any other supermarket, you will get majorly stressed and they will get ticked off with you for slowing them up. I load the conveyor belt with heavy stuff at the front, so that goes in the trolley first, then as pp said, into a semi logical order in the trolley, so i can pack bags at my leisure at the side counter. I like the idea of a couple of large ikea type bags to pack in the trolley as you go tho.. smile They have some great Christmas stuff in just now smile

peeriebear Sun 25-Nov-12 12:45:28

Ours is great. We save a bundle- popped to Asda a few weeks ago, ended up getting quite a bit and nearly dropped to the floor when the total came up.

Sparklingbrook Sun 25-Nov-12 12:50:37

I think if you go at a different time it would be different. I have returned from Morrisons mildly traumatised this morning. 8am in the morning or 8pm in the evening our local Aldi is positively relaxing.

PeppermintCreams Sun 25-Nov-12 12:58:16

I agree with the poster who said you are doing it wrong. It (and Lidls) is the most stress free shop ever. I would even brave taking a tired toddler with me to my local one. (Well maybe not a big shop!)

However I get there at 9am straight after the school run and have mastered the checkout routine. Easy to park. Quick to shop, and pay.

Fantastic.

RooneyMara Sun 25-Nov-12 13:00:03

I always find I get rushed through in aldi and Lidl. It is awful, they never give you time to pack before they move on to the next person so yes it is really stressful as you feel like you're holding everyone up.

I asked why they had to do this a few months ago at Lidl. The young chap said they had to scan 30 items per minute.
I said what happens if you don't? He said you lose your job.

I don't know if this is true but no reason to suggest otherwise...I don't shop there very often as a consequence.

Sparklingbrook Sun 25-Nov-12 13:00:06

YY Peppermint if possible avoid the weekends completely.

RooneyMara Sun 25-Nov-12 13:01:43

Oh also I do like to go there for the reason that it's small.

Small supermarkets are SO much less stressful and intimidating than big ones.

I can see exactly why that is a nicer experience than going to Morrisons or something.

But their policy on 'speed checking out' just doesn't feel right to me.

CharlotteBronteSaurus Sun 25-Nov-12 13:03:47

it's worth the stress for the cost:quality ratio
and it's easier to manage now you know what's ahead.
I always line my trolley with those large, stiff, rectangular based shoppers so as i chuck the shopping in it lands in a bag. Fragile items at the end of the trolley. Occasionally i need to take two minutes at the side of the store to re-jig things, but not often

VivaLeBeaver Sun 25-Nov-12 13:04:31

i WENt to Aldi with dd yesterday, normally shop in Tesco but have been to Aldi before.

Its got a small carpark and there were no spaces. We were driving about and dd sighed and said really mardily "there's too many bloody poor people"

blush grin

SamSmalaidh Sun 25-Nov-12 13:05:09

It depends what time you go, because they restock during opening hours - so if they are in the middle of restocking then there are boxes everywhere.

I prefer Aldi, it's cheaper than Tesco etc plus they pay their staff so much better than the big supermarkets. The pay off is fewer staff was you do have to pack your own bags.

Maryz Sun 25-Nov-12 13:05:46

If you can't keep up with the packing, please go somewhere else.

I was behind a complete idiot in Lidl the other day who packed very slowly and kept telling the cashier to slow down. It took hours. And then she faffed around to find her purse, and then she tried to pay with a visa card.

I was getting a tad cross.

They have really, really long travelator thingies for the food. So the secret is to sort your shopping as you put it on, then you can put all the heavy stuff straight into Lidl bags, or into your trolley, with the lighter stuff on top.

I can pack as quickly as they throw it at me, it's great.

The stuff in the aisles is a different matter. But i park my trolley and run around.

Badgerdad Sun 25-Nov-12 13:08:03

Aldi WAY cheaper than the big 4, no need to look for the offers. Word of warning I bought a joint of meat there last week which was AWFUL!

That said if you can cope with the checkout concept & accept you cant do a full shop there its a winner for me!

whois Sun 25-Nov-12 13:09:46

YANBU, I think it takes a few shops to get used to the lay out and the check out speed. You've got to be on the ball about what is actually cheaper and what isn't, and generally have a top-up shop for some stuff in a 'eeal' supermarket.

SamSmalaidh Sun 25-Nov-12 13:10:47

I wish I could like your post Maryz - I hate slow packers!

RooneyMara Sun 25-Nov-12 13:19:02

Mary, I feel realy upset by your post. I am a fast packer, generally - I do it pretty well. I'm not 'slow'.

It's justthey scan everything very very quickly in Aldi and Lidl, and that makes it hard to keep up.

I usually end up paying so they can get on with the next person, then having to throw everything into bags and it is all a mess, which is difficult to manage especially with children around that you have to corral into the right place and keep from running out into the car park etc.

I think you're being really unfair.

SamSmalaidh Sun 25-Nov-12 13:20:43

Rooney, I hope you don't pack at the till! Put it in your trolley and go to the shelf grin

DowagersHump Sun 25-Nov-12 13:21:32

It's cheaper because they employ less staff (but at good rates of pay). It depends whether you want a pleasant shopping experience or a lower bill - according to a recent study by [[ http://www.thegrocer.co.uk/companies/discounters/aldi/full-shop-at-aldi-cuts-40-from-grocer-33-basket/233180.article Grocer magazine]], equivalent shopping is 40% cheaper at Aldi than other shops. I think that's enough of a difference to put up with having to pack your own shopping.

I do admit it's a bit of a shock the first time you go!

RooneyMara Sun 25-Nov-12 13:22:45

I generally pack on the floor as I don't normally buy more than a couple of bags worth, so I don't have a trolley.

SamSmalaidh Sun 25-Nov-12 13:23:49

Why on the floor confused Surely you shove everything in a bag and then repack at the shelf.

RooneyMara Sun 25-Nov-12 13:24:33

Because as I was trying to explain, they don't give me enough TIME to shove everything into bags.

Seriously, they don't.

SamSmalaidh Sun 25-Nov-12 13:25:15

Maybe you'd be better using a trolley then, even for just a few items. Then you can keep bolting children in the seat too.

Maryz Sun 25-Nov-12 13:25:38

But the whole point is that you shouldn't be packing at the till if you want to pack carefully and slowly. You slow down the whole process. All you have to do is dump it into the trolley and pack properly at the side away from the till.

Part of the reason I like Lidl is that our local Tesco is full of people packing really carefully and slowly, so the queues take ages.

RooneyMara Sun 25-Nov-12 13:25:49

They normally ask for payment when I have filled about one large bag. The rest is sitting there.

I hate holding people up so I pay, then scoop stuff up and try and do it on the floor which is hard work at 8 months pregnant.

But hey, I don't annoy people like you and Mary so I must be doing something right...

DowagersHump Sun 25-Nov-12 13:26:27

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Maryz Sun 25-Nov-12 13:26:44

Rooney if you have enough stuff for more than one bag, you should have a trolley.

Because whether you like it or not, and whether you think I'm being unfair or not (sorry about that), you are slowing the whole system down.

RooneyMara Sun 25-Nov-12 13:26:48

Yes I think I will have to, Sam. I find trolleys really hard at the moment but if that's the protocol, I'll have to do it.

RooneyMara Sun 25-Nov-12 13:27:22

Mary, I'm not slowing anyone down, as I have just explained. They are getting on with their transaction while I am on the floor.

DowagersHump Sun 25-Nov-12 13:27:31

Why don't you get a trolley if you're 8 months' pregnant? confused

There is a long counter at the front of the store designed for you to sort your shopping

JackThePumpkinKing Sun 25-Nov-12 13:27:37

You don't pack at the til, take a folding crate, stick it in the trolley and put everything straight into that - no need to repack then!

(i do pack at the til if I have a basket - no choice, they take the baskets off you. I'm v quick though)

Maryz Sun 25-Nov-12 13:28:11

And since in our Lidl (and Aldi) there is usually only one or possibly two tills open, one or two people trying to pack at the checkout can cause a near riot.

RooneyMara Sun 25-Nov-12 13:28:37

Because I have quite bad SPD and pushing something heavy is really bad for that and hurts more than carrying a basket.

fedupofnamechanging Sun 25-Nov-12 13:29:04

I bought Blackforest stollen in there yesterday. How can a shop which sells such a thing, possibly be bad?

OP, the good thing about Aldi is that they don't fuck with the layout, so once you learn where everything is, it tends to stay there, so shopping is easier.

SamSmalaidh Sun 25-Nov-12 13:29:15

The other thing you can do is get an old lady style wheely shopping trolley - fill it as you're going round, organise your shopping on the conveyer belt so tins go first, eggs go last, and then as it goes through the til just scoop things straight into your trolley.

ArtexMonkey Sun 25-Nov-12 13:31:14

I love lidl and aldi. I am generally clumsy and awkward in day to day life anyway, but I cope fine with the checkout system there. If it annoyed me enough that I felt upset or angry enough to get into an online ruck about it, I would just shop somewhere else I guess.

Once you get the hang of Aldi it's bloody brilliant.

RooneyMara Sun 25-Nov-12 13:32:59

That sounds like a good idea, Sam.

I wasn't actually aware there was a 'system' I was mucking up for everyone else, btw - maybe they ought to have a sign up saying trolleys are compulsory unless you want all your stuff to fall on the floor.

ILoveOnionRings Sun 25-Nov-12 13:33:49

The checkout system at Aldi can be an 'experience' if you are not used to it. I agree with other posters, put the large, heavy stuff first, then if you can load the travellator in a fashion eg fruit and veg, heavy stuff first then grapes and tomatoes last, same with fridge stuff etc. Pop a few big bags open in the trolley and then go for it.

It isn't Tescos, Sainsburys where you able to pack eveything neatly, in order in your bags but you do get used to it. I pop my card in my pocket after I have loaded the shopping so it is ready to pay. DH gets constant 'hurry ups' growled at him, then he tidies the bags while I pay.

We are in and out in 30minutes, takes about 5 mins more to unpack once home. Sometimes, especially when I goto Sainsburys I feel like I have lost hours in there.

DowagersHump Sun 25-Nov-12 13:35:12

Oh sorry, yes I can see that sad

Violet77 Sun 25-Nov-12 13:36:51

You need to learn the tricks of the trade :-) shop with ikea bags, straight into the trolley so no repack. Put your items on the conveyor belt in categories, heavy first, meat together, fridge etc etc. ( you can pack these in smaler bags on your way round if you wish)

I also avoid weekends and find a big aldi so much better!!

I find it way less stressful than tesco as its so efficient when you master the above.

RooneyMara Sun 25-Nov-12 13:36:55

S'Ok DH smile

you can't see me through the screen!

SarahBumBarer Sun 25-Nov-12 13:38:12

Aldi is the ONLY shop that I specifically go to for things - their nappies, washing powder, washing up liquid are great. I've also stocked up on cremant de jura for Christmas because it is yum and so much better than any champagnes even close to my budget and I love their almond chocolate bars too. The packing is "abrupt" but you get used to it - as Maryz says they have really useful long conveyor belts so no excuse for being disorganised.

Oh and they have plenty of trolleys which can accommodate both a toddler and a baby.

Actually we could use a bit of a stock up - now that DH is stirring from his bed I might go and drag him off to Aldi :-)

PeppermintCreams Sun 25-Nov-12 13:38:53

Unless I'm literally getting bread and milk, I always get a trolley. It's much easier.

I try and load all the heavy/bulky stuff onto the checkout first then the lighter stuff. I have two massive reusable bags that I have opened ready in the trolley and I packed them straight in after it's scanned. If the bags fill up there is normally space to put stuff in the rest of the trolley, and I repack it as I put it in the boot of the car. Toilet rolls, juice cartons, nappies I don't pack, just leave to one side in the trolley and just put on the parcel shelf of the car.

It works for me anyway. grin

Maryz Sun 25-Nov-12 13:38:58

I have to say, Rooney, You are very brave. I don't think I would use my local Aldi when 8 months pregnant. I think I would pay more and go somewhere a little more civilised.

I always feel sorry for little old ladies in Aldi (irritated at their slowness, but simultaneously sorry for them blush).

dawntigga Sun 25-Nov-12 13:40:05

YABU and a bit wet.

FFSIt'sJustShoppingTiggaxx

DowagersHump Sun 25-Nov-12 13:42:47

grin Rooney

BackforGood Sun 25-Nov-12 13:44:58

YABU.
Any supermarket you've not been in before / regularly takes a bit of getting used to the layout - that's not to do with it being Aldi.
You just have to work with the system. They are the absolute BEST supermarket for getting though quickly, simply because you don't have to wait while eveyone in front of you packs all their stuff. It all gets put in the trolley then you can spend as long as you want packing it into your own system.
I went to Morrisons this week - not even at the weekend, it was a Monday morning! - and it took 18 mins from when I joined the queue, until she started serving me. Give me Aldi anytime.

RooneyMara Sun 25-Nov-12 13:45:56

Oh thanks Mary, yes I feel sorry for them too. I understand and I do get cross if people are VERY slow but what can you do.

Sometimes I think they do it on purpose. grin

I shop at aldi. I love it. Ours is very good, organised and the staff are polite. I did get a cats bum face from the checkout woman though the other day when she asked me halfway through through throwing my stuff at me was I paying by card or by cash and I replied I'll make that decision at the end when you give me the total!

Why do they ask you that? Is is because it shaves two seconds of the total time it takes to hurry a customer through the checkout or what?

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