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To refuse to give someone else control over my food shopping.

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SCOTCHandWRY Thu 22-Nov-12 15:06:56

Ok, I ABU as this is slightly thread-about-threadish, however...

All the big supermarkets seem to be pushing their order online food delivery services as being a sensible, green and time efficient thing to do, but I think it's a rubbish idea (unless of course you really can't get to the supermarket).

I want to actually see and choose the food we are going to eat! This is particularly relevant to fresh foods - I want the longest use-by date, the least bruised etc (unless of course it's yellow stickered/reduced price because it has a short date, or isn't perfect).

My PIL get weekly deliveries (different supermarkets), no end of complaints about substitutions (even though they have said no substitutions!), short dates, bashed tins etc, have to wait in for deliveries, and pay about a fiver for the privilege.

Even if they PAID me a fiver to deliver my shopping, I still wouldn't do it!

complexnumber Thu 22-Nov-12 15:11:10

Biscuit with that.

threesocksmorgan Thu 22-Nov-12 15:13:01

yanbu I like to go and do my own

SCOTCHandWRY Thu 22-Nov-12 15:15:32

Only if I get to choose the Biscuit COMPLEX grin

MrsTerryPratchett Thu 22-Nov-12 15:19:20

We have had shit fruit every time since we started online. I used to do Ocado and it was fine.

MrsBucketxx Thu 22-Nov-12 15:21:10


i feel the same fresh stuff need to be looked at and felt.

Nope, I have enough control in everyday life to not need control over bashed tins.

very occasionally I like to go and have a look round a shop, most of the time I couldn't give a tiny fuck and prefer to sit at home drinking tea and doing something more fun.

VitoCorleone Thu 22-Nov-12 15:23:07

I use tesco and they're pretty good, always have stuff with good dates and i can usually get a delivery slot for £2.50.

Asda are shit though, used them once and they forgot a whole bag of shopping

VitoCorleone Thu 22-Nov-12 15:24:44

Should just add i take my driving test next week and if i pass i'll be doing my own shopping. But online has been a lifesaver for me these last couple of years.

InNeedOfBrandy Thu 22-Nov-12 15:25:22

Nope never had bashed tins or shit fruit and short sell by dates. One time since they started doing it it has messed up (I got loads of free cake, jam tarts, brioche's and a free delivery coupon) I love my asda delivery man.

InNeedOfBrandy Thu 22-Nov-12 15:26:44

Oh and £3:50 is cheepep then my bus fair to, if I really wanted to be frugal I could get the £2 one but that would mean waiting in all day.

Tee2072 Thu 22-Nov-12 15:27:36

With no car? Online shopping is perfect.

If I ever get a car and a license then maybe I'll go back to going to the supermarket, as I actually enjoy it.

I just don't enjoy lugging it home on the bus or in a taxi.

pictish Thu 22-Nov-12 15:27:44

I argued the same for years....but once when I wasd laid up I conceded, and it turns out it's fucking brilliant!
I have never had bashed fruit of bashed cans, or even a stupid substitute. They have always been on time, and to me it's worth every penny of the delivery.

So yabu.

cozietoesie Thu 22-Nov-12 15:28:36

I had a bashed egg once (the whole pack was credited to me) and that's the sum total of my problems with delivery. I also factored delivery into giving up my car so I walk to the local shops for some fresh produce and use delivery for the rest and the heavier items. I reckon to be way ahead.


PS - and I work it so that I get free delivery.

ObiWan Thu 22-Nov-12 15:29:44

It depends. I'd happily pay double what I do now to avoid hauling several children around the supermarket.

I specify which items I will accept subs for, and I specify long dates. We've never really had any problems.

I don't drive either, so having the stuff come to me is so much easier than buses or taxis, or having my husband sacrifice a couple of hours at the weekend.

pictish Thu 22-Nov-12 15:30:44

Same here Obi Wan.

Katisha Thu 22-Nov-12 15:31:12

I've never got past knowing how many grammes of broccoli I want. Filling in the list with weights and measures makes me go a bit helpless.

kdiddy Thu 22-Nov-12 15:32:20

YABU. It's convenient, easy and saves me money actually because I have a running total of my spend as I do it so always take stuff back out of the basket. Been doing it for a year now and only once have I ever ha any fresh stuff I wouldn't have picked up along with short dated stock. That was with Tesco - never used them since. Ocado all the way now and all of the fresh food are items I would have chosen myself.

Besides, anytime you eat out you're relying on someone else to have chosen decent fresh produce so you can't always have that level of control.

nickelbabeuntiladvent Thu 22-Nov-12 15:32:25

i agree with you.

i do buy veg boxes online, from a site called Food For Kent, whose aim is to help local farmers etc.
Otherwise I do like to buy that kind of thing in person.

Startail Thu 22-Nov-12 15:32:38

I haven't tried it yet. I know what sizes spuds cook on auto and how much fat I'll tolerate in my meat.

I like choosing my own things.

PhallicGiraffe Thu 22-Nov-12 15:34:18

If you want to waste two hours of your life, battling through the isles against all the other muppets, trying to find all the obscure foods you need, then waiting ages to get to the till, proceeded to take out all the food you just put into the trolley in order to pay for it and put it all back in again, they spend £££ on petrol or bus money getting it all home again...... Then power to you.

I will just get it all delivered in handy bags right to my door thank you very much. P.s. I use Ocado - they are good smile

Mintyy Thu 22-Nov-12 15:37:06

I do both. I went to Sainsbury's today and bought some things I haven't bought before, some things that I wouldn't have thought of if I hadn't seen them. I tend to be less imaginative with my online shopping.

InNeedOfBrandy Thu 22-Nov-12 15:37:21

You can even get the drivers to come in and put it away for you if your a bit fragile.

izzyizin Thu 22-Nov-12 15:38:16

The time saved makes online shopping a no-brainer plus I tend to buy only what I need rather than filling a trolley up with 'let's have a try of that' goods.

InNeedOfBrandy Thu 22-Nov-12 15:43:57

Although the last time I went to sainsburys I came out with a nutcracker for 5p! Wouldn't of got that online grin

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