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AIBU to think the 80 item limit at Tesco is a bit tight?

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womaninatightspot Sat 23-May-20 23:49:41

I don't have delivery saver so I'm at the back of the queue as far as slots go still there's some available most weeks. I got a delivery today but there's none next weekend(payday for most) till the 7th. I could of just done a big shop but because of the limit I've had to book another slot for Monday which seems crazy.

Surely it must be hitting Tesco's bottom line as I (and I'm assuming most people)focus on getting basics first and luxury items which have higher profit margins get left or bought elsewhere.

Are people still panic buying? I'm just buying what we need/ refilling the stuff we've used up whilst the shops were bare. Shopping for two houses so maybe tighter than most.

EinsteinaGogo Sat 23-May-20 23:51:53

I'm with you, OP.
The 80 item limit has always been bonkers.

KTyoupigeon Sat 23-May-20 23:53:49

I’m on priority list so managing to get regular slots with Tesco but still shopping for two households and topping my parents up so I’ve had to source my vegetables/fruit/salad from a local supplier - we are a family of 2 vegans and 1 vegetarian and 1 omnivore so we get through so much fresh veg that I can’t shop in the 80 items for a weeks shop.

Time2change2 Sat 23-May-20 23:54:31

It’s because of the lack of delivery drivers and trucks. Bigger shops take longer to load and unload. They get less deliveries in. Smaller shops = more deliveries for more people. It’s not because of lack of food supplies.

TheHarryFormerlyKnownAsPrince Sat 23-May-20 23:55:08

It’s unfair that large families have the same 80 item limit as single people! But how they could check who lives in your household I do not know!

Lockheart Sat 23-May-20 23:55:12

It's not about panic buying or stock. It's about maximizing deliveries.

Demand for deliveries can't be met at the moment. There are many people who now rely on deliveries to get food, as they're vulnerable and can't leave the house or take public transport.

80 item limits mean they can fit more deliveries in each van and try and deliver to as many people as possible.

peoplepleaser1 Sat 23-May-20 23:57:45

I agree. I'm shopping for frail relatives as well as myself and the 80 item limit orang fat me far. I definitely have to skip luxuries.

@EinsteinaGogo has the 80 item limit been in place since before corona virus?

I do understand that they need to limit the size of orders to avoid running out of space but 80 seems very low.

peoplepleaser1 Sat 23-May-20 23:58:34

Typo! Doesn't get me far....

BigBairyHollocks Sat 23-May-20 23:58:47

I agree.80 items is nothing. I don’t want multipacks all wrapped in plastic, so 10 bananas takes ten items rather than two! Ridiculous!

EinsteinaGogo Sat 23-May-20 23:58:55

@peoplepleaser1 - no, sorry, my post made it seem that way though.

Chillipeanuts Sun 24-May-20 00:00:21

You’re right. There are 5 adults and a child in our house. 80 items are quickly used up.

Abbccc Sun 24-May-20 00:01:03

It's 80 items for click and collect as well.

EinsteinaGogo Sun 24-May-20 00:01:34

@BigBairyHollocks - that's just it, exactly.

We had been buying loose items to avoid plastic packaging, and hey presto - carrots, bananas, apples & tomatoes would have you virtually at your limit.

WitchWindows Sun 24-May-20 00:01:45

I doubt it's hitting their bottom line. They have more delivery/collection spots available than any other supermarket around here and will have picked up many customers who would previously have shopped at the discounters but who can't because they need online shopping for now.

80 is a pain, but I'd rather have something than nothing and it does seem to be working to make lots more slots available than other shops without the limit.

Mistressiggi Sun 24-May-20 00:02:00

Where I live, it's hard to get a Tesco slot and there's the 80 limit. Asda much easier to get a click and collect, and no limit.

Covidpolice Sun 24-May-20 00:06:47

Yeah its pretty tight. Theres 3 adults here plus a few external shielders. 80 is really difficult but I'd rather have the limit than not get a slot at all.

lyralalala Sun 24-May-20 00:10:43

We had been buying loose items to avoid plastic packaging, and hey presto - carrots, bananas, apples & tomatoes would have you virtually at your limit.

The bigger issue atm is that getting multipacks is almost impossible. So people have no choice but to buy single potatoes, single apples.

It's really daft that you can buy 3 x 2kg potatoes, but if they have none you can only by 3 single potatoes

Unshriven Sun 24-May-20 00:11:43

For the fruit/veg, order by the kilo rather than number.

So 2kg bananas as 1 item rather than 19 bananas.

Mapless Sun 24-May-20 00:15:40

Yes it's been frustrating. We have five vegetarians and one omnivore across 2 households to buy for and if we cannot get a bag of eg bananas or apples the items are used up fast. As pp have said, the only way I've managed is to buy fruit, veg, dairy and bread from a farm delivery. I have also jumped ship to Sainsburys who have slots every time I look. Teseo make me queue from 11:55pm only to tell me there's nothing until mid June. I feel let down by them. I am in a vulnerable group so we have relied on deliveries or collect. I feel happier sourcing fresh produce from local suppliers so it's working out ok, from that angle.

womaninatightspot Sun 24-May-20 00:25:27

@unshriven that's a really good idea but if you do it by weight they guess the number of items so 2.16 kg of bananas adds 12 items to my total (gutted as I thought this would be great at reducing items I bought six bags of bananas today!)

womaninatightspot Sun 24-May-20 00:35:46

I have to admit I've been ordering the biggest size available so enormous pack of toilet paper, big boxes of cereal, largest packets of pasta, box of wine rather than bottles smile to hopefully free up an item or two for non- essentials next slot so I imagine I'm using up loads of space

Tonz Sun 24-May-20 00:35:47

The 80 items is not ideal but was put in place because of the massive increase in online orders. It takes more time than you would realise to pick and pack shopping so by reducing items would be a quicker pick and tesco could reach a lot more vulnerable people. Their orders have gone threw the roof and they need to reach as many people as they can. They can't just employ 50 new pickers as they are already working with the night team and staff safety has to be priority so reducing items is the only way to reach as many vulnerable customers as they can. It's not the best but its for a good reason

Pixxie7 Sun 24-May-20 00:38:14

Depends on size of household but I don’t know how they can get around that.

cornish009 Sun 24-May-20 00:38:22

80 items only once a week is impossible for my family and I. We are shielding so cannot go out to the shops, and are also foster carers of teenagers so I buy for 8 adult appetites. I have tried every way possible by buying the largest sizes of everything to manage within 80 items, but I cannot. Ironically I always used to get a Tesco delivery each week anyway, but looking back that would usually be about 130 items. So I have to use another supermarket for delivery - annoying because I would prefer to use Tescos.

notangelinajolie Sun 24-May-20 00:39:26

It's bloody annoying when you like to buy your fruit and veg without all the packaging. I used up 7 items in bananas alone.
And peppers I always buy 2 single green ones - who actually wants the yellow or orange ones in the mixed bag?
I wanted 3 mushrooms for a pie I was making - so that was another 3 items. Why would I buy a big plastic carton full of them when I only want 3?

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