Tramp Stores: Aldi vs. Lidl vs. your local grocery store

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or are you all hooked on the ready made frisbee variety

Yes, as it is quick, and some of them taste very good ... ( family pizza from NORMA - Yummy yummy )

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What I'd like to know from all those Tesco fans out there: when was the last time you went to a Tesco's?

I was in Tesco about 5 months ago and there's many reasons why I love it, one of them being I don't need half a day to do my shopping because I don't have to go from one shop to another for every little thing.

I like that there's so much choice, I like the athmosphere, as some people mentioned, nobody threw my shopping over the scanner, they even pack your shopping for you if you are struggling, with a smile and sometimes a little chat, there's tills open all over so you don't have to queue for ages, when I needed something and asked for help they have been very kind and helpful and most of the time the store does their unpacking and filling shelves before opening time so people don't have the inconvenience to trip over the boxes, besides if you don't have a car and you can't be bothered to carry all your heavy bottles of juice, water, etc. back home you can do all your shopping online or they even have a service to get you a taxi at the exit.

One is entitled to have its preferences! -_-

 

By the way there's a Woolworths here in Berlin too but it is nothing like the ones in the UK, loads of bad quality cheap stuff, I also reckon that are not related.

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most of the time the store does their unpacking and filling shelves before opening time so people don't have the inconvenience to trip over the boxes, besides if you don't have a car and you can't be bothered to carry all your heavy bottles of juice, water, etc.

OOooo, that's an excellent point. I've never understood that with the absurd opening hours in Germany they still insist on taking up the entire aisle during business hours to do the unpacking.

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Probably because the absurd employment laws mean they can't/can't afford to employ anyone to do the unpacking out-of-hours

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My girlfriend worked at McPaper for a while and was required to come 45 minutes before her shift started and stay more tham 30 minutes after her shift ended, WITHOUT PAY, to pack/unpack, clean up, count money etc. I'll repeat: WITHOUT PAY.

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(quote) most of the time the store does their unpacking and filling shelves before opening time so people don't have the inconvenience to trip over the boxes

 

- well, there´s a Tesco´s in my home town which is open 24 hour a day - I´d love to see THEM filling the shelves before opening!!!

 

;-))

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If I remember correctly, Aldi Süd has the "Süd" in the shop name, whereas Aldi Nord just has "Aldi". In Berlin, as you might expect, it's Aldi Nord. The boundary seems to lie somewhere around Duisburg/Essen where you can find both within a few km of each other.

Our Aldi Sued does not have the Sued in the title.

 

 

In Germany, I used to shop mostly at Feneberg. Looking at their website (www.feneberg.de) it seems to be another one of those very Southern German things, but the quality was definitely fine.

 

What I'd like to know from all those Tesco fans out there: when was the last time you went to a Tesco's? I really can't see what all the fuss is about - most of the fruit and veg is pre-packed so you can't see exactly what you're buying and if you want one courgette you have to buy 5 and throw the other 4 in the bin. They are now selling paint and electrical goods and God knows what so you can spend the entire day there, kill off the indpendent specialists and end up with a shop full of crap and noone there to give you any competent advice!

The pre-packed fruit and veg is my greatest quibble with tesco. And the automatic free distribution of countless plastic bags, those cashiers just tear them from the roll and thrown them at you, you have to actually tell them you brought your own bags! Even though these days you get Tesco points for using your own bags. Free plastic bags is one bad idea that is finally coming to an end.

 

 

In this case, yes! On several occasions I have nearly had my shopping pushed off the end onto the floor because the cashier has whizzed it over the scanner that fast - like she has some kind of personal competition with the cashier in the next queue! It's totally unnecessary and extremely annoying. Maybe I should add here that when I go shopping I am buying for a family of five and very rarely only need a couple of items. Might be a different story then. I can fill a conveyer belt you know

I remember the days when the ALdi cashiers had the prices scanned into their brains, and I swear they were just as quick at entering them on the register as the scanners are today! They were quite amazing.

 

One other thing that has changed in Germany for the better is that cashiers are now trained to be friendly to customers. There was a time not so long ago when they just sat there grim-faced and never even looked at you. Then they all went on some kind of training and overnight that changed. Suddenly, all German supermarket cashiers told you "Guten Tag" when you arrived at their check-out, and "Schoenes Wochenende" on Fridays, and these days some of them, I think Handelshof or Kaufland, even ask you "Waren Sie zufrieden?" when you leave. I mean like EVERY TIME!!! And this happened literally overnight.

 

I agree that in Tesco the service is impeccable. I was once looking for a special tea and I swear that at least four Tesco employees helped me find it. But I hate the tiny portions of lettuce or other salads, as well as the pricing of such stuff. I mean, a handful of Rocket for £1.50 is ridiculous.

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(quote) most of the time the store does their unpacking and filling shelves before opening time so people don't have the inconvenience to trip over the boxes

 

- well, there´s a Tesco´s in my home town which is open 24 hour a day - I´d love to see THEM filling the shelves before opening!!!

 

;-))

It's lovely to go shopping at Tesco at 6 am. Hardly any customers, and lots of employees filling shelves.

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My girlfriend worked at McPaper for a while and was required to come 45 minutes before her shift started and stay more tham 30 minutes after her shift ended, WITHOUT PAY, to pack/unpack, clean up, count money etc. I'll repeat: WITHOUT PAY.

Sure, actually pretty common with small businesses. Just because it's being done doesn't mean it isn't illegal. <_<

 

edit: like most such chain stores with small branches, that McPaper is also probably set up as separate company branch stores (with maximum 4.75 fulltime positions) in order to prevent a Betriebsrat.

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Our Aldi Sued does not have the Sued in the title.

The pre-packed fruit and veg is my greatest quibble with tesco. And the automatic free distribution of countless plastic bags, those cashiers just tear them from the roll and thrown them at you, you have to actually tell them you brought your own bags! Even though these days you get Tesco points for using your own bags. Free plastic bags is one bad idea that is finally coming to an end.

Plastic bags being thrown at you for free at the checkout.. Sounds like paradise. OK its environmentally incorrect, but whats the German alternative. Turn up with a skanky old cotton pillowcase which you also use to carry your plastic Pflandflaschen returnables. Ach, the Germans are such goodie goodie little darlings when it comes to Umwelt :)

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It's one of their most endearing qualities, actually... and you can get some very nice and roomy shopping bags IN ENGLAND now, which can also be used in Germany of course! Tesco has a fantastic selection, really strong and very presentable...

 

When you live 30 years in Germany not using plastic bags, and all the other recycling efforts, becomes as natural as breathing...

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As always... the meat has already been ripped from the bone... but there is just a morcel or two remaining...

 

Last evening someone said that Lidl and Aldi are  "Tramp shops" and it kind of yanked my chain a little..

 

I actually do the "flitting between Aldi and Lidl" because they both have items that I like.. plus they are not available in other shops either... 

 

are they really so bad that they should be called Tram shops?

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Last evening someone said that Lidl and Aldi are  "Tramp shops" and it kind of yanked my chain a little.

No, that would be "Norma"

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There is a Globus in Cologne that is actually really good and the closest I've seen to a UK supermarket. It's actually clean and modern with new products added often. They also have introduced the hand held scanning machine. 


On the flip side, the local Real looks like something out of the 1980s soviet union, there were even rats running about in the "fresh" fruit  & veg section. When I told the staff, they couldn't care less. 

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The only decent supermarket chain I´ve seen in Germany is Simmel.

And although the one in Pullach is great, the one in Einsteinstraße is already crammed (as all German supermarkets) and too small, meaing not diverse enough.

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1 hour ago, Adem137 said:

there were even rats running about in the "fresh" fruit  & veg section. When I told the staff, they couldn't care less. 

 

The staff only gets paid to work from their necks down.

 

Report them to the proper authorities.

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I have NOTHING against shopping at Aldi or Lidl and will likely hit the Aldi today because we're low on our stock of nuts and nibblies to set out for guests and theirs are half the price of most places. However, I have a moral drive to make at least one of our 4x monthly grocery buys at the Edeka franchise here in town because I want them to have enough business to stay open. There is a great comfort in having a real grocery within walking distance...and they are a truly nice group of folks. Grocery work is physically demanding. I've done it and I really appreciate the people who do it every day.

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My wife likes shopping at the local Edeka because it's new, clean, never overly busy and has a decent Fish counter. As I'm the one with Moth's in my wallet I like Aldi and Lidl. So we do the weekly shop at Edeka and I top up during the week at Lidl. Quality isn't noticeably different between the two Supermarkets and I'm not so snobby as to go to a particular brand of supermarket. I do also like the products in the centre Isle's and I don't think we've ever had a problem with something bought in Aldi / Lidl. For example: Dog cover for the back of the car - 17 years old. Steam Cleaner - 11 years old. Plus there's always a branded product at a very good price - Kerrygold butter or before Christmas 1KG of proper Chedder for 5€

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The only problem that I have with our fairly new, clean and friendly Edeka is that they seldom have what they offer on sale in their weekly newsletters which I get per email. They also did away with their fresh fish department. Hardly ever any new products either. Still nice to shop there, though, for the other reasons I mentioned. I was in there a week or so ago and asked a young man if they had Sangrita Pikante. He looked all around and then pulled out his phone and Googled it. Above and beyond.

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