What's the catch?

I just got a cart packed full of groceries at Aldi for $120. At Publix, this would have been easily around $300.

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  1. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    >what's the catch
    No catch, although we are technically in new jersey

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      I reference that all the time.

      https://i.imgur.com/TW3QiWC.png

      I just got a cart packed full of groceries at Aldi for $120. At Publix, this would have been easily around $300.

      The quality ain't so great. Fruits other than bananas are always really quite awful and the onions have a habit of rotting on me for some reason. The meat tends to be overpriced. But if you're the sort of person who subsists entirely on low quality, prepackaged food, especially junk food like crisps/chips and the like, it's fine.

  2. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Less selection, smaller stores, in house brands, less employees

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Yep. Every time I go in there there is at least something that is sold out. Never happens at publix

  3. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    the catch is that you'll eventually find the one item you like
    that other generic or even brand name can compare to
    and you'll come back only for that

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      This is usually the case for me. If I find something I really like (I like a lot of the Oktoberfest items like stone ground mustards and pickles from Germany) I just buy 2-3 jars to last me until next time.

  4. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    The catch is that those kinds of savings are rare because the difference in price isn't that large, that many items have a noticeable difference in quality, a limited selection means you'll have to shop at other stores anyway, and that Aldi stores tend to provide a Black personlicious shopping experience. Other than that, it's a good way to save some money.

  5. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    no catch anon. biggest thing I missed when I moved to WA from appalachia

  6. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    You have to shop at their ugly ass store.

  7. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    the calzones they have that are like $1.50 are so fricking good

    i love aldis so much bros

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      What do you think about Targets, Woolworthss, Walmarts, Tescos, Coops, Carrefours and Markss ands Spencers?

  8. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    The catch is that at Publix, shopping is a pleasure. At Aldi, shopping is like walking through the mess in a movie theater after the release of a new capeshit movie.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      The aldi near me is very clean and modern. They have a lot of cool German import stuff and good quality meats and cheeses. I've heard a few other people complain about Aldi being dirty before but I've been to a bunch of them and never saw that personally.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        You could eat off the floor at my local Aldi, but I live in a 96% white town. If you go to a ghetto aldi, conditions are much less favorable.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        Most of the time when someone says a store is dirty, it's really that the fixtures are worn and the flooring needs replacing. Even if everything is clean, it ends up looking dingy. If your Aldi is newish, the fixtures and flooring probably are in good shape. And I wouldn't be surprised if Aldis in better areas get their fixtures replaced more often. Maybe the old ones are shipped off to the ghetto stores, who then sell their worn out fixtures to indy Asian family markets.

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          All that theft comes straight out of renovation budget

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          Currently at Aldi (all white town) and it'a very clean

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            The pattern on those tiles is that of a dirty floor so you can't tell when it is actually dirty.

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          >Aldis in better areas get their fixtures replaced more often.
          The stores in my area close for a month every decade or so and completely renovate the interior so they always look new. Three only ones that don't are the ones that, instead of closing for that month, cordon off sections of the store at a time for renovations over the course of six months and even those, once it's all said and done and cleaned up after the reno is complete, it looks just as new as the other ones.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        I've never seen them be dirty, they just don't have very good quality for the price now. Their prices have increased at a rate far beyond any other retailers in my area and the stickers are now comparable to (and sometimes, even more expensive than!) full scale supermarkets. Ground beef, for example, is always always always more expensive at Aldi for me. Even expensive-ass fricking SAFEWAY is cheaper now.
        Their only saving grace is cheap and surprisingly good quality frozen peas and corn, their tofu (on sale this week for $1.29/14oz for organic, compared to $3/lb at Safeway), the cold-smoked salmon and OCCASIONALLY the cheeses. If you eat mostly packaged ready meals, I think the prices on those are good, too, but having never eaten theirs (and not eating much in the way of ready meals to begin with) I can't say whether there price matches the quality.
        Thankfully, my local Aldi is within two blocks of two full scale supermarkets, a different discount retailer, a Costco, a Sprouts and a Dollar Tree (popcorn, homie), so even if they suck now, it's still worth it for me to stop in if I'm going to any other supermarkets near it. I would never go there at all otherwise.

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          >cheap and surprisingly good quality frozen peas and corn
          Really? I've found Aldi's frozen vegetables to be expensive and rather poor quality. We have Giants in my area, and their store brand frozen vegetables are far better for slightly less per unit weight.

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            >expensive and rather poor quality
            95¢/12oz for the peas, green bean mix and corn, which are the only veg I buy frozen. I don't like frozen cauliflower, broccoli or other crucifers so I don't know how much they cost but Giant peas are more expensive ($2/lb, iinm) and not as pleasant as the ones I buy from Aldi. I fricks with fresh cauliflower and Brussels sprouts etc but just really don't let them frozen.

            People say produce at aldi sucks but I've not bought it so can't say that personally

            The oranges are never sweet. The stones are often mealy. The pears and bananas are usually good as are the squashes. The celery is flavourless but that's kinda true everywhere lol
            We like the salad clamshells.

  9. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Aldi: NENI brand hummus 1,70 euros (regular price)
    Spar: NENI bran hummus 2,80 euros (on sale from 3.15 euros).
    Same product, same weight.

    Aldi has a different supply chain for products that don't gouge you like competitors do. Its not about inflation, it's greed for other grocery brands.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      It may be the same label, but I've found that often the stuff you get in discount stores is inferior to its full-priced counterpart. Not all the time, but often.

  10. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    For USAians, here's a map of price differences for selected items at Aldi locations.
    https://www.aldipricemap.com

  11. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    If you are lazy as frick, Aldi has premade pizza doughs for $1.29 and they aren't too bad. I let them come to room temp and toss them thin...pretty decent.

  12. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Limited selection, you gotta scan your stuff yourself, gotta put the cart away yourself and need to put a quarter in your cart to unlock it, and some items are only on shelves for a day and rotate out on a weekly basis.

  13. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    People say produce at aldi sucks but I've not bought it so can't say that personally

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      That's mainly why I made the thread, because I've heard this same thing before but I had a great experience there. Everything was much cheaper than everywhere else around me, the store was super clean and fast paced(no fatties in wheel chairs camping in the isles). All the food I bought seems good so far. I'll probably start shopping there for my essentials.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      I think it depends on your store. My aldi right down the street has great produce. The one 15 minutes away has shittier and worse selection.

      My only problem with aldi is that you can't walk in with a recipe in mind and get everything you need. Sometimes you'll get lucky, but often times you'd need to make another trip. As I shop at aldi I make a weeks worth of recipes on the fly. Often times it's like, "damn, they're missing sun dried tomatoes this week but whole chicken is on sale, time for chicken soup instead." Other than that, their meat is great, their produce is great, and while their off-brands are hit or miss I don't feel bad trying them because they're substantially cheaper than the main brands

  14. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    They are probably dumping to gain a market in america, then they raise prices. Also they use very little staff

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Bold move considering the largest grocery store in the US is Walmart. Surprisingly, the number two seller of groceries in the US is Amazon. I had to double check that and make sure that wasn't just comparing all Amazon sales to other companies' grocery sales, but between Whole Foods, online grocery sales, and their small services like Fresh and Go, Amazon is now second.
      Aldi is 21st, behind Meijer but ahead of ShopRite. Aldi has been growing fast and is buying Winn-Dixie and BI-LO but is in no position to under cut Walmart. Don't really see them as a competitor to Amazon since Whole Foods is a different market segment and online shelf staples are hard to undercut in price.

  15. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    their ranch is one of the best outside of homemade. i like to dip my hashbrowns in it. the hasbrowns are tight too. 20 for like $4. that's at least $36 that mcdicks no longer gets from me. i keep their sausage patties and some english muffins in the freezer for when i wake up craving breakfast. slap some happy farms deluxe cheese on there and I'm Lovin' It.

  16. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    the produce spoils in 3 days

  17. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    The principle behind ALDI has always been to allow for low prices by reducing overhead.
    Unfancy, functional markets, clear simple flows to reduce staff need, products simply carried in in their tray pack, often on the pallette and that's it, mostly overproduction products when companies produced all the name brand units but the machines have to continue running sold under own no name brand...
    ALDI is an example of German efficiency. You come, you buy, you leave. You don't care about the ambience of the market and other nonsense and how the products are presented. As compensation ALDI more than other gives that cost reduction further to the customer.
    The markets are usually clean (again since there is a very efficient protocol of cleaning in place), just a bit sterile. Perfectly fine for shopping not just for "the poor masses".

  18. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    You probably have to make a second stop at a different store once you realize they don't care certain niche items you really want. For example, mine doesn't have sliced pickles, black olives, various animal fats for cooking like duck fat, tallow, lard, etc.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      This
      Because niche items are against ALDI's model. A niche item fills space that could have been used more efficiently for sth that generates more sales. And ALDI is all about efficiency. The base items pretty much everybody needs, huge quantities, but if you are looking for something more out of the ordinary which would have to be stocked in lower quantities you are sht outta luck.

  19. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    the brioche rolls are awesome too. i'm just gonna keep popping back in to tell you guys when i think of something i really like from them. also, the spicy pork rinds.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      I love their brioche buns and rolls. Their breads and cheeses are above average store quality for so much cheaper.

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