Favorite supermarket/shops and why -

 
  don_dunstan Dr Beeching

Location: Adelaide proud
Let's talk about supermarket shopping as a bit of a distraction from lock-downs...

I've become a very loyal Woolies customer and part of it is this advert:



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8dqnqcd-LKU

I know that its actually an Aldi ad but at the time the Woolies Rewards program was only fairly new; they'd copied from Coles and Flybuys. I happened to read an article comparing the programs at the time and it said that Rewards was going to be much better for people who just wanted a straight-up money back program rather than a complicated program like FlyBuys so I thought 'why not' -

I don't take selling family shopping data lightly - I wanted something substantial back from surrendering that data to a big company; however Rewards has turned out to be really pretty good. I've elected to get the money back to me in the month of December so it's a bit like a Christmas Club kinda thing and last December we got $350 back that we could spend on petrol or even booze (BWS), I think it was well worth doing it for 12 months. We've just completed another promotion where you had to spend $185 p/w to get the equivalent of 10% off the whole fortnight.

Don't really use the petrol promotions at Ampol/Caltex though because I don't have that brand of servo to be very cheap so I never get petrol there.

Anyway that ad was counter-productive, I could never do Aldi, I like my brands too much and it only takes a couple of bad experiences to turn me off. I know they say they're consistently cheaper but if I have to throw something out because it's too disgusting (ie yuk teabags or rubbish cling wrap) then it wasn't worth shopping there to begin with.

Thoughts, comments.

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  lsrailfan Minister for Railways

Location: Somewhere you're not
I always do my shopping at Woolies, it's very convenient for me + I know where everything is (almost), they have their aisles clearly marked so you know what stuff is where, I'm unsure if Aldi has this. I try not to spend a lot of time in there now because of the Lockdown's, just get what I want and out again.
  billybaxter Chief Commissioner

Location: Bosnia Park, Fairfield
Shopping ????? My wife looks after that. It's Aldi for basics and bulk: cleaning items, olive oil, a whole bunch of stuff from their organic range, wine, pasta, tomato paste, rice, cereal, Swedish crackers and so on. Cheese, hygiene, chocolate, pastry, frozen matter and the like from Woolies. The people that shop at Aldi often turn up in their religious garb and it can be unpleasant, so I'd prefer Woolies each time but my wife is quite thrifty.
  Heihachi_73 Chief Commissioner

Location: Terminating at Ringwood
Favourite supermarket? Whichever's got something on special at the time. If it means I have to go from one to the other to get the best specials, so be it.

Last week I went into Costco and walked straight back out after noticing their Coke 36 packs had taken a $3 hike up to $24.50 each (they are normally $21-$22 or thereabouts), so I bought a 30 pack of Pepsi at Woolies instead ($16). So much for Costco offering bulk discounts when their products are more expensive than everywhere else (case in point, Coke 36s at Aldi are $21.99 every day of the year but they rarely ever order them because they prefer to compete with Colesworths and have 30s instead for $20.99, which is pointless because Colesworths almost always rotate between the 40% off deals that are cheaper than Aldi). Costco Australia is Costco by name only.
  Valvegear Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Richmond Vic
My favourite? Piedimonte's, an IGA supermarket in Fitzroy North. I have been a regular customer there for over 20 years, and have got to know many of the staff there, who invariably greet me by name. The range of stock is excellent, particularly in the deli, and it's a very friendly place to shop. I lived nearby up until last February, and it's now a 4 km drive there twice a week, but I have no plans to change.
  Valvegear Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Richmond Vic
Shopping ????? My wife looks after that. It's Aldi for basics and bulk: cleaning items, olive oil, a whole bunch of stuff from their organic range,
"billybaxter"
Tell me billy, what do you understand by an "organic" range, and why do you buy such?
  duttonbay Minister for Railways

Mostly our local Woolworths for me, but they stopped stocking some goods which are available either at Coles or IGA, so we use those three.
  don_dunstan Dr Beeching

Location: Adelaide proud
Shopping ????? My wife looks after that.
billybaxter
Why does that not surprise me, Billy.
The people that shop at Aldi often turn up in their religious garb and it can be unpleasant
billybaxter
Is that something peculiar to Aldi?
My favourite? Piedimonte's, an IGA supermarket in Fitzroy North. I have been a regular customer there for over 20 years, and have got to know many of the staff there, who invariably greet me by name. The range of stock is excellent, particularly in the deli, and it's a very friendly place to shop. I lived nearby up until last February, and it's now a 4 km drive there twice a week, but I have no plans to change.
Valvegear
Some of the best supermarkets are IGA/Foodland but unfortunately I don't have a good one near to me. Pasadena Foodland here in SA boasts that its the best supermarket in South Australia - certainly their fresh food 'hall' is a sight to behold.
  don_dunstan Dr Beeching

Location: Adelaide proud
I always do my shopping at Woolies, it's very convenient for me + I know where everything is (almost), they have their aisles clearly marked so you know what stuff is where, I'm unsure if Aldi has this. I try not to spend a lot of time in there now because of the Lockdown's, just get what I want and out again.
lsrailfan
I was loyal to Coles when I was living in Melbourne just because there was a large one near me - but since moving to Adelaide I've just preferred Woolies simply because the range is more appealing and every Woolies is set out the same, you always know where to find stuff even though it might be a different store.

As I said earlier, I'm a brand snob but that just comes from years of experience in buying 'home brand' stuff that turns out to be foul - given Aldi is nearly all their own brand I simply can't shop there.
  billybaxter Chief Commissioner

Location: Bosnia Park, Fairfield
Shopping ????? My wife looks after that.
Why does that not surprise me, Billy.
The people that shop at Aldi often turn up in their religious garb and it can be unpleasant
Is that something peculiar to Aldi?
don_dunstan
So, you think I'm 14 years old yet you're not surprised that I'm married. Further proof of your obscurantist approach to life.
I find the particular getups, rigs, ensembles, duds etc. unpleasant to see wherever they are worn; Woolworths, Coles, IGA as well as Aldi.



Shopping ????? My wife looks after that. It's Aldi for basics and bulk: cleaning items, olive oil, a whole bunch of stuff from their organic range,
Tell me billy, what do you understand by an "organic" range, and why do you buy such?
Valvegear
Aldi have a reasonable range called Just Organic that they state is 'made just as nature intended - without any chemicals or additives'. It's the sort of attitude I appreciate; as little interference in God's handiwork as possible. Rooibos, green tea, yoghurt, cereal, milk and eggs are common purchases. You can see some of the rubbish attitude to shopping some people have in the other comments. A 36 pack of soda drink! How often does a normal human need to make such a purchase, other than if they have a horde of Americans visiting. Tea, water, wine and medicinal digestives are normal beverages. Our fruit and vegetable shopping is always done at the Liverpool Growers and Foodies market or the Fairfield markets, and only in-season produce is bought. It's a question of taste above all, but also supporting the growers. Only recently I roused on my sister when she had a moan abot Woolis being out of fruit and veg, forcing her to go to the fruit shop. 'You should be going there all the time' I told her. For meat we prefer our community butcher. The beef and lamb is excellent, a select and good quality range of sensible sausages, and it's about the only place to get decent chicken, tripe and snails.
  Valvegear Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Richmond Vic
Aldi have a reasonable range called Just Organic that they state is 'made just as nature intended - without any chemicals or additives'. It's the sort of attitude I appreciate; as little interference in God's handiwork as possible.
"billybaxter"
So what do they do about weeds and herbivorous pests?
  don_dunstan Dr Beeching

Location: Adelaide proud
Shopping ????? My wife looks after that.
Why does that not surprise me, Billy.
The people that shop at Aldi often turn up in their religious garb and it can be unpleasant
Is that something peculiar to Aldi?
So, you think I'm 14 years old yet you're not surprised that I'm married. Further proof of your obscurantist approach to life.
I find the particular getups, rigs, ensembles, duds etc. unpleasant to see wherever they are worn; Woolworths, Coles, IGA as well as Aldi.
billybaxter

Well you got really, really excited on the COVID thread when you thought I was using an anti-vaxxer website, like a vindictive teen (teens these days are really biting, I blame social media) - yet at other times you seem quite 'senior' (lets say).

"Obsecurantist"... nah, just not making assumptions about who I'm dealing with.
  billybaxter Chief Commissioner

Location: Bosnia Park, Fairfield
Oh yes, that was the site that you presented as rock-solid evidence to support your chicanery, 'evidence' which you then withdrew about three pages later after a classic filibuster effort because you decided you didn't like it any more, whilst presenting the withdrawal of your own evidence as some sort of massive win.

As such a die-hard supporter of small business, why do you persist in shopping at Woolworths, Australia's 2nd largest corporation? I guess it's a step in the right direction from Australia's largest corporation to whom you gave your money to before. If you were a man of your word you would, like me, ensure that as much of your money as possible was spent with small local shops, local producers, the man in the field, the short-circuit of food supply, not splashing out on Chinese bananas and fancy foreign soft drinks inside half a dozen layers of packagers and then put on a boat for weeks on end. You could even turn your backyard into a vegetable garden as I have, or swap with members of your community who also have their own gardens and chicken sheds.
  michaelgm Chief Commissioner

Aldi have a reasonable range called Just Organic that they state is 'made just as nature intended - without any chemicals or additives'. It's the sort of attitude I appreciate; as little interference in God's handiwork as possible.
So what do they do about weeds and herbivorous pests?
Valvegear
Pray?
  don_dunstan Dr Beeching

Location: Adelaide proud
Oh yes, that was the site that you presented as rock-solid evidence to support your chicanery, 'evidence' which you then withdrew about three pages later after a classic filibuster effort because you decided you didn't like it any more, whilst presenting the withdrawal of your own evidence as some sort of massive win.
billybaxter
Well I'm not sure about the figures for vaccine deaths anymore full-stop, our figures in Australia are extremely stringently checked in comparison and even if there's some sort of comorbidity you don't just get chucked into those figures. On the other hand medical professionals often tell families that 'natural causes' is the way to declare it because they don't want the funeral delayed for weeks while the cause of death is actually established.

Don't forget that families in the USA got financial incentives to agree that a death was COVID even if it really was a comorbidity with COVID just the tipping point - $1,500 for each positive diagnosis.

You hear lots of contradictory stuff - I'm just trying to interpret what's going on based on what you can read the same as you.
As such a die-hard supporter of small business, why do you persist in shopping at Woolworths, Australia's 2nd largest corporation? I guess it's a step in the right direction from Australia's largest corporation to whom you gave your money to before. If you were a man of your word you would, like me, ensure that as much of your money as possible was spent with small local shops, local producers, the man in the field, the short-circuit of food supply, not splashing out on Chinese bananas and fancy foreign soft drinks inside half a dozen layers of packagers and then put on a boat for weeks on end. You could even turn your backyard into a vegetable garden as I have, or swap with members of your community who also have their own gardens and chicken sheds.
billybaxter
I'd support an Australian oligopoly over a privately owned German company any day. And that's just how the cards fall and the whole point of the thread - I like Woolies, it's available (more common in my part of the world than any other chain) and I also like their loyalty program that Aldi inadvertently put me on to. I also shop at Foodland and the Adelaide Central Markets whenever I have time.

And I do have a veggie garden, you should see my salad patch with all this rain we've been having, it's going crazy with rocket, cos and iceberg. Also we have the juiciest fruit-fly free navel oranges at this time of year, it's almost like they have sugar infused in them they're so sweet - feeding and watering through the stonking hot Adelaide summers is the key.

Don't make assumptions.
  michaelgm Chief Commissioner

Always shop at the local IGA. Twice a week, usually. Fruit and veg quality and variety is great.
It’s close, friendly and almost a one stop shop.
Fine butcher next door.
Very occasionally visit a fish monger only, at a bigger centre.
  billybaxter Chief Commissioner

Location: Bosnia Park, Fairfield
And I do have a veggie garden, you should see my salad patch with all this rain we've been having, it's going crazy with rocket, cos and iceberg. Also we have the juiciest fruit-fly free navel oranges at this time of year, it's almost like they have sugar infused in them they're so sweet - feeding and watering through the stonking hot Adelaide summers is the key.

Don't make assumptions.
don_dunstan
My apologies, you are correct, I shouldn't have made that assumption. A vegetable garden is a delight and true mark of a life well lived. Any man with one, and who keeps it in order, deserves admiration. This modern fashion of having nothing but a snooker table lawn and a paddling pool is ridiculous. When I first moved into the Fairfield area there were market gardens as far as the eye could see. That zone is now pathetic housing where even a chicken shed is not allowed. Once more, well done with the garden.
  Gayspie Deputy Commissioner

Location: Adelaide, SA
Aldi = Low prices
  YM-Mundrabilla Minister for Railways

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
I hate shopping!
  BrentonGolding Chief Commissioner

Location: Maldon Junction
My favourite? Piedimonte's, an IGA supermarket in Fitzroy North. I have been a regular customer there for over 20 years, and have got to know many of the staff there, who invariably greet me by name. The range of stock is excellent, particularly in the deli, and it's a very friendly place to shop. I lived nearby up until last February, and it's now a 4 km drive there twice a week, but I have no plans to change.
Valvegear
Where the hell do you park?!?!? I used to love Piedimontes but only on a scooter or motorcycle!

I read a while back that they were going to demolish it and build an apartment block with supermarket on the GF, don't know what happened to that
  DirtyBallast Chief Commissioner

Location: Standing at the limit of an endless ocean
We're loyal to Coles for the bulk of our shopping. It probably stems from the days when we used to enjoy a 5% shareholder discount and we couldn't see a need to change after that scheme ended. We have become friendlier with the staff there over the years too. Our local Coles has been massively renovated in the past couple of years as well, and has spacious aisles and checkout area compared to our local Woolworths. The Coles checkouts have been better designed for self packing too. Annoyingly though, some of our regular products have been dropped over the years and we get them from Woolies when it is convenient to do do.

Aldi is good sometimes. You can often get a tray of Scotch for example (the meat, not the spirit) for a reasonable price, and their legs of lamb are ok too. I have read some negative reviews of their meat products but we have not experienced anything bad from them.
  The Vinelander Minister for Railways

Location: Ballan, Victoria on the Ballarat Line
Let's talk about supermarket shopping as a bit of a distraction from lock-downs...

I've become a very loyal Woolies customer and part of it is this advert:
don_dunstan

I don't watch commercial TV, therefore I never see 'adverts'.

EDIT: I also have Adblocker on my PC and phone.

M.
  The Vinelander Minister for Railways

Location: Ballan, Victoria on the Ballarat Line

Aldi is good sometimes. You can often get a tray of Scotch for example (the meat, not the spirit) for a reasonable price, and their legs of lamb are ok too. I have read some negative reviews of their meat products but we have not experienced anything bad from them.
DirtyBallast

I almost always shop at Aldi because their store displays don't feature 4 or 5 of the same item next to each other on the shelf, which is the prime reason their stores are 7, 8 or more aisles instead on the 3 or 4 if they desisted from their ridiculous product displays.

Aldi doesn't do this, 4 aisles. It also doesn't have the ridiculous piped music.

Aldi's Australian wines are excellent and amazingly low prices, as are their cheeses. Their fruit loaf is so good I stopped making my own...TipTop from the bigger food stores is so salty I couldn't continue to eat it.
Their Ballarat store is so close to the station I often do my shopping by train from Ballan and save with my $2.50, not bad for around 60km of travel... return ticket on Sundays.

Mike.
  Valvegear Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Richmond Vic
Where the hell do you park?!?!? I used to love Piedimontes but only on a scooter or motorcycle!

I read a while back that they were going to demolish it and build an apartment block with supermarket on the GF, don't know what happened to that
BrentonGolding

I am always there by about 8.00 am, and there's plenty of room.
The owners have been granted their building permit, much to the disgust of many people including me. In my opinion, the proposed edifice is completely out of character with the area. The architects/consultants did post that this building would, "re-invigorate the Fitzroy North village." I wrote to them and congratulated them on the best piece of BS spin that I'd read in years, and commented that (a) the area is extremely vibrant already, and that (b) the idea that a seven storey monster would re-invigorate anything was right up there with Mother Goose. I received the expected reply - nil.
  ixlr8 Station Master

Location: Melbourne
Aldi for me and Woolies for anything i can't get at Aldi. Lamb and pork cheaper and better, their brie is excellent. Croissants and crumpets much cheaper. Their more premium jams are very good, whole grain breads better than Colesworth, etc; too many products to list. Things like soap and personal products are quite limited but quality's ok. Queue waiting time is shorter than it used to be but patience still required. Their weekly and international specials can be "interesting" and excellent value wines; ordinary beers.

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