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Old 11-08-2010, 01:57 PM
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Default Aldi Sucks!!!

Aldi = Spend a little for a lot of crap!!!

What's the obsession (other than price) with Aldi?

Carbon Monoxide treated fresh meat!

Underweight eggs!

Un-graded solution soaked frozen chickens!

Xanathan gum thickened cottage cheese!

Chinese frozen fish!

All around crappy low quality food products!!

The general merchandise they sell is ALL Chinese garbage!!!!

Etc., Etc., Etc.,

Yuck!!!!!

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Old 11-08-2010, 02:36 PM
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I had no idea what you were talking about so I googled Aldi. we don't have them in our area but according to their website if you are unstisfied with any produuct can can bring it back ( even th empty container) and the will give you your money back AND a replacement product.
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Old 11-08-2010, 03:08 PM
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Theres one in the Hub city ktm.Over on the Dual highway(rt.40).I've been to it once. Was not impressed.It was a small store. And IMO not that much product wise either. I can get name brand canned foods at the Dollar Tree for the same price or cheaper than the no name or off brands they sell there. I can also get the other things they sell just as cheap or cheaper at the regular grocery store if I wait for the sales and use coupons.I was not impressed by the so called produce section. Not very fresh looking to say the least.
It makes no sense to me to waste my to go there.
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Old 11-08-2010, 05:21 PM
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Theres one in the Hub city ktm.Over on the Dual highway(rt.40).I've been to it once. Was not impressed.It was a small store. And IMO not that much product wise either. I can get name brand canned foods at the Dollar Tree for the same price or cheaper than the no name or off brands they sell there. I can also get the other things they sell just as cheap or cheaper at the regular grocery store if I wait for the sales and use coupons.I was not impressed by the so called produce section. Not very fresh looking to say the least.
It makes no sense to me to waste my to go there.
Good to know. Guess I won't be going there anytime soon.
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Old 11-08-2010, 07:15 PM
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Actually I frequestly shop at Aldi's in Rolla, MO. Like all stores, its not all good, or bad. But I find better produce there and at much better prices than the other 3 stores. Can't say anything about the eggs, butter, milk or meat - as we raise our own and do not purchase them, but we drink the frozen oj daily (it says its a product of USA, Brazil and Mexico), if I am low on farm chicken and have to purchase, we buy whole chickens at Aldi's and have noticed no problem with them. Pasta, flour, sugar, etc are more items we regulary purchase and use. Can't say about the one you visited, but here I estimate the savings over Walmart to be around 30 percent, conservatively. Example today I bought 10 lbs of pototoes at Aldi's for $1.29 and Walmart had them for $3.84 - also got bags of baby carrots for 0.39 each.
And on a side note, I can find just as much foreign product at Wallyworld and the local grocery stores as I can at Aldi's. Sorry you had a bad experience, but ours is clean, convenient and affordable-- and that's what I look for in a store.
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Old 11-08-2010, 08:28 PM
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Aldi = Spend a little for a lot of crap!!!

What's the obsession (other than price) with Aldi?

Carbon Monoxide treated fresh meat!

Underweight eggs!

Un-graded solution soaked frozen chickens!

Xanathan gum thickened cottage cheese!

Chinese frozen fish!

All around crappy low quality food products!!

The general merchandise they sell is ALL Chinese garbage!!!!

Etc., Etc., Etc.,

Yuck!!!!!

???
Correct. And a lot of the boxed goods, are past their expiration dates.
Careful shopping, watching ads, and using coupons, can fetch you 'better' food at the same or sometimes less than Aldi's.
My big big big issue with Aldi's is that the stores around me are filthy.
NO ONE has ever been "friendly".
It seems to be a very sad place to work.......

Double agree on the imported, second rate foods.....anything coming from another country scares me. My country scares me enough as it is!!!!
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Old 11-08-2010, 09:00 PM
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The sugar is inferior beet sugar, the flour is inferior as well.

The sour cream was runny,the runniest I've ever seen.

The ham is LOADED with sugar - the equivalent of of almost 1 and 2/3 tablespoons of sugar per pound.

In the produce section, the cauliflower and onions were covered with aspergillus niger (black mold).

Package sizes are often not standard - Frozen broccoli at Aldi is .99 for 12 ounces while the frozen broccoli at the predominant grocery store in this area is .99 for 16 ounces - tricking many people who don't watch package sizes closely into thinking they're getting a better deal.

Many of the frozen foods are freezer burned, or loaded with ice crystals!

Yuck!

I'll never shop there again!
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NO ONE has ever been "friendly".
They're trained to not be friendly. It's bad for productivity.
They're specifically trained to give the shortest possible answer to any question and responded to any serious complaint or concern by escorting the customer out of the store as soon as possible.

The cashiers have to meet a certain ring speed (which is why they throw the groceries) or they get fired!
There's no time to be friendly!
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Old 11-09-2010, 12:45 PM
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I am going to hazard a guess that the Aldi's you were at is a more urban location that ours. Ours is always clean and the cashiers are very friendly - and talkative - while ringing us up.
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The Aldi's I have been in were very clean and taken care of. The staff sometimes leaves a little to be desired. I have walked out of one because they wouldn't come out and check us out(there were about 3 customers in line).

It is like other chains, it depends on the management of the local store sometimes.

As for carbon dioxide treated fresh meat, I am assuming you don't buy fresh meat at WM either.
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Old 11-09-2010, 12:48 PM
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As for carbon dioxide treated fresh meat, I am assuming you don't buy fresh meat at WM either.
It's carbon monoxide, and no, I don't buy meat at Wal*Mart.
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Old 11-09-2010, 02:17 PM
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I've been to Aldi stores in 3 states.
The ones that were bad were rarest--I can think of one in particular on the wrong side of Milwaukee--awful--filthy parking lot..

Anyhow I didn't shop at that one.

In the Carolinas-I've gone at least monthly to pick up certain items. They always have the lowest price on canned goods, and since I don't have cows or chickens--I've bought the dairy--and frankly--it was comparably better than much of the dairy in regular grocery stores around here and at a lower price.

I've picked up inexpensive paper and plastic goods, they have the lowest price for frozen chicken breasts --which my hubby likes.

There's good and bad in all the stores. Since we've had to move almost yearly the past 6 years I have had to rely on shopping skills for most of my pantry stocking-- haven't had a chance to build up what I'd like in a garden--but I do some.

I shop at all kinds of places and find deals in most of them. Can't say I'd rule out any store. I just visit and give them a try and see what there is.
Usually Aldi will save you money compared to other stores.

When my four kids were little I used to be fill a shopping cart to overflowing for $50 at Aldi, not anymore, but they are still cheap.
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Old 11-09-2010, 02:41 PM
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I love Aldi's but they are no different than any other generic or store brand. Some of their items are really good and some are crap, you just have to figure out what to avoid.
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They're trained to not be friendly. It's bad for productivity.
Come on do you really expect us to believe this?
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Old 11-09-2010, 04:11 PM
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I like Aldis too. We have bought a lot of groceries there over the last few decades. I love their spiral sliced hams. We just baked one last Sunday.
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Old 11-09-2010, 09:00 PM
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We have two in our areas and they are both exceptionally clean! The staff has always been helpful and has gone out of their way to help me find things.

Yes, I won't buy frozen fish there again. I bought some, opened it (still frozen ) at home and it STUNK! I returned all of it and they were fantastic. Apologized for not meeting my expectations. Gave me cash back PLUS told me to pick up the equivalent in goods (for double money back guarantee). I've noticed fruit flieIs on some veges but I've noticed that at other stores, too (Walmart has been THE worst). I don't buy meat from ANY place other than our local butcher. I DO get 100% frozen juices from Aldi's and have been very happy with the quality.

Overall, I've been very happy there but I'm sure like any chain store, there will be good and bad. I encourage you to return any product you're not happy with and get your money back.
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Old 11-09-2010, 09:22 PM
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I was just there today. checking out the new area, Aldi is near my hubby's job so I stopped when I went to pick him up.

Lately they are adding more things than they used to have. Lots of german, italian, asian and mexican foods. Also better bread products and cheeses and sausage.

I spent $50, which reminds me--that used to overfill a cart. Not even near now. .. guess I'm getting old. Still--prices not bad. higher than in SC.
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went to Save-a-Lot the other day since I always bought my potatoes there, fifty pound bags. first they were 9 dollars, then 10, and so on. Now they are 15 bucks and lots of them are green, so I can not use a lot of them. I looked around the store and I am wondering how people can live. as for ALDI, I like beet sugar. why do some think it is inferior?we raise meat, milk and eggs, but I buy butter, no complaints, the sourcream is as good as any, especially at that price. Eggs were 79 cents a dozen I noticed in passing by. Onions are the cheapest near and far. so are carrots. I buy raw almonds there, the chocolate is good, just stocked up on baking supplies, cocoa, nuts, soda. the pasta is as good as any, the shampoo is fine, DH just bought toilet paper for 35 cents a roll. Compared to Walmart, you can save at Aldi, 7 cents alone on a pound of bananas. the girls are busy and friendly, I see the same faces every time, no complaints about them, yes they are the fastest checkers in town and I am glad they get to sit down and not have to stand on their feet all day. I pass a Kroger on the way to ALDI and have not been in there for five years. I do not need fifteen brands of everything, like dozens of toothbrushes, soft, medium and hard is all the selection I need and the quality is as good as any I have used. The pineapple is packed in juice, I have no idea where the fish is from because I do not buy any. I would n ot trust fish nowadays. besides, the oceans are so overfished anyway. where is good fish supposed to come from? When I still had Commissary privileges the frozen broccoli came from Mexico. I am glad there is an ALDI in my shopping town, I just wish we weren't a dry county, they have good German beer.
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Come on do you really expect us to believe this?
I don't expect anything from anyone.
You'll believe what you want to believe.
I'm just relaying what I was told by two people
I know who work at Aldi.
Aldi expects efficiency and cost savings in every area.
Allowing employees to carry on conversations
with customers doesn't fit their business model.
There are a very limited number of employees in each store at any
given time, usually no more than one manager and 2-3 employees.
Employees are trained to be as short as possible, some people consider that rude and unfriendly.
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I am glad there is an ALDI in my shopping town
Obviously peoples standards are vastly different.

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.....where is good fish supposed to come from?
Certainly not from China!

In China, Farming Fish in Toxic Waters.

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/12/15/wo...ia/15fish.html
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