Aldi Special Buys
Am I the only person who has become highly suspicious of Aldi Special Buys?
Whilst there have been a few good bargains to be had now and then, I’ve ended up returning many “special buys” after I discovered they had a fatal flaw, or they did not perform as advertised, or they were not fit for the purpose intended.
Two recent cases in point:
A kitchen Spiral Mixer tap is on special Wednesday 18th May 2022. I purchased one of these about two years ago, but quickly returned it for a refund when I discovered the actual flow rate was only 1.5 litres/minute, - a long way short of the advertised flow rate of 6.5 litres/minute.
A flow rate of 1.5l/min may be suitable for hand washing in the bathroom, but it is painfully and tediously slow when filling up the kitchen sink to wash the dishes.
I also purchased a Cross cut paper shredder in February for $59.99
That’s a good price for a cross cut shredder and the shredding mechanism is heavy and appears quite robust, whilst the waste bucket part is very flimsy.
However the achilles heel came to light when I started actually using it - it tears, rather than cuts the paper, and it readily clogs up with shredded paper, and you end up spending much more time unclogging the shredding mechanism than you do actually shredding documents.
Needless to say I returned this item as well.
I could list many others I have purchased and subsequently returned over the years, but I’ve come to suspect that many Aldi Special Buys are “manufacturers seconds” products which have a fundamental flaw or are not really fit for advertised purpose, and Aldi picks them up at bargain basement prices then floggs them off to unsuspecting public, making a big profit in the process, even if a good percentage of the products are returned for refund.
Is my experience unique or do others share my cynicism?
I reiterate that I have got some good products now and then from ALDI Special Buys, they’re not all bad.