Post by Berry McPaper-cuts on Jul 14, 2015 7:49:07 GMT
The instore charge seems bizarre. I can see where if they are driving to your home the costs might make it a loss maker if you don't spend a lot. Unfortunately this does clobber single people, people who can't get out of the house, pensioners etc. However these are businesses, not charities.
Cynical me (I know, strange in one so young) sees this as another excuse to bang up prices. Yes they might be trying to get you in the store and pick up things that tempt you, yes they might explain it away by saying someone has to physically fill your basket for you & they need paying, but I don't see it that way. Rock on Aldi & Lidl!
I'm a classic lost-leader for Tesco delivery, I only use the £1 delivery slots - no doubt that will disappear soon!
I do one large shop a month for tin food, cat food, soap powder, wine etc, so that is always over £40. I try to limit myself to £30 per week for the rest of the month, so won't be having a weekly delivery anymore. I love the "scan as you shop" as it tells me how much I'm spending as I go and encourages me to stick to my budget. I think it is to encourage people back to the store, it's a costly service to run whatever you're spending, and people are likely to spend more if they start looking around.
I'm going to do my first full shop at Lidl at the end of this month, there's quite a few things I would like to try now. It's also close to Iceland and Waitrose, so will suit my shopping habits quite well. Our existing Sainsburys is going to be a full size store soon. I've used it a lot this year as it's easy to get to by bus, and there are several things of theirs I prefer to Tesco. I'll be surprised if they don't introduce scanning in the new store
Ooo that's reminded me to do my monthly bulk order with Sains. Baby Tink has his own nectar card so every now and then they throw him a £10 off an online shop. I do it in his name and pay for it and pocket the £10 off thank you very much.
I rarely shop anywhere else other than Sains. All the other supermarket are a 15 minute plus drive away and the time and cost doesn't seem worth it.
Aldi is due to open near me in the autumn. That will be as close/easy to get to as Sains so I'm sure I'll have a nosy around.