Aldi shoppers in a spin over rare Special Buy item: ‘Need this!’

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Aldi customers are scrambling to get their hands on a rare Special Buy item which is proving to be the ticket to beating the summer heat.

One customer took to social media to rave about the item - an adjustable neck fan, which she nabbed at the Midland Gate store in Perth over the weekend.

Close up of the fan on left, fan in use on right. Draped around a woman's neck.
The fan has a comfortable neck support cushion. The poster included a photograph of the Special Buy in action. Source: Aldi, Facebook.

“Thanks Aldi for the personal fan I got today; for a menopausal woman it’s the best thing,” the Perth customer wrote.

“The fan ends are bendable so I’m laying on my bed with it pointing at me, if you can get one, I recommend it.”


The portable fan, which is USB rechargeable, was part of the grocery giant’s December Special Buys catalogue.

“It’s super convenient, I even put it next to me in bed,” the customer told Yahoo Lifestyle.

“The fan is really strong and has a great cooling effect.”

“It’s been so hot - this is perfect,” she said.

Picture of the Aldi sign
Aldi Special Buys are notorious for selling out quickly. Source: Getty Images

Members of the Aldi Fans Australia Facebook group have taken to the comments to react to the woman’s rave review.

“What a great idea!” one group member said.

“I need this in my world!” wrote another.

Yahoo Lifestyle understands that some Aldi stores still have fans available, but only while stocks last.

Facebook group tracks down Special Buy alternative

Some of the Aldi Fans Australia group’s 40,100 members have taken to the woman’s original post to offer an alternative to those who miss out on the Aldi Special Buy.

“They are a Special Buy so you need to get in quick!” wrote one group member.

“Special Buys are so hit and miss,” responded another.

But, thanks to helpful group members, anyone who misses out on the coveted fan now has an alternative.

“Kmart is selling a similar item!” one helpful member said.

Kmart storefront and car park on left, Kmart wrist fans on right. Source: Getty Images, Kmart website.
Group members were determined to beat the heat and provided alternatives in the comments section. Source: Getty Images, Kmart website.

Kmart’s Wrist Fan, which is only six dollars, was also causing a stir in the comments section.

“I couldn’t find a neck fan at Aldi so I got a Kmart one and I love it!” wrote one group member.

According to Kmart’s sale listing, the Wrist Fan has three speeds, a rechargeable battery and up to four hours of use.

The fan pops up off the strap for further reach, with the product also featuring colourful lights and the option to wear around the wrist or neck.

The assorted items come in blue or pink colourings.

Many group members were appreciative of the alternative suggestion, but continued to show their support to the German supermarket giant.

"I love Aldi," one customer responded.

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