An Aldi mum’s group has erupted into a major Special Buys debate after a sneaky snap of a gentleman making off with what some thought was more than his fair share of stand mixers surfaced.
The debacle kicked off after an irate mum shared a surreptitious photo she captured of a man snapping up not five, but six of this week’s Stand Mixer Special Buys to an Aldi Facebook group.
Known for causing a stir amongst shoppers, the Special Buys see wildly popular budget items placed on sale at seemingly-random intervals.
Given the limited stock and lack of certainty around when an item will appear again, there are often clashes between shoppers stocking up and those who miss out completely, and the $70 stand mixer was no exception.
“I went to Aldi this morning at 8.30am to buy a stand mixer from Special Buys today,” a photo of the man manoeuvring a trolley piled high with kitchenware was captioned by the furious lady.
“I end up having nothing at 8.35am because of this. Is it fair? As per ALDI staff, they can’t put any limits on Special Buys. That guy ended up buying six of the stand mixers.”
“Two is OK but not six, they should limit it.”
Shoppers divided on limits for Special Buys
Some rushed to agree with the mixer-less mum, arguing that the stores should impose limits like those placed on essentials during coronavirus panic-buying.
“And I bet he will sell them for more online,” one agreed. “I hate people who do that.”
“Not fair at all this always happens,” another agreed.
Others argued however that the woman taking the photo was at fault, and that without breaking any rules the man shouldn’t come under fire.
“It’s his business of why he had so many, not for the rest of Australia to judge,” one person wrote.
“Don’t know who’s worse … The guy with the trolley or the person taking the photo,” another agreed.
“Maybe we should mind our own business,” one person pointed out, adding the man could be buying for multiple households.
Aldi Special Buys’ notorious bulk buyers
It’s hardly a new issue for Aldi who have previously been blasted for unregulated Special Buys sales which have seen shops rushed and people hurt as shoppers scramble to get their hands on the latest budget buy.
The budget supermarket has previously confirmed to Yahoo Lifestyle that the store does not impose product limits on their special buys, despite plenty of examples of the bulk-buying getting out of hand.
The store’s famous dupe of high-end beauty brand La Prarie, called Caviar Cream, is a famous example of when the sales seekers got way out of hand.
Products snapped up in bulk then reappeared online at more than three times the retail price, though so far no eBay listings of exorbitant priced stand mixers have reared their heads.
Aldi has been contacted for comment.
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