Aldi tops stores as secret shoppers find everyday items like coffee 35% cheaper at retailer

Discounter Aldi beat closest supermarket rival by almost £ 8 off the price of a basket of 33 everyday items, including bacon, eggs and Douwe Egberts coffee.

The German retailer was a runaway winner on shopping cart stakes when it hammered runner-up Asda on price – while also releasing a whopping £ 16 cheaper than top-of-the-line Waitrose.

The weekly price comparison survey is based on a mystery shop showcasing 33 commodities purchased from Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury’s, Morrisons and Waitrose – and this week they featured Aldi for comparison.

Trade magazine The grocer said: “Every time Aldi appears as a guest retailer on The Grocer 33, he wins big – and that is no exception.”

The magazine says the discounter’s total of £ 43.50 was £ 7.82 or 15.2% cheaper than second-placed Asda, a slight increase from the 15.1% he got during its previous guest slot in May.

Tesco was in third place followed by Morrisons and Sainsbury’s.

But the independent analysis also found that buyers can save £ 16.84 compared to its most expensive rival, Waitrose, which placed sixth.

Items like coffee would be 35% cheaper at Aldi

Aldi had the cheapest price on 32 of 33 groceries tracked by The Grocer, which includes staples regularly purchased by shoppers such as baked beans, bacon, eggs, tomatoes, cabbage -flower and coffee.

The grocer said: “That’s right, Asda and others have matched or brought him closer on some items, but it was 35% cheaper on the streaked bacon.

“Douwe Egberts coffee was also 35% cheaper while the cauliflower, cream, flour and both melons were all about 20% cheaper or more.”

But that’s not all good news for Aldi buyers.

Customers were recently shocked to find out that they had been billed twice for the same purchase.

Asda was the next cheapest supermarket in the survey

People who shopped at the supermarket on August 4 or 7 saw a second payment taken from their account on August 24 for the same purchases.

“Thanks for removing an unauthorized duplicate payment from my bank just before BH and payday. Now I’m overdraft #broken,” Rich Vincent tweeted at the store.

The store admitted that a technical issue was to blame and apologized to customers.

A spokesperson for Aldi said: ‘A processing error has led a number of our customers in some of our Midlands stores to be re-billed on Thursday August 24 for transactions originally made on Friday 4 and Monday. August 7. All affected customers were automatically reimbursed within 24 hours.

But it wasn’t all good news for Aldi buyers

“We are sorry for this error and for any inconvenience caused to our customers. The issue is now resolved, but if customers require further assistance, we recommend that they contact our customer service team. “

Aldi said they have since canceled payments, but some customers have complained that the money has still not been returned to them.

Affected customers were asked to contact the supermarket to complain if they were stung by an overdraft or other charges as a result, including proof of charges.

“Although customers are not charged more than the amount of the initial transaction made in our store, any overdraft on your account caused by the second charge will need to be directed directly to your bank,” Aldi said responding to a customer. complainant.

We have not been able to establish how many people have been hit with a double charge, but the problem is said to be limited to a few stores rather than nationwide.

In the meantime, customers are advised to check their statements and immediately contact the supermarket if they have lost due to the problem.

If you are concerned, you can call 0800 042 0800 , or send an email to [email protected]

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