January 27, 2011 at 9:51 pm #254316
I found a great reminder of why it is that I avoid the big “friendly” supermarkets
Enjoy!January 27, 2011 at 10:27 pm #489073
I knew they were big but didnt realise how big. I try to always shop at IGA or the local fruit & vegie shop and soon we will have a farmers market nearby. You have to wonder how long the little guys will last though.January 27, 2011 at 11:31 pm #489074
the link doesn’t work for me 🙁
as long as people do continue to support the little guy (though IGA isn’t really little 😉 )they’ll survive 🙂January 28, 2011 at 10:50 am #489075
The link has an extra http// in it – just edit that out. Great video – I’ve vaguely been trying to avoid the big two but its all too easy in a shopping centre without IGA/Aldi to just go in to Coles or Woolies. Also useful to know how much other stuff they own.January 28, 2011 at 11:19 am #489076
Basically they want a slice of every consumer dollar we spend, and if you thought GST at 10% was bad, they want a much bigger slice than that!January 28, 2011 at 5:50 pm #489077
still didn’t work. i got directed to google (gmail) and then a message the ‘page has been ripped out’ 😉January 28, 2011 at 7:18 pm #489078
I try to avoid Coles & Woolies and shop smaller. BUT, I MUCH MUCH MUCH prefer Coles & Woolies to Aldi & Tesco as at least Coles & Woolies are Australian owned and more of the profits stay in OZ compared to the majority going to Germany & Britain in the case of Aldi & Tesco.
The small Australian shops/growers/manufactures/suppliers
are much better than the big ones but all are better than foreign owned ones if you ask me. Close & local is best but if you have to buy big stick with Australian.January 28, 2011 at 11:38 pm #489079
What would make you think that they are australian owned? :huh:
Thought they were both listed on the stock market.January 29, 2011 at 12:34 am #489080
They are at war with each other and with the small traders. Wars are rather expensive, and who is paying for it?January 29, 2011 at 1:35 am #489081
We’re lucky enough here to have an IGA, local greengrocer and butcher here.. but I shop at Woolworths. I’m no fan, it’s just that they have most of the groceries Marty and I need. More gluten free foods available than IGA, they have the bananas we buy at a cheaper price (and friendlier attitude, longer opening hours AND better quality) than the local greengrocer..
That’s why they have our money most weeks. We still shop at IGA for the few things that Woolworths don’t stock. Sadly, I can’t imagine how IGA and independents can ever hope to compete these days. Not that I think they should give up – I love that they sell the harder-to-get things like the gluten free bread mix we love!
On the plus side.. I’ll be getting meat more regularly from a local supplier who sell at the monthly farmers market here. VERY happy about that – even if it cost a couple of dollars more than we generally like to spend.January 29, 2011 at 2:20 am #489082
I moved to IgA because of the price of milk, then the price of bread, then meat. Iga did better bacon, and cheaper veg, tho not always great quality(but coles isn’t great quality either, some of the stuff is appalling) I buy chicken from the small shop, always freerange, most meat from independent butcher, bread from Baker’s Delight.
Since I buy all my bread, milk, meat, veg elsewhere, the only thing left that coles sells me which I can’t get elsewhere cheaper is one brand of nappypants.
So our grocery bill at coles has dropped from 150/week to 17 for one pack of nappies.
Yes there are other things Coles could sell us, but our local branch has been always out of flyspray and matches. It becomes just a waste of time going there.
Iga has a good suggestions box, so if I can get them to buy in the right nappies, coles has lost all business from us. The last time I went there, to add insult to injury, the dear checkout lady informed me she could not touch my bags as in her opinion they were dirty, and I should buy some more. Well, she won’t be touching my bags again!January 29, 2011 at 11:55 am #489083
I know more that Woolies do to their staff and it sickens me to my back teeth. Son is a manager and runs the department where all the cheese and milks,freezer foods are etc, are sold his department is the highest money earner, in the store and he is always being pulled over the coal,s about boosting his sales. As the head boss says they make more in the city. He forgets we are a town of 3000 people boosting to over 10,000 over summer, but they can’t see past the figures these people go back to their homes in the city after their little holiday.
He works up to 60+ hours a week for $50,000 he gets bonuses and he is the only manager that rewards his staff with a meal out or a bottle of drink. Like he said without them he wouldn’t leave the store.
Now the head office is going on about hsi wages saying his department cant afford to pay him and he will have to leave or go back on wages. He put in hours doing all the training on his own time not theirs has been at Woolies since he was 17years old. He is stressed out all the time. I have suggested to him to go on stress leave and let them work it out who does all the paper work well into the night on his own computer not theirs.
Sorry about going on but I am so angry about the way they are treating a long term worker. If he left He could go ona single parents pension and maybe go through the computer for a UNI degree plus sell all his shares he has in Woolies and set himslef up but I have to leave it up to him. A lot of the good managers have already quit and moved on to better jobs.
Will let you know what happensJanuary 29, 2011 at 12:07 pm #489084
I’m porbably in Woolies 2-3 times a year, rest of the time we shop at the local IGA – the specials they have are awesome and we find usually just in time for what we’re after! Great service and they are more than happy to give away their F&V scraps for the chooks (they just bring them out for us, we don’t even have to ask these days!). Try doing that at Coles & Woolies! Our local butcher is great, and F&V comes from the garden, the local farmer’s market or Adelaide Central market.
In Adelaide, there is a Coles next to the Central Market (fresh produce market) – one day I’d forgotten to get the 70c bag of bean sprouts in the market so, against my better judgement ducked in to Coles as I was running late – $2.99 for exactly the same thing but lesser looking quality! Needless to say we went without them that night!January 29, 2011 at 12:53 pm #489085
Coles won’t sell you beansprouts by the kilo anymore, ya gotta buy the $2.99 bag, most of which will go off before your family ever get around to them, so Coles useless for bean sprouts too. As I said, there is only one nappy brand keeping me shopping there, and that isn’t essential, so bye Mr Coles!
In my opinion they are shafting the customers, the producers, the staff, the only people who are happy are the shareholders. Well, lets see how the shareholders feel when trade collapses because we all got pissed off.
our Iga is brilliantly polite, if you are second in line, another checkout will be opened. Scraps for the chooks, no prob. General groceries are not particularly cheap, but the basics, milk, meat bread veggies are always good value.
I see woolies now has serve yourself checkouts so they dont even have to bother with serving you. Not that they ever wasted more than one or two staff members to man the checkouts, anyway.January 29, 2011 at 1:10 pm #489086
We don’t have an IGA close by, we have a woolies within walking distance and an Aldi a short drive away. We do have a local butcher and green grocer and we give them all our business in for those products.
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