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01-01-2018 03:04 PM

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Hi everyone, my first post to share some news from UK and a tip to save you some cash. You maybe know about a German company called Aldi that has grocery stores that also sell some occasional gems of tools and stuff in their centre aisle. Paul Sellers caused quite a stir with his raves about Aldi chisels. Another German company called Lidl does the same and I’ve just seen that it’s opening stores in USA. If you see one go check it out especially their clamps (solid steel 24’ about £10 a pair), their chisels (same as Aldi £8 a set of 4), and their power tools (all made by a German company called Einhell). The price and quality is a ton better than own-brand stuff in UK big-box stores but it’s a hit and a miss as to what they have in stock each week (their website tells you what’s coming up). Good luck with the bargain hunting.

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#1 posted 01-01-2018 03:28 PM

looks like their expansion in to usa market is east coast only at present.

i just saw that aldi has a couple stores in californy, ugh,

no love for Az

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#2 posted 01-01-2018 03:36 PM

although this comes across as PURE SALES SPAM – - – - – Welcome to LJ,
yes, we are very familiar with ALDI here in the U.S.

I caused quite a stir last year when I went to get my groceries at my ALDI store
and there was no tartar sauce. next week, shopping again, no tartar sauce.
I asked the manager when it would come in and he said – - – “oh, tartar sauce is seasonal”
and won’t be back in stock for 4 months. W H A T ???? this is FLORIDA – we eat fish year round.
then he explained how some little old fat lady in Germany dictates what items will be sold in what stores.
INCLUDING FLORIDA…... I guess it hit me wrong and maybe I missed a day or two of meds, but I pitched a fit
and have never been back…...
it is a sin that one can faithfully shop at a store and then have some of their favorite items knocked off the shelf
by a little old fat lady in a cubicle 8,000 miles away and call it “seasonal stocking”.
well – I am now a Wal-Mart customer. which is right across the road from ALDI.
they have tartar sauce all year round. (and good tools, too).

I guess age and senility is catching up to me.

and just by the looks of the ALDI tools and hardware, in my very personal opinion,
they are still Chinese imports equal to HF….... (just my opinion, of course).


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#3 posted 01-01-2018 04:47 PM

September 2017:

I got chisels and files than… and ribs for smocking

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#4 posted 01-02-2018 06:04 PM

I have both Lidl and Aldi. I also have some Aldi chisels. I can attest to the similarities between the two chisel sets (they look identical).

Lidl blows Aldi away in choices and food quality in my opinion, but the power tools at both are of questionable quality. I would agree with the HF comparison. That being said, they do have some good deals on DIY odds and ends. A couple weeks back I bought a pack of 8 putty knives (2”-6”) for $1.99. I also bought a box of 80 2” wood screws for $1.99.

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