Aldi usually has pretty good timing with their Special Buys. But this time it was a case of “too much…way too late”, with their unadvertised bulk special buys.
I was grabbing winter gear this morning at my local Aldi, (PS: the men’s fleeces are so cosy) when I noticed some unusual items on the “middle aisle” shelves.
There were big packages of toilet paper and gynormous catering-sized brown bags of flour and sugar. How I would have loved to have seen these bulk special buys a few weeks ago. But now that shelves are back to their normal stocks, these grocery staples looked forlorn and ignored. Seriously, what would I do with a 12.5 kilo bag of flour? My chubby iso-body certainly doesn’t need any more cakes.
The team who order the special buys probably thought they were being brainy by bringing in bulk special buys when there was a country-wide shortage during the peak of the COVID-19 crisis. But they didn’t count on the long delays in getting the items from factory to store and now this move will most likely cost them big time.
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The bags contain 12.5kg of flour, self-raising flour and sugar and are priced at $14.99 each, which works out to be $1,20 a kilo. Not bad at all (if you’ve got the storage space, that is).
These were a bit of a ‘secret’ as they certainly didn’t appear in any of the bi-weekly emails advertising the upcoming featured items. Aldi probably hoped they’d slip under the radar, but they’re somewhat too large to go unnoticed.
The Aldi Mums Facebook page made the same discovery and shared pics of the over-sized bulk special buys on their page. Fans of the discount retailed were quite bemused by the mammoth items.
“Maybe they know something we don’t or they just missed the mark. We needed it about 6 weeks ago,” said one comment.
“Prob ordered bulk to help with the shortage but by the time it arrived the shortage was over,” said another.
What Would You Do With It All?
One crafty mum suggested that we could freeze the flour (although who has the icebox space for that?) and another warned that this was just a breeding paradise for weevils – yuck!!!
If you’re a chef, (very) keen baker or in catering, then you’ll be pleased to pick up these bulk special buys. Or perhaps you’ve got a large attic where you can store the bags just in case the threatening second wave crashes down on us.
Would you be keen to buy these bulk special buys? Tell us in the comments below.