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Is Aldi home of Australia's most bizarre bargains?

IT'S something of a retail cult.

Each week, eager Aldi shoppers wait for the latest catalogue to reveal arguably the most diverse and bizarre range of discounted products available at a supermarket.

Want an electric winch for a 4WD? Aldi might have one on sale for under $100.

How about a portable wood fired pizza oven? Yep, they might flog that as well.

They even sell crutches from time to time.

Aldi shoppers are a breed of their own.

Others can't stand the place, finding the layout confusing and the array of products somewhat overwhelming.

Fancy a mini spit roaster and BBQ?
Fancy a mini spit roaster and BBQ?

And the fact that you have to use a coin deposit to use a trolley infuriates some.

If you are doing your basic food shopping, you might have to resort to some very interesting choices.

Even in its recent marketing, the German retailer acknowledges that it needs it own customers to convince other Aussie to make the switch.

In a series of ads, some are convinced. Others will obviously stick to the more familiar Aussie supermarkets Coles and Woolworths.

Need a new BBQ? This one will set you back $499 at Aldi
Need a new BBQ? This one will set you back $499 at Aldi

Aldi was founded by brothers Karl and Theo Albrecht in 1946 when they took over their father's store in Essen which had been in operation since 1913.

It is one of the world's largest privately owned companies.

The brothers built up a chain of stores until, by 1960, they owned 300 shops, and split the operation into two separate groups, that later became Aldi Nord, headquartered in Essen; and Aldi Süd, headquartered in Mülheim an der Ruhr.

The two operate independently, each within specific areas. In 1962 they introduced the name ALDI (a syllabic abbreviation for Albrecht Diskont).

So what are some of Aldi's best and most interesting buys?

With a new store opening on Wednesday, we asked some of the staff at The Northern Star to nominate their picks.

Feel free to share your thoughts below

 

  • My favourite was the portable wood fired pizza oven
  • A $99 electric winch for 4WDing. We were sceptical of the quality, but it ended up saving us from sliding off the sides of hills/being stuck in ditches a fair few times.
  • Aldi gym gear the cheapest around.
  • They do great, super cheap skincare products, including anti-agers.
  • The best for dog treats - Julius raw hide straps and sticks.

 

  • Aldi Ski gear - super affordable and pretty cool looking too!! My boys loved their outfits!!
  • Thermals and snow gear re Aldi specials
  • Snow pants (ski pants) for $20. They have Thinsulate insulation and are waterproof. They make excellent rain pants or foul weather trousers even in the subtropics
  • The marinated Lamb Shanks for me.
  • The motorcycle gear
     

Topics:  aldi coles discounts editors picks woolworths



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