ALDI to sell $10 item that 'should be free'

ALDI previously refused to stock these standard items - now they'll come at a price.

It's something that you might have just grown to take for granted at the supermarket —all shops, except ALDI.

The German grocery giant famously refuses to offer customers baskets as a part of its money-saving system. Items are stocked on shelves still in their shipping boxes, and there are no bagging services available at the super-speedy checkout.

ALDI employees recently scolded one Aussie woman for holding up the line, bagging her groceries at the checkout instead of putting them in a trolley and packing up elsewhere.

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Now, the budget-friendly supermarket is making baskets available to its customers, but not for free. Included in this Wednesday's ALDI Special Buys sale is a "collapsable basket with handles".

The $10 blue shopping basket, called a "Shopbox by Optibox", is foldable, portable and easy to store when it's not in use.

Although the baskets seem like a convenient item to do the shop with, especially during the pandemic as we try to avoid touching high-traffic surfaces, many people online think ALDI is pushing their luck. 

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It has been a common complaint amongst ALDI shoppers that the store only offers large trollies to shop with, which can be cumbersome if you are doing a small to medium shop. Some have commented that it is ironic that you now need to pay for a reasonably sized container.

“If you aren’t going to give baskets generally then supply smaller trolleys as an option – they are too big to navigate,” wrote one shopper.

"Selling?????? WTF, seriously they should be free like other supermarkets,” another outraged customer commented.

Image: ALDI

A third said: “How about they just supply them like normal stores.”

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Some ALDI fans pointed out the positives of owning your own shopping baskets, especially given the supermarket's famously overwhelming checkout.

“Just throw the basket in the car rather than spending time packing a bag,” one person wrote on Facebook.

“It’s a good COVID-safe alternative,” remarked another.

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