Aldi Price Increases?

Someone suggested to me that Aldi products have increased in price over the last year. I have noticed one or two products have increased, but I'm quite slack at observing prices these days. Anyone noticed this phenomena?

[update]

"Some products, absolutely."
"Bumped up the prices for almost everything by 25 cents or 50 cents."
"They stopped advertising their prices online, so obviously they are hiding something."

Thanks everyone for your contributions.

So. The info submitted to my post is:

Price increased: (13)
Flying Power energy
Deli originals Gherkins European style
Australian Carrots
Tinned tomatoes
Sprinters chips
3L Australian milk
Australian Shredded chicken
Australian chicken Duets (Alfredo, Mushroom and Black Pepper, Cordon Bleu)
Australian Brannons cheaper range burger patties (4pk)
Australian cheap range of thin sausages (12pk)
4 pack salami
Weekly specials (hardware, etc.,)

Maybe: (3+)
Tinned spaghetti
Nuts, prunes, etc

Price decrease: (1)
Australian Soft drink bottles

Mostly Australian, so currency should be a big issue in these price increases.

13 + 3? - 1 = 15+? Price Increases

From the data it's starting to confirm my hypothesis. There seems to be an overall price increase, but it's not definitely uniform.

Finally, something to give hope for the future:

"The cheap competition is about to join them from Europe (Lidl) so they are maximizing margins while they have the opportunity. Prices will drop again only once Lidl forces them to."

Not until 2018/2019 apparently.

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Comments

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    No, but I don't watch that well either and often buy products they have on Weekly Special, so what their normal price is might not be what I paid.

    Could some of the increase (if any) be a product (lol) of Low AUD$ and the effect on their imported lines?

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      500g Frozen Blueberries were $3.29 (compare to Coles $4,
      NOT to CostCo, whose huge bag of frozen b'erries were
      TOO CHEWY)

      & Utopia (ice cream on a stick) w/Almonds seems higher?

      Price-hikes are to expected, ie, after a new store opens.

      Low prices attract new custom away from old stores;
      later, prices must rise to keep from going under…

      I see lots of "new brands" (to SA), so the transport-
      costs have to be added, to bring them west.

      SA's Foodland's seems unable or unwilling to compete,
      so - until they fall-off-the-perch - ALDI has some
      competition with a "local" (to SA) suermarket chain.

      We hear that groceries tend to have low-margins.

      ALDI has buying power (as do our other 2 big stores),
      but there are limits to how long they can "undercut"
      their local competition.

      They seem to be walking a "triangular tightrope" ie
      between:

      • Convenience store (w/ easy-make meals)
      • H'ware/Sports/Garden/Furniture/Whitegoods (Special buys)
      • Health Food / Green Grocer

      Their obvious (& I suspect unique) efficiency can
      help them keep prices "only so low & for so long"

      Enjoy 'em while they last. ;-)

      • +1 vote

        We've had Aldi for nearly a decade over here in the 21st Century States 😝 Your arguments don't add up.

        •  

          Be more specific… :-)

          Of course, it's easier to make a chain of Aldi's
          run profitably if you have higher population density
          (That part of the 21st C, you can keep, thanks! ;-)

          PS The following is UNashamedly Off-Topic ;-)

          21st Century States, indeed… Wanna join the Future?

          Then, "Know New Nukes" (eg, cf Kirk Sorensen's 10m talk on TED.com - search for his surname to find it).

          I hear NSW still has a Fukushima-era reactor running,
          ie, Costly+Wasteful "Fuel Rod" based.

          The World is about to pivot to "Liquid Fuel" Nuclear
          (ie, Molten Salt Reactors (MSRs), like the LFTR,
          which Kirk mentions)

          Look for startup's like Terrestrial Energy Inc. (in Canada) & MIT-based TransAtomic Power, with their MSRs (ie, IMSR & WAMSR, resp.) to show up ~2020 or 2025.

          (At least SA's invested in a Royal Commission into options for pivoting to a Nuclear-based economy.)

  • +3 votes

    Some products, absolutely yes.

    • +1 vote

      Which ones?

      Can you track these on pricehipster, etc?

    • +2 votes

      I am not the one normally do shopping for groceries. It's my wife and she observe even a slight change in pricing. We are mainly shopping at ALDI for our groceries from their start in Australia. My wife recently (may be couple of months back) told me that ALDI has bumped up the prices for almost everything by 25 cents or 50 cents.
      This happens with any retailer once they catch enough market share. They have been growing very fast and people get stick with them once they start shopping there. Now it's right time for them to make more profit.

  •  

    Well some products from the US have increased in price, e.g. walnuts, prunes. But it's hard to say with a blanket statement like that. You have to ask which products they are talking about. And some things have become cheaper too.

  •  

    Thanks. Aldi products are seldom 'on Special' apart from fruit and vegetables.

    I agree that the AUD could be at play. But maybe also Aldi think they have a captive audience and are now turning the screw. Just theories, though.

    An example of inceases: Almond and apricot museli was $2.69. Then they practically eliminated the almonds and cut the price to $2.39. Within a few months the price is $2.99. Unfortunately, I can't remember the old prices of other products I buy regularly. Surely a crime of the highest order for an Ozbargainer. πŸ˜ƒ

    Maybe I can use price hipster or similar to find historic prices????

    •  

      Nuts have gone up in price everywhere. Some of them are even pollies. But seriously Aldi is not the place to buy nuts.

      •  

        Pollies? Where to buy nuts? I don't like buying them loose as I worry about the hygiene.

        •  

          I usually get them when they are on special at Harris Farm Markets. Only NSW though. Woolies has a special on cashews until Tue.

  • +1 vote

    Flying Power energy drinks went from $0.99 each to $1.29 :(

  • +2 votes

    Carrot has gone up, used to be $0.99, now $1.49.

  • +1 vote

    Just remember supermarkets play tricks on consumers by using specials that alter the perception of how cheap a store is.

  • +1 vote

    Pretty sure they recently increased tinned spaghetti from $0.65 to $0.79

  • +4 votes

    Sprinters chips.

    Used to be $1.99 each, then $2.09, $2.19 and finally coming to the current price of $2.29.

    On the contrary, Aldi-branded soft drinks are on the slide. Used to be $0.75 each, then dipping to $0.74 and now at $0.69.

    •  

      Yes. They were 69c 15 years ago.

      •  

        Serious comment or joke about how things become expensive over the years.

        •  

          In 2001 probably even late 2000, the 1.25 litre bottles of ALDI soft drink and mineral water were 69c in their Cessnock branch, which I think was their 3rd branch in Australia.

        • -2 votes

          @PJC:

          Thanks. A serious comment!

        •  

          @PJC:

          If one considers inflation over the last 15 years (courtesy of an RBA index) that 69c would now be $1.02.

          An increase of 48.3%, or some 2.66% a year - in the targeted 2 - 3% pa range.

          A 'real' [indexed] price being desirable for cost comparisons - would you like to be paid 2000/2001 wage rates now?

        •  

          @TetchyToo: I was simply agreeing with KaptnKaos's observation regarding the price of ALDI drinks, though I recall they were 73c for about 21 months before returning to 69c, probably due to Coles announcing, with Status Quo music, their drinks were down to 75c. The wages analogy only goes so far, because we are not privy to the relevant profit margins.

        • +2 votes

          @PJC:

          Inflation is a relatively recent phenomena - which under the US/UK[/Oz] troika have advantaged the wealthy at the expense of voters.
          Did I read that some 62 individuals now have a combined wealth equal to half the population of the world.

          With workers increasingly pushed into junk (casual/part-time) jobs, even at ALDI ;-), it is not only the Age Pensioner who needs CPI indexation - the Minimum Wage also needs updating.

          Under big-money financed govts (eg the $ecretive IPA Lieberal candidates for both upper & lower house reps) we appear to be on a trajectory for perhaps some 40 people to each have wealth equivalent to 100 million.
          Rather obscene IMHO - a travesty of 'democracy'?

          Jane Austen wrote in a pre-inflationary era. Inflation only really appearing during the 'Downton Abbey' times.

          WW1 crippling Britain. Their pound sterling was a gold 'sovereign'. A little under a quarter of an ounce of pure gold. Now worth around $400.
          Contrast that with the purchasing power of the present pound sterling - under $2 AUD.

          There are certainly differing measures of monetary purchasing power!
          We devalued our money after WW2. A florin (20c) having the silver content reduced to just 50%, from 92.5%. The sterling silver florin containing around a third of an ounce of silver.
          Worth around $7 - or rather more than our new 'garish' $5 note.

          My mother talked of buying a pie for 3d (two for 5c :-). As a 'tacker' given a penny (6 to a 5c coin) I would buy 8 licorice squares.

          One SHOULD take into account purchasing parity!

          Shortly we will have inflationary figures for the 50 years we have had decimal currency. Funny 'Monopoly' money!
          The loss of purchasing power has already resulted in the demise of the original 1c & 2c coins, with NZ having already dispensed with the fake silver (copper, with a trace of nickel) 5c. Dollar, & two-dollar notes being replaced by 'gold', rather copper, coins.

          Inflation leads to taxation bracket creep, for those not wealthy enough to use a tax haven etc.
          Bank interest being taxed on illusory, inflated rates. DEEMING interest too.

          Based on inflation rates over the last 50 years a business would have a full reduction for monetary borrowings; but taken over a century might only repay well under 1% in 'real' terms. Ditto, for negative gearing, etc.

          It's a $ick, $ick, world!

        •  

          @TetchyToo:
          I hate to break it to you, but your claims are utter nonsense.

          Inflation has always been and always will be. :) It was in ancient Greece/Rome. i.e https://mises.org/library/inflation-and-fall-roman-empire

          Did I read that some 62 individuals now have a combined wealth equal to half the population of the world. -> No you didn't.

          THE 85 WORLD’S RICHEST PEOPLE OWN AS MUCH WEALTH AS THE POOREST 50%. - >http://www.oxfam.org/sites/www.oxfam.org/files/bp-working-for-few-political-capture-economic-inequality-200114-summ-en.pdf

          I won't comment on the rest and instead will point you to Wikipedia and term inflation.

          Why am I so arrogant? I am economist. :D

          No, seriously. Inflation is good for borrowers and lubricates our economy. And so is negative gearing.

          Cheers.

        • +1 vote

          @duchy:

          Good points. Bit serious for an Aldi price watch thread πŸ˜ƒ

        •  

          @duchy:

          "I hate to break it to you, but your claims are utter nonsense."

          "Did I read that some 62 individuals now have a combined wealth equal to half the population of the world. -> No you didn't."

          "THE 85 WORLD’S RICHEST PEOPLE OWN AS MUCH WEALTH AS THE POOREST 50%. - >http://www.oxfam.org/sites/www.oxfam.org/files/bp-working-for-few-political-capture-economic-inequality-200114-summ-en.pdf"

          I make no claim to infallibility; BUT Dr Google confirms my recollection.

          You need to update your references - 85 to 62 in one year??
          Another drop of 23 would put the number UNDER 40 ;D

          "Why am I so arrogant? I am economist. :D"

          I might be arrogant about the Actuarial profession - but I'm simply a minor member of the lesser English Institute - not the Scottish Faculty ;-)
          Actuarial studies, however, do include some knowledge of the "dismal science"

          While most economists might be held in [worthy] contempt; a few are worthy contributors.
          As well as reading history you might gain from "THINKING, … SLOW"
          The Bank funded Nobel Prize in 'Economics' being rather described as "Social Sciences" to better illustrate the nebulous nature [of this 'soft' science].

          Based on simple examples, similar to what I encountered as a 17 yo in my first year of actuarial studies. The maths are fairly basic - with his dead colleague being credited as the numerate one.

          Surely you are subtle enough to differentiate between supply & demand price inflation/deflation - others in this thread certainly do!! - & govt induced [economic] inflation???

          My reading of history was that from the time of the Greeks to Norman England, & much later, the average daily wage might have been around a tenth of a troy ounce of silver. Although silver was then a valuable as gold is now - the silver mines of the Americas changing the situation mid millennia.

          Let me refer again to our RBA history of EMBEDDED [economic] Govt Inflation before you give thought to any apology.
          I suspect purchasing power will have dropped to around 10% over the last 50 years. Projecting forward another 50 years would suggest around 1% (10% of 10%) over a century.

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          @TetchyToo:
          This would be a very intersting discussion, I believe but we would "steal" the thread.

          Look I am always happy to apologise if I am wrong. Just please post support links for your claims. I did for mine.

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          @duchy:

          "Why am I so arrogant? I am economist. :D"

          I did wonder whether you were a polly ;D

          It is easy to see that there is an election in the offing.
          Wastrels spending our monies on self-serving advertisements.
          Against a background of multitudes of expensive investigations over past decades; & useless expensive appointments :( :(

          Our big-money [bought] pollies might be better to put their head in the sand - & 'speak' from the rear orifice.
          There might be some stench - but, arguably, preferable to LIES?

          Our RBA price inflation index for the last 50 years averages out at some 5.2% pa CPI - rather more than twice the 2 - 3% pa target.
          So purchasing value under 10% from 1965.

          You might further your education by visiting "Measuring Worth" & donating to the US economists who set up the site.
          There is a history for the UK dating back some 750 years to 1265.

          I suspect this will confirm that aside from demand/supply movements, embedded [economic] inflation is only historically recent.

          With silver around $15 USD a t.oz, one-tenth for a days wages is some $1.50.
          A similar figure for our poor 4B?

          Taking a conservative view, I might accumulate just one persons wages (from your Greek/Roman times) up at 2.5% pa.
          [You might also take this as an annual productivity increase.]

          Accumulating $1.50, at 2.5% pa, over 2,000 years gave such a large result that I had to divide it between our 4B poor.
          Some $1,000B EACH - incredible ;-)

          Perhaps you can check my figures?
          You might also use our [economic advised] ACTUAL 5.2% pa figure from the RBA.
          My calculator might lock-up were I to use FACTUAL figures.

          Cheers!

  •  

    The prices had to go up to pay for all the new stores in SA.I went from none in SA to 3 in a 10km radius within a couple of weeks with 2 more coming.

    • +2 votes

      They've been adding new stores for years and prices never increased before. That's definitely not the reason.

    • +1 vote

      Really based on that twisted logic whenever Aldi opens a store the prices will increase everywhere else. By now Aldi should be 10X the price of Coles and Woolies.

      Of course I will retract this if you can produce REAL evidence this is the case.

      • +1 vote

        Thought my reply said the same thing in a slightly more polite way (less amusing, depending on your POV.) 😁

        •  

          True, but when someone makes misleading claims do you really need to be that polite 😈

          BTW you also typed faster than I did!

        • +1 vote

          @RockyRaccoon:

          That's a very serious moral question 😊

        •  

          @RockyRaccoon: I make a half hearted comment and you react in this manner you must be a real fun person to be with. Do you really need to be polite? yes unless you want to be considered as an ignorant person, or maybe you were just trying to bait me in which case i will concede defeat and call you the masterbaiter oop's sorry master baiter

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          @coin saver: My first comment wasnt impolite it was a statement that your comment was misleading. It was twisted logic as I called. Asking for evidence isn't being ignorant. So your twisted logic was meant to be half hearted, Sorry isnt that what I was asking you to clarify. A simple I was joking rather than declaring that I am the master baiter because I couldnt distinguish your intended humour isnt really fair.

          My "Impolite" comment was to Tightwad saying he was slightly MORE polite than me.

          It was a "half hearted comment" to his comment. At least I put a smiley to indicate humour.

          A smiley generally indicates that you arent really serious and then we could have taken things differently. Without that we have no idea of the intended seriousness or humour, as its not easy to tell from the words you used

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        Setting up new offices, warehouse etc in a different state is different than adding a train station in on an existing line I'd imagine.

  • +3 votes

    Aldi will increase prices when they see fit, end of day they're a business that will try to maximise profits.

    • +2 votes

      but not to the extent of gouging like woolworths (coming a close second is coles).

    • +1 vote

      Yes, I don't trust businesses. But sometimes you get into lazy habits and stop comparing prices. That's when they get you.

      Maybe it's time to shop at Colesworths when they have similar products at comparable prices. Maybe Aldi need a kick up the backside. Although there is probably another, equally valid, common sense argument to the contrary of this one 😊

  •  

    Aldi used to do what I call a yo yo on some of their prices. I don't know whether they still do as I don't shop there for many items.

    Aldi used to increase the regular prices and then make a big deal a couple of months later when they reduced the same prices back to the previous level. They would go up and down with the same products every couple of months.

    I went into Aldi today and they had actually reduced the price of two of the items I usually buy, Wheat Biscuits and 12 Pack toilet paper. It will be interesting to watch the Coles Wheat Biscuits as they had previously been almost matching the wheat biscuit price. Woolworths also matched the previous toilet paper price but I don't know if they will match the new one. I decided to grab these items where I could in case they bumped the prices back up in a few months.

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    Broccolini use to be $2 a bunch, but have gone up to $2.49 so I no longer buy them as they can be bought at coles and woolies for the same price.

  •  

    I've noticed Aldi yoghurt going up and down over the years. Currently cheapest it's been for a while.

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