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tesco v waitrose price war

On 23 Apr 2012 at 5:33pm bastian wrote:
has anyone elso noticed and been appalled by the reverse price war between tesco and waitrose. Instead of prices being battled down in competition between the two waitrose has had its prices pushed "up" by tesco in a brand match campaign. It p*sses me off when wages are at a standstill that these two supermarkets are increasing their prices not by the rate of inflation but up to 25p at a time per item..it's enough to drive the most stalwart shopper to Aldi.
On 23 Apr 2012 at 6:04pm Woody wrote:
Bastian - Waitrose are promoting a third off all fruit and vegetables. Their quality is also far better than Tesco and Aldi. You can eat cheaply and healthily from Waitrose if you're careful. I'd rather stick needles in my eyes than darken the doors of Tesco!
On 23 Apr 2012 at 6:27pm The wise guy wrote:
I agree with Woody. Do you really think that Waitrose would work with Tesco and put their prices up and thus ignoring every other supermarket chain... i think this is a case of the Lewes way of thinking which is that they are working together to bring down the town as this would clearly not work in the wider scheme of things (in towns with not just Waitrose and Tesco, like most). However, If you were to be right Bastian then surely they would need to work with more supermarkets chains, if not all, which would in turn result in a Cartel being formed which is illegal, therefore i cant see a company with the history John Lewis has being part of. You should be thankful you have a choice of three supermarkets in Lewes and that they employ many local people therefor helping the local economy. The End.
On 23 Apr 2012 at 7:53pm bastian wrote:
you are quite happy having to pay £1.45 for the same butter you bought last week for £ 1.25 because tesco are charging that price and Waitrose wants to charge the same as tesco..
It wouldn't be a problem if it were on luxury goods which you, wise guy, may buy but it's on everyday items like own brand cocoa pops and milk as well.
I am so glad you don't have an issue with finance like other people in town because if you did you would find yourself not only squeezed out of waitrose price range but tesco to.
On 23 Apr 2012 at 7:58pm bastian wrote:
woody i agree about darkening tesco's door , it's the principal of the thing that gets me..they are taking liberties with their customers and treating them like inbiciles for not noticing that the price hike is insanely high.
On 23 Apr 2012 at 8:08pm The wise guy wrote:
I wish i could afford to buy stuff at waitrose.. However the point i was trying to make is that it is a great assumption that waitrose is just following tesco. Waitrose is trying to make itself a better value supermarket by doing this price compare thing and it would not surprise me if the price change at both was done automatically by computer as a automatic response to changes in price to keep the comparison valid. I also believe Waitrose can be one of the cheapest supermarkets to shop at as long as your careful what you buy and its the only place in town where you can go and get a 10 quid side of lamb reduced to 70 pence in the evening..
On 23 Apr 2012 at 10:15pm the old mayor wrote:
If Waitrose is as cheap as Tesco (as it advertises) then Tesco must be as expensive as Waitrose. Either way do Asda still run that bus ??
On 23 Apr 2012 at 11:30pm Woody wrote:
The Waitrose Essential range I think, is great. I'm careful about what I buy and there are five mouths (plus dog) in our family to feed. The staff are courteous, knowledgeable and do a good job.
Tesco is dirty, disorganised and the staff couldn't give a monkies. Lewes is lucky that they exchanged the old Safeway for Waitrose.
Good grief, I watched that BBC programme about the 70s earlier, the decade I grew up in, I do think things have progressed since then despite the situation the country is in now.
On 24 Apr 2012 at 9:29am Cliffite wrote:
There has also been a budget recently which probably helped add to the minor price increases all round as well as a rise in inflation. Can't say I have noticed the price rise myself but then I don't keep an eagle eye on every single penny & price of all items
On 24 Apr 2012 at 4:03pm bastian wrote:
lucky you if you do not have to keep an eye on your shopping bills..it isn't all items..pot noodle hasn't changed in price in ages..but certain items..irritatingly ones we were buying have gone up by 15-20 %.
Woody are you a Waitrose manager by any chance?
And it was Morrisons before it was Wiatrose.
These items I am talking about were cheaper before this so called comparrison and 25p more after and that is the way they stay to.we are careful shoppers in our house and healthy eaters to but the rise in prices are on everyday things like milk, cereal and now margerine.
Be alright if we ate only pot noodles.
On 24 Apr 2012 at 4:50pm Woody wrote:
Bastian - no I'm not a Waitrose manager, I do admire their business model though. Especially over the likes of Tesco et al.
These are tough times but people aren't dieing in the streets, well not yet anyway. Prices do go up and for a number of reasons. They always have done, it's just whether 'wages' keep up with them. If you are young fit and able, there are always ways to make money. It's the pensioners stuck on a low income with no way of increasing it that suffer most I guess. Especially as you get next to nothing in interest payments if you've saved all your life.
On 25 Apr 2012 at 10:03am maggiemoos wrote:
I totally agree bastian, this has been happening for years in tesco, I always remember the price of items i buy and every week somthing has gone up by a large percentage a few months ago lemon barley water was 89p it is now 1.78 !!!!! as well as loads of everyday produce you need to buy, before long some people wont be able to afford food and bills !!!
On 25 Apr 2012 at 12:08pm Annette Curtin-Twitcher wrote:
I've noticed an increase in my shopping bills since Christmas, and I shop in all 4 of the big supermarkets, so I don't think it's just Tesco and Waitrose.
I think the increase is great in Tesco and Morrisons than in Sainsburys and Watirose though. Mind you, I only go to Tesco in extremis (usually when I've popped in for a wee), so perhaps I'm not comparing like with like.
On 25 Apr 2012 at 2:30pm Clifford wrote:
ACT: Yes, prices of everything are going up - it's part of the further redistribution process of wealth from the 99% to the 1%. If we don't keep giving them more money they've threatened they'll leave the planet and then we'll all flounder around not knowing what to do.
On 25 Apr 2012 at 2:58pm I don't live in lewes... wrote:
Just complained after a bottle of fabric conditioner leaked over my shopping/hallway floor following a Tesco internet food delivery.
Driver didn't know what to do, he rang to find out but no one was available.
He took all my shopping away as it was tainted and said someone would phone me.
Spent the morning washing floors,carpet plus the towels that I used to mop up the mess with.
House still stinks of the stuff.
The manager took nearly 3 hours to phone me and that was only after I rang customer service and complained.
Apparently the manager was in a meeting and must be the only person in the store who can use a phone.
She put much weight on the fact that a " Team Leader " was selecting my shopping else totally unsympathetic.
Dunno If I'll get my shopping today.
Do know I won't be shopping there again.
On 25 Apr 2012 at 3:40pm Clifford wrote:
Phil - my advice is to e-mail the Tesco CEO direct (philip.clarke@uk.tesco.com) setting things out as you have on here, including the way the manager treated you.
On 25 Apr 2012 at 3:58pm bastian wrote:
ACT you'll get arrested if you wee in a shop...
(oh they have toilets! I didn't realise)
my wage has been frozen for three years now and so has my partners so if prices go up we lose out as a familly.
please don't wail on about how we should go and get training and a private job paid better because we are both trained and the private jobs are not there, besides we are dedicated people.
On 25 Apr 2012 at 4:37pm Annette Curtin-Twitcher wrote:
Oh Phil, that's awful. They should pay to have your carpet prfessionally cleaned I reckon, at least, and give you something for your trouble.
I'm amazed the driver didn't notice it was leaking, that stuff is really heavily perfumed.
I once complained to Sainsbury's after having a bit of a to-do with some dopey bint on the checkout, the checkout supervisor and the duty manager. I got a grovelling apology and £100 of Sainsbury's vouchers, the staff got retrained and the duty manager got demoted and sent to a grotty little branch somewhere.
On 25 Apr 2012 at 7:29pm I don't live in Lewes.. wrote:
Clifford/ Thank you for your input.
Tomorrow I shall email said gentleman.
ACT/ You did very well with your compensation.
Shortly after I posted to the Lewes forum my shopping unexpectedly arrived.
See below truncated email.
to customer.servi.
Further and better...
My shopping has now arrived.
The delivery slot was 8am - 10 am so was 5 hours late.
You have failed to refund the £4 delivery charge.

Though my shopping was hand picked by a "Team Leader"
Instead of 2 x Chicken Tonight Creamy Mushroom Sauce 500gms
You have sent 1 x Creamy Mushroom and 1 x Creamy Peppercorn as per attachment.
Please also refund £1.99 to my Mastercard.

Thank you for the £5 voucher.
I have a sneaky suspicion it won't win me back.
On the plus side my hall floors and carpet look very clean.
On 25 Apr 2012 at 7:36pm NCG wrote:
LOL, there's never a dull moment with you, Phil! thanks for this thread, i won't be shopping at Tesco whenever i make it to England again.
fondest regards from my side of the pond,
On 25 Apr 2012 at 8:16pm Sussex Jim wrote:
Tesco v Waitrose? More like Tesco v Aldi
On 25 Apr 2012 at 8:57pm Southover Queen wrote:
Not really, Sussex Jim: for me it's Waitrose vs Aldi. Actually it's Aldi for fresh milk, eggs, veg, chocolate and cat food (their cat food is BRILLIANT!) and Waitrose for meat (free range only please) coffee beans and bread flour. And probably salad greens: Aldi's is a bit limited. But Aldi's fruit and veg are pretty unbeatable: mangoes 69p rather than £2 and soft fruit half the price and their chocolate is excellent. I have been into Tescos once in the last six months and didn't enjoy the experience.
I'm also a frequent visitor to Sainsbury and Lidl in Newhaven, but as I get through a lot of groceries in a week I'm very price sensitive.
On 26 Apr 2012 at 1:56am Korky the Cat wrote:
Aldi cat food is Meow!
On 26 Apr 2012 at 4:47pm bastian wrote:
guess what, today in waitrose the price of margerine had gone down in line with teso to £1.24...do you think they read this forum.
On 29 Apr 2012 at 11:30pm Brixtonbelle wrote:
There really is no point shopping in tesco now aldi is here. Agree SQ on your choice of goods to buy there, plus the smoked salmon is excellent. We had a whole leg of lamb from aldi a couple of weeks ago for £11 !!! It did Sunday lunch, Monday dinner (curry) and then a soup on Tues/Weds. Fantastic value. I can also recommend their baked goods - brioche, crumpets, teacakes, croissants all half the price of waitrose. And their laundry liquid. And some of their wines are pretty good. At the moment I'm drinking their Prosecco - fiver a bottle.

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