7 September 2007

CC Opening Specials

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I realise it’s been open a few days now, but there are still some interesting opening specials in the new shops in Canberra Centre that opened last week.

Powerhouse: double screen DVD player for car with relatively large screens $190.

Aldi (yes Aldi) – snowboard and bindings $99 snowboard boots $58.

I took my new $157 snowboard combo down to Blue Cow this week and they performed great for this relative newbie. Had it tuned and waxed at Adi’s and asked them what they thought of it and they said pretty good – then were amazed when I told them how much.

The boots hurt my inside ankles a bit but Straight Line tell me they can do some stretching and stuff to help that…

Have to say that it feels distinctly “wrong/weird” to be at a checkout buying snowboard and gear next to an old fella buying sausages though…

Any other “do not miss” specials?

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Felix the Cat9:57 pm 10 Sep 07



In case anybody doesn’t know what a Segway is…

Felix the Cat9:55 pm 10 Sep 07

Back to the subject…I went for some window shopping (not to buy Windows, silly…) at the new CC on Sunday, just to see what all the fuss was about. The conclusion I came to was that you’ve seen one shopping mall you’ve seen them all.

I was just on my way out through the “old” CC and I came across 3 people (2 F, 1 M) on Segways cruising around giving out promotion brochures for Dick Smith Powerhouse. I have seen Segways before on the internet but not actually in real life but think they are a total wank with very limited use so wasn’t actually that interested in them or for that matter the DSPH propaganda. Luckily I didn’t get up close and personal with them as just as just as I walked out of the CC I heard this almighty crash and a squeal from the young lady that had been piloting one of the aforementioned Segways. Had being the operative word as she was now sprawled on the ground with the Segway on top of her! She didn’t appear to be seriously injured so I just shook my head and kept walking.

Vic Bitterman12:32 am 09 Sep 07

greenfrogs, I hate the tuggeranong aldi for the exact reasons you describe. Huge queues, one, possibly two checkouts open. Not so much Lanyon. But, as my wife and I agree, we go there on the weekends to save the bottom line budget, and if I’m in Aldi, my clock isn’t ticking thus I am not on a $ rate per hour, I don’t care!

My wife has coined the term “Aldi Checkout Culture” (ACC) when it comes to the few checkouts open and a queue of full trolleys… often when a person has just a single litre of milk, or a loaf of bread or whatever, the people in the queue one by one allow them to hop ahead of them when they become aware of their presence…. she’ll tell me if ACC was in action or not 🙂 Sometime you get some lad lonely git who has 400 items in their trolley to not allow someone to shoot ahead… usually a New Australian of some kind.

green_frogs_go_pop9:46 pm 08 Sep 07


..your one of them! arent you? seriously, it takes the same amount of time, and pfft..there’s always a giant que (at lanyon and tuggeranong, at least!!) and they’ll never open up another register. go figure.

i think they do. i think its one of the standards of supermarkets..there must be at least ONE fat troll working there 😀

I’ve never been to Aldi, but I might be tempted if they employed fat trolls like Woolies.


What a crock… Aldi checkouts would have to be the quickest I have seen anywhere (regardless of the number of people queuing … you go to Aldi because you want to save money, not because it is a convenience store with an 8 item or less checkout.

The combination of large barcodes, lack of need for register price checks and your shopping going directly back in to the shopping trolley for packing later is heaps faster than any supermarket (large chain or local grocery). They appear to work on the same principle as any other supermarket I have seen – the number of checkouts operating ramps up as the number of people queued to pay increases.

green_frogs_go_pop10:37 pm 07 Sep 07

yeah. and i hate the fact that they always have only two or so registers open, and they dont have any 8 or so items or less lines, so most of the time, when i’m there for one or two things, i’m always stuck behind some old guy buying sausages 😛

(yes, this probly is because i work for another grocery store myself, and i’m just used to stuff being quicker!!)

Felix the Cat7:02 pm 07 Sep 07

I recently bought a 12V electric (connects to cigarette lighter of car) impact socket wrench for undoing the wheels of the car from Aldi and it didn’t work. straight out of the packet. It only cost about $59.95 so I wasn’t expecting a great deal but thought I might at least get one time use out of it. Anyway, I took it back and got a full refund, no questions asked, so it had a happy ending. The equivalent full cordless versions at Fisher Discounts start from $250, guess I’ll have to keep saving for a tool not a toy!

I get a bit annoyed with the layout of Aldi stores (I’ve been to a few, they all seem the same) as in you are pretty much committed to buying something once you are in there as the only way out is through the checkout. Sometimes I just want to go in there and check out a particular item they might have in their specials catalogue and not necessarily buy it and to get out I either have to wait in line or try and push past (politely) all the other people lined up at the checkout.

Hey! Those sausages were pretty damn good.

10c 4×6” photos @ Dick Smith Powerhouse in the new Canberra Centre – To celebrate the opening of the new Powerhouse shop in Canberra Centre, they have a special for 4×6” photos until September 9: 10c each.

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