Rage against big supermarket chains.

JessP 5 August 2013 42

Let me say firstly I do not own a small business or know anyone who does but I am tired of seeing the big supermarket chains trying to destroy small business but lowering their prices for long periods to put them out of business. And then increasing their prices.

Case in point at the moment is Woolworths in Belconnen. A small shop selling fresh and cooked chicken openedover the last year or so. Competition seemed to go well, sometimes they were cheaper, more expensive or similar to WW but all seemed normal in the prcing swings and round-a-bouts. Until now. WW suddenly has fresh chicken on sale every week at a cheaper price. All the time. And $2.40 cheaper than what it is selling for at other WW stores.

Belconnen has already lost the fruit and veg shop, I am hoping this retailer wont go the same way.

Support competition – Support your local (non supermarket) stores.


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Tim33 Tim33 1:49 am 08 Aug 13

Bloody Woolies, you have to watch them – they sell so much imported garbage under their Homebrand label. Even better buy Australian, even if it costs more.

DrKoresh DrKoresh 10:13 pm 07 Aug 13

curlylocks said :

Would you go back if you did not get what you requested?????? I think not

I wouldn’t be so butt-hurt about something as petty as whether or not they were equipped to cut it the way I wanted it cut. Any lay off the question marks, using more than one makes you look like a nutcase.

dkNigs dkNigs 8:51 pm 07 Aug 13

I had a good look at that chicken shop today when I walked past, heavily seasoned dry looking roast chook. I wouldn’t pay more than woollies for it.

FioBla FioBla 8:43 pm 07 Aug 13

You guys will love the story about a sushi thingy in Cooleman Court then. Went past there last week: everything so over-packaged.

http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/sushi-competition-heats-up-in-the-suburbs-20130718-2q5vd.html

Side note: how good is that new Hero Sushi in Westfield Woden?! Great competition to Sushi World, even if that area is getting a saturation of cafes, bread and sushi.

wildturkeycanoe wildturkeycanoe 8:19 pm 07 Aug 13

JC said :

beardedclam said :

JC said :

beardedclam said :

Shop Local. A lot of advantages in getting back to your local shops and supporting your community.

I eat that chicken all the time. I have never been sick and it tastes so good, or that could be Mrs Clam’s wonder sauce. Mini Clam likes it too and she is growing up strong and healthy.

Also, some of the Woolies stores, the newer smaller ones, offer the convenience but not the variety or value. That’s smart business I suppose, but this is exactly what the smaller corner stores used to do. Would be good if this revenue was going back into our local communities instead of large supermarket chains, with less of an interest in the locals.

Oh you mean like the small Woolworths at Dunlop? On land that was available for a smaller player to open on yet it took Woolworths to have the guts to buy and develop the land. Whilst the range is not good it is offering conveniance at big supermarket prices.

But yeah they are the badies

Pretty sure i said its smart business. Great example, three woolies within 3 minutes of each other, that Dunlop Woolies makes no money at all, is the target of crime and provides a great community area for the younguns to hassle the customers.

No need for that supermarket, Woolies greed was all that was. Thanks for sharing.

As a Dunlop resident I disagree. The supermarket whilst close to Kippax and Charnwood is filling a niche for convieniance. It is usually quite busy certainly busier than other similar sized local supermarkets even with 2 larger shops near by. Would like to know how you know it is loosing money didn’t realise Woolworths made sales stats for individual stores public so gather you as just assuming. My assumption is the opposite.

Not the time I went there to the bottle shop. Two people were serving a couple of customers in the supermarket, a third stood by in chit-chat. I waited for about 3 minutes at the register to be served, all the while the third person knew of my presence. I eventually walked from bottle-O to front counter, where the third [obviously senior officer] directed me back to the liquor store in a “how dare you interrupt my conversation” kind of way, as I wasn’t allowed to bring it out from the bottle shop to pay for it. A rude and inconvenient way to shop, first and last time ever.
As for the topic of the big 2. I don’t bother going all the way to Belco mall for Coles, the local Woolies only has about 20 specialist items we buy occasionally and the rest is done from local meat and veg stores and Aldi.
Tell me why it costs $20.00/kg for a bag of snow peas, but you can grab them loose from the shelf directly next to them at $10.00/kg, giving you the choicest ones if you want to go through them? Does it cost $10 for someone to weigh and bag 200g of peas? Total rip-off. Also, if there wasn’t enough space in the F & V area already, now they have a honking big sushi bar there as well. I can see this undercutting one of food court favorites.

Jethro Jethro 7:41 pm 07 Aug 13

tommo said :

JimCharles said :

The chicken breasts are tiny and force grown very quickly with supplements, so from birth to death they live 42 days and then you eat them.

You’ve got some very bad information there. Hormones (including steroids) have been banned from use in the breeding of commercial meat chickens for over 40 years in Australia.

I think Jim was referring to chicken bought in English supermarkets.

The argument is fair, though. If supermarkets can push out all the smaller specialty butchers, greengrocers, etc then competition will ultimately be reduced and quality will decline.

curlylocks curlylocks 6:30 pm 07 Aug 13

DrKoresh said :

curlylocks said :

I know the chicken shope you mention, out of principle for the crappy customer service that I got there I have never ever bought anything from there and will not. (I wanted some of their thigh fillets with the bone in cut for me at the store the response We have no knives????? ) So If they cannot deliver what the customer request I do not purchase from them.

Get over it, seriously.

Would you go back if you did not get what you requested?????? I think not

DrKoresh DrKoresh 5:53 pm 07 Aug 13

curlylocks said :

I know the chicken shope you mention, out of principle for the crappy customer service that I got there I have never ever bought anything from there and will not. (I wanted some of their thigh fillets with the bone in cut for me at the store the response We have no knives????? ) So If they cannot deliver what the customer request I do not purchase from them.

Get over it, seriously.

curlylocks curlylocks 5:33 pm 07 Aug 13

I know the chicken shope you mention, out of principle for the crappy customer service that I got there I have never ever bought anything from there and will not. (I wanted some of their thigh fillets with the bone in cut for me at the store the response We have no knives????? ) So If they cannot deliver what the customer request I do not purchase from them.

JC JC 5:18 pm 07 Aug 13

JimCharles said :

Well, with Caltex they also take government fuel cards which seems to keep the price high as the users are not bothered about the fuel cost.

What exactly is a government fuel card? The two cars in that I drive where I work each has a Shell card and a BP card. So think your theory of Caltex being more expensive because they supply the government is a tad wrong.

JC JC 5:16 pm 07 Aug 13

IrishPete said :

Dunno about the UK reference. There are lots of chains (Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Asda, M&S) and their range, price and quality is awesome.

IP

There are lots of ‘chains’ in Australia too. In the UK however there is a concern that the big 3 over there, Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Asda have too much market share and manipulate the supplier market.

The rest of the supermarket chains are either fill a niche market, for example M&S is bit on ready meals and has very little general groceries, Waitrose is marketed as being more upmarket with lots of organic and feel good products (Dutchy Orginals for example). Other chains like Morrisions are big in historic geographic area’s, Morrisons in the north for example. But as mentioned the big 3 still get the same wrap, rightly or wrongly that Woolworths and Coles has.

Now interestingly Coles to me is heading more down the UK way with their product offering and marketing, guess not a surprise considering their MD used to be high up in ASDA (which is owned by Wal Mart)

JC JC 5:09 pm 07 Aug 13

beardedclam said :

No assumptions at all. Facts. And sorry about living in Dunlop.

Don’t be sorry nothing wrong with the place actually, and never once seen any crime like you mention near the shops, nor in the police reports that come around monthly (except the ram raid of course).

PS Still don’t believe your story about it making a loss being a FACT and saying duty manager doesn’t cut it. Bottom line is it is doing a good job and filling a niche need.

beardedclam beardedclam 4:06 pm 07 Aug 13

JC said :

beardedclam said :

JC said :

beardedclam said :

Shop Local. A lot of advantages in getting back to your local shops and supporting your community.

I eat that chicken all the time. I have never been sick and it tastes so good, or that could be Mrs Clam’s wonder sauce. Mini Clam likes it too and she is growing up strong and healthy.

Also, some of the Woolies stores, the newer smaller ones, offer the convenience but not the variety or value. That’s smart business I suppose, but this is exactly what the smaller corner stores used to do. Would be good if this revenue was going back into our local communities instead of large supermarket chains, with less of an interest in the locals.

Oh you mean like the small Woolworths at Dunlop? On land that was available for a smaller player to open on yet it took Woolworths to have the guts to buy and develop the land. Whilst the range is not good it is offering conveniance at big supermarket prices.

But yeah they are the badies

Pretty sure i said its smart business. Great example, three woolies within 3 minutes of each other, that Dunlop Woolies makes no money at all, is the target of crime and provides a great community area for the younguns to hassle the customers.

No need for that supermarket, Woolies greed was all that was. Thanks for sharing.

As a Dunlop resident I disagree. The supermarket whilst close to Kippax and Charnwood is filling a niche for convieniance. It is usually quite busy certainly busier than other similar sized local supermarkets even with 2 larger shops near by. Would like to know how you know it is loosing money didn’t realise Woolworths made sales stats for individual stores public so gather you as just assuming. My assumption is the opposite.

No assumptions at all. Facts. And sorry about living in Dunlop.

beardedclam beardedclam 4:05 pm 07 Aug 13

JC said :

beardedclam said :

JC said :

beardedclam said :

Shop Local. A lot of advantages in getting back to your local shops and supporting your community.

I eat that chicken all the time. I have never been sick and it tastes so good, or that could be Mrs Clam’s wonder sauce. Mini Clam likes it too and she is growing up strong and healthy.

Also, some of the Woolies stores, the newer smaller ones, offer the convenience but not the variety or value. That’s smart business I suppose, but this is exactly what the smaller corner stores used to do. Would be good if this revenue was going back into our local communities instead of large supermarket chains, with less of an interest in the locals.

Oh you mean like the small Woolworths at Dunlop? On land that was available for a smaller player to open on yet it took Woolworths to have the guts to buy and develop the land. Whilst the range is not good it is offering conveniance at big supermarket prices.

But yeah they are the badies

Pretty sure i said its smart business. Great example, three woolies within 3 minutes of each other, that Dunlop Woolies makes no money at all, is the target of crime and provides a great community area for the younguns to hassle the customers.

No need for that supermarket, Woolies greed was all that was. Thanks for sharing.

As a Dunlop resident I disagree. The supermarket whilst close to Kippax and Charnwood is filling a niche for convieniance. It is usually quite busy certainly busier than other similar sized local supermarkets even with 2 larger shops near by. Would like to know how you know it is loosing money didn’t realise Woolworths made sales stats for individual stores public so gather you as just assuming. My assumption is the opposite.

Duty Manager relations

JC JC 2:37 pm 07 Aug 13

beardedclam said :

JC said :

beardedclam said :

Shop Local. A lot of advantages in getting back to your local shops and supporting your community.

I eat that chicken all the time. I have never been sick and it tastes so good, or that could be Mrs Clam’s wonder sauce. Mini Clam likes it too and she is growing up strong and healthy.

Also, some of the Woolies stores, the newer smaller ones, offer the convenience but not the variety or value. That’s smart business I suppose, but this is exactly what the smaller corner stores used to do. Would be good if this revenue was going back into our local communities instead of large supermarket chains, with less of an interest in the locals.

Oh you mean like the small Woolworths at Dunlop? On land that was available for a smaller player to open on yet it took Woolworths to have the guts to buy and develop the land. Whilst the range is not good it is offering conveniance at big supermarket prices.

But yeah they are the badies

Pretty sure i said its smart business. Great example, three woolies within 3 minutes of each other, that Dunlop Woolies makes no money at all, is the target of crime and provides a great community area for the younguns to hassle the customers.

No need for that supermarket, Woolies greed was all that was. Thanks for sharing.

As a Dunlop resident I disagree. The supermarket whilst close to Kippax and Charnwood is filling a niche for convieniance. It is usually quite busy certainly busier than other similar sized local supermarkets even with 2 larger shops near by. Would like to know how you know it is loosing money didn’t realise Woolworths made sales stats for individual stores public so gather you as just assuming. My assumption is the opposite.

Grimm Grimm 2:12 pm 07 Aug 13

milkman said :

“Support competition – Support your local (non supermarket) stores”

Support competition, buy where it is best value.

Yeah, I’m enjoying the ridiculously contradictory statement in the article too. Support competition by boycotting a supermarket for competing with a small retailer….

Undercutting price is competition. If you can’t or won’t price at the same or better, you’re losing the competition. This is how capitalism works.

Jere13 Jere13 1:36 pm 07 Aug 13

Not to mention the increacingly poor quality of their fruit and veg.

Hungry beast put together an excellent video detailing the questionable business practices of the two “friendly giants” and their massive market share by international comparriosons. I think they say the in 2020 60c in every dollar spent in Aus will go to WW or Coles owned companies.

Scary stuff

Ben_Dover Ben_Dover 1:36 pm 07 Aug 13

There will always be supermarkets while the plebs want their slab of full fat coke, “white thin sliced bread like baked substance” and “pasta style artificial tomato flavour, ready to eat meal, with genuine bacon type bits in cream like filling and cheese substitute sauce”, on the cheap.

These people who opn veg/butchery/bakery outlets where there is already a WoolCo are onto a hiding for nothing.

80% of the food me and my family eats comes from Belco fresh food markets. Sure it means more expense and more effort and more coking, but nutritionally and taste wise it cannot be beaten. A fair other proportion of our weekly spend goes at Cook IGA as we like to support Nick and the crew there.

beardedclam beardedclam 12:08 pm 07 Aug 13

JC said :

beardedclam said :

Shop Local. A lot of advantages in getting back to your local shops and supporting your community.

I eat that chicken all the time. I have never been sick and it tastes so good, or that could be Mrs Clam’s wonder sauce. Mini Clam likes it too and she is growing up strong and healthy.

Also, some of the Woolies stores, the newer smaller ones, offer the convenience but not the variety or value. That’s smart business I suppose, but this is exactly what the smaller corner stores used to do. Would be good if this revenue was going back into our local communities instead of large supermarket chains, with less of an interest in the locals.

Oh you mean like the small Woolworths at Dunlop? On land that was available for a smaller player to open on yet it took Woolworths to have the guts to buy and develop the land. Whilst the range is not good it is offering conveniance at big supermarket prices.

But yeah they are the badies

Pretty sure i said its smart business. Great example, three woolies within 3 minutes of each other, that Dunlop Woolies makes no money at all, is the target of crime and provides a great community area for the younguns to hassle the customers.

No need for that supermarket, Woolies greed was all that was. Thanks for sharing.

dkNigs dkNigs 11:58 am 07 Aug 13

That big pet store in Belconnen where sportsmans warehouse is has a reputation for this too. They open in new locations, drop their prices below what the small retailers can afford, then once they close jack the prices up higher than what the small retailers charged.

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