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“STAY AWAY”: ALDI warns customers to prepare for disappointment

“STAY AWAY”: ALDI warns customers to prepare for disappointment

ALDI has announced that shoppers must be prepared for disappointment ahead of an upcoming Special Buys set to release for the festival season.

The supermarket has said there are issues due to delays with some advertised products that can be blamed on industrial action at Port Botany in Sydney and other container terminals.

ALDI Australia’s director of customer interactions Adrian Christie has informed news.com.au the supermarket that they are not proud in discouraging people to shop but it has little choice.

“Stay away if what you’re after will not be in stock, but if you want the usual things like milk and bread you’ll be fine,” Mr Christie said.

ALDI’s product page shows a number of items that will not be available in each state or territory ahead of Saturday’s Special Buys.

One high-demand item which is currently gracing the front cover of ALDI’s Special Buys catalogue is a $99.99 seven-foot Christmas tree.

The Winchester Luxury Pre-lit LED Christmas Tree, that is a high-demand item, will be unavailable in every state except Queensland.

Mr Christie said the grand tree is one of the reasons ALDI is warning shoppers to be prepared for delays.

“A seven-foot Christmas tree is not something you necessarily want to take home on the bus; so we know people recruit friends or borrow utes and big cars to get the tree. We want to minimise the disruption,” he told news.com.au.

Another six-foot Christmas tree is delayed in all states except Western Australia, while a huge variety of festive lights, decorations and craft items will not be available for purchase around the country.

ALDI said the products should be delivered later in the week, but it would all depend on how quickly the port could clear the backlog.