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Media Release Aldi Snow Sale, Sat May 14 2016

Discussion in 'Noticeboard' started by Daniel2016, Apr 15, 2016.

  1. Slalom

    Slalom A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    The irony with my Salomon jacket is that it was purchased at Surrey Ski & Board, who are now no longer around.
     
  2. absentskier

    absentskier Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    They're around, but only as an online retailer.
     
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  3. Snorkler

    Snorkler Part of the Furniture

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    Apparantly it's the same pretty much for sunscreens too ;)
     
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  4. marv hucker

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    They all taste the same.
     
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  5. Ralph_implement

    Ralph_implement A Local

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    If a ski shop is looking to blame someone, perhaps they could blame suppliers and wholesalers for not providing products at a price that might compete with Aldi? It costs the same to produce a 20/20 Salomon jacket to a 20/20 Aldi jaket (if it doesn't Salomon only have themselves to blame).

    The skis shops I know that are doing ok do not blame customers for going to Aldi, they try to offer something better than what Aldi can, and mostly succeed. don't get me wrong, they don't "like" Aldi, but they don't blame customers for going there.

    Reality is, if waxing skis and trying on clothes is a service in enough demand, there will be a shop to provide it. Last time I checked shops did not blame customers for waxing their own gear.
     
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  6. LMB

    LMB Old but definitely not Crusty! Ski Pass: Gold

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    Most often from Rhythm in Niseko.

    Why? It's situated on the corner of my street - so my absolute local store. There's a great waxing bench in my apartment building and I've got a great set of waxing equipment in the closet. Most ski weeks per year are there, so most waxing occurs there, including a wax for the board I bring back to Perth just before I pack it.

    If I need to wax in Perth and I'm out of wax I'll try Main Peak Cottesloe (which is a 15 minute walk from me). If I know I'm running low I'll grab some when I'm in the Snowy's and on the way home (usually Rhythm).

    At a pinch, stuck in Perth, I'll order online or get my mate from Cooma to stick some in the post.

    I think you will find that it is a small percentage of a regular skiers ski gear budget that gets spent at ALDI.
     
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  7. gettingtooold

    gettingtooold One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Kit yourself out in top ski brand names in Oz with base, mid and outer layers and reckon you won't get much change out of a grand. Go to Aldi, get the same rated gear and the savings almost amount to a season's lift pass. Go figure. I might add that I bought a pair of leather gloves from them on the weekend, first purchase for me, but my mates and son have used their pants for years and swear by them. Something is seriously wrong with the supply chain with regard to local ski clothing retailers. I tend to disagree with previous comments regarding Aldi that only novices going to the snow will buy their gear as a cheap way of getting started. Folks I know who have been skiing for years are getting their stuff at excellent prices and it performs.
     
  8. blutek

    blutek One of Us

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    will be staying out of your way ROFL
     
  9. LMB

    LMB Old but definitely not Crusty! Ski Pass: Gold

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    I hear you.

    I've ridden men's boards. All good.

    And in both NZ and Hotham I did move to asking about men's boards when girls boards were a no go, but every board that was what I wanted was only available in a big size. I had a 155 - I wanted smaller.

    In the end I got a what I wanted performance wise, and I love the graphics too.
     
  10. Donza

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    Aldi and freedom passes are saving the snow industry in this country. IMO.
    Its encouraging people to ski and visit the snow in this country.
    Its countered online sales from America.
    Its a positive. Adapt. Evole. Enjoy
     
  11. LMB

    LMB Old but definitely not Crusty! Ski Pass: Gold

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    LOL
    I'm pretty meek and mild blutek.
    And you should've see my face the first time someone said that to me. I certainly didn't put myself in the 'aggressive' catagory - on the board or off it LOL
     
  12. blutek

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    Many big name brands are owned by one company. The company then limits competition between it's local distributors and maintains an inflated price (compared to the USA domestic market).
     
  13. absentskier

    absentskier Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    That's the point I've been trying to make. I've replaced plenty of expensive brand name ski wear with Aldi stuff.
     
  14. Snorkler

    Snorkler Part of the Furniture

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    It is precisely this that Aldi have used as their competitive advantage. They have focused on improving delivery channels to customer and as a result, it's having quite an impact on the market.

    If anyone wants to be a ski gear retailer in Australia, they really have to know their business model canvas very well and exactly where they are providing value to the customer.
     
  15. TOFF

    TOFF Im kind of a big deal Ski Pass: Gold

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    Ski retailer in Oz used to say stuff like.
    Great Service
    Great Price
    Great Gear
    Choose any two.

    Consumer then went somewhere to get all 3.
     
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  16. gettingtooold

    gettingtooold One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Tell me about it. Tried buying stuff on line and so many brand names are not able to ship to Oz. Good mate of mine bought a "North Face", soft shell jacket while in Vietnam, place of manufacture for less than $20. He reckons he could have got it for half that but couldn't be bothered haggling.
     
  17. person s

    person s Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    there are a few conglomerates now
    Jarden owns K2, Marmot, Völkl, Nordica, Tecnica, Marker, various others and Sunbeam as in mixmasters, and was itself recently taken over by Rubbermaid
    Amer owns Atomic, Salomon, Acteryx
    VF owns North Face and others
    Rossignol used to own Dynastar, Look and Lange but that fell apart after Quiksilver took it over
     
  18. Astro66

    Astro66 Still looking for a park in Thredbo

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    Oh dear Ben.

    Internet has leveled the playing field.

    People want Snow Equipment that does the job, for the best price. The internet allows them to do this with minimal effort.

    But please keep blaming the customer for the failure of your business. You'll be a raging success in the future with that attitude. <shakes head>

    Buying from a retailer, who looks blame customers, when there is a problem, is the first sign for me, not to get involved with them. Having visited you're ebay site. That's a real shame.

    Best of Luck, mate. :thumbs:
     
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  19. Donza

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    Coalition brands offered an outlet for overstocks on consignment etc... thats a contrast to a traditional business
     
  20. Marty_McSly

    Marty_McSly Staying the **** at home. Ski Pass: Gold

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    Clearance outlets in capital cities are bugger-all use to those of us in regional areas. OTOH I have 4 Aldis within 15 minutes' drive.

    Although my purchases from Aldi have tended to be for my teenaged son. Otherwise he would have had hired gear.
     
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  21. Donza

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    This in spades.

    Wollongong... one of the biggest markets in Australia doesn't have a ski shop.
    That's not because of Aldi.
     
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  22. person s

    person s Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    not in growth mode in Sydney either
    internet more likely the cause
     
  23. Donza

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    why should it be?
    many enough ski shops in Jindy and Cooma imo.
     
  24. skinavy

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    Wasn't there a surf shop that also sold ski gear (Extreme?)
     
  25. Donza

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    Yes.
    warren that owned it , passed away in shit circumstances in march 2011.
    they were good peeps.
    made my footbeds i still have.
     
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    Sorry to hear that. I only went in there once or twice before I headed to Sydney and then UK in 2009-2012. Bought some wax once. Aquatique in Nowra still hire skis and stock a small amount of ski and board clothes and gear (helmets, goggles, etc. Generally O+E stuff), but really it is an adjunct to surf and beach products.
     
  27. telecrag

    telecrag Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    If you can't tell the diff, you can't tell the diff. The INOC pants I bought 2 years ago are actually pretty good, about half the price retail (if I had to pay that) of another pair I have that are about the same in quality and function. The jacket isn't so great, but is excellent for the money. I haven't been back, it was mostly curiosity for me.

    High end, know your shit, enjoy what you do, good advice. That is the way to go small IMO. It is a small market though. The bulk like everything these days is dollar driven. If you want to play that game, then you are competing with monsters.

    And people don't wonder anymore, who made this? Were they middle class and comfortable? Just like me if I CHOSE to work in a sweat shop? Ill just assume that its magic that it can be done so cheap.
     
  28. telecrag

    telecrag Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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  29. gmn

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    You probably have the thermal compression stuff from Aldi? Aldi also do non-thermal compression which uses lycra like material that is seems thinner than 2XU/Skins.
     
  30. marv hucker

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    I think I've got the same stuff as Astro.
    Quite thick, and has held up very well after a year or so.


    Might even be the cycling knicks, can't remember. Will buy it again.
     
  31. bluess57

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    aldi crane ski goggles - whats the verdict?
    good or junk
     
  32. Ralph_implement

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    good junk.
     
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  33. Scott No Mates

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    If reducing the add-on costs brings more people to the ski fields all the better. Once there they'll still have to eat, enter national parks, hire equipment etc which boots the local economy.
     
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    Born2ski Part of the Furniture

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    Been happy with mine the last few years in Japan. I take two pairs, one set up with the mirror lens and the other with the orange lens, so I don't have to change them. The problem I find with goggles is they all eventually get scratches on the lens so it's easier on the hip pocket to buy a $15 pair of Aldi goggles than a $100 name brand pair every few years.
     
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    LMB Old but definitely not Crusty! Ski Pass: Gold

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    :woohoo:
    Saw the first Aldi advert on TV for WA tonight! Much excite. Funny ad.
     
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    Will try:thumbs:
     
  37. parkmonkey

    parkmonkey Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Aldi selling Australia's cheapest 18-year-old single malt scotch at $70

    any good?
    If you've ever wondered how snobby whisky aficionados can be, one well-known spirits expert admits he refused Aldi's offer of a sample bottle of the Glen Marnoch 18. Instead we turned to David Ligoff from World of Whisky in Sydney's Double Bay, who joined Executive Style to share a dram and concur that while it's surprisingly good value, it lacks finish.

    "The bottom line is that it has a great nose but it's downhill from there. It's not the worst whisky I've ever tasted, not by a long shot. I'd happily have it home as a party whisky."



    Whisky snobbery and ski snobbery on par?
     
  38. person s

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    single malt at a party?
    for mixing with coke, I suppose
     
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  39. Scott No Mates

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    I didn't bite. No matter how bad it is, it'd be better than Jonnnie Walker
     
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    person s Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    my late father in law was a Johnnie lover
    he thought black label was classy, wouldn't touch red
    his daughters bought him one of the more expensive versions - blue or gold, I don't recall
    he was over the moon
     
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    person s Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    LOL
     
  42. mick chopps

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    why are we even comparing blended malt to single malt?
     
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  43. mick chopps

    mick chopps Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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    somebody did. talking about aldi single malt and JW gets a reference.
     
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    The terminology is confusing. I had a Scotch whisky supplier explain the difference to me. A single malt whisky is from one distillery and is most likely to be a blend of different barrels but is always made from malted barley only.

    The blended whisky can be sourced from several distilleries and can contain other cereals other then malted barley, eg corn or wheat ( I am assuming malted as well).
     
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    exactly. so of course a blended malt whisky is going to be different to a single malt...
     
  46. person s

    person s Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    I mostly drink Laphroaig now, no mixer, no water, no ice
    very small quantities - I'm still on the duty free bottle from trip before last
    also, no one else ever wants any of it, so it's all mine
     
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    parkmonkey Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    My mate is very happy with the aldi $25 champagne after his missus got a taste for $80 bottles champagne but was quiet happy to drink the aldi $25 bottle
    [​IMG]
     
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  48. mick chopps

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    I always laugh at this sort of stuff...
    My mates Mrs doesn't really drink, except for very expensive French bubbles. Was chatting to said mate about this and he told me "she's learnt to not drink at all..."
    I LOL'd
     
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    I haven't tried the scotch or the fizz, but the still wine I have bought from Aldi is not great, but it is certainly not cats' piss. Excellent value for a daily drop.
     
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    I reckon cheap champagne (as in French) is generally not that great. If I'm going for a $20 or $30 bottle of sparkling it's Aus every time. Some decent ones out there.
     
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