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I'm wondering if this just in my area. Aldi in St Johns precinct, Liverpool, yesterday afternoon. (Saturday.) All 5 tills working flat out and the tellers yelling 'cash only'. First time I've ever seen that. In Asda on Smithdown Road this afternoon and it was heaving, almost out of trolleys. Can't say for sure if every till was operating as it has lots but I didn't see an empty till.

Is this just scousers or is everywhere doing mad shopping?

I was wondering if a bigger than usual crimbo splurge is a reaction to the doom and gloom economy. Carnival in Rio sort of thing, we're poor but not on THAT holiday.

Comments and shopping anecdotals for your area welcome, the amount of shopping being done this weekend really surprised me.

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Similar but different, this year there's been more fiReworks going off than recent years. I know it was a Tuesday this year but last weekend was all fireworks and still hearing them this weekend.

Lots of inventory sold off cheap?

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Similar but different, this year there's been more fiReworks going off than recent years. I know it was a Tuesday this year but last weekend was all fireworks and still hearing them this weekend.

Lots of inventory sold off cheap?

Ah, the old fireworks indicator!

I thought this year was just as quiet as previous years. Nothing like the simulated war we used to get pre-2009.

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I'm wondering if this just in my area. Aldi in St Johns precinct, Liverpool, yesterday afternoon. (Saturday.) All 5 tills working flat out and the tellers yelling 'cash only'. First time I've ever seen that. In Asda on Smithdown Road this afternoon and it was heaving, almost out of trolleys. Can't say for sure if every till was operating as it has lots but I didn't see an empty till.

Is this just scousers or is everywhere doing mad shopping?

I was wondering if a bigger than usual crimbo splurge is a reaction to the doom and gloom economy. Carnival in Rio sort of thing, we're poor but not on THAT holiday.

Comments and shopping anecdotals for your area welcome, the amount of shopping being done this weekend really surprised me.

More people are shopping in Alid and Asda than ever because more people are just above food bank status. Aldi has now opened 500 stores! It's doing very well because its like for like products are...well extraordinarily similar and no better or worse than brands, foa bout 30% less on average. Did a shop there 10 days ago. Downside is lack of range, but what there is was all good except the mince which was far too high in fat % for me. No clubcard like Tesco - I just got a massive amount of those worth hundreds, so I must have paid for them with the higher prices. No Aldi near me :(

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We used to live very close to a big Sainsburys and sometimes we used to shop there. I recall one Christmas pointing out to a very self-important deputy-under-manager that six quid was outrageous for a packed of pistachios when Lidl had a packet the same weight for £1.79. He declared that 'Lidl arent our competition' and 'If you like it there shop there then'.

Well anyway that was my last visit to the place. Now we get the interesting/quality stuff online or from farmers markets (or occasionally Waitrose for fresh stuff or when we need something in a rush). The bulk/everyday stuff comes from Lidl, loads of them in our bit of Berkshire now (Wokingham - hardly a breadline area - Woodley, Crowthorne, couple in Reading of course). The one in Wokingham even has a Sainsburys-like bakery section B)

The quality is top notch, every bit as good as the mainstream supermarkets. It does get busy though.

As for going daft in the shops, it always goes daft this time of year. And I do detect an upturn in Chavs out there with the fireworks.

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Thanks for the replies. Aldi and Asda are my main shops so am in there quite often but last weekend was like an explosion. The previous years crimbo build up didn't happen till early/mid December.

If the reason is migration of customers then Tesco hitting the skids can't come soon enough for me. Doesn't take much insight when looking at Tesco staff to guess at how they are treated.

Next weekend I'll pop into Tesco just to see how busy they are compared to Aldi, they are less a minutes walk apart.

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Thanks for the replies. Aldi and Asda are my main shops so am in there quite often but last weekend was like an explosion. The previous years crimbo build up didn't happen till early/mid December.

If the reason is migration of customers then Tesco hitting the skids can't come soon enough for me. Doesn't take much insight when looking at Tesco staff to guess at how they are treated.

Next weekend I'll pop into Tesco just to see how busy they are compared to Aldi, they are less a minutes walk apart.

I don't think this is solely the supearkets either. Shopping centres busier than recent times and traffic getting worse too.

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Long queues in Swansea Debenhams last Thursday. Really surprised me. I was banking on more panic sales before Christmas.

You poor dabs.

Don't you have a proper department store like a Selfridges to go to down there?

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Town was heaving this weekend as well. The Aldi tills had the longest queues I'd ever seen there. Guy on till said they normally got busy this time of year but this was off the wall. He also said Primark had queues outside and were operating on a 2 go in when 2 come out basis.

Is this a collective 'beat the rush' rush? If the level of spending keeps up until Dec 24th then the retail figures are going to be mega.

The cynic in me thinks that the 'sheeple' might not be that dumb and are having a blow out before it all comes crashing down next year.

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Was Crimbo shopping in Watford today. Never been there before mid-week, so can't say if it was typical or not, but seemed very very busy - almost as bad as on Saturday.

It was very noticeable that the vast majority of shoppers were bus-pass holders, with a smattering of "benefits mums".

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This was mentioned on the local radio last week, a supermarket worker said that a lot of people had been buying Christmas-type things (tines of sweets, puddings) a lot earlier than usual to take advantage of two-for-one promotions; it looked to them that there was a lot of early buying so there would be less of a late rush than usual.

Hint: so if you delay yours there may be a lot of last minute offers. I got a cracking free range turkey when they reduced them to half-price on Christamas Eve, I got mine at lunchtime and when I popped back in after work to see what else they had they'd all gone. Now that's what I call brinkmanship.

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