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Old 11-28-2011, 09:29 PM
 
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First they started creeping their own brands into their stores.
Coles, budget or Woolworths budget.

Then they started pricing their brand milk so low that the dairy farmers apparently couldn't compete.

Its spreading.....and when you start messing with the tomatoes this is getting serious!

Personally I buy minimal stuff at Coles/Woolies. Cleaning products, pantry items mostly

I shop at Thomas Dux for fruit & vegetables, and my local butchers for meat.

Demise of the killer tomatoes

and I admit, I aim to buy Australian.
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Old 11-28-2011, 09:36 PM
 
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I love Thomas Dux!

Apart from that I buy most of my stuff from the IGA up the road. No Coles no Woolies.
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Old 11-28-2011, 09:47 PM
 
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I need to find an IGA or something

I decided to shop at Thomas Dux a) because its quieter and b) paying pretty much the same prices at coles for a brown, wilted lettuce is stupid.

Who should be regulating this? ACCC? Surely its a breach of competition?!
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Old 11-28-2011, 10:03 PM
 
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Ha! The ACCC are a bunch of jokers. Did you see what they did with the Franklins takeover?

Essentially they said Coles and Woolworths have 80% of the market. Metcash (who were trying to buy Franklins) would have ended up with 10%. The ACCC in its infinite wisdom said that they would treat the 80% owned by WOW and Coles seperately and would instead block the takeover because Metcash would end up owning too much market share of the remaining 20%. So 40% market share ok; 10% won't someone please think of the children!

FWIW, Woolworths owns Thomas Dux.
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Old 11-28-2011, 10:10 PM
 
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Typical. Useless.

Oh great. Thanks for that news on Woolworth owning TD. They have their paws everywhere.
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Old 11-28-2011, 10:57 PM
 
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I was fortunate to be able to do all my shopping at:
Adelaide Central Market - the City of Adelaide's food hub. 80 stalls under one roof :: Home

What I could not buy at the market (e.g., dunny paper) I'd buy at Coles which was attached to the central market.

If I needed small items during the week, I'd shop at IGA in North Adelaide, despite their high prices.

I really miss central market in Adelaide. Toronto had a nice produce market, St Lawrence, but it was not as interesting as what we had in ADL.
St. Lawrence Market Home Page
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Old 11-28-2011, 11:34 PM
 
Location: Brisbane
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We have a coles over the street from our house, its just too convieniant to ignore.

A new IGA has just opened up 300m down the road from the coles, its more expensive than coles but tends to stock products you would expect to find in more specialised Asian/Indian or European Supermarkets. In short the variety and freshness of produce at the IGA seems better, its also open 18 hours a day 7 days a week. More and more we are doing our shopping at the IGA

I always buy Australian where possible.

Was also pretty shocked to read the other day, that the biggest owner or lessee of poker machines in Australia is Woolworths (ive no idea if you purchase pokies or lease them) , they obvioulsy own a very large number of pubs.

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Old 11-29-2011, 04:34 AM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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I tend to do grocery shopping at IGA because of convenience. That particularly IGA has gone through more incarnations than I can count. I still have a soft spot for it because I've been going there since I was a little tyke and it started as a Stammer's Supermarket, formerely Stammer's Greengrocer's/General Store, on one of only two.
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Old 11-29-2011, 11:09 AM
 
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Don't you folks find IGA prices higher than Coles? I always did. Woolies seemed to have the cheapest prices of the 3 (Wool, Coles, IGA).
When I lived in SA, I did try to buy Aussie, when possible. Even living in the US, I try to buy ONLY Aussie wine and I still buy only Coopers beer.
The only kiwi product I've seen for sale in the US is Sauv Blanc wine, sea salt and water. There are a lot more Aussie products available (lamb, wines, tim tams, Holden Commodores)

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Old 11-29-2011, 05:10 PM
 
Location: Newcastle NSW Australia
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The missus shops at Woolies mainly, supposedly for better fresh produce.
I tend to get a few bits and pieces from local Coles as well.
There is an Aldi nearby but seldom use it, and IGA is too expensive (and less choice).
Unfortunately the duopoly of Coles and Woolies is well entrenched now, as they also own Big W (Woolies), K-Mart and Target (Coles-Myer) as well.
When I was a kid, Franklins and to a lesser extent Flemings challenged the Big 2, and there were even others like Half-Case and Safeway (before it was taken over by Woolies), which have now fallen by the wayside.
Campbell's Cash and Carry was going to be the next big thing, but it never happened.
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