Sunday, 18 January 2009

Boycotting Sainsburys..ok I know I'm not meant to be blogging



I took this picture whilst queuing at the adjacent check out.

I have had enough of Sainsbury's. Not only do they discontinue everything we like to buy but also they make me search in vain through the fruit and veg for something not produced by Israel, France, USA or Kenya. I found a few Spanish veg yesterday and the odd British item. They discontinued Black Farmer Sausages
and now it is impossible to buy a decent sausage (one that doesn't sit in a soup of water and fat the moment you start cooking it). Perhaps this is because Wilfred, the Black Farmer is a prospective Conservative Party candidate?

They have stopped doing fresh stock, decent Australian wine, the coffee we liked, and have upped the price of their tinned beans from 33p to 51p a tin. Their meat is inedible. As is their spongy bread. I can buy cleaning products and dog food from Mole Valley Farmers in bulk for a fraction of their rip off prices.

They have expanded the local store at the expense of the parking so it is the norm to have some uninsured idiot with car park rage slam into your motor and drive off without a word, although sometimes with a snarl.

Lord Sainsbury uses his profits to support the Labour party. Sod em. They have nothing I need.

Any suggestions as to what "oberervations" might involve?

53 comments:

Elby the Beserk said...

No, you are NOT meant to be blogging. Who's going to do the housework?

hatfield girl said...

Goody, you're back. I can stop putting piccies on Angels.

Isn't it a bit up market shopping in Sainsbury's? Go to Lidl, they do good processed meats of all kinds. There's a recipe for saucisse de Toulouse in Julia Child that really works. (and if you add the beans and a bit of lamb and pork you can have cassoulet for days.

Daisy said...

i would say "oberervations" would mean the ultimate in observations...or overly renovating...oh hell i don't know...doesn't make any sense to me...

lilith said...

Yes, Hats, it is a bit up market. We have an Asda now, but it scares me. I shall be using the farmers market twice a month and the local green grocers during the week, before he gets shut down. There's Mole Valley Farmers for everything else. I think there's a Lidl but I haven't found it yet. We are living off cassoulet already :-)

lilith said...

Daisy it's a puzzle, no? Oberervations is some oblique reference to the New Stasi that is the darling of Lord Sainsbury I am sure...the file no doubt belongs to the Diversity Officer or the Community Cohesion Commander.

lilith said...

Elby, I don't fancy the housework :-(

lilith said...

But please don't switch my internet off....I will make you afternoon tea and marmite toast...

Daisy said...

it's always odd to me when people talk about "the Stasi" as that was my maiden name...spelled exactly that way...when my grandmother came from italy they changed it at Ellis Island from Stazzi...just seems odd to see it in print in another, more negative aspect...

lilith said...

Wow, Daisy, unlucky coincidence. The officials at Ellis Island really couldn't spell could they? Stazzi is much classier. Has your maternal family thought of changing it back since? Or were there no boys..

Daisy said...

my father had three brothers...one had 8 boys...the other 12...in my family there are 3 girls and one boy...my sisters moved out west and changed their name back to the original spelling...i got married and my name changed...lol

lilith said...

Omg, Daisy, does that mean that Illinois is full of Stasi? Lol!

Daisy said...

chicago is...that is where my uncles and their families are...go figure...lol

lilith said...

Excellent. I am afraid the only thing I can tell you about Chicago is that it has an amazing Emergency Dept at the state hospital where all the beautiful people work ;-)

Daisy said...

only in the movies lilith...you have to trust me on that one ;)

Tuscan Tony said...

Quite right: Sainsbury's is feeding the hand that bites you. As has already been said, try Lidl: excellent biccies, far better than the now-salty-and-foul alleged Digestives, plus surprisingly good wine too. Their choccies are not bad, either. There's one about ten miles from here and we're well overdue a visit.

Tuscan Tony said...

Sorry, oberervations are diktats to Gordie from Mandy's office.

lilith said...

"oberervations are diktats to Gordie from Mandy's office"

They have to be, don't they TT?

I shall go on a Lidl trail tomorrow. Chocolate would be good.

lilith said...

Daisy, Oh! Is that Chicago hospital not real? I am shocked. I suppose it is just as well as the staff all seem to be preoccupied with their failed relationships with one another...occasionally saving lives between giving each other meaningful looks and popping uppers..

idle said...

http://www.powters.co.uk/

Lil, I buy 18 or 22lbs of these at a time, depending on freezer space. They are very good. I grill my bangers, rather than fry them, but they don't throw off that unnecessary cheating saline mixture that the budget, nostril/foreskin sausages get injected with to make them weigh more.

Elby the Beserk said...

Oh. OK.

electro-kevin said...

We shop at Lidls to economise.

On the way back home Mrs E-K says, "We have to go to Sainsbury's"

"Err - why ?"

"Because Scruffy doesn't like the cat food from Lidls."

WTF ???


(If I'm honest I'm not to keen on Lidls food either, but I eat it.)

mick said...

can't understand why you all go to Lidl - Aldi sell much nicer stuff at about the same price.

And their graduate trainees start on 40k plus an Audi !!!!!

http://www.graduates.aldirecruitment.co.uk/

Scrobs said...

Lils - Snazzos are still without any Chardonnay wineboxes, which as everyone knows, we use for a quick snifter before we have a drink...

Good on you Gal - tell them to piss off.

Scrobs said...

And it's nice to know we can chat again too Lils...

Scrobs said...

In the Waitrose in Tenterden, that rich crowd take their own wicker baskets...

How stupid can you get!

Can I stop this supermarket chat now please?

The Beast Of Clerkenwell said...

Scrobs
Waitrose is good.

The mother of The Beast buys organic chicken livers fpr her cats (The Girls)from a butcher on Clifton Rd,
Im extravagant, but thats just fucking bonkers.
I'm hoping the bastards die soon as that along with the vets bills are eating into my inheritance.

fuchsia groan said...

We have moved from Waitrose to Aldi for fruit and veg and the basics. And they do fab chocolate.

Philipa said...

"No, you are NOT meant to be blogging. Who's going to do the housework?"

*sharp intake of breath*

As long as you don't give money to that dreadful store that charged me £70 for parking too long after I came out of hospital and my 8 yr old son was doing the shopping as I shuffled round. Bastards.

Actually Waitrose is good. Yummy food. Have you tried farm shops for veg and a real butchers? And Wilkinsons for cleaning prods.

My aunt gets together with a friend and buys half a pig or lamb and they split it. The butcher butchers it properly (well he would, I know) and wraps the cuts seperately so it's easy to divy up. So er.. you could always phone a friend.. ? Some butchers do mixed bags and some deliver too.

Some sausage mfrs and butchers/producers do deliver by post. No really. I've looked a couple up on the net and the prices aren't bad but it's usually worth buying by the mixed bag and freezing because of delvery costs. Have yet to try that though. However I do like the idea of knowing where the meat comes. Let me know if you try that?

'Oberervations could be a reference to Oberon games' - basically a euphemism for recording shop floor gossip and misdemeanors. Who let the cheese section temperature rise? Was it mabel the shelf filler? And is Stan the toiletry man culpable? Tune in for next weeks episode of... Soap.

Philipa said...

where fuchsia groan goes. Please don't go there.

fuchsia groan said...

Maybe Sainsbury staff are compiling a list of complaints about customers, like those clever folk at Tesco did on their facebook site
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1120763/Red-faces-Tesco-dozens-staff-post-insulting-comments-customers-internet-forum.html

fuchsia groan said...

Nowt wrong with Aldi for the basics. We still go to Waitrose for their yummy bread, and our cat doesn't do cheap cat food either.

Philipa said...

Well I happen to think there's something wrong with a supermarket making extra money out of the sick and disabled. And whilst there are a few usually foreign items a few pennies cheaper there was no significant difference and less choice.

A friend of a friend is a farmer. A dairy farmer. They have diversifed into making cheese as the supermarkets have driven the price of milk down so much and due to the stranglehold they have on producers farming in itself, especially small farms, struggle to sustain a family. This is wrong. Supermarkets often have loss leaders but who pays? Not the supermarket.

Given the choice I prefer to support my neighbours and hey, we have some choice, dependant on our income. The internet is a fairly cheap way of advertising your product so look around - you may have a farm near you that needs your business and works hard to produce good stuff. Farm veg is nicer than supermarket veg anyway that's been stored refrigerated in a warehouse for a fortnight before you get it. And most of Aldi's stuff is imported. Check out your local farm shop. It's even fun to pick your own.

Lils - I popped to my local butcher this morning; venison sausages, wild boar sausags, oak smoked bacon (the proper way) and diced beef for a casserole for three, danish bacon for the kids so that's 6 meals for less than £10. If I wasn't feeding children I would have had a brace of pheasants, shot locally. Shove one in the slow cooker bathed in a can of cider and pop out for a walk in the woods. Turn the steamer of veg on when you get back and once you've de-coated and booted serve up the most delicious smelling meal. Serve with chateauneuf du pape or robust bordeaux.

lilith said...

I will give those sausages a go Idle. Elby has to have his sausages...

Kev, have you tried mixing in the Lidl cat food with the Sainsbury's cat food until fussy Scruffy doesn't discriminate? Pig gets half Burns, half working-dog mix (half the price, no VAT)

Mick, I tried Lidl years ago but the only thing that tempted me was the olive oil...but I decided it couldn't be olive oil at that price so left empty handed. We don't have an Aldi.


Yay Scrobs! I love Waitrose, but you can barely get a bagful for less than £50! We have a fantastic store, in Gillingham, Dorset, but luckily it is half an hours drive from here so I never go anymore. When I lived near to it I called it "The Tuck Shop".

Beast, my mother used to feed organic beef stew to my previous pooch (Delilah the poodle). I would watch, horrified, as she loaded the dog's bowl with it, so aghast that I could barely splutter "That was our dinner for tomorrow night!"

lilith said...

Pip, Fuchsia, local shopping is where we are at down here. So much delicious food is produced hereabouts that it really is a crime to pay for the food miles.

Don't worry Pip, if we had an Aldi, I would boycott it too, as I don't think you should have been fined for taking 2 hours to do the shopping. It takes an hour to get through a supermarket on a good day: all that disorientating lighting and the irritating reorganisation of the aisles every month.

Yeah, Elby always talks to me like that ;-) I just beat him with his crutches and make him chase me for a piece of chocolate (which I inevitably eat before he can catch me)

Trubes said...

Hello Lils, so glad you are back. I try not to shop at Sainsburys as they support the Labour morons and that slmy Shaun Woodward the turncoat is married one of the sainsburys heiresses. She's only an heiress at ou bequest...buggery champagne Socialists...Don't cha just love em..
Tell Elby i'll come downd and make him a cup of tea if you are too busy bloging.

Hope all are well...good news on my site...sory i've not been in touch but as you will see, i've been rather busy!

Di.xx

fuchsia groan said...

Oh dear. The politics of food. I do use our local fruit & veg wholesaler and try to buy British as much as poss. The rest, I alternate between Waitrose for my favourite coffee and more exotic fruit and veg, and Aldi for things like pulses and tomatoes (the only tinned food I use) and household cleaning stuff, with more fruit & veg (I eat a lot of this stuff, mmm gotta love those veggies). I agree, it is best to support local, but no pick-your-own up here, mores the pity. Used to do a lot of that when I lived in Zummerset though.

Wrinkled Weasel said...

Dear Lilith

Sainsbury's are also the only big supermarket to stop selling eggs from battery chickens.

I take that to be a result for the concerned consumer and a source of personal satisfaction since some of my best friends are chickens.

lilith said...

Weasel, last time I tried to buy free range eggs in Sainsbury's I noticed that they are £1 more per doz than the organic free range ones available at the farmer's market. I only like eggs with sweet bright golden yolks, not ones that have pale green yolks and taste of fish...Happy chickens make delicious eggs...peep peep!

Henry North London said...

Lidl is good for most things, I went to Tesco the other day and the freezer section has contracted to nothing.. Plus I cant stand Sainsburys at the best of times, They really put me off when they started using those awful shelves.

I prefer Lidl to tesco and to Sainsburys now

As far as eggs are concerned I buy them rarely and have to buy them at Tesco, the Lidl ones just dont really do it though I may have to force my self to use them soon

The chorizo at Lidl is good though I made three meals out of one 300g chorizo

Nomad said...

For those who may be interested, "ervations" (usually of the "standing" type) are what Obamasan and Michelle got a lot of this week. "Ober - ervations" are the much superior German variety, but I hear these are strictly rationed by Angela and Sarko and are only given to those special North British citizens who claim to have "saved the world" etc.

Hope that helps. (Something to ponder as you scream at your till receipts).

Scrobs said...

Actually Beast, Waitrose is a good store, there's a superb one at Paddock Wood.

I'm only passingon an Urban Myth which surrounds Tenterden, which is also one of my favourite towns - especially as Pips likes the jingle-jangle jewellry there...

Pips, I can't go by that shop without thinking about that photo...;0)

Philipa said...

I do like the jewllery, it's true. Carved silver dragons and gold panthers. Definitely me.

Actually my friend bought me a piglet (a la Pooh) climbing up a silver rope from there. It's one of my treasured possesions.

I did once own a red Toyota Supra and matching red leather suit and stilletoes. It's very difficult to match reds and I can remember playing 'respecta-bole' very loudly in that car. The jewellery was just as loud then. But now I am chided by my children if I so much a wiggle to an Abba tune in my flat sensible shoes and jewellery free washing up mode. I no longer eat mussels and am well versed in the goings on in Sodor.

And I wouldn't swop for the world :-))

lilith said...

Henry, welcome, you need to get out West, where food is food and you are not forced to shop in such places :-)I agree that chorizo is a fab meal base, but don't look too carefully at the colouring additives...

Nomad, that is inspired. Standing oberervations all round!

lilith said...

Scrobs, I would shop at Waitrose all the time if a) the nearest wasn't an hours round trip away and b) I was earning the sort of money I earned a year ago...

Pip, that is outrageous. You HAVE to post a pic ;-)

Scrobs said...

Yes Pips, please post a photo!

So would we actually Lils, but they're just that bit too far, and some of their wine is expensive too...

Philipa said...

I even danced like them! Still do :-/ Funnily enough I came across an old album containing a pic of me with pink hair. I had it dyed aubergine with a shocking pink rinse so it shone bright pink under the neon lights. That was fun. The orange perm just made me look like a fuzzy lollipop. Shopping in Harrods for a dress for my sisters wedding with that hairstyle, adorned with one of those hairbands with like ping-pong balls on long springs, was fun. What were they called? i suppose the shiny jogging shorts didn't help the image either. Well it was a hot day.

And were past Vesta curry and Blue Nun by then. Champagne in wine bars and oysters were the thing. Yuk! Never again. It was like swallowing fishy snot and gave me food poisoning for 3 miserable days. I'm definately a meat and potatoes kinda girl. Perfect beef gives you a trickle of blood that follows the knife down as you slice the velvety fleshh. Shluupp! Yumm :-)

lilith said...

Pip, this is my absolute favourite Mel and Kim :-) It contains the immortal line "If you dance, you'll feel a whole lot better"..which I find to be a profound truth :-)

lilith said...

Give yourself a laugh with this lot Pips, after our time, but this song always cheers me up...I think it's the huge irony that the Boys have no idea what they did or said to drive their Girl away!!

Philipa said...

*squeals* More Mel and Kim!!
Actually you're right - good lyrics; 'whatever it is that's tearing you apart, it can help if we just stick together, whatever it is you don't need a broken heart, if you dance you feel a whole lot better'.

Actually, on a good day, this song seems written for me ;-)

Well perhaps this summer we can meet up and embarass the children, Lils?

I see what you mean about the 'Take That' song. Cliched male response. Hilarious.

On the pics front - I will if you will ;-) But I haven't got a pic of the leather mini skirt I'm afraid, or the car :-(
(got one of the horses and the motorbikes)

Philipa said...

PS: check out Dizzy thinks - bless.

The Old Tarf said...

Hey, I used to work for Sainsburys 36 years ago in the accounts Office in streatham.

They discontinued things then too. Me being one of them. LOL.

Anonymous said...

Sainsbury's is a great Supermarket and a great place to work. I have been working in that place for 2 years now and we get a whole lot of benefits. As for the prices you are paying for customer service which doesn't exist in Tesco or ASDA and as for Cashier Observations, that's nothing new, it is just a check to make sure everyone is actually doing what they are paid to do. I am sure Tesco and ASDA also do these.

As for Lidl great prices, but where is the food actually from?, also they treat their staff like dirt as do Tesco.

See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lidl for Lidls treatment of staff.

Okay, I am just a part time shop worker at Sainsbury's. But we actually care about our customers and do our best to look after them.

As for discontinued lines, well I used to work on Stock Control, until this was removed ad centralised. Ask at the checkout for a product request form (they actually do exist and are pink) or speak/write to your local store manager.

Anonymous said...

I stopped going to Sainsbury's because I was fed up of being ill from the food on their hot food counter and salad bar at the store in Tunbridge Wells. Prices kept going up but I'm sorry to the person that works at Sainsbury's that the service there was awful and the staff don't give a monkeys about customers. I buy cat food, organic eggs and veg at Waitrose (I can walk there) and odd things I forget at a bigger shop at Asda or online with Tesco. The meat at Waitrose and Sainsbury's is awful. I have to buy chicken at M&S, organic minced beef at Tesco and get toilet roll at Lidl. I gave Sainsbury's another go a few weeks ago and I regretted it - over priced, poor quality food and a complete waste of money. I find the staff at Asda and Tesco home delivery really friendly and helpful - not what I get from Sainsbury's.

JJ (Paddock Wood)