In a scene which is becoming all too familiar, customers who queued up outside Aldi stores for Special Buys bargains found stock sold out in seconds.
Aldi Australia put two ride-on electric toy cars for kids on special on Saturday, but many bargain hunters were greeted with empty shelves.
Both the 6V Mercedes-Benz Ride and the 6V Caterpillar Tractor with Dump Bucket were on sale for $199.
In a scene which is becoming all too familiar, customers who queued up outside Aldi stores of Special Buys bargains found stock sold out in seconds
Aldi Australia put two ride-on electric toy cars for kids on special on Saturday, but many bargain hunters were greeted with empty shelves after lining up (pictured)
Shoppers took to social media to vent their frustration after finding stores had as few as one of the toy vehicles available.
One customer exploded on Facebook, saying she had driven 40 minutes only to be join other customers in being ‘herded into a store like a mob of cattle at 8am’.
‘Would it not be sensible to have a few more ( more than 2 ) of large items and maybe stagger them though out the day, so working people and those with distance can get a chance?’ she asked.
Others reported stores without a single one, leaving the dozens of people who lined early up infuriated.
Shoppers took to social media to vent their frustration after finding stores had as few as two of the toy vehicles available
‘I spoke to the store manager and he advised me there was not one issued to the store. C’mon Aldi this has to be illegal advertising products which are not even available,’ wrote one disappointed mother.
‘We knew it would be competitive and we may well miss out but when we got into our store we find they had only been supplied ONE of each!’ said another.
Another frustrated parent who lined up early at a Sydney hoping to buy the Mercedes model left empty-handed despite being one of the first in.
‘Was one of the first in line and the first to where the car should have been, there was one tractor,’ he wrote.
The 6V Mercedes-Benz Ride (pictured) on sale for $199 soon sold out at Aldi stores around Australia
Similar scenes were reported less than a fortnight ago, when Aldi released their Style Your Room Homewares range.
Only weeks before that angry shoppers flooded Aldi’s Facebook page to complain about an Xbox promotion in which many missed out when stock sold out instantly.
An Aldi spokesperson said in a statement after the homewares sale: ‘ALDI Australia’s Special Buys have become incredibly popular with Australian shoppers and are just one way we distinguish ourselves from other supermarkets.
‘Our weekly Special Buys are ordered months in advance and are intended to be on sale for one week in a bid to keep our range fresh and interesting.
‘We do our best to supply our stores with sufficient stock however, sometimes they sell out faster than expected due to their exceptional value and high quality.’
The 6V Caterpillar Tractor with Dump Bucket (pictured) was the second item sold out at Aldi stores around Australia on Saturday