Shoppers furious after Aldi cancels its annual snow gear sale for 2020

Shoppers are furious as Aldi CANCELS its annual snow gear sale for 2020 – after past years saw thousands queue for hours to get their hands on deals

  • Aldi has cancelled its snow gear sale that attracts huge crowds every year 
  • But shoppers living in cold areas are furious as they were looking forward to sale
  • The Special Buys sale sees prices slashed on seasonal gear including ski jackets
  • But the retailer has cancelled the sale due to prioritising essential grocery items
  • Here’s how to help people impacted by Covid-19

Shoppers are furious after Aldi Australia cancelled its popular snow gear sale that attracts huge crowds every year.

The annual winter sale sees prices slashed on seasonal gear including ski jackets, pants, helmets, boots, goggles, gloves and thermals.

But the budget retailer has made the decision to cancel the 2020 Special Buys sale due to prioritising essential grocery items and strict coronavirus travel ban.

‘We’ll be back with our best-ever collection next year,’ Aldi said in a statement.

‘Due to prioritising our transport for groceries, and recent travel bans, we’ve decided to withdraw our 2020 Snow Gear Special Buys. We’re looking forward to sharing our best-ever collection with you in 2021. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.’

However, some unimpressed customers who live in cold regions said they were hoping to buy the snow jackets and pants to use for everyday wear.

Aldi Australia has cancelled its popular snow gear sale that attracts huge crowds every year

Aldi Australia has cancelled its popular snow gear sale that attracts huge crowds every year

The snow gear sale has been a huge hit in previous years, with pictures showing shoppers scrambling to get their hands on the cheap buys (picture of a snow gear sale in 2017)

The snow gear sale has been a huge hit in previous years, with pictures showing shoppers scrambling to get their hands on the cheap buys (picture of a snow gear sale in 2017)

‘Pity about the people who actually live in a cold climate and buy this as their winter clothing! Disappointed Aldi,’ one woman said.

Another suggested: ‘Can’t you just send it to the stores that are in the cold regions? So many people in these regions try to get your products for winter… Just because we’re not going to the ski fields doesn’t mean we don’t need to keep warm outside.’

One man said: ‘Bugger. That was handy for those of us who live where it snows,’ while another woman said: ‘That’s a shame, considering not everyone travels to snowy regions; there are thousands of people who actually live in these areas.’

And one woman added: ‘Not a wise move. We love your winter thermals. We wear them all winter at home as PJs, soccer training, fishing, etc please stock your thermals. What about people that live in Snowy and cold climates?’

The retailer has made the decision to cancel the 2020 Special Buys sale due to prioritising essential grocery items and strict coronavirus travel ban (picture of a winter sale in 2016)

The retailer has made the decision to cancel the 2020 Special Buys sale due to prioritising essential grocery items and strict coronavirus travel ban (picture of a winter sale in 2016)

Every year, huge queues stretch out the door as shoppers hope to get their hands on snow fear (picture of massive queue winding through a car park outside Aldi in 2016)

Every year, huge queues stretch out the door as shoppers hope to get their hands on snow fear (picture of massive queue winding through a car park outside Aldi in 2016)

The annual winter sale sees prices slashed on seasonal gear including ski jackets, pants, helmets, boots, goggles, gloves and thermals

The annual winter sale sees prices slashed on seasonal gear including ski jackets, pants, helmets, boots, goggles, gloves and thermals

But many shoppers praised the retailer for prioritising essentials over Special Buys.  

‘I love the long ski socks. We stock up every year. I totally understand this decision. Thank you for making essential items a priority. Next year I’ll buy triple the amount,’ one woman said.

Another shopper added: ‘Completely understand your situation Aldi. The priority is essential items for now and then go to the less essential items. You guys are doing a great job.’

The snow gear sale has been a huge hit in previous years, with pictures shared on social media showing lines winding through streets and car parks and shoppers scrambling to get their hands on the cheap buys.

Customers have previously reported ‘chaotic’ scenes, including people ‘scratching’ their way to the front of the massive queues.

Shoppers said they were lucky to ‘survive’ the ordeal and some revealed seeing ‘middle aged women throwing elbows and punches over a pair of ski pants’.

‘Saw a massive fight at my local Aldi last year during the snow sale. Two ladies were going at it scratching, biting and pulling. Then their husbands/partners started belting each other up, it was a sight to behold,’ one shopper shared.

A woman who braved the snow sale said ‘crazy psycho people were everywhere’ and another described the chaos as ‘the end of the world’.

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