Irene Banko is delighted with the table-and-chairs set she snapped up for a bargain at Aldi in Maryborough.
Irene Banko is delighted with the table-and-chairs set she snapped up for a bargain at Aldi in Maryborough. Clementine Norton

Big discounts trigger shopper rush

EVERYONE loves a great deal, but Fraser Coast shoppers may be more shopping-savvy than most.

The Hervey Bay Aldi store was besieged by bargain-hungry shoppers as the doors opened yesterday morning, with scores of customers lining up to buy a cut-price lawnmower.

People were stampeding the store with their wallets at the ready, eager to pick up the Gardenline 158cc self-propelled four-stroke lawnmower at $379, almost half the normal price.

“Don't go in there, it's a madhouse,” one woman warned the Chronicle.

“It's absolute bedlam.”

But perhaps she just wanted the last mower for herself — all the stock was snapped up within minutes.

While the lawnmowers were flying off the shelves in Hervey Bay, Maryborough shoppers opted for chainsaws at $199 or a solid acacia wood timber table and chair set for $39.99.

A Maryborough Aldi staff member said the petrol chainsaw had sold out by about 8.30am, and the three-piece table settings were also running low.

“They've been very popular,” he said.

Boonooroo woman Irene Banko said she was delighted with her table.

“This will look great, and it folds up so it can go in the caravan or at home,” Mrs Banko said.

“I should take some home for extra Christmas presents for the kids.”



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