Aldi wants to sell corona tests – that ends in disaster


Aldi wants to sell corona tests – that ends in disaster

March 6th, 2021 at 8:15 am

At Aldi in Dortmund, customers stood in line for the rapid tests.
At Aldi in Dortmund, customers stood in line for the rapid tests.
Photo: Dominik Göttker

It is shortly before seven o’clock on a Saturday morning and the sun is slowly rising over Dortmund. Actually a nice picture.

But instead of jogging through the fields at this time or maybe just sleeping, I stand on one Aldi-Parking spot.

Aldi wants to sell corona rapid test – disaster!

The discounter wants to sell corona rapid tests for home use from 7 a.m. Five tests are said to be 25 euros Aldi costs. A top price. That’s why around 20 people are standing in front of the Aldi branch in Dortmund-Brackel at exactly seven o’clock.

“Almost like the PC back then,” jokes a customer standing next to me. But disillusionment follows at the checkout. “Unfortunately, we haven’t received any tests yet,” explains the branch manager. When and whether tests can be expected on Saturday at all? Not clear.


This is Aldi:

  • Aldi Nord and Aldi Süd are two separate corporate groups
  • Aldi stands for Albrecht-Discount: In 1913 Karl Albrecht started his own bread retailer in Essen
  • In 1962 the family business was converted into a pure discounter and was given the current name “Aldi”
  • The division into north and south took place in 1961
  • Aldi is now one of the ten largest retail groups in the world


Aldi: Tests sold out after a few moments

And it doesn’t look any better at the next Aldi in Dortmund-Körne at 7.15 a.m. According to the saleswoman at the checkout, you only got 15 or 20 tests. And they were sold out after a few seconds. Many customers would have queued and waited before the store opened. When will tests be delivered? Here too: unclear.


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“That is impossible. Incredible, ”mumbles a customer who is just putting his shopping cart with the others without having achieved anything. He’s right somehow. With the big promises of the discounter, one could really have expected more.

From Monday, new corona rules will apply in NRW. You can read what these are here.

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