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Tesco Lotus So Called Sale Prices

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Tesco is a British company but from all aspects, it looks like Tesco Lotus is being run strictly by the locals. Unlike the French owned Carefour where I have seen western managers walking about, I have yet to see a single Brit in any capacity (other than shoppers) milling around the Tesco store.

I have shopped at the Tesco on Hang Dong road for a number of years and it gets frustrating on the number of items that are constantly either out of stock or discontinued entirely. I also think they could have a much better selection of western items, especially when it comes to the food section. Instead, I find I have to go to Rimping market to get some of the items I like which should be available at Tescos.

It is obvious the store is poorly managed and could do with a better selection of merchanise and in many cases, better prices. I have thought of contacting Tesco headquarters to let them know what I think but I wonder what good that would do. What I really would like would be a Walmart but I don't see that happening any time soon.

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Tesco, Carrefour et al are quite simply...crap!

I shopped at Carrefour for a long time, but the 'fresh food' is dire - the fish often smells and they replace stickers on their pastries. The check out tills are very understaffed. These places are ok for bin liners and nappies but if you want quality, go to the new Rim Ping on the Mae Jo road. You pay about another 5% on everything, but the choice is amazing and the quality superb. Furthermore, checking out is fast and hassle-free and there is no PA system blaring away. Wins hands down.

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Been shopping at Tesco Lotus on Hang Dong road since it opened.

Food prices are higher than the markets, but that is what you would expect.

It is good for convenience, but you have to take care and carefully check the goods you buy. Too many hands may have pawed the goods before you get to them. I use them primarily for general household goods, some food and cleaning materials - loo paper etc.

I would always buy electrical goods from Electronic Plaza or Niyom Panich. Western food from Rimping or, occasionally, Tops. Other items come from markets or other specialised retaillers where I am known and I get good service etc.

Only a fool expects to get all their eggs from the same basket :o

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Further to the above. I gave up with Carrefour after I purchased some fish and pork from them. Got them home and the fish was so bad I almost puked, Pork likewise. When we opened the pack and tipped it out we fount mould growing on the bottom, hidden side.

Took them back and Carrefour refused to accept any responsibility.

On a later date, I found some mould growing on some other meat in the store. I took it to the Info desk and complained then watched, dumbfounded as a guy on skates put it back out for sale.

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Another 'odd' thing at Tesco's:

Their canned sardines were on 'special sale' reduced from 13.50 to 12 bt, grabbed a couple and walked on to the next shelf, literally 2 ft away, and the same thing was on sale, reduced from 13 to 11.50 bt.

Something is very wrong with the management there...

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What can you expect from a company who's Tuk Tuk advertising says

TESCO -LOTUS "We Care You" !!

Don't they have a darn marketing specialist in the country that checks these things out.

I spent 14 years in the Supermarket business in the UK and I must say that I am absolutley appalled by the standards of the majority of supermakets over here.

But... we can rant and rave all we like, we are not gonna up sticks and go.. acceptance is the key to happiness here I find

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I also am not happy with Lotus especially, and a lot of others in general. I have started keeping a list of gripes like this, and was actually thinking of starting a thread about it. Have a look:

I bought some T-shirts at Lotus and the colour ran.

I bought a relatively expensive light switch at Lotus and it simply didn't work.

I bought the best broom I could find at Lotus and it broke in two after two weeks.

I bought an Otto vacuum cleaner at Lotus and the nozzle broke off.

I bought a couple of extension leads at Lotus they both fell apart.

I bought a knapsack at Lotus...the zip lasted a month, the tags fell off two of the other zips.

I bought some wheely boxes at Lotus and two wheels broke off out of maybe 36

I bought a 100% cotton towel at Lotus. It squeaked on my skin, obviously 100% plastic.

I bought a hammer, Homepro I think. It broke the first time I pulled a large nail out.

I bought a spade at Kam Tieng and the spade bit bent on the second use.

I bought a saw in Mae Rim it was wrongly set I couldn't even use it once.

I bought two "Anglepoise" lights at Homepro. One NEVER worked, the other just packed up after 6 months.

I bought a mattress. It developed a "hole" in the middle very quickly, I had to replace it.

The central locking broke down on my car. I took it to a specialist auto electrical garage. After 40 minutes they gave up and gave me the keys back. I fixed it myself without buying any parts in 20 minutes.

I turned off the main electrical switch to my house to replace a tatty cable. As I cut the cable it exploded and I was lucky not to die. The electrician had bypassed the fuse box!

Have you thought about shopping at Big C instead? :o

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