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Are Lidl and Aldi ripping us off?

Irish TimesIn today’s Pricewatch, Conor Pope and Derek Scally compare prices at Lidl and Aldi in the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, and Germany. I don’t think you’ll be surprised to discover that the Republic’s prices are much higher. They write:

Behind the headlines and surveys, the two outlets have been as guilty as anyone when it comes to charging shoppers in the Republic considerably more than their customers in the UK or on their home turf in Germany.

A comparison by Pricewatch last month found that some products on the discounters’ shelves in Ireland cost as much as 158 per cent more than they do in Germany, while the price difference between Lidl and Aldi shops in the Republic and the UK are routinely in excess of 30 per cent.

Elsewhere in The Irish Times, Conor taste tests mature cheddar cheeses.


  1. It does say in the article that the comparison does not take the different VAT rates into account. Without such a comparison, the article really has no basis.

    Quoting from the article “There are several caveats regarding these comparisons. Aldi and Lidl have adjusted their no-frills formula here to Irish tastes and incur higher costs as a result, with more staff and with more fresh food on shelves here, for instance. The comparison ignores VAT, ranging from zero to 21 per cent in Ireland and 7 to 19 per cent in Germany.”

  2. I agree Joanne; I think Lidl and Aldi still offer much better value than any other supermarket here in Ireland.

  3. Even if all the German products were at their lower rate of 7 percent, and all the Irish at our highest rate of 21% the increase in prices in Ireland compared to Germany would still be huge! The water is 148 percent more expensive in Ireland…

  4. One way that all retailers including the Germans can implement price changes without drawing much attention is to keep the price the same but reduce the size/weight of the product so that the cost per kilo etc is higher. It is the cost per kilo etc that one needs to track.