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They were doing cordless SDS drills, cordless circular saws (not very good) and cordless hammer drills on Thursday. So I wandered along in the afternoon because I fancied a hammer drill (got batteries). And I was greeted with a scene of devastation! Well, empty shelves, to be specific. Empty shelves and Lidl staff trying to spread out the gardening stuff to fill the space formerly occupied by the tools. This surprised me. It doesn't usually sell out that fast. So I asked, just out of curiosity, and the fella I asked looked at me over his mask with eyes that said he had SEEN THINGS.

"We had a run on the store," he said. "Everything was gone in, like, minutes!"

Okay... so in the end I left with a pair of extendible loppers (really good, by the way. Good design) and a magnetic bowl, which I've already found useful. And bananas.

On my way home I detoured to check another Lidl store (they breed like rabbits around here) and, you know what? Same story, and the same staring eyeballs look in the face of the staff, who were engaged in the same effort to drag stuff out of the back to fill the empty shelves. I'm not kidding, the staff looked knackered and dazed. I had to ask the question twice and then define the meaning of "power drill" before one guy's brain seemed to warm up. Maybe they're working overtime?

Is this a new thing? Why is Parkside suddenly the hot new game in town? I thought loads of people enjoyed talking about how rubbish it is! Are there a load of wannabe ebay millionaires buying it all and flogging it on? I found a few of the drills on ebay, afterwards, usually for between £15 and £30 more than the store price. One guy was selling over ten of the hammer drills!

I'm hoping this was just Bank Holiday madness. I suppose there are ebay seller guide websites somewhere that say more DIY stuff is bought at Bank Holidays than any other time, so stock up! Except... um, lockdown? Everyone's had months of the past year at home, like one big Bank Holiday. Surely the same consumer patterns don't apply?

Either way, I'm hoping I don't now have to camp outside the shop in the early hours of the morning if I ever fancy a cheap drill, again!
 

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People buy them to sell on eBay, it's become a nice little side business for some folks.

Clearly no-one around here does it though, we always have plenty of stock and it hangs around for weeks, often going to 30% of to shift the last bits.
 

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That could be very good news for the trade, more jobs coming up. All those people rushed out and brought tools for some DIY Job that will more than likely have gone wrong and the missus will get it sorted once he has gone back to work by getting a real trademan in, well hopefully and not some cowboy.
 

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They were doing cordless SDS drills, cordless circular saws (not very good) and cordless hammer drills on Thursday. So I wandered along in the afternoon because I fancied a hammer drill (got batteries). And I was greeted with a scene of devastation! Well, empty shelves, to be specific. Empty shelves and Lidl staff trying to spread out the gardening stuff to fill the space formerly occupied by the tools. This surprised me. It doesn't usually sell out that fast. So I asked, just out of curiosity, and the fella I asked looked at me over his mask with eyes that said he had SEEN THINGS.

"We had a run on the store," he said. "Everything was gone in, like, minutes!"

Okay... so in the end I left with a pair of extendible loppers (really good, by the way. Good design) and a magnetic bowl, which I've already found useful. And bananas.

On my way home I detoured to check another Lidl store (they breed like rabbits around here) and, you know what? Same story, and the same staring eyeballs look in the face of the staff, who were engaged in the same effort to drag stuff out of the back to fill the empty shelves. I'm not kidding, the staff looked knackered and dazed. I had to ask the question twice and then define the meaning of "power drill" before one guy's brain seemed to warm up. Maybe they're working overtime?

Is this a new thing? Why is Parkside suddenly the hot new game in town? I thought loads of people enjoyed talking about how rubbish it is! Are there a load of wannabe ebay millionaires buying it all and flogging it on? I found a few of the drills on ebay, afterwards, usually for between £15 and £30 more than the store price. One guy was selling over ten of the hammer drills!

I'm hoping this was just Bank Holiday madness. I suppose there are ebay seller guide websites somewhere that say more DIY stuff is bought at Bank Holidays than any other time, so stock up! Except... um, lockdown? Everyone's had months of the past year at home, like one big Bank Holiday. Surely the same consumer patterns don't apply?

Either way, I'm hoping I don't now have to camp outside the shop in the early hours of the morning if I ever fancy a cheap drill, again!
I think you went on the wrong week.
Too excited, you misread the date on the free magazine.

Good quality food has gone down the drain at Lidl and I expect tool quality will follow......Although it's cheap rubbish they sell now.
 

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I think you went on the wrong week.
Too excited, you misread the date on the free magazine.

Good quality food has gone down the drain at Lidl and I expect tool quality will follow......Although it's cheap rubbish they sell now.
Oh my god! You're right! Oh, jeez, I just laughed so hard I think a bit of pee came out.

Yes, I misread the dates. I just saw the part that read Thursday. Oh, b***** me. That's embarrassing.

Still begs the question, though, about what the staff members said. What was the run on the two stores all about? What was in last week? Can't remember.
 

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Oh my god! You're right! Oh, jeez, I just laughed so hard I think a bit of pee came out.

Yes, I misread the dates. I just saw the part that read Thursday. Oh, b***** me. That's embarrassing.

Still begs the question, though, about what the staff members said. What was the run on the two stores all about? What was in last week? Can't remember.
Lol..funny....
But easily done...sometimes they put different forward dates on..not just the following week.
 
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