An Aldi shopper is convinced there’s something different about the discount supermarket chain’s loo rolls – and it has ignited debate online.
The topic was raised on the Aldi Mums Facebook group this week when a woman shared some photos of Quilton brand toilet paper compared with Aldi’s Confidence brand, including one Confidence roll purchased several months ago and one bought two weeks ago.
The woman is convinced the Confidence rolls had changed in the wake of the coronavirus-fuelled stockpiling frenzy, and asked fellow group members for their thoughts.
“Has anyone noticed the difference in the Confidence toilet paper? If you asked me a month ago about the Aldi toot paper I would have said it’s Quilton with a cloud pattern instead of the rose flower,” the woman posted on Facebook.
“Now the toot paper is nowhere near as good.”
She explained that the first picture she shared showed a Quilton roll on top with an older Confidence roll in the middle – which she said “looks and feels exactly like Quilton” – and a new one on the bottom.
“It is not the same … the feel, the colour and even the cardboard roll in the middle is different,” she claimed.
“Please tell me others have noticed, I will go back to Quilton for sure if this is a permanent change.”
An Aldi spokeswoman poured cold water on those claims.
“Aldi has not made any changes to the specifications of our existing Confidence brand toilet
paper in recent months,” the spokeswoman said in a statement sent to news.com.au.
However, the post sparked a flurry of replies, with one Facebook user suggesting there may have been a “different supplier” involved while another said it “looks like it’s gone from 3 ply to 2 ply”.
“I’ve noticed the change but put it down to COVID and panic buyers. We also still can’t get our usual pack size we need either,” one Facebook user wrote, while another posted: “Yes they have changed it the old one was better quality and softer”.
“I thought it could be to do with the shortage. I’m very disappointed with the size of the rolls of Confidence, I’m back to buying Quilton,” another said, while another wrote: “I thought it was only me but there is a big difference.”
The debate comes hot on the heels of a UNSW study which found Australians were the worst panic buyers in the world during the peak of the coronavirus crisis when it came to toilet paper and canned soup.
University of New South Wales academics Mike Keane and Tim Neal used statistics from 54 nations from January to April to compile a “panic index” which revealed just how intense the stockpiling behaviour was in different countries.
“The experience of Australia is notable for the incredible speed and scale with which panic took hold in early March,” the research found.
“Unlike in other countries, the escalation in panic does not appear to correspond with any significant increase in domestic COVID-19 cases.”