Shoppers share worst online substitutes they’ve been given

Asda, Tesco and Sainsbury’s shoppers share worst online substitutes they’ve been given Demand is high, so a few replacements are inevitable with each online shop Share Demand in-store has remained high, too.Stock image.(Image: Joe Giddens/PA Wire)
Throughout the coronavirus lockdown, online shopping has become more in-demand than ever before.
Thousands of people are self-isolating at home or are trying to minimise the amount of time they spend out of house to keep themselves safe, meaning that access to essentials is vital.
Major supermarkets have been inundated with bookings for sought after delivery slots, while demand in-store itself remains high.
The need for certain items has increased throughout the lockdown, meaning that some products are inevitably not available when the shop is done.
Some supermarkets will provide substitutions or replacements, and they are not always perfect, as KentLive reports.
Shoppers have been sharing their experiences via Facebook group Reduce Your Supermarket Spend, and some of the alternatives provided are both hilarious and rather bizarre.
Asda customer Jade Browne kicked off the conversation with a picture of her latest, rather odd food swap.
She asked: “What’s the worst substitutes you’ve had??
“Can’t wait to get my eight bags of prawn crackers instead of the Chinese box.
“Me and my husband did have a laugh this morning!!”
Her post on April 30 has captured the attention of many others, collecting more than 900 replies and more than 1,000 reactions.
One replied: “Asda are hilarious for subs.I ordered Halloween sweets and got a load of kinder eggs.But I’ve heard from drivers things like a bunch of Roses instead of chocolate Roses.”
Another said: “I ordered a birthday cake and candles and they gave me a birthday cake and substituted the candles for 50 scented tea lights!!”
A third added: “I ordered sunflower oil they sent me an actual sunflower.I wouldn’t have cared if it was vegetable oil.”
And a fourth wrote: “Ordered some latex gloves once they sent me condoms instead.”
It wasn’t just Asda sending out questionable substitutes either as it appears Sainsbury’s and Tesco were at it too.
There were stories of vegan food being swapped for dairy alternatives, bread sticks arriving in place of tampons and squash as a substitute for beer.
One said: “I ordered frozen fish and Sainsbury’s replaced with fabric softener.”
A second wrote: “I ordered bbq lighter fuel and got a freddo chocolate egg from Tesco.”
And a third remembered: “I ordered a vegetarian three course meal from Tesco.They replaced it with a single bag of spinach.
“The driver and I couldn’t stop laughing when we spotted it.”
Some helpful commenters did point out that you can turn off substitutions if you wish at most supermarkets.
However, others were just enjoying the thread and having a chuckle at the “hilarious” swaps.BerkshireLive.