Corona self-tests at Aldi sold out soon in many places – Lidl website overwhelmed
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Aldi is the first discounter to advance with the sale of Corona self-tests at the checkout. The test strips were sold out in a very short time in many places. Lidl followed suit online, and the high demand put the online shop to the test.
Dhe widespread sale of corona self-tests in retail has begun. At the discounter Aldi, the tests have been available directly at the cash register since Saturday morning. In many places, however, they were sold out after a short time. The discounter was “surprised in this intensity” by the interest in the tests.
The discounter Lidl also began selling the rapid tests for private consumption on Saturday – initially via its online shop. Shortly after the announcement increased Messagesthat the website was poorly accessible. “Please try again at a later point in time,” it said on lidl.de. On request, the Neckarsulm group announced: “Due to the current high number of visitors to our online shop, access is sometimes limited for a short time.” Lidl apologized to its customers.
The offer is “an important step to protect the population from the virus,” said Lidl in a message. Users can use the self-tests independently by taking a swab in the front nasal area and get the result within 15 to 20 minutes.
The Rewe and Edeka supermarkets also want to start selling soon. The drugstore chains Rossmann and dm are planning the start for Tuesday. Pharmacies also want to offer the products.
At Aldi, the quantity of tests produced in Germany is initially limited to one pack per customer. A pack costs around 25 euros. It contains five tests. Aldi Nord and Aldi Süd had already pointed out in advance that the promotional goods could be sold out on the first day of the promotion if there was a very high demand. But this is a first batch, more goods are already on the way, said a spokesman for Aldi Süd.
The Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices issued the first special approvals for tests for self-use by laypeople on February 24th. So far there are seven special approvals.
The regular way of bringing medical products onto the market is the CE marking by certification bodies. The Federal Institute assumes that manufacturers will also use the regular route.