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Customers Spotted Scrambling For Cooking Oil Retailing at Half Price at Carrefour Supermarket

Tuko logo Tuko 27/11/2021 Kai Eli
Customers Spotted Scrambling For Cooking Oil Retailing at Half Price at Carrefour Supermarket © Provided by Tuko Customers Spotted Scrambling For Cooking Oil Retailing at Half Price at Carrefour Supermarket
  • Through its official handles on social media, Carrefour Kenya announced it would be running a crazy offer on the Top Fry cooking oil 5 litre
  • The offer was actualised on Thursday, November 25, with customers flocking the retailer's branches to buy the product
  • A section of Kenyans observed that many were desperate for such offers owing to the rising cost of living

A viral clip of customers scrambling for an edible oil brand on offer has got Kenyans talking.

Top fry cooking oil displayed on a podium. Photo: Screengrabs from Carrefour Kenya. Source: UGC © Provided by Tuko Top fry cooking oil displayed on a podium. Photo: Screengrabs from Carrefour Kenya. Source: UGC

The amateur clip displayed a disorderly setting in one of the Carrefour outlets as customers strived to leverage the cooking oil offer in the wake of hiked prices of basic commodities.

The oil brand in question is Top Fry 5 litre which was slated to retail at half price, KSh 630 from KSh 1,261, as advertised by the supermarket chain.

Top Fry is produced by the Nakuru-based Menengai Oil Refineries.

TUKO.co.ke established that the scramble took place at the Carrefour outlet housed in the acclaimed Two Rivers Mall situated in the outskirts of Nairobi.

"It happened yesterday at Carrefour Two Rivers Mall. The price had been slashed by half, selling at KSh 630 from KSh 1,261," a merchendiser working in the store said.

In the clip, customers are seen picking the oil as they make returns to the podium, which is cleared within a short period upon replenishment.

Kenyans react

A majority of Kenyans linked the scramble to the rising cost of living which has made customers be desperate for offers that will enable them to save on the shilling.

@Jaymo Murage said:

"We have a problem as a country... watu wako desperate kununua mafuta... Our economy."

@Lulu Lulu:

"Kenyans are desparate cost of living is very high.... Carrefour saves wakati wa offer from food clothes to electronics long live Carrefour."

@Omari Naftal:

"Ndio ujue wakenya tunapitia hali ngumu sana (An indicator that Kenyans are experiencing tough times)."

@Last Born:

"In whose hands are we safe? If cooking oil is five times expensive than petrol."

Concerns on the state of the commodity

On the flip side, a section of Kenyans questioned the crazy offer, saying the product's expiry date could have been nigh and thus the retailer had to devise a way of disposing it off.

Below are a few observations:

@Martin Mutiso:

"Those products of Menengai are very slow-moving in the market so you will get they have short expiries."

@Lucie Karimi Hansson:

"I can't trust it, either it's contaminated or expired."

@Boqorka Baashaalka:

"When the deal is too good, think twice. It is either expired or is soon to be expired."

@Mutuma Jonathans:

"When the deal is too good think twice. A few days ago a consignment of cooking oil believed to be poisonous got stolen in Mombasa godowns. Be careful, now you know."
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