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(Bloomberg)   Target is now cheaper than Wal-Mart, and the price gap between the two retail giants is the widest it's been in two years   (bloomberg.com) divider line 35
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2012-08-23 03:18:40 PM
Wal-Mart is still the price leader, and if a rival shows lower prices, it is either because of a temporary sale or promotion, Deisha Galberth Barnett, a company spokeswoman, said in a phone interview.

yeah, if target is beating walmart, it's because of back to school loss-leaders. i would have to believe that it's impossible to compete on price with walmart and still maintain a margin on the product. walmart's supply chain management is just too strong.
 
2012-08-23 03:48:54 PM
Ironically, you can buy targets at Wal*Mart, but you can't buy targets at Target.

/False advertising.
 
2012-08-23 04:20:48 PM
ah man, now I'mma hav' t' get all dresst up an' make dem groc'ries
 
2012-08-23 04:24:47 PM
Less expensive subby, less expensive.
 
2012-08-23 04:26:12 PM
The crappy products I have bought at Target seem to be of a slightly less-crappy quality than the crappy products I have bought at Wal-Mart. Bookshelves come to mind as a good example.
 
2012-08-23 04:27:33 PM
This is good news. Both Target's employees and their customers are of a better class. I can check out a woman at Target without needing eye-condoms.
 
2012-08-23 04:30:56 PM

thomps: walmart's supply chain management is just too strong.


Actually more like their clobbering of suppliers.
 
2012-08-23 04:36:15 PM

Hot Carl To Go: The crappy products I have bought at Target seem to be of a slightly less-crappy quality than the crappy products I have bought at Wal-Mart. Bookshelves come to mind as a good example.


Yup. We have a Super Target near here and their store food brands, while slightly more expensive, are leaps and bounds above most other brands in quality.

I tried a Wal-Mart store brand once and nearly vomited.
 
2012-08-23 04:40:27 PM
Bizarrely, I've had really crappy luck with Target. I've actually got better quality from Walmart.
 
2012-08-23 04:41:24 PM

seniorgato: Bizarrely, I've had really crappy luck with Target. I've actually got better quality from Walmart.


were you shopping for airborne diseases?
 
2012-08-23 04:46:59 PM

dittybopper: Ironically, you can buy targets at Wal*Mart, but you can't buy targets at Target.

/False advertising.


But you can't buy walls at either of them.
 
2012-08-23 04:49:27 PM
Yeah, but don't you have to get all dressed up to go to Target?
 
2012-08-23 04:53:38 PM
Hmm, not around here. Our 2 super targets we mostly use for baby stuff or odds and ends. We have 3 walmarts and each has infinitely better golf stuff, dog/pet stuff, outdoor stuff, better grocery, and much better coffee selection.

/Though I do agree on the better eye candy at target though
 
2012-08-23 04:58:32 PM

dittybopper: Ironically, you can buy targets at Wal*Mart, but you can't buy targets at Target.

/False advertising.


True, getting a few boxes of subsonic .22 with groceries? Priceless.
 
2012-08-23 04:58:36 PM
I can't stomach Wal-Mart, but that may be because the closest one to me is in Oxnard.

You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy.
 
2012-08-23 05:37:16 PM
Almost everywhere I've lived, Walmart is closer and open 24 hours. Produce/meat/etc. I'll go to a grocery store for, but I'll usually get a bulk of my items at Walmart.
 
2012-08-23 05:49:48 PM
SSSSSHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!

I like Target. I don't want any plebes tainting it...
 
2012-08-23 06:40:18 PM

Cheesus: Almost everywhere I've lived, Walmart is closer and open 24 hours. Produce/meat/etc. I'll go to a grocery store for, but I'll usually get a bulk of my items at Walmart.


I've got 24 hour Walgreens and Kroger that are closer.
 
2012-08-23 06:42:47 PM
Just try buying a thousand rounds of 7.62x39mm or .45 ACP at your local Target.

/otherwise walmart sucks ass
 
2012-08-23 07:04:22 PM

dittybopper: Ironically, you can buy targets at Wal*Mart, but you can't buy targets at Target.

/False advertising.


I know it's like going to a mom and pop pottery barn and trying to buy pot.
2.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-08-23 08:12:46 PM
The article left out the most important detail.

Walking around in Walmart looks like peopleofwalmart.com.
Walking around in Target looks like girlsinyogapants.com
 
2012-08-23 10:04:00 PM
There's a chain in the Great Lakes area: Meijer Thrifty Acres. Like Walmart, but with vast amounts of good groceries and not otherwise filled entirely with cheap crap. Prices are pretty much the same as at Wally-Mart. However, the stores are clean, the employees are decently paid, the checkout lines are short.

So, you can have a Walmart type store that isn't a complete shiat-hole and a parasite on the community. Probably it has something to do with paying your employees a reasonable wage and treating them decently.
 
2012-08-23 10:11:34 PM
I'm a Target fan. I just hope they don't sacrifice the quality and reputation advantage they have in a desperate attempt to be cheaper than Walmart. It's not a high end store... I know that... But I'd happily spend an extra 10-20% at Target for household items, toiletries, clothes, etc over setting foot in a Walmart.
 
2012-08-23 10:22:30 PM
if Target has the same thing as Wal Mart, i'll buy it there, but, there is alot they don't carry too.
 
2012-08-24 12:04:01 AM
First ever Target will be opening soon in Canada. They bought out all the Zellers.
 
2012-08-24 12:21:41 AM

ontariolightning: First ever Target will be opening soon in Canada. They bought out all the Zellers.


Yep - I wonder what it's going to be like. If it's less crowded/crazy than the Walmart that's 5 minutes away from it, I'll use Target.

/Walmart makes me feel punchy
//and stabby
 
2012-08-24 12:25:42 AM

suziequzie: ontariolightning: First ever Target will be opening soon in Canada. They bought out all the Zellers.

Yep - I wonder what it's going to be like. If it's less crowded/crazy than the Walmart that's 5 minutes away from it, I'll use Target.

/Walmart makes me feel punchy
//and stabby


I think either Walmart will fold or Target will. There just isn't enough people in Canada to shop at both and have both make as much as they should
 
2012-08-24 12:26:47 AM

suziequzie: ontariolightning: First ever Target will be opening soon in Canada. They bought out all the Zellers.

Yep - I wonder what it's going to be like. If it's less crowded/crazy than the Walmart that's 5 minutes away from it, I'll use Target.

/Walmart makes me feel punchy
//and stabby


Also, shiat won't be cheaper, it's only cheap in the U.S, in Canada it'll be the same as Walmart price wise
so people will still cross border shop like crazy
 
2012-08-24 12:32:59 AM
I shop at Target and Walmart almost equally (not very often..maybe once every 2 months if that). No matter what I buy that is electronic/electric/uses batteries from Target, it ALWAYS breaks. A Philips VCR lasted about a month before it crapped out. I bought a digital timer that was defective right in the package, but according to the Amazon reviews, they were made like this (wouldn't hold the program!). Then had a Remington beard trimmer that was so awful, it basically broke in half when I first used it. Walmart...meh....I've never had to return any defective/shoddy product there. Target does have some good stuff (the loss leader bookshelves are actually made in the U.S.A. and are quite sturdy), but their prices on health and beauty-type shiat and general household merchandise is outrageous. I can buy cheaper non-food items at the grocery store.
\Has downgraded to Kmart (closer to my house) and Family Dollar for "in-between" purchases
\Don't have to get all dressed up
 
2012-08-24 02:24:07 AM

MBZ321: I shop at Target and Walmart almost equally (not very often..maybe once every 2 months if that). No matter what I buy that is electronic/electric/uses batteries from Target, it ALWAYS breaks. A Philips VCR lasted about a month before it crapped out. I bought a digital timer that was defective right in the package, but according to the Amazon reviews, they were made like this (wouldn't hold the program!). Then had a Remington beard trimmer that was so awful, it basically broke in half when I first used it. Walmart...meh....I've never had to return any defective/shoddy product there. Target does have some good stuff (the loss leader bookshelves are actually made in the U.S.A. and are quite sturdy), but their prices on health and beauty-type shiat and general household merchandise is outrageous. I can buy cheaper non-food items at the grocery store.
\Has downgraded to Kmart (closer to my house) and Family Dollar for "in-between" purchases
\Don't have to get all dressed up


Look, the fact that there's some sort of debate between Target and Wal-Mart is silly. Their profit margins are probably within a few percentage points of each other. The quality of the products they both carry is probably the same - just barely above 'secondhand' quality, or less. Target's probably 5% more expensive than Wal-Mart, but they 'feel' like they have more quality due to the layout of the store and selection, but you probably get more actual value from your dollar at Wal-Mart. They both suck, unless you need that weird item at 1 am, in which case Wal-Mart is the only place on earth you can find it at that hour, and this means Target loses handily.
 
2012-08-24 07:19:58 AM
I shop at Target simply because I want nothing to do with the 24/4 freak show that is Walmart's customer base.

youcallthatart.files.wordpress.com

/There's a reason there's not a peopleoftarget.com
 
2012-08-24 07:21:59 AM
24/7

/Sorry. It's 6am and the Red Bull hasn't kicked in yet
 
2012-08-24 08:00:23 AM

invictus2: dittybopper: Ironically, you can buy targets at Wal*Mart, but you can't buy targets at Target.

/False advertising.

I know it's like going to a mom and pop pottery barn and trying to buy pot.
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No it isn't. It would be like going to a store called "Pottery", and not being able to by pottery there.
 
2012-08-24 08:01:15 AM

Geotpf: dittybopper: Ironically, you can buy targets at Wal*Mart, but you can't buy targets at Target.

/False advertising.

But you can't buy walls at either of them.


If it was spelled "Wall*Mart", I'd agree with you. But it ain't.
 
2012-08-24 08:02:10 AM

angry_scientist: dittybopper: Ironically, you can buy targets at Wal*Mart, but you can't buy targets at Target.

/False advertising.

True, getting a few boxes of subsonic .22 with groceries? Priceless.


The subsonics are for the purpose of getting groceries. Tasty little furry groceries.
 
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