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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
    More: Cool, Wal-Mart, Target Corp., distribution center, Jennifer Bartashus  
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2012-08-23 08:12:46 PM  
2 votes:
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 10:22:30 PM  
1 vote:
if Target has the same thing as Wal Mart, i'll buy it there, but, there is alot they don't carry too.
2012-08-23 10:11:34 PM  
1 vote:
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 10:04:00 PM  
1 vote:
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 06:40:18 PM  
1 vote:

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 05:49:48 PM  
1 vote:

I like Target. I don't want any plebes tainting it...
2012-08-23 04:41:24 PM  
1 vote:

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 04:36:15 PM  
1 vote:

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 04:30:56 PM  
1 vote:

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

Actually more like their clobbering of suppliers.
2012-08-23 04:27:33 PM  
1 vote:
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 04:26:12 PM  
1 vote:
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 04:24:47 PM  
1 vote:
Less expensive subby, less expensive.
2012-08-23 03:18:40 PM  
1 vote:
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.
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