Battle tightens for price supremacy

  • Article by: THOMAS LEE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: March 11, 2012 - 5:35 PM

Once the undisputed discount king, Wal-Mart faces challenges from Target, the Internet and savvier consumers.

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qwerty123Mar. 11, 1212:05 PM

"In February, the consulting firm's pricing study showed that Wal-Mart's overall prices were just 2.2 percent cheaper than Target's. A year ago, Target offered prices 2.8 percent less expensive than at Wal-Mart." In other words, Wal-Mart has regained the lower prices title. But the rest of the article bangs on about how Wal-Mart is failing. I suspect that a word or two in the passage quoted is incorrect.

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mn2niceMar. 11, 12 2:07 PM

For someone who has shopped at Walmart for many years, I am begining to go elsewhere for most things I buy. The reason is simply they provide very poor customer service, and just about every time I go to buy groceries they are always out no matter what it is I want or when I go. I have found this especially true of their fresh meats. Products I used to buy there have been discontinued, not by the manufacturer, but by Walmart. The selection is poor, and they tend to push out brand names for their own brands. Maybe they have grown to be too big and just don't care anymore.

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flogicMar. 11, 12 2:55 PM

The two have prices so close on the things that they share so often it is a wash. That being said when I go for their generic brands I am sorely disappointed with both. WalMart seems to carry the lowest end of third party products, which proves so over my life time of shopping between the two as those items have all broken on me so consistently I seldom walk into a WalMart anymore. I do have a number of Target bought items that have held up the test of time, though I did pay more for them. Bottom line, they both give you what you pay for and having them compete might be a good thing except that WalMart tends to ruin local economies and tax bases in ways that seems draconian... Those areas die a slow death.

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nonewtaxesMar. 11, 12 3:49 PM

I feel like I need a shower after shopping at Wal Mart

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waywaysMar. 11, 12 5:25 PM

When Sam was alive, he was proud to flaunt the made in the USA products. Walmart used to send out ads show casing the new seasons clothing and products. Each item in the ad that was made in the USA also alerted you to that item and so did the store shelves, they proudly had signs on them alerting you to the USA made. After he passed, his family turned the store into a made in China pusher. What happens to jobs in our country when the largest retailer mainly stocks items made in other countries? Our jobs disappear. Walmart not only killed the Mom and Pop stores and ruined small town USA, they also killed our jobs across America that used to supply the store with USA goods. If any store wants to be in first place, they need to go back to proudly selling and advertising American made products. Menards does it, the others also need to do that. Every item you buy that is made in the USA lowers your tax burdon because that American worker has a job and is paying their share of the taxes.

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qwerty123Mar. 11, 12 9:33 PM

I know Target is the favorite for homers here, but I've known many people who've worked for Target and they are not what one would consider a quality employer. But of course the Strib will never publish this comment, too much ad money on the line...

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