vs. Expect More Pay Less 4 th Largest Retailer in U.S. Target Market: Urban communities Middle-aged, on-the-go women with children looking for convenience & value but also keeping up to date with the hottest trends. Income level: $30,000 & up Always low prices Worlds Largest Retailer Target Market: Rural communities Middle-aged, on-the-go women with children looking for convenience, & value while keeping within their household budget. Income level: $35,000 & below
vs. Perceived Marketing Position: Offering merchandise at low prices with more of a trendy flare. Earned reputation of offering trendier merchandise, cleaner environment, and better service than their competitor Perceived Marketing Position: Offering merchandise at low prices Earned reputation of always offering the lowest prices against competitors
Wal-Mart vs. Target Customer Remarks: You know why Target is so clean? No one shops there, so theres no one to mess things up. Ive always found cheaper prices at Wal-Mart Where Wal-Mart has that dollar-store vibe, Target makes you feel as though you are shopping at some sleek, upscale city shop. Where Wal-Mart has dingy aisles loaded with cast-offs and marked down boxes of cereal, Target has perfectly packaged goodies all lined up in a row. Wal-Mart has cashiers who look like they'd rather shoot you than serve you. Everyone smiles at Target. Wal-Mart has those annoying senior-citizen greeters at the door, who scare the crap out of your teenage daughter when they remark how well-developed she is, or who insist so hard that you take their damn flier that they will follow you around the store and stick one down your pants if they have to.
Article: From Cockeyed.com hosted by Fatwallet.com which is a internet source for retailer ratings, price comparisons, and cash back programs C onducted a price comparison between Target and Wal-mart over a 20 item shopping list in stores in Sacramento, California. List: included variety of items from each product category: ApparelElectronics DomesticsHardware ConsumablesHousing ChemicalsEntertainment Health & BeautySporting Goods vs.
20 Item List: ProductWalmartTarget Target Advantage (Walmart Advantage) Target savings percentage Crest Whitening Expressions Toothpaste$2.36$2.39($0.03)-1.3% Basketball$5.46$4.99$0.478.6% Pearl Tampons 20ct.$3.62$3.79($0.17)-4.7% Hair Flattening Iron$9.63$8.99$0.646.6% Revlon ColorStay Liquid Foundation 1oz.$9.82$9.84($0.02)-0.2% boys socks 6-pair$5.88$3.99$1.8932.1% disposible camera w/flash$3.67$3.99($0.32)-8.7% thick silver frame 5x7$2.94$7.99($5.05)-171.8% 13 gallon trash bags$2.94 $0.000.0% plastic colander$3.66$1.99$1.6745.6% cheapest jeans$10.97$12.99($2.02)-18.4% coffee maker$9.43$9.99($0.56)-5.9% windex 32 oz. Sprayer$2.48$2.49($0.01)-0.4% screwdriver set$3.47$3.34$0.133.7% bottled water 16.9 oz - 12pack$2.50$3.74($1.24)-49.6% potting soil$2.49 $0.000.0% blank Memorex CDs$14.73$14.69$0.040.3% AAA batteries 4-pack$2.74$2.79($0.05)-1.8% 6 plug power strip$2.84$2.99($0.15)-5.3% Envanescence CD$13.88$13.99($0.11)-0.8% Total$115.51 $120.4 0($4.89)-4.1%
Wal-mart Wins. But Not By Much: Wal-mart had a lower price for the total of all 20 items. The Wal-mart advantage for this batch was $4.89, or 4.06% of the total price. Wal-mart had a lower price on 12 of the 20 items. Their mean price advantage on these 12 was 81 cents, but the difference was usually less than a quarter. Target had a lower price on only six items. The mean price advantage on these six was also 81 cents, but the median advantage was 55 cents.
Sandy & Chelsees Price Comparison: Target: Herbal Essence Shampoo, $ 2.94 (Standard size) Crest White Strips $24.89 Revlon Nail Polish $ 2.89 Revlon Curling Iron $12.99 Ruffles $ 2.24 Pack of Coke (12) $ 3.33 Hammer (lowest price) $ 3.99 Womens jeans (lowest price) $13.99 National Treasure DVD $19.99 Kitchen Stool (lowest price) $15.00 Yoga Mat $19.99 Total $122.24 Wal-Mart: Herbal Essence Shampoo, $ 2.84 (Standard size) Crest White Strips $26.83 Revlon Nail Polish $ 3.88 Revlon Curling Iron $12.43 Ruffles $ 2.58 Pack of Coke (12) $ 3.50 Hammer (lowest price) $ 2.87 Womens jeans (lowest price) $12.77 National Treasure DVD $19.88 Kitchen Stool (lowest price) $16.86 Yoga Mat $16.44 Total $120.88
Price Comparison Grand Total of 11 items: $120.88 $122.24 Wal-Mart $1.36 Wal-mart Wins. But Not By Much: Wal-mart had a lower price for the total of all 20 items. The Wal-mart advantage for this batch was $1.36, or 1.11% of the total price. Wal-mart had a lower price on 6 of the 11 items. The mean price advantage on the six items was $0.94. Target had a lower price on 5 items. The mean price advantage on these five was also $1.06 which is higher than Wal-Marts price advantage
Price Comparison Grand Total of 11 items: $120.88$122.24 Things to Consider When Price Comparing: Individual Preference Fashion Quality Wal-Mart $1.36 Consumer Perception: Wal-mart always has the lowest prices on their merchandise. Fact: Wal-mart does not always have the lowest prices on their merchandise.