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  •  Thanks for your insider perspective (1+ / 0-)
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    As to this bit:

    About the suppliers,
    known in retail as 'vendors,'
    I suspected on my own
    what was confirmed in the comment thread
    of Fish's diary:
    Walmart must be cutting a special deal
    with at least some of them,
    to make it impossible for any competitor
    to have the same item at a lower price than Walmart.
    The comments in the earlier diaries included many links to various stories describing how these deals come together. But here's my "insider" observation from the customer side.  Several times over the years we have tried to price compare at Walmart on something we are needing to purchase - a blender, a coffee maker, a TV. Walmart will have the same name brand as other stores we are looking at, but...
    The models are not exactly identical. The model numbers may be similar, but off just a bit - a B, or a 2 or something suggesting that the product is not quite the same. And trying to compare feature by feature we found that the lower price at Walmart came with a slightly lower functionality.  One or two fewer speeds, or settings, or inputs or whatever.

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    by Catte Nappe on Sat Mar 02, 2013 at 02:20:42 PM PST

    •  Yes. Since Walmart, and many other (1+ / 0-)
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      retailers,
      I suppose,
      advertise a policy of price matching,
      manufactured devices
      that have several features,
      different models sold by different chains
      allows all chains to avoid price matching on those items,
      by using the differences in features,
      since all price matching policies I know of state,
      "identical item only."

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