Walmart vs Target: 2013 Price Comparisonpage 1 | page 2 | page 3
My first Walmart vs. Target price comparison was from back in 2005, so it was time to test tham again.
Just as in the last test, I assembled a shopping list of 20 items, from sunscreen to car wash, and visited both stores to see which batch I could buy with the smallest amount of money. It is important, when doing a test like this, that you have a list before you enter the first store. It wouldn't be fair to be pick items after you were exposed to the prices inside.
This was a low-price challenge, with quality, service, brand name, cleanliness, and other factors ignored.
First, I went to Target. I guess I had forgotten how difficult it is to comparison shop for these tests. It took ages to find the cheapest version of everything and make note of it.
This less-than-gigantic box of Ultra Tide (95 oz.) was $11.99 at Target, $11.97 at Walmart.
Next I found the sponges. There were a wide variety of sponges, but the absolute cheapest ones were these 2-packs of foam sponges. They were 2/99¢.
As if someone had given Walmart advance notice that I was coming, they had a similar packet of foam sponges, 2/98¢! One cent cheaper!
Next I looked for the cheapest hair brush. Target had a bunch in the $7 range, but had discount bins with brushes marked 2 for $5.
Why would someone buy two brushes?
The story at Walmart was pretty much the same, thirty different brushes available for $7 each, then a semi-hidden cache of very cheap brushes: Just $1 each!
Target's cheapest bottle of sunscreen was $4.84 for 10.4 ounces. Walmart had an 6 oz. bottle of 70 SPF Block Up! for $3.50, which is cheaper, but a bit more per ounce.
Paper towels were next. I had specified a 12-roll pack, which was surprisingly hard to locate, because every pack of rolls proclaimed itself to have a number of rolls greater than it actually had. In the world of paper towels, 8=12 and 12=18.
Target had this discount version of Bounty towels, a 12 pack for $12.99.
Walmart's cheapest 12-pack of towels were these Sparkle rolls at $10.82.