Walmart vs. Target

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Difference between Wal-Mart and Target

Walmart, formerly Wal-Mart prior to 2008, is the larger retail company by far. Target is a chief rival of Walmart and in this determination, we will be discussing the quality of each. Walmart has made over $400,000,000,000 annually, whereas Target has only brought in roughly $64,000,000,000.  What distinguishes the 2 markets from each other?  What has created the whopping profitability that Walmart has obtained and why is Target so far behind?  Both stores have reputable reputations in certain aspects of their businesses and I will show you the major differences in both stores.



Besides being one of the largest retailers of the world, Walmart is also the largest supermarket around. Most people need to find food at a reasonably affordable price and Walmart offers it. Target store falls behind in this arena because even though Target offers food items, they aren't as cheap as Walmarts. Target is widely known for being small and a sort of clothing and home goods vendor.


I walk around Walmart and I notice their humongous warehouse size. Sure, the size is more than accommodating when it comes to the various items being sold there. This makes things in the store harder to find when everything is so spread out and there are always a large amount of people there in a 20 foot line when it comes to checking out. Walmart does offer more than enough registers in which to check out but rarely are they all filled with qualified cashiers and the availability gets narrowed down to the point it takes forever to get out of there. Target is relatively a small place and it is easy to locate the non-biodegradable items and quickly get out. Walmart is noted for the large amount of people from different cultures and the like and seeing so many people there can bring a state of feeling uneasy being surround by 100s of people I have never seen before; plus, the parking at Walmart is horrendous at their busiest times.


Walmart sells what the people need at an affordable price which brings in more customers. Walmart sells various name brand items in toys, hygiene, food, electronics and clothing. Target focuses on home products and apparel. Although, Walmart pretty much contains everything that Target retailers have but they have them at better price and availability, Target does seem to have better quality items at a slightly high cost.

Similarities and Differences

  • Walmart is hands down, the best retailer of the two and all of this is contributed to their large selections and availability of each department items.
  • If you want availability and lower priced items, Walmart is the place to go. But if you want your shopping experience to be simpler and quicker, Target is the place to go.
  • The increasing popularity of Walmart is bringing in loads of people from all over the town and it can be an agitating place in the midst of large crowds.
  • Peace and quiet shopping award goes to Target.

comments 18 Comments

  • Remi . 3+ yrs. ago

I dont understand why all these people hate Wal-Mart? They end up shopping there anyways. Obviously they do, if they are a multi-billion dollar company, someone has to be buying the merchandise. Some people need to grpw, get a life and find some one else to hate.

  • George . 3+ yrs. ago

We dont hate them, you stupid moron, we disagree with their practices. Instead of asking a question on a message board that no one will answer, why dont you just google it? Dumb ****!

  • pittymax . 3+ yrs. ago

Who's calling who a dumb***? Where else can an unskilled worker find a job? And, they also gain those valuable job skills so they can find a better job. Walmart does serve a purpose. You have to prove yourself no matter what you do in life. Lots of people start at Walmart.

  • Sierra Steele . 3+ yrs. ago

Name calling is not necessary, both stores serve their purpose and we benefit some what by having the option to choose.

  • jared fleminh . 3+ yrs. ago

this article seems greatly biased it should be deleted asap as it is very misleading it say walmart vs target. not why walmart is better than target

  • mark durand . 3+ yrs. ago

What is your summary of prices based upon? My wife and I did a comparison of exact products, same brand and size. Target was cheaper. When walmart was cheaper it was by a few cents, and when target was cheaper it was by a large margin. Super Targets have everything that Walmart has and in many cases the harder to find items for those of us who actually cook.

  • Julia . 3+ yrs. ago

I believe you didn't discuss that Walmarts are thugs and bullies who price retailers out of business, only give their employees decent benefits if they are forced to by the courts. Their latest locally is to reduce their employee's shifts to 30 so they don't qualify for full time employee benefits. Meanwhile Target is a great community giver especially to local school programs,and since 1962 has committed to giving 5% of their income to local communities, schools and so on. Target helps build communities and Walmart tears them down.

In my book Target wins hands down

  • Danesha . 3+ yrs. ago

I definately agree because wal-mart actually does tear down the community. I work for Target and they definately care more about the guests and the employees. Target trains everyone on the register and if there are to many long lines we have to drop what we are doing and get to the front to those people out of the door. Our job is to make sure the guest is satisfied with our services. The only way I would have to shop at Wal-Mart is if there is no target in the town that I'm in. So Target is my store and they have more to give to the community while Wal-Mart just bullies people aout of their money and doesn't give anything back to the community.

  • Ben . 3+ yrs. ago

yes,when it comes to ethics,target is the winner

  • Target Employee . 3+ yrs. ago

Not true.

  • George . 3+ yrs. ago

Walmart, trashy store for trashy people who dont give a **** about society, you are supporting a giant leach that cares nothing about people or moral standards.

  • Ashli . 3+ yrs. ago

this article doesn't even address key issues, such as import ratio. what was the point of this, just to spew your opinion?

  • Ben . 3+ yrs. ago

I`ve been to both stores many times,and my impression is that target is the quieter more orderly store.You can find things more easily and dont have to listen to trashy customers using foul language in the aisles.

  • Bob the Billy Books . 3+ yrs. ago

WHo cares! just wherever you're in the mood for. Target is on the pricy side, and very well organized, old and family ridden people go there, Walmart offers better bargain, wide range of selections/options, but cheap people tend to shop there so expect your shopping experience included bumping into very creepy/ oddly dressed shoppers to the fairly 'normal'. There is even a page dedicated to the fashion of Walmart friendly shoppers(under the name "People of Walmart"). You make your pick!

  • Bob the Billy Books . 3+ yrs. ago

there's a fine line between being stingy and frugal!

  • Susan . 3+ yrs. ago

It's target hands down. Better quality plus better selection, a bit more not much and worth it. Walmart employees and customers are rude and arrogant. Trashy people go to Walmart to shop. Target has normal, polite and nice people and the place is quite and oderly, not a madhouse like Walmart

  • Torrence . 3+ yrs. ago

I prefer to shop at Target. Walmart has a lot of rude and unprofessional people working there. 8 out of 10 visits to Walmart its a problem with something. I only go due to convenience of location, but will drive out a little farther to go to Target for the better shopping experience.

  • steve . 3+ yrs. ago

Here is how I deal with long lines at Walmart when there are cash registers not being manned: I call the store on my cell phone. I tell them which lane I am in and a description of what I am wearing. I tell them they have 3 minutes to open another cash register or I am going to abandon my cart which also has food item that need to be refrigerated. I get results.

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