Walmart vs. Kmart

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Difference between Walmart and K-Mart

Shopping wisely is a priority for a lot of people, the reason perhaps why there is an abundance of chain stores, such as the likes of Walmart and Kmart. Items sold in these stores are pretty much similar to the ones you see in big department and high-end stores only they are priced considerably lower. At the end of the day, you are sure to get more value for your money. Even if you are not someone who has to live from paycheck to paycheck, but a wise shopper nonetheless, you’d certainly appreciate the existence of these discount stores.

Features & Products

Walmart is one of the biggest public corporations in terms of revenue, operating numerous outlets not just in the United States, but all over the world. It also holds the record as the largest employer with over 2 million employees. Walmart is basically a one-stop shop – anything and everything you need and want can be found in the store. Apparel, jewelry, home essentials, outdoor needs, gardening tools, medicines, electronics, video games, books, medicines, groceries, even pets, can be bought at Walmart. Kmart covers roughly the same items, too, and possibly more, because K­mart has a tire and auto service center for your auto needs, while Walmart does not. Another difference between the two has something to do with inventory, and this time it’s Walmart that edges past Kmart. While Walmart maintains stock inventory of not less than 90% of the time, Kmart seems to fully stock only 86% of the time.

Affordability and Quality of Goods

Both Walmart and Kmart are competing to offer the lowest price possible. Prices of goods are very similar for both, although Kmart is generally pricier by at least $2-$4. Both are found to be good options for basic items like t-shirts and pants, but obviously these shops are not the places to look for a pair of Jimmy Choo shoes or designer items bags. What are usually found here are cheaper versions of the original and if you are not brand conscious, but just mindful of your stuff, you’ll be able to enjoy the goods for quite a long time.

Accessibility & Online Shopping

Walmart has over 8,400 units spread out in 15 countries as opposed to just a few thousand for Kmart. Nonetheless, that should not really matter because both super stores offer online shopping facilities. They have an online catalogue that you can pore over; if you want to buy an item, just click it on to add to your shopping cart and check out. Kmart lets you shop from home in a variety of ways – through online, by way of a catalog and through phone and fax services.


Ultimately, when it’s value for money you are after, Walmart and Kmart pretty much make the cut. Apparently, however, should you need to make just one choice, then it would be wise to take in the following factors: 

  • Availability of stocks – Walmart beats Kmart in this respect as it maintains a high percentage of stocks.
  • Affordability – Walmart is less expensive.
  • Accessibility and shipping charges – Walmart has more stores, but since both stores are available online, anyone can conveniently shop through their online portal.
  • Based on the foregoing, one can say that Walmart is better in terms of availability and affordability.

Which discount superstore has better kids games?
  • Walmart
  • K-Mart

Discuss It: comments 10

I too am a Target junkie. I know they give alot to the Republican party, but who doesn't?

In general I try to shop locally.(When I can)

But I especially despise Walmart. So many reasons:

At any given time they have labor lawsuits in half the US states.

They encourage employees to work "off the clock".

Illegal employees locked in the store overnight.

This documentary made me cry & drove me to drink.

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  • Keithe M Mitchell Sr. wrote on January 2012

needed to know would kmart honor the price of other stores like walmart or target that have the same items at less pricing

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  • Observer wrote on October 2014

I work at a Walmart location which isn't the greatest. I can say that they NEVER encourage employees to work off the clock.

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  • dave davis wrote on January 2016


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  • Zach Elder wrote on December 2016

I think Kmart is better. I have 2 cats and they got out of the vet and I went to WalFart as I call it and they told me to leave the cats in the car and it was over 100 degrees outside. I went a few miles down the road to Kmart and they let the cats inside the store no problem! Why people keep bashing Kmart is quite beyond me.

While I think Kmart, Target, and Walmart each have their own strengths, my favorite is Kmart, followed by Target, and I avoid Walmart if at all possible. Kmart is my favorite because:

1. They're frequently cheaper than Walmart and Target. Don't believe me? Do some comparison shopping, pay attention to the quantities, and look at the store brands, which at Kmart are often superior to the regular brands. Where they really shine is on clothing, groceries, and home goods, though they'll frequently beat the competition in the other departments whenever items go on sale. Plus, their rewards program will give you anywhere from 1-100% of your purchase back in store money, and when you link your credit card with your account you'll also get points from shopping/eating/going to a very long and surprising list of other stores/restaurants/businesses. If that's not enough, you can get free money by doing things like reviewing the products you buy online (usually $1 per review, when they offer), playing games on their Shop Your Way social shopping site, or even driving for Uber (yes, you can literally get paid to get paid).

2. They're more 'fun' than the other two, from their free rewards program to their blue light specials and their overall cheerful and informal vibe. Go to their website and their stores to see what I mean- it's the antithesis of the utilitarian warehouse vibe of Walmart.

3. They have better products. Kmart is the only big-box store with exclusive designer clothing brands, like the Adam Levine collection, which is easily comparable to (and sometimes mistaken for) Hollister, Vans, or American Eagle but at a fraction of the price. As I said earlier, their other store brands are often better than the name brands. There are also name brands that only sell at Kmart, like the "as seen on tv" aisle in their stores. Their website also sells products from online vendors, just like Amazon or Ebay. In fact, you can even sell your own products on, also like Amazon or Ebay.

4. There's less hassle. You rarely have to scour a crowded parking lot and park a mile away when visiting their stores, and "hot" items like back-to-school supplies and seasonal clothing don't get picked over before you can get to them. You never have to wait in a long checkout line. Many locations offer a free service called Shoparazzi where someone does all your shopping for you, including at other stores, and all you have to do is pick it up at the Kmart.

Target, while often the most expensive of the three, does a pretty good job of making its stores seem more 'premium', even though the products they sell are seldom any better. They have sales, which is more than can be said of Walmart, but they're usually not as good as the ones at Kmart.

Walmart is open 24 hours at most locations, which is its biggest redeeming quality. Its stores are crowded, noisy, dirty, and often stripped of whatever essential product you came in for. On top of that, their groceries are more expensive than the grocery store and of lesser quality, their clothes wouldn't be worth looking at even if they started carrying sizes smaller than XL, their store brand products are terrible and often made in sweatshops with illegally-sourced materials, they NEVER have sales, and you don't get free shipping on items less than $35 (at Kmart, minimum purchase for free shipping is less, and many items ship for free regardless). They have no rewards program, because they'd rather you pay to shop at their even-more-warehouse-like Sam's Club. Their shtick is creating the illusion of a stripped-down, no-frills shopping experience with what at first glance looks like consistently low prices, but in reality the smaller quantities or lesser quality of the products they sell actually cause you to spend more while also having to suffer from the horror that is every trip to the Walmart.

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  • lolz wrote on May 2018

fun fact Kmart in Australia is a different company to Kmart in USA

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  • Brian Wilson wrote on November 2017

I would like to bring back K- mart in Kingston. When sears is close at cataruiq mall. K- mart it's my favourite store 😀

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  • Brian Wilson wrote on November 2017

I would like to see bring back the original K- mart in Kingston Ontario. I would like to see Kmart take over sears because sears is closeing at the cataraqui mall 🤑

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  • lolz wrote on May 2018

kmart and sears are the same company

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