On Sun, 03 Aug 2003 21:27:32 GMT, jean and bill
Not really. I've found that many manufacturers make "special" models
of an item for Wal-Mart, Home Depot, Lowes, etc...
Usually this is a standard stock item, with a different name,
packaging, and/or model number. The item is usually identical in
every other way to some other item the manufacturer already sells.
Why? Price matching, of course! Prices are only matched on identical
items, in identical retail packages.
I've personally seen this on gas grills, lawn mowers, power tools,
appliances, and electronics. I wouldn't doubt American Standard would
be glad to do this for a large volume purchaser such as Lowes.
I got smoked (pun intended) on a Sunbeam gas grill a few years back.
The same grill, minus an "A" in the model number, cost me $35 more at
Home Depot than a local department store. HD refused the match,as
they "were not the same item". <G>