Sometimes each major store chain will have their own part number. Maybe
there will be a small differance in the looks of the units. This is so that
the stores that match prices and maybe give a 10% differance will not have
to do that. They can point out that their modle is not exectally the same
as the one you are trying to match.
=============Very Common practice... You see the same thing at Home Depot and Lowes
etc with tools...and lawn equiptment... I really do not thing it is
to avoid matching competators prices however...I think it is done to
lower the price the Big Chains pay for an item so that they "retail" a
branded item cheaper then the regular dealers for that Brand...
Nothing new there. Aside from avoiding price matching with
competitors, sometimes the Walmart models are deficient. For
example, they sold an RCA TV with model number nearly identical
to one that was available in real stores, but didn't have the
same auxilliary inputs. You usually get what you pay for.
John Doe wrote:
It's not unusual for a manufacturer to make special models for a retailer.
Sometimes those special models are "house brands"; sometimes a company like
GE uses its own brand. Wal-Mart certainly has enough clout with suppliers
like GE to get just about any model designation, special packaging or
labeling that it might want.
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