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Old 04-19-11, 11:50 AM   #1
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Hmm. . . Meijer and Walmart sell the same bike stuff.

Poking around teh internets. Noticed Walmart and Meijer online bike parts and tools offerings are virtually identical. Cahoots?
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It's called "Internet Fulfillment Centers". A lot of stuff you buy on the 'net is not coming from a brick and mortar store with a bunch of inventory, but is pretty much an office with a computer that accepts the order, then reroutes that order to either a manufacturer or to a stocking distributor, who actually ships the stuff.

It's not surprising at all that a certain "internet storefront", so to speak, may have nearly the same offerings as another.

Nowadays you don't need smoke and mirrors, you just need a computer.
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If they are both using the same parts supplier, they will have the same parts. Maybe even the same prices.
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No wonder they call Meijer "Walmart of the North"

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Just don't buy a bike from Walmart....they are like anchors..lol seriously!
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I recall that Walmart carries various Bell-branded parts and accessories. Ditto the local hardware store. It wouldn't surprise me to see the same in Meijers.
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There's another possibility: I don't know if this is the case with bike stuff, but Walmart very often sells merchandise that looks like the same things you see elsewhere and carries the same brand name, but is made to a lower standard. The company has so much clout it can go to manufacturers and say, "We'll take a million of these things you sell for $14.95, but we want to charge 12 bucks for them." To get the sale, the manufacturer will cut costs here and there, using cheaper materials or eliminating features.
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There's another possibility: I don't know if this is the case with bike stuff, but Walmart very often sells merchandise that looks like the same things you see elsewhere and carries the same brand name, but is made to a lower standard.
No kidding! Buy a pair (or 3-pack) of Hanes undershorts at Walmart and buy a pair at Kohls or some other non-discount store. Compare. The differences are obvious.
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Yeah, the quality for brand names vary by where you buy them.

I used to work for a lamp factory in L.A. We sold lamps through several retailers. Two were very well known because of advertising. I would have bought one of our lamps from one of them, but not from the other.

Why? The first retailer would inspect the lamp thoroughly and had no hesitation about sending one back. The second couldn't care less and never inspected them. Once I even delivered a lamp to them with a crack that ran from the bottom to the top of the lamp, and we never heard a peep from them.

So the retailer does have a lot of control over what is on their shelves.
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Heh heh. Yeah. Yeah, yeah.

Speaking of which, I was in Target buying one of those sinful roast beef on focaccia sandwiches. . . I'd never seen that Schwinn Tourist "hybrid" before. The frame certainly looks normal-- like it could be a decent bike and all. Shimano Altus / Acera throughout. Target certainly thinks so with the $260 ish price tag

Then I gave it a heft.. . ."What the hell?"

Must be right at 40 lbs. Maybe a bit more. Most of he weight is in the rear. I'm not sure how or why, but. . . yeah. . . frame looks nice but is probably most certainly junk.
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