Originally Posted by 42blue15
name-brand stuff sold at Wal-mart is a sub-standard quality than what you would get through other channels.
Wal-Mart competes on price alone and they want the lowest-priced product that looks acceptable.
It's common to associate a name-brand with an expected level of quality, but that doesn't work at big box stores, and especially at Wal-Mart. Many manufacturers agree to produce very low quality-and-price products just for Wal-Mart to sell.
All the big retailers do this. Home Depot & Loew's are prime examples. If you compair Costco's model numpers with the same product supplied to a "regular" store, the Costco model number has a "C" designation.