questionswho do you prefer? lowes or home depot? wal-mart…

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I don't think either are better than the other.

I would rather go to Lowes and Walmart because they are closer and in locations I normally frequent. We have a Target around somewhere, but I have no reason to go there.

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I actually go to Home Depot and Target. Partly because They are in the same shopping center but also because these stores seem to sell quality items at the best price.

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There is one big thing going for Walmart, especially for when you have a child. We have received many diapers from baby shower, diaper party, etc.... We can return unopened products without a receipt. Yes this only gets you a gift card but it is a great way to use unused diapers and other items.

As for Lowes and Home Depot I enjoy Lowes. They have countless times come up and asked what we need help with and offer easy installation videos on their websites. As for Home Depot most of the time their prices are better but I can never seem to find that employee when I need them.

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walmart or target: walmart because they will ad match any other ad
lowes or homedepot: if these are my only choice i have to go lowes because it's in the same county as me, but i prefer Menards over lowes because of pricing, ability to find help, hours open, nicer employees.

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My Lowe's and Home Depot are right across the highway from one another, so I usually go to both before buying. If it's just some screws or lumber, then Lowe's. No real reason...it's been there longer, I guess.

I like the layout of WalMart better. I always feel slightly lost in Target. Also, everything I can get in Target, I can get at Super Wally World. The reverse isn't true.

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Lowes and Walmart.

Don't like Target - just think their "style" is ugly and cheap. Not saying Walmart is better, but they don't pretend to have style.

Lowes over Home Depot; I've found better service at Lowes around here, and better discounts for that matter.

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I prefer Target, in my area they are a lot cleaner than Wal*Mart, not to mention they don't attract the riffraff. The grocery section is what I love too. Home Depot vs Lowes it all depends on what we're buying. I guess I'd prefer Home Depot, but they both Price Match so it's not that bad. Menards is 3d on my list. Both Home Depot and Lowe's offer a Military and Veterans discount at 10%, since I'm all about saving money I take advantage of those. Menards used to be first on my choice of the 3 but they dropped their military discount so I go where I save the most.

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Home Depot and Target.

I worked at Home Depot while going to college. They treated me well while I was a student and they continue to treat me well as a consumer. I am sure Lowes is great, but I never gave them a chance.

I go to Walmart to people watch on the first friday of the month if I am having a bad day. I live in an area that is a proud submitter of a lot of photos featured on peopleofwalmart.com Because of what I just mentioned above is why I prefer Target over Walmart (in my area)

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Just know the Wal-Mart ,a mature Supermarket ,don't think very nice.

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I'm not crazy about any of them. Pace yourself on your questions, please. :)

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I read a story that the owner of Home Depot was pouring money into a superpac fund against President Obama. So I'm a Lowes guy now.

As much as I hate wal-mart and the way they treat employees and the countries they do business with, I have to admit I shop there because they save me money.

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Lowe's has proven to be a resourceful and friendly place. Our remodeling has gone well because of them; plus they treat their employees relatively nicely.

No Wal-Mart, I would not do business with an organization that treat their own people poorly. I also don't go for "cheap", I prefer value for money. Wal-Mart does not cater to people like me. No Target either. Until both of these companies match CostCo's level of decency (to their employees, and therefore, their customers), I would not touch either of those companies. Costco is good for certain things. For food, it's co-op or Farmer's Markets. For design stuff, it's always flash sale or my friends who work at certain design firms.

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Lowe's always.
Wal-Mart for the prices, Target when I don't want to be around weird people.

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I stick with the lowest prices, and that usually means Walmart. However, with coupons and weekly sales, I may go to any or all of the above. For everyday clothes, I usually choose Kmart over Walmart. Their quality and fit is so much better for about the same price.

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I like Lowes better than Home Depot, though I usually end up at Home Depot (~5 miles) rather than Lowes (~20 miles), especially for stuff that I don't need help with (other than finding it within the store).

Target (~3 miles) vs Walmart (~15) is a similar choice, though I rarely shop at Target any more and about the only time I shop at Walmart is when I'm on vacation. The Walmart ~15 miles away is the one where the guy was stomped to death on Black Friday in 2008(?) and I tend to avoid it on principle; the next nearest one is ~30 miles away.

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@mkentosh: Maybe it's time for me to start shopping at Home Depot.

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I have a Lowes and two Home Depots near me. I tend to go to Home Depot, even though they treated a friend that worked there poorly after he was injured as they are just a bit closer than Lowes. The Lowes shares it's driveways with two local malls (one of which has Target). If I'm up for the nuisance of the crazy morons that can't drive in the mall parking lots, I'll usually hit up both Target and Lowes in one trip. Otherwise, I'm a Kohl's kind of girl for clothing (if it's not shirt.woot)

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I refuse to ever set foot in a WalMart due to their business practices and philosophies.

Lowe's is too far so we do Home Depot (though I try to go to OSH first) and there's a Target basically just across the street from my house.

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well we have neither home depot, nor target in town, so i would have to go w/ Lowes. though i think home depot has a better selection in certain departments/lines.(we DID have a home depot, but they built it in a stupid out of the way place, facing away from the street, w/ a confusing entrance, it closed back in '06.(opened in '01?) building STILL sitting vacant...)
and even though we don't have one i vastly prefer target to wally world.

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Lowes beats Depot on Lighting, Bath Fixtures and Appliances. For traditional hardware store items Depot wins, especially if you want bulk quantities.

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@xxheroinxx: I'm sure like most things, it varies from town to town.. hell from store to store. In my area of town (northeast Omaha), the Home Depot has almost scary knowledgeable people. They have a master plumber that has saved my ass more than once. And, even more freaky....

A few winters ago, I had a snowblower that lost a bolt and nut (in the snow no less) that held the chute in place. I walked in and told this rather young guy what had happened. He walked over to the hardware section and picked out a nut and bolt and assured me they would fit. I was amazed when I returned home and the bolt and nut were the same size as the ones on the other side of the chute.

Again, I'm sure it varies from town to town, but Home Depot has people in our store locally that have a great deal of knowledge and wont flinch at spending time helping you understand your project or why they are recommending one product over another. It is priceless assistance in my opinion.

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Walmart has the lowest prices and usually the best selection. So I shop there quite often for groceries. However, the stores are usually packed, the environment is noisy, the interior colors and design are neutral and the checkout lines are incredibly long.

Target has a decent selection, but their prices aren't very competitive with Walmart. However, the stores are quieter and not as jam packed, the interior colors and design actually seem to reduce the stress of shopping and the checkout lines are reasonable. I'll shop Target when I'm having an extremely stressful day and don't need another headache just buy some groceries.

As for Lowe's and Home Depot, it depends on who has the best prices or who is having the best sale. Lowe's staff seem a bit more informed, but I've rarely had a negative experience in either store. So it's a wash.

Outside of those four places I'll also shop at Sears and J.C. Penney's. I like the latter's pricing structure. A shame no one else does.

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Walmart doesn't get a red cent of mine thanks to the way they treat their employees and their company polices so Target is an easy pick for that one.

I usually go with Home Depot but I don't really have a reason.. I've just gone there and had good luck with the folks that work there. Tried a Lowes once and never found a person in the section I needed help in.. drove me nuts so I've just never been back. I'd give it another try if Home Depot wasn't closer or was out of what I needed though. One bad day isn't all on any store.

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@mtm2: Lowe's has better service, plus- at least the ones near us- don't have self-checkout. Someone waits on you, a live person takes your money.

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I have had good luck with Lowes and even when I had a problem like the time they put together my new grill and over torqued the screws and broke off 2 of the screw heads you needed to be able to remove to clean the grill burner assembly each year for spider webs. One phone call the the outdoor grill area manager had a new grill delivered to my house within 2 days.

Home Depot on the other hand I was looking to price out Kitchen Cabinets and spent 30 minutes waiting for the cabinet area employees to finish a conversation they were having before they stopped and acknowledged I was standing there. Then I was made to feel like I was inconvieniencing them. I have not been back except when I have ordered stuff online at homedept.com for in store pickup using paypal and I am interested in their in store paypal access now.

Target or Walmart: Walmart is the "pit of despair" but I shop there to save money but do so off hours to avoid crowds and lines. Target I just forget is there...

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@eraten: Agree - I can't STAND Wally-World. I'm not much above redneck myself, but some of the people that you see in there are so filthy, smelly and rude that it completely outweighs the 'savings' they advertise constantly. I'll go to Target 30 miles out of my way, rather then go 2 miles to buy from a company that underpays their workers and started the entire 'outsourcing to China' craze.

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I always go to the Walmart. But i don't think it is the best of all. Just for the Walmart is near my house. I just need walk a few minutes for the shopping.

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I don't do much home improvement, so I don't have preference between Lowes and Home Depot.

I prefer Target (Better quality stuff, they treat their employees much better) but typically have to go to Wal-Mart. The closest Target is about a 30-40 minute drive for me, while the closest Wal-Mart is about two minutes away. It's extra annoying because Wal-Mart is the only grocery store with reasonable prices in this town, so you're kind of forced to go there unless you have the money to take a stand and shop somewhere else.

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I've only shopped in Wal*Mart maybe a dozen times, and I have almost that many stories about the weird shopping experience, the "security events," the surprisingly higher prices and/or the bizarre, frightening fellow-shoppers. I've never had anything weird or frightening happen at a Target. Plus, they have a ceiling! That said, I'm not keeping them in business. I tend to shop sales and can do better than a big box store even at one of my local grocery stores most of the time.

All of the Lowes seem to be slightly larger and cleaner than the Home Depots in my area, so I find them more pleasant to shop in and prefer to start with them. That said, Home Depot is closer to my home. I once needed a sink and we ended up driving to every Lowes and Home Depot around until we found one that would fit in my existing bathroom vanity. It was bizarre how the stock was different from store to store even within the same chain. So I pretty much go where I have to to get what I need.

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Between Lowes and Home Depot (and this may sound counter intuitive) I prefer the more expensive of the two. Because they both price match plus an additional 10% off. Of course this varies from product to product. I have scored some exceptional deals on power hand tools, prehung wood doors, caulking and spray foam sealant, primer, bathroom fixtures, insulation and door hardware.
Note you have to do a little bit of homework prior to making your purchase. Make sure that the item is in-stock at the other (less expensive) store. They often call to check the price and in-stock status. (I often bring the telephone number with me to try and speed up the checkout process.) Sometimes if I print of a price from the web they will price-match on the spot without verifying any of the above mentioned data via phone.
It takes some effort but the payoff is so worth the extra money in your pocket.

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@videowallart: Agreed. And I'm afraid of Target because my fiance runs away and comes back with a buggy full :-(

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I actually prefer Menards over both Lowe's and Home Depot. But if I have to I will go to Lowes.

I prefer Target way over Wally World.

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@ki4rxm: Don't fall into the trap of signing up for the Target credit card to get the extra 10% off and perks..... Wife/fiance + credit card + delusion that they are saving money because of perks = unpleasant statement at the end of the month.

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Lowes, because my sister works there. Target because I don't agree with Wal-Marts policies.

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Wal-mart is the devil.

Target and no preference for HD or Lowe's.

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I prefer Target over Walmart but actually end up shopping mostly at Walmart anyway. It's closer and the grocery prices are lower. As for hardware big box, I was off Home Depot for a while and did Lowe's only. These days, I don't really care. As long as they have what I need.

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@jimmyd103 You can get the Target Red Card as a debit card linked to your checking account. You still get the 5% (not 10%) savings with no interest. The 5% off works at the Starbucks inside the store too. In my area, that just about covers the sales tax.

You can probably tell that I prefer Target. They price match, send me coupons on my phone, and the stores are much more pleasant to be in than their competitors.

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Lowe's - without a doubt. Store is clean and well-stocked. Salespeople are always readily available & if they don't know the answer to your question, they will tell you that & find someone whoe does. They also have some good sales and/or specials.
Home Depot. Store is usually dirty. It's hard to find anything and near imossible to find a salesperson. When you are lucky enough to find one; the usually have a really sour attitude. Twice, over the years, I have been given incorrect information (which made my projects much more expensive than they should have been).

Target over Walmart, always. Walmart could be a good place to work (I've not worked there, but know people who have). They treat their employees like , well, like crap! They have a golden opportunity to raise the standard of living by providing better wages, benefits and programs that help with the cost of education (to name but a few ways). They could do these things & more a& still make their megazillions.

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We decided to Tile the front room of our house ourselves. We had never done it before, but read alot of how tos and what not. We found that the employee assistance at our Lowes was far superior to that of Home Depot. BUT, our Lowes doesn't rent equipment, where as Home Depot does. So we bought our tile and moarter at Lowes, and rented the Tile cutter from Home Depot. I've found that if you do your pricing checking, you'll find better deals at one or the other depending on what you're buying. I'm lucky to have both within 2 miles of my house, which makes it easy.

As for Target vs. Walmart, the only reason why I like Walmart is it's an INSTANT self-esteem booster. We go to Walmart more often than Target only because the closest Target is near the mall, which traffic can get bad if you're there at the wrong times. In College I bought about $350 worth of stuff, so opened a Target CC. Due to a Class Action Lawsuit they refunded me my $350 + gave me a $500 target gift card. /win!

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Lowe's, by a mile. I always liked the service there, but they now have a 10% discount for active duty military, retirees, veterans served by the VA, and even family members of military.

Walmart by default, since it is within driving distance (about 25 miles from my house) where most other places with a reasonable selection of groceries are 40+ miles away. Plus, "my" Walmart is the showplace where people at the stockholder's meeting gets the grand tour, so it is usually the first place to get makeovers/new equipment/etc. Always clean, neat, wide aisles.

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We use Home Depot as they're closer, but we use Lowe's for fixture purchases as they have much better style and quality. Walmart is faster through the checkout, and they have more of the everyday items I need.

I'm 6'5", and neither carry my sizes for knockaround clothes, etc., so they're nothing more than a variety store to me.

Walmart or target doesn't matter.

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Lowe's and Target because they have a higher percentage of "hot" customers.

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Neither. I prefer the little hardware store a couple of miles from my house, that welcomes my dog and thanks me every time I shop there. They also greet me when I walk in and ask how they can help me. However, caring for my elderly house (100 this year) often requires things they don't have, so I mostly go to Home Depot, as it's closer than Lowes. I rarely go to Walmart or KMart and I think I've been in Target twice in the last four years. But I shop at KMart on Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday, I buy probably 80% of my Christmas gifts and all my winter shoes, slippers and blankets at that sale. Plus there's usually some steeply discounted small appliances, handheld electronics and movies and TV series.

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@j5: Agreed! I pick Target and HD because blue is a dumb color.

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@havocsback: Sometimes I prefer the self-checkout. Not always, but for a box of nails or some such small items, I'd rather do it myself and be done and gone.

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I honestly and truly do not understand the depth of customer loyalty develops in some people. There are some fanatically loyal folks out there. I can understand preferring one to another, but... sheesh, they're just large retail stores. The City Target recently opened in downtown Seattle and it's like people were hailing it as the second coming.

Does nobody else shop on the internet?

Edit: Oh, I see. j5 is doing another kind of shopping. Makes sense!

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Something I find interesting is that so many people believe Walmart has better prices than Target, which is not actually true. There were multiple studies in 2011 that determined Target had overall lower prices. Now, on any given day, one place could be cheaper than the other depending on what you need, but this widespread belief that Walmart has vastly better prices is nothing but a myth.

And as for Walmart's highly touted (by themselves) price-matching policy, do you really want to sit at the register and have a grumpy Walmart employee go over every single item you feel should be priced lower because some other store is selling it for cheaper? If so, enjoy your Walmart experience. I'll be at Target, where it's cleaner, safer, and filled with happier employees who are treated better. And, oh yeah...my costs will be lower.