recently purchased a box of Quaker Oats Granola bar at my local Wal-Mart while waiting for a friend to get off work. I realized after opening a bar, that they are 1/2 of an inch shorter then the Quaker Oats bars purchased at other stores. I've hated Wal-Mart & their sh*tty merchandise for a long time. This just gives me more reason to shop elsewhere.
Power tools are also stripped down. You can even tell by weighing the ones at Walmart compared to Sears.
The power tools that are less sturdy break and you are forced to buy again, and end up paying more in the end.
You get what you pay for.
I noticed this going on years ago, that somehow the quality of merchandise at Walmart was far below that of other stores. I thought at the time that this applied only to electronics and other moving part items. Now I know the list extends to most of the products. This is a direct result of Walmart pushing its suppliers to deliver their products at ever decreasing prices. Something must give and the suppliers can't afford to alienate Walmart from carrying their goods. They also can't afford to supply said goods at the prices Walmart wants to pay. So they make special "Walmart" products that cost less to make and in this way are able to deliver Walmart the price they desire to pay. Walmart then can offer a facsimile of the product it's competition is offering at a lower price than they can afford to charge. Most retail sales, excluding clothing, is a very low margin proposition. If you're paying less, it's because you're getting less.
Another reason I will continue to boycott Walmart.
A few years ago I needed a new pair of vicegrips. I went to the local bigbox HW store (Not hom depo, the other one) I noticed that some of the plier packages had big "MADE IN USA" labels. The ones that did not have the labels were made in China. I bought a variety of the US made vice grips. All vicegrips are now made in China.