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Kmart takes top spot for low-price textiles

Few would argue that Wal-Mart does the best job of projecting a determinedly low-price image, but the true low-price leader for a market basket filled with commonly purchased bedding and bath products is Kmart, according to HTT's Spring Market Basket Survey.

The tab for Kmart's market basket containing seven opening price point home textiles items to outfit a typical bedroom and eight basic products for a bathroom rang up at $155.13, undercutting by 8 percent Wal-Mart's tab of $167.07 for similar product. And while the Kmart store visited by HTT did not stock one of the items on the Market Basket master shopping list — a bath sheet — neither did the Wal-Mart in this survey. Wal-Mart, in fact, also was missing a second item on the list, a tissue box. (For the complete store-by-store list of price points, brands and product details, see pages 10, 11 and 12.)

In an environment that has put all retailers under pressure to present value-oriented opening price merchandise, HTT surveyed assortments at nine of the country's top home textiles retailers: Wal-Mart, JCPenney, Kmart, Target, Sears, Bed Bath & Beyond, Linens 'N Things, TJX's Marshall's and Kohl's.

Editors set out with a prototypical shopping list for the bedroom and bathroom, and scouted for both the lowest and highest price point offerings in each store for each item.

Bedding products on the list included a queen-sized sheet set, comforter, dust ruffle, quilt, blanket as well as a pair of standard shams and a throw. Bath products included a bath sheet, bath towel, hand towel, washcloth, shower curtain, bath rug, soap dish, liquid dispenser and tissue box.

While not every store visited by HTT offered every product on the list, none of missing items caused a significant variation in the price of the market baskets. In fact, the mean variation between opening price point market baskets was 13.0 percent.

The closest ties in opening price point market basket totals were logged by Target (2 percent higher than Marshall's), Sears (6 percent above Linens 'N Things), and Wal-Mart (8 percent above Kmart).

The largest gaps between opening-price-point market baskets were found at Marshall's (23 percent higher than Wal-Mart), Bed Bath & Beyond (20 percent above Sears), Kohl's (17 percent above Bed Bath & Beyond), Linens 'N Things (13 percent above Target) and JCPenney (11 percent above Kohl's).

The distance between market basket prices was much greater in the upper-price-point area, where three retailers — Bed Bath & Beyond, JCPenney and Linens 'N Things — breached the $1,000 transaction mark. Bed Bath & Beyond's $1,633.83 ticket made it the white glove leader — not a great surprise considering that HTT surveyed the store that serves the New York City market.

JCPenney's top price point market basket came in at a healthy $1,101.94 but still managed to undercut Bed Bath by 33 percent. LNT swept in close behind, lagging Penney's top price point melange by just 7 percent.

Across the survey, the closest correlations between baskets appeared at Kmart (just 7 percent less expensive than Marshall's) and at Sears (9 percent lower than Linens 'N Things).

The greatest differences in top-tier market basket pricing, in addition to the JCPenney/Bed Bath gap, were found at Target (33 percent lower than Sears), Marshall's (25 percent lower than Target), Kohl's (18 percent lower than Linens 'N Things), Wal-Mart (17 percent lower than Kmart) and Kohl's (14 percent lower than Linens 'N Things).

The extent to which high/low retailing is practiced by the leading home textiles retailers also varied widely in the survey, with the country's two leading discounters maintaining the tightest ratios between opening price point and top price point market basket merchandise. Not surprisingly, Wal-Mart established the narrowest pricing range — roughly $55 between its lowest-priced washcloth and its highest-priced queen quilt. Kmart's span came in a little more than $13 broader, with roughly $68 separating its market basket low from its high.

The three greatest price point swings were recorded by Bed Bath & Beyond ($269), JCPenney (roughly $238) and Sears ($228).

While private label products featured heavily in the survey, supplier-branded products remain a robust part of the mix, especially at Marshall's, Bed Bath & Beyond, Linens 'N Things and Kohl's. Each of their market baskets carried an assortment that was more than 50 percent supplier-branded. Supplier brand presence was particularly strong in the top price point baskets, where 67 percent of the market baskets in the survey were filled with roughly 50 percent supplier brands or more.

And despite the rapidly growing incursion of import product on retail shelves, US-made product constituted the majority of the market basket spread for all but two retailers: Bed Bath & Beyond and Marshall's. Further, US-made product turned in strong showings in both opening price point baskets (with 78 percent of them carrying at least 50 percent US product) and top price point baskets (67 percent).

The top-drawer leaders
Top price point market baskets ranked highest to lowest

Source: HTT research
Bed Bath & Beyond $1,633.83
JCPenney 1,102.94
Linens 'N Things 1,028.83
Kohl's 841.84
Sears 768.84
Target 516.85
Marshall's 389.16
Kmart 363.85
Wal-Mart 301.40


Low-price leader board
Opening price point market baskets ranked lowest to highest

Kmart $155.13
Wal-Mart 167.07
Marshall's 206.92
Target 210.84
Linens 'N Things 238.83
Sears 252.08
Bed Bath & Beyond 301.83
Kohl's 352.83
JCPenney 391.35


Bed Bath & Beyond

* Two individually packaged shams at $12.99 each.
** Two individually packaged shams at $69.99 each.
NA: Not available
Opening price point
Bedding Price Manufacturer Construction Country
Queen sheet set $24.99 NA 180-tc, cotton/poly Bangladesh
Queen comforter 79.99 By Zorlu for Bed Bath & Beyond cotton flannel Turkey
Pair of standard shams* 25.98 Wamsutta Supercale 200-tc, cotton Pakistan
Queen dust ruffle 29.99 Bed Bath & Beyond cotton/poly USA
Queen quilt 29.99 NA cotton China
Queen blanket 29.99 Regency by Fieldcrest cotton US
Throw 19.99 Brentwood Originals cotton/rayon India
TOTAL RETAIL $240.92
Bath
Bath sheet $9.99 J.R. United cotton Turkey
Bath towel 4.99 Newport by Utica cotton USA
Hand towel 1.99 Various manufacturers cotton Various
Washcloth 0.99 Various manufacturers cotton Various
Shower curtain 14.99 NA vinyl China
Bath rug 12.99 Fieldcrest nylon USA
Soap dish 2.99 Contempra by Creative Bath plastic NA
Liquid dispenser 4.99 Contempra by Creative Bath plastic NA
Tissue box 6.99 Contempra by Creative Bath plastic NA
TOTAL RETAIL $60.91
Total market basket $301.83
Top price point
Bedding Price Manufacturer Construction Country
Queen sheet set $149.99 Hotel Fine Linens/No. manuf. 600-tc, cotton USA/India
Queen comforter 199.99 American Pacific cotton velvet China
Pair of standard shams** 139.98 Bay Linens cotton/poly USA/Import
Queen dust ruffle 159.99 Bay Linens poly/olefin/rayon/viscose USA/Import
Queen quilt 269.99 Joseph Abboud/Hedaya Home Fashions cotton China
Queen blanket (tie) 139.99 Hotel Blanket/Faribault cotton USA
Mark Travers Collection cotton chenille Australia
Croscill Cotton Cashmere cotton Portugal
Melbourne/Faribault merino wool USA
Throw 199.99 525 Made in America lambswool, cashmere, viscose, nylon, angora Hong Kong
TOTAL RETAIL $1,259.92
Bath
Bath sheet (tie) $39.99 Indulgence by Croscill cotton Britain
Supima/Fieldcrest cotton US
Bath towel 19.99 Martex/WestPoint Stevens cotton Portugal
Hand towel 14.99 Martex/WestPoint Stevens cotton Portugal
Washcloth 8.99 Avanti cotton Canada
Shower curtain (tie) 99.99 Croscill poly/rayon US
Veratex poly/rayon US
Bath rug 99.99 Simply Spa cotton Portugal
Soap dish 24.99 NA metal/glass NA
Liquid dispenser 29.99 NA metal/glass NA
Tissue box 34.99 NA metal NA
TOTAL RETAIL $373.91
Total market basket $1,633.83


JCPenney

* Two individually packaged shams at $70.00 each.
NA: Not available
Opening price point
Bedding Price Manufacturer Construction Country
Queen set $28.99 JC Penney Inc. cotton/poly USA
Queen comforter 54.99 JC Penney Inc. cotton/poly USA
Pair of standard shams 39.98 JC Penney Inc. cotton/poly USA
Queen dust ruffle 39.99 JC Penney Inc. cotton/poly USA
Queen quilt 90.00 American Pacific cotton China
Queen blanket 29.99 JC Penney Inc. polyester USA
Throw 19.99 JC Penney Inc. cotton USA
TOTAL RETAIL $303.94
Bath
Bath sheet 10.99 JC Penney cotton USA
Bath towel 3.99 JC Penney cotton USA
Hand towel 2.99 JC Penney cotton USA
Washcloth 2.49 JC Penney cotton USA
Shower curtain 11.99 JC Penney vinyl Taiwan
Bath rug 24.99 JC Penney cotton USA
Soap dish 6.99 JC Penney plastic USA
Liquid dispenser 7.99 JC Penney plastic USA
Tissue box 14.99 JC Penney plastic USA
TOTAL RETAIL $87.41
Total market basket $391.35
Top price point
Bedding Price Manufacturer Construction Country
Queen sheet set $160.00 Veratex cotton China
Queen comforter 240.00 Croscill cotton USA
Pair of standard shams* 140.00 Croscill cotton USA
Queen dust ruffle 100.00 Croscill cotton USA
Queen quilt 120.00 JC Penney cotton USA
Queen blanket 69.99 Berkshire Blankets cotton NA
Throw 49.99 Kennebunk Weavers cotton China
TOTAL RETAIL $879.98
Bath
Bath sheet 10.99 JC Penney cotton USA
Bath towel 20.00 Avanti cotton Canada
Hand towel 16.00 Avanti cotton Canada
Washcloth 9.00 Avanti cotton Canada
Shower curtain 60.00 Croscill cotton USA
Bath rug 30.00 JC Penney cotton USA
Soap dish 19.99 Croscill resin China
Liquid dispenser 21.99 Croscill resin China
Tissue box 34.99 Croscill resin China
TOTAL RETAIL $222.96
Total market basket $1,102.94


Kmart

* Two individually packaged shams at $11.99 each.
**Packaged in groups of 25 washcloths.
*** Two individually packaged shams at $17.99 each.
NA: Not available
Opening price point
Bedding Price Manufacturer Construction Country
Queen sheet set $29.99 Home Essentials/WestPoint Stevens 120-tc, cotton/poly USA
Queen comforter 29.99 Home Essentials/WestPoint Stevens cotton/poly USA
Pair of standard shams* 23.98 Martha Stewart/NA 180-tc USA
Queen dust ruffle NA NA NA NA
Queen quilt 12.99 Piermont cotton/poly USA
Queen blanket 9.99 Home Essentials/NA polyester USA
Throw 15.99 Biederlack of America acrylic/poly USA
TOTAL RETAIL $122.93
Bath
Bath sheet NA NA NA NA
Bath towel 1.75 Home Essentials/WestPoint Stevens cotton USA
Hand towel 1.50 Home Essentials/WestPoint Stevens cotton USA
Washcloth 5.00** NA cotton Pakistan
Shower curtain 4.99 Home Essentials/NA vinyl China
Bath rug 4.99 Home Essentials/NA nylon USA
Soap dish 3.99 Martha Stewart/NA ceramic China
Lotion dispenser 4.99 Martha Stewart/NA deramic China
Tissue box 4.99 Martha Stewart/NA plastic China
TOTAL RETAIL $32.20
Total market Basket $155.13
Top price point
Bedding Price Manufacturer Construction Country
Queen sheet set $37.99 Dan River Eyelet Lace 180-tc, cotton/poly USA
Queen comforter 49.99 Martha Stewart 4-Star/NA cotton/poly USA
Pair of standard shams*** 35.98 Dan River Eyelet Lace cotton/poly USA
Queen dust ruffle NA NA NA NA
Queen quilt 69.99 Martha Stewart/Keeco cotton China
Queen blanket 38.99 Martha Stewart/WestPoint Stevens nylon and polyurethane (Vellux) USA
Throw 15.99 Biederlack of America acrylic/poly USA
TOTAL RETAIL $248.93
Bath
Bath sheet NA NA NA NA
Bath towel 9.99 Martha Stewart Pima/NA cotton USA
Hand towel 7.99 Martha Stewart Pima/NA cotton USA
Washcloth 5.99 Martha Stewart Pima/NA cotton USA
Shower curtain 24.99 Martha Stewart/NA cotton USA
Bath rug 21.99 Martha Stewart Extra Soft/NA nylon USA
Soap dish 9.99 Martha Stewart/NA plastic USA
Lotion dispenser 18.99 Allure Ceramic China
Tissue box 14.99 Martha Stewart/Allure Stainless Steel Taiwan
TOTAL RETAIL $114.92
Total market basket $363.85


Kohl's

* Two individually packaged shams at $14.99 each.
** Two individually packaged shams at $69.99 each.
NA: Not available
Opening price point
Bedding Price Manufacturer Construction Country
Queen sheet set $19.99 Springs Villager cotton/poly USA
Queen comforter 69.99 Cannon Royal cotton/poly USA
Pair of standard shams* 29.98 Springs Villager cotton/poly USA
Queen dust ruffle 26.99 My Room My Way NA NA
Queen quilt 59.99 Country Basket, Keepsake Collection cotton China
Queen blanket 29.99 Chatham Beautyrest cotton USA
Throw 24.99 Woven Afghan Textured blocks cotton USA
TOTAL RETAIL $261.92
Bath
Bath sheet 18.99 Sonoma cotton Pakistan
Bath towel 7.99 The Big One/Cannon cotton USA
Hand towel 5.99 The Big One/Cannon cotton USA
Washcloth 3.99 The Big One/Cannon cotton USA
Shower curtain 17.99 CHF/Jakson vinyl China
Bath rug 17.99 The Big One/Cannon nylon USA
Soap dish 3.99 Plastic bath accessories plastic USA
Liquid dispenser 5.99 Plastic bath accessories plastic USA
Tissue box 7.99 Plastic bath accessories plastic USA
TOTAL RETAIL $90.91
Total Market Basket $352.83
Top price point
Bedding Price Manufacturer Construction Country
Queen sheet set $89.99 Hollander Nob Hill cotton USA
Queen comforter 149.99 Sonoma cotton China
Pair of standard shams** 139.98 Sonoma cotton China
Queen dust ruffle 39.99 Sonoma cotton/poly China
Queen quilt 149.99 Sonoma cotton China
Queen blanket 49.99 Sonoma Soft One acrylic/poly Mexico
Throw 39.99 Sonoma rayon Hong Kong
TOTAL RETAIL $659.92
Bath
Bath sheet NA NA NA NA
Bath towel 17.99 Martex Supima cotton USA
Hand towel 13.99 Martex Supima cotton USA
Washcloth 9.99 Martex Supima cotton USA
Shower curtain 39.99 Park B. Smith cotton India
Saturday Knight vinyl USA
Bath rug 22.99 Belair Townhouse/Mohawk DuPont nylon USA
Soap dish 17.99 Chapel Hill/NA ceramic China
Liquid dispenser 18.99 Saturday Knight Bali ceramic USA
Tissue box 39.99 Saturday Knight Heather ceramic China
TOTAL RETAIL $181.92
Total Market Basket $841.84


Linens 'N Things

* Two individually packaged shams at $13.99 each.
** Two individually packaged shams at $49.99 each.
NA: Not available
Opening price point
Bedding Price Manufacturer Construction Country
Queen sheet set $19.99 Royale Linens 200-tc, cotton India
Queen comforter 39.99 Wamsutta cotton/poly USA
Pair of standard shams* 27.98 NA poplin USA
Queen dust ruffle 25.99 NA poplin USA
Queen quilt 39.99 Sunham NA China
Queen blanket 14.99 Simmons /WestPoint Stevens polyester USA
Throw 9.99 NA cotton India
TOTAL RETAIL $178.92
Bath
Bath sheet 9.99 NA cotton Pakistan
Bath towel 3.99 Martex/WestPoint Stevens cotton USA
Hand towel 2.99 Martex/WestPoint Stevens cotton USA
Washcloth 1.99 Martex/WestPoint Stevens cotton USA
Shower curtain 14.99 Ex-Cell vinyl Indonesia
Bath rug 14.99 Springs/Wamsutta NA USA
Soap dish 1.99 NA plastic NA
Liquid dispenser 3.99 NA plastic NA
Tissue box 4.99 NA plastic NA
TOTAL RETAIL $59.91
Total Market Basket $238.83
Top price point
Bedding Price Manufacturer Construction Country
Queen sheet set $149.99 Croscill cotton USA/Thailand
Queen comforter 139.99 Alexander Julian/Dan River cotton USA
Pair of standard shams** 89.98 Croscill NA USA/Canada
Queen dust ruffle 69.99 American Pacific cotton China
Queen quilt 189.99 NA NA India
Queen blanket 79.99 NA cotton/cashmere Portugal
Throw 49.99 Mohawk Home NA Hong Kong
TOTAL RETAIL $769.92
Bath
Bath sheet 19.99 Royal Velvet/Fieldcrest cotton NA
Bath towel 17.99 Avanti cotton USA
Hand towel 13.99 Avanti cotton USA
Washcloth 8.99 Avanti cotton USA
Shower curtain 69.99 Croscill vinyl USA
Bath rug 39.99 Mohawk/Newmark NA USA
Soap dish 19.99 Croscill ceramic UK
Liquid dispenser 27.99 Croscill ceramic India
Tissue box 39.99 Croscill ceramic China
TOTAL RETAIL $258.91
Total Market Basket $1,028.83


Marshall's

Total market basket $389.16
* Two individually packaged shams at $5.00 each.
** Two individually packaged shams at $14.99 each.
NA: Not available
Opening price point
Bedding Price Manufacturer Construction Country
Queen sheet set $24.99 Divatex Home Fashions cotton Pakistan
Queen comforter 50.00 Hillcrest cotton USA
Pair of standard shams* 10.00 Sleeping Partners Home Fashion cotton India
Queen dust ruffle NA NA NA NA
Queen quilt 18.00 Peking Handicrafts cotton China
Queen blanket 19.99 Martex/WestPoint Stevens Vellux nylon USA
Throw 14.99 Gold Coast rayon Hong Kong
TOTAL RETAIL $162.96
Bath
Bath sheet NA NA NA NA
Bath towel 6.99 Mundotextil cotton jacquard Portugal
Face towel 4.00 Terrisol by Karsten cotton Brazil
Washcloth 0.30 WestPoint Stevens cotton USA
Shower curtains 12.99 Bath To Bath cotton India
Bath rug 9.99 Regal "Close Out" cotton USA
Soap dish 5.00 André Richard ceramic Japan
Liquid dispenser 3.99 NA ceramic China
Tissue box 0.70 André Richard metal Japan
TOTAL RETAIL $43.96
Total market basket $206.92
Top price point
Bedding Price Manufacturer Construction Country
Queen sheet set $49.99 Earl & Wilson 320-tc, cotton India
Queen comforter 89.99 Ralph Lauren Home cotton India/USA
Pair of standard shams** 29.98 That's Mine cotton China
Queen dust ruffle NA NA NA NA
Queen quilt 49.99 Tradewinds Textiles cotton India
Queen blanket 24.99 Ralph Lauren Home cotton USA
Throw 29.99 Laura Ashley/Hollander Home Fashions cotton USA
TOTAL RETAIL $274.93
Bath
Bath sheet NA NA NA NA
Bath towel 7.99 Terrisol by Karsten cotton Brazil
Face towel 5.99 Orris & Orris cotton Turkey
Washcloth 0.30 WestPoint Stevens cotton USA
Shower curtain 29.99 cotton by Dost cotton Turkey
Bath rug 34.99 Newmark/Mohawk Home cotton USA
Soap dish 6.99 Croscill NA NA
Liquid dispenser 12.99 NA metal Taiwan
Tissue box 14.99 Croscill NA ceramic
TOTAL RETAIL $114.23


Sears

* Two individually packaged shams at $12.99 each.
** Two individually packaged shams at $29.99 each.
*** Packaged in groups of two hand towels.
**** Packaged in groups of three washcloths.
NA: Not available
Opening price point
Bedding Price Manufacturer Construction Country
Queen sheet set $34.99 New Traditions/Sears 180-tc, cotton/poly USA
Queen comforter 19.98 Heartland/Sears cotton/poly USA
Pair of standard shams* 25.98 Colormate/Sears 230-tc, cotton China
Queen dust ruffle (tie) 34.99 Colormate/Sears cotton/poly USA
Whole Home/Sears cotton/poly USA
Queen quilt 19.98 Exception Value/Sears ramie/poly China
Queen blanket 29.99 Colormate/Sears cotton USA
Throw (tie) 39.99 Whole Home/Sears nylon USA/import
39.99 Sunbeam acrylic/poly USA/import
TOTAL RETAIL $205.90
Bath
Bath sheet $9.98 Compliments/Sears cotton Turkey
Bath towel 3.98 Compliments/Sears cotton Brazil
Hand towel*** 3.98 Exceptional value/Sears cotton Brazil
Washcloth**** 3.98 Compliments/Sears cotton Turkey
Shower curtain 9.98 CHF vinyl Taiwan
Bath rug 7.98 Antron Rugs by Dupont construction: NA USA
Soap dish 1.98 Exceptional Value/Sears plastic NA
Liquid dispenser 3.98 Exceptional Value/Sears plastic NA
Tissue box 4.98 Exceptional value/Sears plastic NA
TOTAL RETAIL $46.18
Total market basket $252.08
Top price point
Bedding Price Manufacturer Construction Country
Queen sheet set $64.99 Whole Home/Sears 230-tc, cotton China
Queen comforter 229.99 Fieldcrest/Pillowtex 300-tc, cotton USA/import
Pair of standard shams** 59.98 Whole Home/Sears cotton China
Queen dust ruffle 39.99 Whole Home/Sears cotton denim Indonesia
Queen quilt 99.99 New Traditions/Sears cotton China
Queen blanket 99.99 Sunbeam acrylic USA/import
Throw NA NA NA NA
TOTAL RETAIL $594.93
Bath
Bath sheet NA NA NA NA
Bath towel 17.99 Whole Home/Croscill cotton India
Hand towel 12.99 Whole Home/Croscill cotton India
Washcloth 7.99 Whole Home/Croscill cotton India
Shower curtains 34.99 Whole Home/Sears polyester USA
Bath rug 24.99 Whole Home/Sears NA USA
Soap dish 14.99 Sears ceramic China
Liquid dispenser (tie) 16.99 Sears ceramic China
Sears ceramic China
Tissue box $29.99 NA ceramic China
TOTAL RETAIL $173.91
Total market basket $768.84


Target

* Two individually packaged shams at $9.99 each.
** Two individually packaged shams at $34.99 each.
NA: Not available
Opening price point
Bedding Price Manufacturer Construction Country
Queen sheet set $30.99 Dayton Hudson 180-tc, cotton/poly USA
Queen comforter 29.99 WestPoint Stevens cotton/poly USA
Pair of standard shams 19.98 Dayton Hudson cotton/poly USA
Queen dust ruffle 17.99 Dayton Hudson cotton/poly USA
Queen quilt 39.99 Target Corp. cotton China
Queen blanket 26.99 Dayton Hudson Vellux USA
Throw NA NA NA NA
TOTAL RETAIL $165.93
Bath
Bath Sheet 7.99 WestPoint Stevens cotton USA
Bath Towel 1.99 Fieldcrest Cannon cotton USA
Hand Towel 1.69 Fieldcrest Cannon cotton USA
Washcloth 1.29 Fieldcrest Cannon cotton USA
Shower curtain 5.99 Target Corp. Vinyl China
Bath rug 9.99 Mohawk Home Dupont Antron nylon USA
Soap dish 3.99 Aladdin ceramic China
Liquid dispenser 3.99 Aladdin ceramic China
Tissue box 7.99 Target Corp. plastic USA
TOTAL RETAIL $44.91
Total market basket $210.84
Top price point
Bedding Price Manufacturer Construction Country
Queen sheet set $39.99 Springs 200-tc, cotton/poly USA
Queen comforter 139.99 Martex cotton/poly USA
Pair of standard shams 69.98 Martex cotton/poly USA
Queen dust ruffle 44.99 Martex poly/rayon USA,
Queen quilt 79.99 Target Corp. cotton China
Queen blanket 29.99 Dayton Hudson cotton USA
Throw NA NA NA NA
TOTAL RETAIL $404.93
Bath
Bath sheet NA NA NA NA
Bath towel 9.99 WestPoint Stevens cotton USA
Hand towel 7.99 WestPoint Stevens cotton USA
Washcloth 3.99 WestPoint Stevens cotton USA
Shower curtain 24.99 Target Corp. poly USA
Bath rug 24.99 Martex cotton USA
Soap dish 9.99 Target Corp. ceramic China
Liquid dispenser 9.99 Target Corp. ceramic China
Tissue box 19.99 Target Corp. ceramic China
TOTAL RETAIL $111.92
Basket total retail $516.85


Wal-Mart

* Two individually packaged shams at $9.96 each.
** Two individually packaged shams at $16.96 each.
NA: Not available
Opening price point
Bedding Price Manufacturer Construction Country
Queen sheet set $21.97 Mainstays cotton/poly USA
Queen comforter 19.96 WestPoint Stevens/Basics cotton/poly USA
Pair of standard shams* 19.92 Springs/Jubilee cotton/poly USA
Queen dust ruffle 8.00 Springs/Jubilee cotton/poly USA
Queen quilt 49.96 L. Kee & Co./Jubilee cotton/poly China
Queen blanket 8.96 Basics Owen Mfg. poly/nylon USA
Throw 14.96 Mohawk Jubilee acrylic USA
TOTAL RETAIL $143.73
Bath
Bath sheet NA NA NA NA
Bath towel 1.60 Basics cotton USA
Hand towel 1.30 Cannon cotton USA
Washcloth 1.00 Basics cotton USA
Shower curtain 9.96 Excel/Main Street cotton China
Bath rug 5.56 Mainstay NA USA
Soap dish 1.96 Home Creations plastic China
Liquid dispenser 1.96 Home Creations NA China
Tissue box NA NA NA NA
TOTAL RETAIL $23.34
Total market basket $167.07
Top Price point
Bedding Price Manufacturer Construction Country
Queen sheet set $39.96 Springs/The Linen Closet cotton/poly USA
Queen comforter 45.96 Springs/The Linen Closet cotton/poly USA
Pair of standard shams** 33.92 Springs/The Linen Closet cotton/poly China
Queen dust ruffle NA NA NA NA
Queen quilt 55.96 Keeco/Home Trends Heirloom cotton USA
Queen blanket 26.96 WestPoint Stevens/Vellux poly USA
Throw 19.96 Jubilee/Mohawk rayon/acrylic Hong Kong
TOTAL RETAIL $222.72
Bath
Bath sheet NA NA NA NA
Bath towel 7.96 Basics cotton USA
Hand towel 5.96 Basics cotton USA
Washcloth 4.96 Basics cotton USA
Shower curtain 24.96 Springmaid cotton USA
Bath rug 12.96 Springmaid cotton USA
Soap dish 7.96 Springs ceramic China
Liquid dispenser 8.96 Springs ceramic China
Tissue box NA NA NA NA
TOTAL RETAIL $78.68
Total Market Basket $301.40


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