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Market Basket Cheaper in '05

New York — Whether a factor of deflation or a reaction to consumer sensitivity, spring prices on bedding and bath items fell back in this year's Market Basket survey.

Home Textiles Today's fourth annual report found that pricing dropped this year in most of the highest-priced and lowest-priced items in the survey.

In terms of top price point item in each market basket, tickets were reduced sharply at five of the nine stores visited by HTT:

  • Sears, down 50 percent;

  • Kohl's, down 42 percent;

  • Linens 'n Things, down 29 percent;

  • JCPenney, down 17 percent;

  • Marshall's, down 14 percent.

The top price point Market Basket item remained the same at Bed Bath & Beyond ($249.99), Target ($149.99) and Kmart ($114.99).

Only Wal-Mart, famed as America's low-price leader, bumped the top line. The most expensive item in the Wal-Mart basket — a queen bed-in-a-bag — rose from $84.75 in last year's survey to $99.74 this year, a hike of nearly 18 percent.

At the same time — and emblematic of Wal-Mart's strategy of pushing price points at both ends of the spectrum — its lowest-priced queen bed-in-a-bag dropped from $44.96 in the 2004 survey to $28.84, a 36 percent cut. Also indicative of the general trend, last year's item was manufactured in the United States by Springs Industries. This year's low-price bed-in-a-bag was sourced from Pakistan by Wal-Mart.

Nonetheless, the U.S.-manufactured goods in Wal-Mart's basket increased substantially. The ratio stood at just 2 percent last year — the lowest in the 2004 survey — and grew to 25 percent this year.

The ratio of U.S. made goods in the basket also rose at Kmart, from 3 percent to a whopping 53 percent — the largest concentration of domestic goods in this year's survey. At all other retailers, the percent of domestically manufactured goods declined.

For the annual Market Basket reports, HTT assembles a list of basic bed and bath items, then visits one store from each of 9 of the top 10 home textiles retailers to find the lowest priced item and the highest priced item for each product on the shopping list. The No. 10 retailer on HTT's Top 50 Retailers ranking — Pottery Barn — was not included in the survey because its in-store assortment of bedding and bath products is too slight to make valid comparisons.

As in previous years, the market baskets contain only items marked at everyday prices. Sale and clearance goods are not added to the cart in order to establish a base line for EDLP.

HTT's editors were unable to complete their shopping lists at four stores. Neither the JCPenney nor the Target store offered any non-sale bath sheets on the day they were visited. Wal-Mart had no tissue boxes, and Marshall's was lacking both the queen-sized bed-in-bag and the queen dust ruffle on the list.

While the market baskets are not representative of each chain's "average market basket," they do represent what a customer who shopped these stores in these markets — during the period between March 7 and March 14 — would have found if she were looking for either the least expensive goods or the presumed top-of-the-line products.

This year's survey found prices tumbling on the low-end as well. The retail on the lowest-priced item in the baskets dropped dramatically at the majority of stores visited:

  • Sears, down 75 percent;

  • Kohl's, down 60 percent;

  • Linens 'n Things, down 57 percent;

  • Marshall's, down 50 percent;

  • Bed Bath & Beyond, down 33 percent.

Last year, the lowest-priced item in each of their baskets was produced in the United States — primarily by WestPoint Stevens — with one exception. This year, the retailers' lowest priced items were produced abroad — again, with one exception.

Only Wal-Mart and JCPenney held level on their lowest-priced market basket items, at 78 cents and $3.99, respectively. Kmart raised the priced on its least expensive market basket item by a penny.

Target was the lone retailer in the survey to hike the ticket in its lowest-priced, non-sale wash cloth: up 79 percent from 88 cents in 2004 to $1.58 this year.

High Fliers …
Highest priced item in top-tier basket

Bed Bath & Beyond $249.99 queen quilt
JCPenney $200.00 queen bed-in-a-bag
Linens 'n Things $199.99 queen sheet set
Target $149.99 queen bed-in-a-bag
Kohl's $139.99 queen quilt
Sears $119.99 queen quilt
Kmart $114.99 queen bed-in-a-bag
Wal-Mart $99.74 queen bed-in-a-bag
Marshall's $59.99 queen sheet set


… and Low Riders
Least expensive item in low-price basket*

*When more than one item in the basket carried the same price, both were listed
Wal-Mart $0.78 soap dish/lotion pump
Target $1.58 hand towel/washcloth
Sears $1.98 washcloth
Bed Bath & Beyond $1.99 soap dish
Marshall's $1.99 washcloth
Linens 'n Things $2.99 washcloth/shower curtain
Kmart $3.49 washcloth
JCPenney $3.99 washcloth
Kohl's $3.99 washcloth


U.S. Suppliers
Those with more than four appearances in the survey*

# of items
*Out of 246 items whose supplier could be determined.
Springs 34
WestPoint Stevens 25
Croscill 18
Mohawk Home 10
Allure 8
Keeco 7
Dan River 6


Bed Bath & Beyond

* Two individually packaged shams at $100.00 each
NA - Not Available
Opening Price Point
BEDDING PRICE MANUFACTURER CONSTRUCTION COUNTRY
Queen sheet set $29.99 Springs 400-TC Cotton USA
Queen bed-in-a-bag 59.99 Alice Manufacturing Poly/Cotton USA
Pair of standard shams 29.99 CHF Industries Rayon/Nylon China
Dust ruffle 29.99 BBB Brand Poly/Cotton USA
Queen quilt 79.99 American Pacific Cotton China
Queen blanket 14.99 Springs Cotton USA
Throw 9.99 Berkshire Blanket Co. Polyester China
TOTAL RETAIL $254.93
BATH PRICE MANUFACTURER CONSTRUCTION COUNTRY
Bath sheet $15.99 Springs Cotton USA
Bath towel 4.99 WPS Cotton USA
Hand towel 3.99 Revere Mills Cotton Pakistan
Washcloth 2.99 Revere Mills Cotton Pakistan
Shower curtain 14.99 Shelly's Design Vinyl China
Bath rug 12.99 Mohawk Home Nylon USA
Soap dish 1.99 NA Plastic NA
Lotion pump 5.99 NA Plastic NA
Tissue box 5.99 NA Plastic NA
TOTAL RETAIL $69.91 TOTAL MARKET BASKET $324.84
Top Price Point
BEDDING PRICE MANUFACTURER CONSTRUCTION COUNTRY
Queen sheet set $199.99 Springs Cotton USA
Queen bed-in-a-bag 99.99 Morgan Group Poly/Cotton Pakistan
Pair of standard shams* 200.00 Frette Hotel Cotton Italy
Dust ruffle 230.00 Frette Hotel Cotton Italy
Queen quilt 249.99 Samaria Silk/Cotton India
Queen blanket 149.99 Berkshire Blanket Co. Silk/Poly China
Throw 59.99 Mohawk Home Rayon/Cotton China
TOTAL RETAIL $1,189.95
BATH PRICE MANUFACTURER CONSTRUCTION COUNTRY
Bath sheet $79.99 Simply Spa Cotton Portugal
Bath towel 45.00 Frette Cotton Turkey
Hand towel 20.00 Frette Cotton Turkey
Washcloth 12.99 Simply Spa Cotton Portugal
Shower curtain 79.99 Nicole Miller/Revman Poly/Nylon China
Bath rug 79.99 Mohawk Home Nylon USA
Soap dish 14.99 Croscill Ceramic China
Lotion pump 28.99 Croscill Metal India
Tissue box 34.99 Croscill Metal India
TOTAL RETAIL $396.93 TOTAL MARKET BASKET $1,586.88


Kmart

* Two individually packaged shams at $14.99 each
**Two individually packaged shams at $22.99 each
Opening Price Point
BEDDING PRICE MANUFACTURER CONSTRUCTION COUNTRY
Queen sheet set $37.99 Franco Mfg. Cotton/Poly Pakistan
Queen bed-in-a-bag 57.99 Dan River Poly/Cotton USA
Pair of standard shams* 29.98 WestPoint Stevens Cotton/Poly USA
Dust ruffle 17.99 WestPoint Stevens Cotton/Poly USA
Queen quilt 68.99 Jia Li Textile Handicrafts Ramie/Cotton China
Queen blanket 10.49 Charles D. Owen/Springs Polyester USA
Throw 12.99 Biederlack of America Acrylic/Poly USA
TOTAL RETAIL $236.42
BATH PRICE MANUFACTURER CONSTRUCTION COUNTRY
Bath sheet $11.49 WestPoint Stevens Cotton USA
Bath towel 5.79 WestPoint Stevens Cotton USA
Hand towel 4.59 WestPoint Stevens Cotton USA
Washcloth 3.49 WestPoint Stevens Cotton USA
Shower curtain 11.99 Allure Home Creation Vinyl China
Bath rug 10.98 Springs Industries Nylon USA
Soap dish 4.59 Allure Home Creation Plastic China
Lotion pump 8.49 Allure Home Creation Plastic China
Tissue box 5.79 Allure Home Creation Plastic China
TOTAL RETAIL $67.20 TOTAL MARKET BASKET $303.62
Top Price Point
BEDDING PRICE MANUFACTURER CONSTRUCTION COUNTRY
Queen sheet set $57.99 Keeco Cotton USA
Queen bed-in-a-bag 114.99 Springs Cotton USA
Pair of standard shams** 45.98 Keeco Cotton China
Dust ruffle 20.99 Dan River Cotton/Poly USA
Queen quilt 68.99 Jia Li Textile Handicrafts Ramie/Cotton China
Queen blanket 40.99 WestPoint Stevens Nylon USA
Throw 19.99 Biederlack of America Acrylic/Cotton/Poly USA
TOTAL RETAIL $369.92
BATH PRICE MANUFACTURER CONSTRUCTION COUNTRY
Bath sheet $11.99 WestPoint Stevens Egyptian Cotton Turkey
Bath towel 11.49 Griffiths-Kerr Egyptian Cotton Canada
Hand towel 9.49 Griffiths-Kerr Egyptian Cotton Canada
Washcloth 6.99 NA Egyptian Cotton USA
Shower curtain 28.99 Bath by Town and Country Poly/Cotton Pakistan
Bath rug 28.99 Maples Industries Cotton USA
Soap dish 11.49 Allure Home Creation Ceramic/Chrome China
Lotion pump 14.99 Allure Home Creation Steel Taiwan
Tissue box 17.99 Allure Home Creation Steel Taiwan
TOTAL RETAIL $142.41 TOTAL MARKET BASKET $512.33


JCPenney

* Two individually packaged shams at $21.99 each
**Two individually packaged shams at $75.00 each
Opening Price Point
BEDDING PRICE MANUFACTURER CONSTRUCTION COUNTRY
Queen sheet set $29.99 Royale Cotton USA
Queen quilt 79.00 NA Poly/Cotton China
Queen bed-in-a-bag 130.00 Dan River Cotton/Poly USA
Pair of standard shams* 43.98 NA Cotton/Poly USA
Dust ruffle 44.99 NA Cotton/Poly USA
Queen blanket 34.99 NA Acrylic USA
Throw 49.99 NA Poly Chenille China
TOTAL RETAIL $412.94
BATH PRICE MANUFACTURER CONSTRUCTION COUNTRY
Bath sheet NA
Bath towel $5.99 JCP Purchasing Corp Cotton Thailand
Hand towel 4.99 JCP Purchasing Corp Cotton Thailand
Washcloth 3.99 JCP Purchasing Corp Cotton Thailand
Bath rug 19.99 Mohawk Carpet Corp. Cotton India
Shower curtain 19.99 Ex-Cell Vinyl China
Soap dish 6.99 NA Ceramic China
Lotion pump 9.99 NA Ceramic China
Tissue box 19.99 NA Ceramic China
TOTAL RETAIL $91.92 TOTAL MARKET BASKET $504.86
Top Price Point
BEDDING PRICE MANUFACTURER CONSTRUCTION COUNTRY
Queen sheet set $150.00 Croscill Cotton India
Queen bed-in-a-bag 200.00 Dan River Cotton/Poly USA
Pair of standard shams** 150.00 Croscill Cotton/Poly USA
Dust ruffle 130.00 Croscill Cotton/Poly USA
Queen Quilt 180.00 NA Cotton/Poly China
Queen blanket 79.99 NA Poly Microfiber China
Throw 50.00 NA Poly Chenille China
TOTAL RETAIL $939.99
BATH PRICE MANUFACTURER CONSTRUCTION COUNTRY
Bath sheet NA
Bath towel $18.00 JCP Purchasing Corp Cotton India
Hand towel 14.00 JCP Purchasing Corp Cotton India
Washcloth 10.00 JCP Purchasing Corp Cotton India
Bath rug 44.99 Croscill Cotton China
Shower curtain 54.99 Croscill Cotton/Polyester China
Soap dish 18.99 Croscill Organic Resin NA
Lotion pump 21.99 Croscill Organic Resin NA
Tissue Box 34.99 Croscill Organic Resin NA
TOTAL RETAIL $217.95 TOTAL MARKET BASKET $1,157.94


Kohl's

* Two individually packaged shams at $19.99 each
** Only one price point available in this category
** Two individually packaged shams at $35.99 each
Opening Price Point
BEDDING PRICE MANUFACTURER CONSTRUCTION COUNTRY
Queen sheet set $44.99 WestPoint Stevens Cotton/Poly USA
Queen bed-in-a-bag 139.99 Ellison Textiles Poly/Cotton USA
Pair of standard shams* 39.98 Kohl's Dept. Stores Cotton China
Dust ruffle** 33.99 Kohl's Dept. Stores Cotton China
Queen quilt 49.99 Kohl's Dept. Stores Cotton/Poly China
Queen blanket 39.99 WestPoint Stevens Cotton USA
Throw 29.99 The Northwest Co. Poly China
TOTAL RETAIL $378.92
BATH PRICE MANUFACTURER CONSTRUCTION COUNTRY
Bath sheet $16.99 Kohl's Dept. Stores Cotton Taiwan
Bath towel 7.99 Kohl's Dept. Stores Cotton Thailand
Hand towel 5.99 Kohl's Dept. Stores Cotton Thailand
Washcloth 3.99 Kohl's Dept. Stores Cotton Thailand
Shower curtain 17.99 Maytex Mills Vinyl China
Bath rug 25.99 DuPont Antron Nylon USA
Soap dish 4.99 Kohl's Dept. Stores Ceramic China
Lotion pump 7.99 Kohl's Dept. Stores Ceramic China
Tissue box 16.99 Kohl's Dept. Stores Plastic China
TOTAL RETAIL $108.91 TOTAL MARKET BASKET $487.83
Top Price Point
BEDDING PRICE MANUFACTURER CONSTRUCTION COUNTRY
Queen sheet set $106.99 Kohl's Dept. Stores Cotton Sateen Pakistan
Queen bed-in-a-bag 149.99 Kohl's Dept. Stores Cotton/Poly Pakistan
Pair of standard shams*** 71.98 American Pacific Poly/Rayon China
Dust ruffle** 33.99 Kohl's Dept. Stores Cotton China
Queen quilt 129.99 Kohl's Dept. Stores Cotton China
Queen blanket 99.99 Kohl's Dept. Stores Cotton/Down China
Throw 39.99 Kohl's Dept. Stores Acrylic China
TOTAL RETAIL $632.92
BATH PRICE MANUFACTURER CONSTRUCTION COUNTRY
Bath sheet $30.00 Welspun Supima cotton India
Bath towel 19.99 Sharadha Microcotton India
Hand towel 14.99 Sharadha Microcotton India
Washcloth 9.99 Sharadha Microcotton India
Shower curtain 59.99 Croscill Polyester USA
Bath rug 38.00 Maples Antron Nylon USA
Soap dish 19.99 Croscill Resin China
Lotion pump 21.99 Croscill Resin China
Tissue box 39.99 Bacova Guild Resin China
TOTAL RETAIL $254.93 TOTAL MARKET BASKET $887.85


Linens 'n Things

* Two individually packaged shams at $14.99 each
**Two individually packaged shams at $49.99 each
Opening Price Point
BEDDING PRICE MANUFACTURER CONSTRUCTION COUNTRY
Queen sheet set $19.99 English Channel Poly/Cotton USA
Queen bed-in-a-bag 59.99 Dan River Cotton/Poly USA
Pair of standard shams* 29.98 Pacific Coast Feather Cotton China
Dust ruffle 25.99 Springs Poly/Cotton China
Queen quilt 89.99 LNT Cotton China
Queen blanket 29.99 Springs Cotton Knit USA
Throw 19.99 Aeolus Down Inc. Poly China
TOTAL RETAIL $275.92
BATH PRICE MANUFACTURER CONSTRUCTION COUNTRY
Bath sheet $19.99 LNT Cotton USA
Bath towel 4.99 Cambridge Cotton Canada
Hand towel 3.99 Cambridge Cotton Canada
Washcloth 2.99 Cambridge Cotton Canada
Shower curtain 2.99 Creative Bath Products Vinyl China
Bath rug 14.99 Mohawk Nylon USA
Lotion pump 6.99 LNT Ceramic China
Tissue box 8.99 LNT Ceramic China
Soap dish 4.99 LNT Ceramic China
TOTAL RETAIL $70.91 TOTAL MARKET BASKET $346.83
Top Price Point
BEDDING PRICE MANUFACTURER CONSTRUCTION COUNTRY
Queen sheet set $199.99 Springs Cotton USA
Queen bed-in-a-bag 199.99 Springs Cotton/Poly China
pair of standard shams** 99.98 Nautica/Am. Pacific Cotton/Poly China
Dust ruffle 59.99 Springs Poly/Cotton China
Queen quilt 169.99 American Pacific Poly/Cotton China
Queen blanket 79.99 LNT Cotton Portugal
Throw 79.99 Mohawk Poly/Rayon/Cotton China
TOTAL RETAIL $889.92
BATH PRICE MANUFACTURER CONSTRUCTION COUNTRY
Bath sheet $24.99 WPS Cotton USA
Bath towel 19.99 WPS Cotton India
Hand towel 13.99 Avanti Cotton Canada
Washcloth 8.99 Avanti Cotton Canada
Shower curtain 69.99 Croscill Poly China
Bath rug 39.99 Mohawk Nylon USA
Lotion pump 27.99 Croscill Brass India
Tissue box 29.99 Springs Ceramic/Steel China
Soap dish 16.99 Croscill Brass India
TOTAL RETAIL $252.91 TOTAL MARKET BASKET $1,142.83


Sears

* Two individually packaged shams at $21.99 each
**Two individually packaged shams at $34.99 each
Opening Price Point
BEDDING PRICE MANUFACTURER CONSTRUCTION COUNTRY
Queen sheet set $19.99 Royale Linens Cotton/Poly USA
Queen bed-in-a-bag 79.99 Dan River Poly/Cotton USA
Pair of standard shams* 43.98 WPS Cotton/Poly USA
Dust ruffle 39.99 WPS Cotton/Poly USA
Queen quilt 19.99 PHI Poly/Cotton China
Queen blanket 39.99 Charles D. Owen/Springs Acrylic USA
Throw 19.98 Sun Yin USA Polyester Chenille China
TOTAL RETAIL $263.91
BATH PRICE MANUFACTURER CONSTRUCTION COUNTRY
Bath sheet $20.00 NA Cotton USA
Bath towel 2.98 WPS Cotton USA
Hand towel 2.48 WPS Cotton USA
Washcloth 1.98 WPS Cotton USA
Bath rugs 12.99 Mohawk Home Antron USA
Shower curtains 12.99 CHF Inds Vinyl China
Soap dish 4.99 NA Plastic China
Lotion pump 6.99 NA Plastic China
Tissue box 9.99 NA Plastic USA
TOTAL RETAIL $75.39 TOTAL MARKET BASKET $339.30
Top Price Point
BEDDING PRICE MANUFACTURER CONSTRUCTION COUNTRY
Queen sheet set $99.99 Springs Inds. Cotton USA
Queen bed-in-a-bag 99.99 Springs Inds. Poly/Cotton USA
Pair of standard shams** 69.98 Hedaya Home Fashions Cotton China
Dust ruffle 49.99 WPS Cotton/Poly USA
Queen quilt 119.99 Sunham Bedding Cotton China
Queen blanket 49.99 Charles D. Owen/Springs Polyester China
Throw 89.99 Mohawk Home Cotton/Poly/Rayon China
TOTAL RETAIL $579.92
BATH PRICE MANUFACTURER CONSTRUCTION COUNTRY
Bath sheet $20.00 NA Cotton Turkey
Bath towel 19.99 Croscill Cotton India
Hand towel 7.00 NA Cotton Turkey
Washcloth 4.00 NA Cotton Turkey
Bath rugs 35.00 NA Cotton USA
Shower curtains 49.99 Saturday Knight Ltd. Polyester Voile Turkey
Soap dish 16.99 NA Resin China
Lotion pump 19.99 NA Resin China
Tissue box 34.99 NA Resin China
TOTAL RETAIL $207.95 TOTAL MARKET BASKET $787.87


Marshall's

* Two individually packaged shams at $6.99 each
** Only one item available in this category
*** Two individually packaged shams at $12.99 each NA - Not available
Opening Price Point
BEDDING PRICE MANUFACTURER CONSTRUCTION COUNTRY
Queen sheet set $24.99 Springs Ind. Cotton/Poly USA
Queen bed-in-a-bag NA
Pair of standard shams* 13.98 Revman/Laura Ashley Cotton NA
Dust ruffle NA
Queen quilt 39.99 Daisy Border Cotton China
Queen blanket 19.99 Owen Mfg./Springs Cotton USA
Throw** 12.99 Kas Australia Viscose/Acrylic China
TOTAL RETAIL $111.94
BATH PRICE MANUFACTURER CONSTRUCTION COUNTRY
Bath sheet** $9.99 Ralph Lauren Home/WPS Cotton USA
Bath towel 5.99 Springs Ind. Cotton USA
Hand towel 4.99 Simurg by Cicek Turkish Cotton Turkey
Washcloth 1.99 Well Dressed Home Cotton India
Shower curtain 5.99 Creative Bath Products Vinyl NA
Bath rug 7.99 Mohawk Home Cotton India
Soap dish 3.99 NA Porcelain China
Lotion pump 4.99 Arts by Nine Ceramic China
Tissue box 7.99 NA Wood China
TOTAL RETAIL $53.91 TOTAL MARKET BASKET $165.85
Top Price Point
BEDDING PRICE MANUFACTURER CONSTRUCTION COUNTRY
Queen sheet set $59.99 Westwood Park Cotton Sateen India
Queen bed-in-a-bag NA
Pair of standard shams*** 25.98 Pem America Inc. Cotton China
Dust ruffle NA
Queen quilt 49.99 Weston Inc. Cotton China
Queen blanket 24.99 Ralph Lauren Home/WPS Cotton USA
Throw** 12.99 Kas Australia Viscose/Acrylic China
TOTAL RETAIL $173.94
BATH PRICE MANUFACTURER CONSTRUCTION COUNTRY
Bath sheet $9.99 Ralph Lauren Home/WPS Cotton USA
Bath towel 5.99 Home Spa Cotton/Modal Portugal
Hand towel 9.99 Akova Cotton Turkey
Washcloth 3.99 Akova Cotton Turkey
Shower curtain 16.99 Royal Bath Collection Polyester China
Bath rug 19.99 Bon Motif Cotton India
Soap dish 5.99 Paradigm Exclusives Metal India
Lotion pump 7.99 Paradigm Exclusives Metal India
Tissue box 14.99 Paradigm Exclusives Metal India
TOTAL RETAIL $95.91 TOTAL MARKET BASKET $269.85


Target

* Two individually packaged shams at $9.99 each
** Two individually packaged shams at $24.99 each
NA - Not available
Opening Price Point
BEDDING PRICE MANUFACTURER CONSTRUCTION COUNTRY
Queen sheet set $29.99 Home Cotton/Poly USA
Queen bed-in-a-bag 65.99 Afroze Textile Industries Cotton/Poly Pakistan
Pair of standard shams* 19.98 WestPoint Stevens Cotton/Poly Pakistan
Dust ruffle 15.99 Home Cotton/Poly USA
Queen quilt 39.99 Zhejiang Multi-Glory Poly China
Queen blanket 19.99 Home Cotton China
Throw 7.99 Target Corporation Poly China
TOTAL RETAIL $199.92
BATH PRICE MANUFACTURER CONSTRUCTION COUNTRY
Bath sheet NA
Bath towel $1.58 Target Corporation Cotton Vietnam
Hand towel 1.58 Target Corporation Cotton Vietnam
Washcloth 1.58 Target Corporation Cotton Vietnam
Shower curtain 6.24 Home Polyester China
Bath rug 3.99 Target Corporation Nylon USA
Soap dish 1.99 Essence Ceramic China
Lotion pump 1.99 Essence Ceramic China
Tissue box 9.99 CHF Industries Plastic China
TOTAL RETAIL $28.94 TOTAL MARKET BASKET $228.86
Top Price Point
BEDDING PRICE MANUFACTURER CONSTRUCTION COUNTRY
Queen sheet set $69.99 Shabby Chic Cotton Turkey
Queen bed-in-a-bag 149.99 Springs Cotton/Poly China
Pair of standard shams** 49.98 Target Corporation Cotton/Linen India
Dust ruffle 44.99 Target Corporation Cotton Turkey
Queen quilt 89.99 Vrindavan Overseas Cotton India
Queen blanket 26.99 WPS Nylon/Polyurethane USA
Throw 7.99 Target Corporation Poly China
TOTAL RETAIL $439.92
BATH PRICE MANUFACTURER CONSTRUCTION COUNTRY
Bath sheet NA
Bath towel $9.99 Target Corporation Cotton India
Hand towel 8.99 Target Corporation Cotton Portugal
Washcloth 8.99 Target Corporation Cotton Portugal
Shower curtain 29.99 Springs Industries Polyester China
Bath rug 14.99 NA Nylon USA
Soap dish 9.99 NA Metal China
Lotion pump 12.99 Target Corporation Metal India
Tissue box 19.99 NA Metal India
TOTAL RETAIL $115.92 TOTAL MARKET BASKET $555.84


Wal-Mart

* Two individually packaged shams at $9.96 each
** Two individually packaged shams at $14.96 each
NA - Not available
Opening Price Point
BEDDING PRICE MANUFACTURER CONSTRUCTION COUNTRY
Queen sheet set $19.76 WPS Cotton/Poly USA
Queen bed-in-a-bag 28.84 Wal-Mart Stores Poly/Cotton Pakistan
Pair of standard shams* 19.92 Springs Inds Cotton/Poly Mexico
Dust ruffle 15.96 Springs Inds Cotton/Polyester Mexico
Queen quilt 39.74 Keeco Cotton/Poly China
Queen blanket 18.82 Charles D. Owen/Springs Upland Cotton USA
Throw 12.88 Sun Yin USA Rayon China
TOTAL RETAIL $155.92
BATH PRICE MANUFACTURER CONSTRUCTION COUNTRY
Bath sheet $5.00 Springs Inds Cotton Brazil
Bath towel 1.50 Shel-Nor Mills Cotton Sri Lanka
Hand towel 1.22 Shel-Nor Mills Cotton Sri Lanka
Wash Cloth 0.82 Shel-Nor Mills Cotton Sri Lanka
Bath Rugs 5.88 NA Nylon USA
Shower Curtains 5.96 NA Vinyl China
Soap Dish 0.78 Allure Plastic China
Lotion Dispenser 0.78 All Strong Inds Plastic China
Tissue Box NA
TOTAL RETAIL $21.94 TOTAL MARKET BASKET $177.86
Top Price Point
BEDDING PRICE MANUFACTURER CONSTRUCTION COUNTRY
Queen sheet set $45.83 Springs Inds Cotton USA
Queen bed-in-a-bag 99.74 Keeco Cotton/Poly USA
Pair of standard shams** 29.92 Keeco Cotton China
Dust ruffle 24.96 Keeco Cotton China
Queen quilt 55.96 Keeco Cotton China
Queen blanket 18.82 Charles D. Owen/Springs Upland Cotton USA
Throw 17.63 Mohawk Home Acrylic/Polyester USA
TOTAL RETAIL $292.86
BATH PRICE MANUFACTURER CONSTRUCTION COUNTRY
Bath sheet $5.00 Springs Inds Cotton Brazil
Bath towel 5.96 Springs Inds Cotton Brazil
Hand towel 4.96 Springs Inds Cotton Brazil
Washcloth 3.96 Springs Inds Cotton Brazil
Bath rugs 21.96 Springs Inds Cotton USA
Shower curtain 24.96 Springs Inds Poly/Vinyl China
Soap dish 7.96 Springs Inds Ceramic China
Lotion pump 7.96 Springs Inds Ceramic China
Tissue box NA
TOTAL RETAIL $82.72 TOTAL MARKET BASKET $375.58


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