My wife swears that the Pampers at Wal-Mart are inferior to those at Target even though the box looks like it's the same product. Is she right?

asked 12 Nov '09, 06:29

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Have a look at the UPC on the two packages. It's entirely possible that Wal*mart has commissioned their own "cheaper" product which would likely include a different UPC, even though the rest of the packaging would remain the same. Large retailers also like to do this UPC-thing to cut off "price-matching" by getting their own model# (and thus, UPC) for the exact same product.


answered 12 Nov '09, 19:52

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I will attempt to answer you as an "ex" from the retail sector. Your wife could be right because, I believe that Pampers are produced in several different countries, and quality and finish can vary in the finished product according to the demands of each market

Purchase departments of large stores like Wal-mart and Target could be picking up huge "lots" of excess stock (produced for other markets) for a variety of reasons.

These can then be resold, and repackaged and sold slighty cheaper than the same products that were produced for your country initially.

I remember buying Pampers from England, Italy and Turkey and all were slightly varied. The better quality were the English Pampers, and the ones I used in Turkey were not as "well fitting".


answered 12 Nov '09, 09:33

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edited 12 Nov '09, 18:16

I noticed something similar to this just the other day. The Pampers "Swaddlers" I bought for my son from Fry's Food and Drug (a Kroger company), in the exact same packaging, were not the same as the ones I bought from Target. The Fry's diapers had the "wetness indicator," a vertical line that changed from yellow to green when the diaper is wet. The Target diapers did not. I felt totally ripped off since my wife and I deliberately bought this more expensive diaper for that line.

It looks like even diapers in the same packaging are not the same.


answered 12 Nov '09, 14:53

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Did you buy a larger size of Swaddlers? I don't remember exactly, but I think by the time I had moved to the size 2 (maybe even Size 1?) the indicator strip was gone.

(12 Nov '09, 21:34) Kate

All i can relate it to is that here in england the huggies you buy at discount at cosco are not as good as those you buy at the shops, also i England there are several varities of pampers eg super dry and active fit.


answered 12 Nov '09, 13:39

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