[Tagging] Do-it-yourself versus hardware stores

Paul Johnson baloo at ursamundi.org
Tue Feb 9 09:26:50 UTC 2016


On Tue, Feb 9, 2016 at 2:36 AM, Martin Koppenhoefer <dieterdreist at gmail.com>
wrote:

>
> Am 09.02.2016 um 08:51 schrieb Paul Johnson <baloo at ursamundi.org>:
>
> So this is rather similar distinction as
>> shop=convenience
>> vs.
>> shop=supermarket
>> .. and perhaps even on top of that
>> vs.
>> shop=department_store
>> as many department stores also have a food department (albeit certainly
>> not all).
>>
>>
> And the distinction between variety store and department store.
>
>
>
> department stores are different beasts then supermarkets, they do have
> departments (i.e. typically with staff in each department, counters and
> likely also a cash register). They also tend to sell more expensive/higher
> quality only, while supermarkets will have all kinds of quality and no
> salespersons (besides some fresh food area like meat, bread, fish). Variety
> stores are the other end (of the quality/price range), i.e. a lot of "cheap
> crap".
>

Well, hence my tendency to not classify Walmart Stores (the original
Walmart concept) and Walmart SuperCenters (the larger, almost but not quite
Fred Meyer sized Fred Meyer knockoffs) department store, but rather as a
variety store.


> Department stores will be found in bigger cities and not/rarely in small
> towns.
> The selection of goods also varies, supermarkets do have a focus on food,
> variety stores on non-food household, department stores will typically sell
> clothes, kitchen stuff (dishes, cutlery, pans, machines, ....), quality
> stationery, toys, cosmetics, ..., and often also have a food department
> (but focused more on "luxury" than every day stuff).
>

Both might have a grocery section in modern practice (Fred Meyer, going all
the way back to when they dropped the full-service general-store concept in
favor of "grab it off the rack yourself" back in the 1930s; the Walmart
knockoff of the same; SuperTarget; a few independent one-offs...)
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