Christmas Items At Wal-mart or Target are Missing
Out of stock toys at Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Target Corp. and Sears Holding Corp's Kmart chain are increasing rapidly. However, one store, Amazon.com Inc. remains almost fully stocked.
Wal-mart is missing thirty-four percent of the one-hundred and sixteen toys tracked as of December 7th. This is almost double the number from November of sixteen percent. At Target's website, the items were forty-six percent out of stock. At Kmart's website, the items were twenty-three percent out of stock. At Toys 'R' Us, the items were twenty-nine percent out of stock. However, at Amazon.com the items only had two missing toys of the one-hundred and sixteen total.
Amazon's advantage in keeping its goods in stock in e-commerce is that it also sells the goods of other retailers through its website. For those hot Christmas items like the LeapFrog LeapPad Explorer Learning Tablet, Amazon may eventually be the first stop for consumers this Christmas as they turn away from stores with items that are out of stock on the Internet.
Interestingly enough, Wal-mart does not have the lowest prices as compared to Target's prices that were 1.4% cheaper than Wal-mart's prices. Also, Amazon's prices were 0.4% lower than Wal-Mart's prices. Wal-mart still maintains lower prices over Toys 'R' Us and Kmart online.