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After a reader inquired about pricing discrepancies at a few Target locations, a reporter at the LA Times investigated the matter. As you might have suspected, Target, like other big box chains, adjusts its prices slightly for each outpost based on "fixed costs" like the store's lease, area taxes and the cost of staffing. This information was confirmed by a Target spokesperson.
For the die-hard budget conscious among us, the best way to nail down the cheapest prices are, in the Times' words, by visiting locations in "rough and tumble" neighborhoods. Or go online to shop—it's certainly better than driving all over town.
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