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Inside a TJ Maxx store in New York City.

We went shopping at TJ Maxx and Macy’s Backstage and found the messier store was better for a bargain

Though TJ Maxx's store is messier than Backstage's, it provides a larger and more diverse selection of products in terms of size, type and brand.
Inside a TJ Maxx store in New York City.

We went shopping at TJ Maxx and Macy’s Backstage and found the messier store was better for a bargain

Though TJ Maxx's store is messier than Backstage's, it provides a larger and more diverse selection of products in terms of size, type and brand.
Ross sells a lot of off-price home goods, in addition to clothes and shoes.

We compared Ross and the struggling Pier 1 Imports and saw why the messier store is actually better to shop for home goods

While Ross was clearly messier, Pier 1 Imports could not compete with the combined value and quality of the discount chain.
Ross had a lot of designer purses for less.

We visited a Ross and a TJ Maxx and while the former was far messier, both showed why discount shopping is the future of retail

Ross and TJ Maxx offer designer items for cheaper than regular stores and sell a variety of items, from clothes to home goods.
The Dollar Tree that we visited in Jersey City was filled with boxes and messy shelves.

We visited a Dollar Tree in both a city and a suburb to compare. They were so different we couldn’t believe they were part of the same chain.

We compared Dollar Tree stores in a New Jersey city and a Florida suburb and the difference was extraordinarily stark.
The small-format Target store in Tribeca carried most of what Target traditionally has, but not everything.

We compared a small Target store in the city with a suburban-style Target. Here’s how they stacked up.

Target has been expanding its fleet of small-format stores in cities like New York and Los Angeles. Here's how they compare to a traditional Target.
Vegan and gluten-free veggie straws at Trader Joe's

We shopped at both Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s, and the Amazon-owned chain was disappointing in comparison

Trader Joe's and Whole Foods both target the health-conscious consumer. But which is better? From prices to store branding, Trader Joe's dominates.
A banana display at Walmart, where the low prices and vast selection beat Whole Foods' health focus.

We went grocery shopping at Walmart and Whole Foods and saw how Amazon’s $13.7 billion bet is failing to beat the superstore in price and select...

Walmart and Amazon's Whole Foods are two big destinations for grocery shopping. We shopped at both and found the better store.
A banana display at Walmart, where the low prices and vast selection beat Whole Foods' health focus.

We went grocery shopping at Walmart and Whole Foods and saw how Amazon’s $13.7 billion bet is failing to beat the superstore in price and select...

Walmart and Amazon's Whole Foods are two big destinations for grocery shopping. We shopped at both and found the better store.
We loved these bamboo torches at Walmart.

We went shopping for home goods at Walmart and Bed Bath & Beyond, and the superstore had a clear advantage

Lots of people buy home goods at Walmart and Bed Bath & Beyond. We went shopping at both stores to see which does it better.