Originally Posted by Landscape Poet
I doubt that SW or any other manufacture would go through the process of creating a product for WMT with different amount of inputs needed, different production lines etc...only to sell it to them at a lower cost.
That's absolutely not true. You just have to look at the big box stores such as Home Depot or Lowes. From plumbing fixtures to power tools to locksets, even paint brushes- they may be name brands and even have the same model number but they have been de-spec'd by the manufacturer so the big boxes can sell the product at a cheaper price. Manufacturers are willing to do it because the big boxes move a lot of product.
Don't know where I saw it but some HO bought a Deere lawn tractor from HD. When he started to have problems with it he figured he would take it to a JD dealer. The JD service department said about the only thing it had the same as the dealer model is the green paint. They couldn't help him, told him to bring it back to HD.