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#4594613 - 12/05/17 04:53 AM Mobil 1 from Walmart-different from anywhere else?
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I've seen this a few times in the last few months, where folks are claiming that Walmart has some special blend just for them, and it may not be as good as the Mobil 1 you get from an Auto Parts store, or other retailer....thoughts?
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#4594614 - 12/05/17 05:03 AM Re: Mobil 1 from Walmart-different from anywhere else? [Re: montero1]
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Originally Posted By: montero1
I've seen this a few times in the last few months, where folks are claiming that Walmart has some special blend just for them, and it may not be as good as the Mobil 1 you get from an Auto Parts store, or other retailer....thoughts?


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#4594615 - 12/05/17 05:06 AM Re: Mobil 1 from Walmart-different from anywhere else? [Re: montero1]
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From my understanding as read hear at BITOG, this can not be done according to LAW. If an oil company(again, my understanding) makes "X" oil(be it dino, blend, syn or HM), it must be the same no matter which store buys it.

However, a store buying in large qty's like W*M or our favorite large chain auto parts store, then they(the store) can request a particular size/amount in a container. In other words some time ago, JUGS used to be ONLY 4 qts(in the US). Then they moved to 5qts. Now you will see 5+ qts in some instances/some brands/some stores.

Now, for a store/house brand, this may in fact be different. However, the oil must be produced to API minimum specifications and most likely will be produced to a price negotiated by the chain. But it still needs to meet spec.

This is how I understand it.

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#4594616 - 12/05/17 05:09 AM Re: Mobil 1 from Walmart-different from anywhere else? [Re: montero1]
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I wish they would sell 7 qt containers. That's the new Norm on all the big motors.
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#4594617 - 12/05/17 05:13 AM Re: Mobil 1 from Walmart-different from anywhere else? [Re: montero1]
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They do it with TV's, I'm almost surprised they can't do it with oil...
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#4594618 - 12/05/17 05:20 AM Re: Mobil 1 from Walmart-different from anywhere else? [Re: montero1]
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Thats the age old statement on everything sold at Walmart.
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#4594622 - 12/05/17 05:26 AM Re: Mobil 1 from Walmart-different from anywhere else? [Re: SteveSRT8]
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Originally Posted By: SteveSRT8
They do it with TV's, I'm almost surprised they can't do it with oil...
Changing the formula would require doing all the tests over again to meet all the different specs. And trying to meet all the different ones and still have them listed would be challenge if your trying to get it cheaper.
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#4594627 - 12/05/17 05:56 AM Re: Mobil 1 from Walmart-different from anywhere else? [Re: montero1]
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This topic pops up every few years. Mobil 1 in WMT is the same formula as Mobil 1 uses in every store that sells Mobil 1. The only difference is WMT buys a lot more of it and probably pays a little less for it and prices it accordingly.
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#4594630 - 12/05/17 06:05 AM Re: Mobil 1 from Walmart-different from anywhere else? [Re: SteveSRT8]
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Originally Posted By: SteveSRT8
They do it with TV's, I'm almost surprised they can't do it with oil...


Many big retailers do this with electronics to avoid price matching, but they do so by changing the model number, and usually a minor feature or two.

Although I can't think of an example, I know I've seen instances where Wal-Mart sells a jug of oil with a slightly different capacity than the parts stores, probably for the same reason.
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#4594643 - 12/05/17 06:33 AM Re: Mobil 1 from Walmart-different from anywhere else? [Re: montero1]
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I have a sure example of walmart cheapening their electronics. In 2008 i was shopping for a panasonic plasma tv.
panasonic had three models that were identical on the outside and feature set. One had a 800U suffix one had a 80u suffix and walmart had a 8u suffix. All were 58" 1080p plasma tvs.

I found a good deal on the 800u and bought it. 4years later it broke and when looking for repair parts i found some differences. I was shocked.

There were some ic that get hot inside the tv. The 800u had heatsinks on these chips and 3fans on the top to move air across them. The 80u had heatsinks but no fans, the 8u had no heatsinks!!!!.

The 8u boards were the only ones avaialble so i had to chisel the heatsinks off my old board and put on he replacements.

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#4594644 - 12/05/17 06:34 AM Re: Mobil 1 from Walmart-different from anywhere else? [Re: montero1]
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If it was a different blend or formulation then it would need it's own Dexos licence number and would be listed as a different product on the GM approved oil page.
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#4594645 - 12/05/17 06:34 AM Re: Mobil 1 from Walmart-different from anywhere else? [Re: montero1]
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There's an easy way to verify this yourself. Look at the dexos1 license on an M1 at Walmart, and compare it to the dexos1 license on the same grade of M1 at another location. You can't have the same dexos1 license for a different product.
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#4594660 - 12/05/17 06:54 AM Re: Mobil 1 from Walmart-different from anywhere else? [Re: montero1]
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5 Quart jugs were Walmart exclusives a few years ago,complete with the Walmart logo on them. Did some kind've patent eventually run out?
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#4594668 - 12/05/17 07:02 AM Re: Mobil 1 from Walmart-different from anywhere else? [Re: montero1]
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I don't recall this question being ask about other brands of oil that are sold at WM. Most likely an attempt by oil salesman to discredit M1 oils sold there.


Edited by tig1 (12/05/17 07:11 AM)
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#4594682 - 12/05/17 07:22 AM Re: Mobil 1 from Walmart-different from anywhere else? [Re: montero1]
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Quote:
I've seen this a few times in the last few months, where folks are claiming that Walmart has some special blend just for them, and it may not be as good as the Mobil 1 you get from an Auto Parts store, or other retailer....thoughts?

Urban legend, which in this case IF really happening would seem to be promoted by some ignorant AP store "folks". Been covered here before, M1 sold at WM same oil as sold elsewhere including AP stores. Stating otherwise....



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