I enquired at Kmart why they no longer had garden products and was told it was because they are owned by Wesfarmers who own Bunnings. Similarly the pet food has gone as they own Coles. Like Target they now sell predominantly clothing (mainly cheap Asian) and kitchenware. Most alternative hardwares gradually closed after Bunnings arrived. All this means that instead of having multiple sources of product and giving us real choices there is now very little variety. In Bunnings you will find nearly all cleaning products have the Oates label which is owned by another giant group of companies. If you are looking for kitchen appliances Breville also owns Kambrook, Ronson and many other brands.
What a dreary world it is becoming with monopolies churning out millions of similar products. (I’ve already written about the lack of colour choice – only greys and fawns in home furnishings and buildings for instance).
It is interesting to research various companies to see who they belong to and where. Of course this is constantly changing. Sad to see that ‘our’ Victa is owned by the American Briggs and Stratton.