Are we talking retail or wholesale? The entire inventory of the store or just the items out on the shelves? If we’re talking retail and full inventory, I think it’d be quite a bit more than that.
Consider just the electronics section of your average Super WalMart these days. If there are 20 each of 10 different televisions in stock at $249 or more each, 12 of that ubiquitous HP computer systems in stock at $999 each, 40 (an average pallet load) of 5 different kinds of VCRs and DVD players at $99-$259 each, 40 Nintendo GameCubes, Playstations and X-Boxes at $159-300 each, 20 of 20 different stereo systems ranging from $79 to $299 each, 10 of 6 different video cameras ranging from $299 to $699 each, 10 of 30 different digital and SLR cameras at $79 to $499 each. 20 each of 40 different clock radios and portable CD players, ($19-$69 each) 20 each of 20 different cordless phones, ($29-$179 each) 20 of 10 different corded phones $10-$50 each), 20 each of 10 different answering machines ($29-$69 each), and the entire inventory of CDs, videocassettes, game discs and DVDs to go along, plus film, tapes, floppies, CD-Rs and DVD-Rs, SmartDisks, CompactFlash and Memory Stick media. I’d make the WAG that the inventory of the electronics department alone would hit $1 million, retail, in a large store.
Then think of the costly items in Housewares: $400 leather recliners, $300 air conditioners, $200 vacuum cleaners, $200 futons, $100 cookware sets, $99 bedding sets, $79 ceiling fans, plus other furniture, microwaves and various and sundry small home appliances all present in abundance. I’d think that housewares would approach at least $500,000 if not much more.
Then every Super Wal-Mart has a jewelry department, and believe it or not, there is some pricey stuff there. I saw a $6,999 diamond ring the last time I was in a Wal-Mart. Then there are the many watches and other items. Another $250,000? Possibly.
And the huge number of tires and batteries in the Automotive department, and the hunting rifles, bicycles, treadmills and other exercise gear and camping equipment in Sporting Goods. Easily another $500,000.
There is a huge inventory in the crafts/decor/sewing department. You’d be surprised at how much some of that stuff costs. Add in the toy departments, pet care, health and beauty and pharmacy, clothes, shoes, books, stationery and greeting cards. And a Super Wal-Mart usually has a garden section.
We’ve topped $3 million, I’d think, without even buying a single thing to eat.