12 Items Not Worth Buying At Walmart
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Walmart has established itself as a low price leader in many ways, managing to maintain a wide variety of incredibly affordable products, from groceries to household items to clothing. It’s no surprise that many people on a tight budget choose to shop at the big box store.
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However, not everything is worth buying at Walmart, according to our experts. Here are 12 products you might want to buy elsewhere because you’ll get more for your money.
Telephones and telephone accessories
If you’re looking for a cheap new phone with good features and the accessories to go with it, look away from Walmart, says Nick Hodge, founder of Daily Profit Cycle. “Major retailers like Walmart often overcharge customers for electronic equipment,” says Hodge.
Additionally, Hodge says, “Buying a phone case from a major retailer is rarely cheaper than buying it from an Internet retailer like Amazon. So before you make a purchase, it’s worth better do research online.
There’s no doubt that you’ll find affordable clothing at Walmart, but if you’re looking for quality, steer clear of Walmart branded clothing. Carter Seuthe, CEO of Credit Summit, says, “Many of their private labels are particularly low quality. By all means, go for the bargains on branded items, but stay away from their recently rebranded in-store deals. Go for their competitors like Target, or a thrift store, if that’s the price you’re aiming for.
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Poor quality can also be a problem with jewelry at Walmart, according to Andrew Priobrazhenskyi, CEO of DiscountReactor, an e-commerce company. “You might be able to get a fantastic deal on jewelry, but you won’t get a high-quality item.”
Additionally, Jennifer Heebener, editor of JCK Magazine, told CBS News, “What message does it send to your partner if you buy him a ring at the same place where you get discounted toilet paper?”
Meat and poultry
“The quality of meat and poultry was the most common complaint from Walmart customers,” says Priobrazhenskyi. Not being able to get the best quality fresh fruit was also a popular complaint, he adds. So looking for fresh foods of all kinds might not be a good idea at Walmart.
It’s important to remember that just because a product is affordable doesn’t mean it will last. According to James Crawford, co-founder of shopper’s coupon site DealDrop, “Even if Walmart’s wood furniture is cheap, that doesn’t mean it’s a bargain. Cheap wood furniture sold at Walmart is often made of particle board. As a result, these items are less likely to withstand a single move, even multiple moves, as well as tiny scuffs and scratches.
It makes sense to look for an affordable laptop in an age when most of us rely on our computers for a lot of things. However, suggests Crawford, “the chances of finding a bargain on a laptop at Walmart are close to zero, according to price-verified laptop deals.”
If you’re a fan of pure maple syrup for your pancakes and waffles, Crawford also recommends looking beyond Walmart. “Those bottles of Vermont grade A liquid gold could quickly deplete your food budget if you don’t watch them. It’s still possible to get authentic, tree-extracted, 100% natural maple syrup at a fair price if you don’t buy it at Walmart.
If you’re looking for durable, long-lasting batteries, don’t buy them at Walmart, says Kevin Joubin, vice president of growth marketing at Branded Surveys, a data collection platform that helps companies with their marketing.
“Consumer Reports found Costco’s Kirkland Signature brand of AA alkaline batteries to be the top performing store brand batteries. However, if you need longer lasting batteries, you can try Amazon Basics batteries.
For better or worse, Amazon has also cornered the affordable diaper market with its Amazon Family subscription service, Joubin says. Costco’s Kirkland Signature brand also has a better rate on diapers than Walmart can compete with.
While Walmart tires have the same quality as local stores and other major retailers, Joubin says you can get better deals elsewhere. “For example, Costco offers the same tires at the lowest possible price with free tire balancing and rotations. They even offer to deliver the item to your mechanic.
Brand body care
If you’re looking for particular-brand body care — from body wash to lotion to shampoo — MoneyTalkNews says Target outranks Walmart for the best deals on such products.
If you’re finally ready to take a big vacation and need some sturdy luggage that will last you a long time, Walmart is the last place you should go, according to MoneyTalksNews. Independent luggage retailers apparently offer better value for money and offer product warranties that will last a long time.
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