You May Be Paying More To Shop Online? John Materese Investigates

WHY YOU MAY PAY MORE SHOPPING WALMART ONLINE…THAN GOING TO A LOCAL WALMART STORE

For 20 years it’s been a given: shop online and save money, compared with going to the mall or shopping center.

But an Indiana woman claims that’s not always the case anymore with Walmart.

Online shopping used to be cheaper

A few years back some shoppers complained that Walmart had cheaper prices online. They were upset the store wouldn’t match the lower price on their website. Now it seems just the opposite is happening.

We did a quick check of the nearby Aurora, Indiana store, and found Brooks’ baby wipes were indeed $2 less in the store, at $13.47 (as opposed to $15.47 online).

Her tortilla chips were cheaper too, in store.

We contacted Walmart, where Director of Corporate Communications Danit Marquardt said not all prices are higher online.

“Our online prices are sometimes different than our stores prices; some items are priced lower and some are priced higher,” she said in a statement.

But she said store pickup is often cheaper because “it simply costs less to sell some items in stores.” (See full statement below)

But Patti Brooks, who can’t easily get to the store, says it hurts the elderly and disabled. “It’s very unfair,” she said. “I am not just talking for myself but for everybody.”

Others are noticing: A message board on SlickDeals.net has almost two dozen complaints about Walmart recently raising online prices, beginning in September 2017.

A New York Post report in August said that Walmart would begin offering discounts for shoppers picking up certain online items in the store, though it said nothing about some prices creeping higher online.

But the bottom line: if you are placing an order at Walmart, check carefully to see if you’ll get a lower price by picking your item up in the store, so you don’t waste your money.

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