Buyer Beware: 13 Things You Should Never Buy at Walmart

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The big box store Wal-Mart has lots of consumer goods at low prices. But, only some things are good deals at the consumer giant. Beware of these items, and your wallet will thank you. 

High-End TV’s

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To minimize costs of that next flatscreen, Walmart is a great option. However, the retail giant lacks options on higher-end TVs, which will most likely stand the test of time. Consider shopping at Costco for your next TV purchase; their electronics warranty is worth the look. They also have brands with reputations for quality and durability. 

Furniture

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If you need a piece to last or endure kids or pets, look elsewhere. While Walmart’s prices are appealing, especially for wooden furniture items, durability will cost more. Consider saving a bit more to invest in a furniture piece that will survive the dog jumping up and kids spilling juice everywhere. 

Batteries

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Surprisingly, batteries could be cheaper at Amazon or even big warehouse stores. Price compare before throwing some AA’s into your cart. When tested, Costco Kirkland brand batteries were the best store brand batteries on the market. 

Meat

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Poultry freshness is a recurring issue for Walmart. Although the selection and price are good, quality matters. No one needs to get ill from a bad piece of meat bought on their last Walmart run. 

Luggage

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Having a suitcase break mid-trip would be considered a travel failure. Sadly, Walmart’s luggage is not the sturdiest. Considering getting your next luggage set from Amazon, REI, and even L.L.Bean

Jewelry

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Prices are certainly appealing at the retail store. However, the quality leaves much to be desired. Plus, there is something off-putting by buying those diamond earrings in the same place you picked up your paper towels. 

Pre-Paid Phone Plan 

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Smart Talk Wireless, Walmart’s pre-paid phone option is affordable. However, it also typically ranks as one of the worst plans available. Consider Mint Mobile, or even Google Fi if you need a pre-paid phone. 

Appliances

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Not only does Walmart have a limited selection of appliances, but, other big box stores like Home Depot and Costco offer better prices and warranty options. 

Gift Cards

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Buying a gift card at Walmart means paying face value. However, if you purchase gift cards from Costco or even Sam’s Club, you could be getting a 20% discount for buying in bulk. 

Paper Products

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While certainly inexpensive and plentiful at Walmart, customers on a tight budget will be disappointed with the quality of the goods. Try Aldi instead for your paper towels and toilet paper needs. Their prices and quality match more directly. 

Generic Supplements

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If buying supplements, make sure to get the name brand at Walmart. In 2015, the New York State Attorney General released a statement that highlighted that the supplements either did not contain ingredients listed on the label or, even worse, contained substances not listed on the labels. 

Diapers

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While picking up the emergency pack is not a bad choice, for the regular supply, look into a subscription service. Amazon could save you time and money with delivery options. 

Wrapping Paper

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Standard prices and similar quality to the Dollar Store are what you get at Walmart. Save your pennies and just spend a dollar.

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