Walmart Holiday Rollbacks on Toys
As the biggest holidays approach, the need for toys skyrockets and Walmart is here to help and to benefit.
The retail giant is beginning its legendary rollbacks on hundreds of toys in anticipation of Black Friday and Christmas shopping, currently 400 toys and games, to be exact.
In today’s seriously competitive landscape such move can give an edge and invite the parents into physical stores and online in search of the best ‘it” toy this year.
Walmart is proud for being the biggest toy retailer and for bringing Christmas to all early, like October early.
The toys you can expect to find at Walmart this year are tested by kids and include bestsellers like Barbie, Juno the Elephant, Hatching Dragons, and of course, those from Frozen 2 and Star Wars.
The last two movie releases and related Disney toys get some events for kids to experience the toys and for parents to put them on the shopping lists.
Target is organizing special events and shops too, so Walmart has to keep up in physical locations and with Walmart Toy lab – a virtual play space for computers and tablets. Let’s hope we all will find what we are looking for this year and get a deal on whatever it is!
Walmart Shopping Tips
Whether you love or hate Walmart, you have to admit that some prices there are hard to beat anywhere else. Here are some tips for you to benefit from the next time you head to the retail giant:
- Shop early or late
This might sound crazy, but shopping between 5 am and 6 am is the best. As long as you come before 9 am, you are good. The store is open all night and gets reorganized, cleaned, and restocked for the next day. Morning shoppers get no lines, helpful employees, and clean store.
Late night shopping is also good, but you won’t get a clean store.
- Buy “Great Value” or “Equate” brands
Most brand names won’t bring you much savings when compared with other stores, but Walmart brand items will. Some Equate or Great Value items are 50% cheaper than brand names, so you know what to do if you love to save.
- Savings Catcher App from Walmart
The app will price-match your purchase while you shop. Just upload the receipt and within 7 days you will know if other stores have the same items cheaper. If they do, you will get Walmart gift card for the difference.
- Price check with Amazon app
Use the app in Walmart, Home Depot, Lowe’s, and Kohl’s to always make sure you are getting a good deal. The tool works great and is very convenient.
- Walmart price-matches online
Yes, you heard it right. Walmart matches online prices, even with Amazon, so always check and have proof before purchasing.
- Best prices on party ware, gift wrapping, supplies, and cards
If you have a party coming up, don’t go to Party City and overpay. Walmart’s $0.97 party supply section beats even Dollar Tree, let alone Party City. You will have more variety, cute items, and even larger supply of all the necessities than you often can find in Dollar Stores.
- Great produce deals
Walmart is known to discount in-season produce. You can stock up on your favorites for very low prices, like grapes for $0.88 per pound or $1 strawberries. The produce at Walmart can be a miss sometimes, but come in the morning to get the best picks.
- Craft supplies
You might be surprised how cheap all kinds of craft supplies are at Walmart. Yarn, glassware, wreaths, and other stuff are priced much better than Michael’s or Hobby Lobby, unless those two have sales.
- Container section
Just like at Dollar Tree, you can find a great selection of small containers for just a $1. This can come very handy when gift giving holidays draw closer.
- The cheapest copy paper
Unless you use free paper after rebate at Staples program, Walmart is your next cheap option for copy paper. All other office and school supplies are pretty affordable at Walmart too.
- Clothing basics
You won’t find fancy wardrobe staples at Walmart, but you are sure to find basic clothing your family needs. Think T-shirts, tank tops, socks, and underwear.
- Expensive stuff you should get elsewhere
This might be hard to believe, but diapers are not very cheap in Walmart. Your local pharmacies and Amazon have better deals when it comes to stocking on them. Use coupons and sign to save at Amazon, and you will not only save $0.08 per Huggies diaper, but will skip shopping at Walmart with kids in tow.
- Skip toiletry buying at Walmart
Just like diapers, toiletries can be bought cheaper at other retailers. Read sales ads at other stores and collect best deals based on them, instead of scooping everything at Walmart. You might have to invest some time and clip a coupon or two, but it’ll be worth it.
How to Get Coupons for Walmart Grocery Delivery
The retail giant Walmart wants to be able to come to your home, sort off. With grocery delivery so popular these days, Walmart is not about to be left behind the competition. It is determined to find out where you live and bring groceries right to your fridge, which is a lot better than some company tampering with your social media and personal information, but still causes some concerns.
Coming home to your fridge is, of course, more like a figure of speech for now, but the company is serious about their desire to serve you better and bring the goodies to you the way Amazon and Instacart already do. The future belongs to time-saving and convenient strategies for our ever more modern society and every retailer wants to jump on the bandwagon there.
Some people imagine the progress so swift that soon we, the consumer, won’t even have to spend time ordering online – one day our pantries and refrigerators will be able to send the order themselves. Mad Money host Jim Cramer thinks that this kind of future is in our cards, and not far away. Whether you agree with such thinking or not, grocery ordering online is definitely here.
While lots of people are fine getting groceries delivered, most are still uncomfortable imagining a person actually entering their home and restocking the fridge for them, as the conversation about such service rages on. Over 60% of people, polled by Morning Consultant, stated that they would not like a strange person in their home while they are away. Millennials were a bit less standoffish, but still over half were against the idea.
Home and car security would have to be traded for the sake of not only convenience, but in order to protect the increasing amount of packages stolen by porch pirates. If a delivery person could put the package into your car trunk at work or inside your home, the number of possible thefts would decrease.
Amazon leads the market in in-home delivery. The company started using a special smart lock set and a camera to place your package inside your home while you watch the process on your phone thanks to Amazon Key system.
Walmart is currently testing a similar system partnering with Silicon Valley’s August Home. With it, you could also watch the order placed inside through your security system cameras. The delivery person gets in with a one-time code and he is watched on the camera the entire time. But is that enough to make you feel safe and comfortable?
Unlike Amazon, Walmart gets credit for low prices, but ranks very low for virtually everything else. The stores are often understocked, in need of cleaning, and employees are hard to come by. While these complaints are personal experiences in stores, in-home delivery requires a high level of trust and Walmart has ways to go to get there.
Such in-home delivery service is still in testing stages with consumers not overly excited about it, so the demand for it might never reach the expected heights. Convenience is great, but allowing strangers to your home is a whole different story for now. It’s safe to say that retailers could put their energy into offering more lockers and pick up locations instead of devising plans to get through your door.
One thing Walmart is already doing is expanding its delivery reach to more previously underserved areas. Four new delivery companies have joined their delivery fleet. AxelHire, Point Pickup, Roadie, and Skipcart are on hand to deliver to metro areas of San Francisco, Long Island and Manhattan, Boston, San Antonio, and Atlanta.
Currently the company offers delivery from over 800 stores and works with DoorDash and Postmates. Another 800 stores are expected to start grocery delivery this year. This trend will require quite a few personal shoppers to pick and pack all the orders.
The partnership with Walmart is great for boosting last-mile delivery companies’ worth too. For example, Atlanta-based Roadie has recently raised $25M investor funding and has no plans to stop.
If you are tired of shopping and taking time away from your family to do that, give Walmart grocery delivery a try, but don’t do that without a coupon code.
You can get free grocery delivery from now through February 1st with a code HOMEFREE as long as your order is above $50, which is not hard to achieve when shopping for a family. Usual delivery price is $7.95 - $ 9.95. The coupon works for first time buyers and repeat customers alike.
If you are not crazy about home delivery just yet and want to pick your order from the store yourself, there is a code for that too. Use WOWFRESH and get $10 off $50 on your first pick-up order.
Other than applying codes, online ordering is very simple: open the website or the app, pick your groceries, enter your zip code, and select the time you want your order to be delivered. Personal shopper will collect your ordered items and delivery partner will drop them off within an hour of your selected time. Pretty simple and definitely worth a try!
Walmart and Best Buy Black Friday Preview
Walmart and Best Buy are two heavy weight fighters when it comes to Black Friday discounts on electronics. We, the consumer, love watching this fight and enjoy all the benefits of relentless price slashing.
This is why those two retailers come to mind when we start thinking about the deals on TVs and smart phones, smart home devices and deciding where to camp for the best doorbusters in the industry on Black Friday.
So will it be Walmart or Best Buy this year?
Let’s take a look.
As the ads are about to drop any time from both retailers, we can analyze their previous years’ deals and decide which one to go to first. There are definitely some similarities, but also plenty of differences. The past history can serve us as perfect guideline for mapping 2019 Black Friday shopping strategy and routes.
A look back: Black Friday 2018
Both retailers are strong on that day and with deals during the weeks before Black Friday. Understanding their strengths and weaknesses is key for grabbing the best deals this year. Both stores always offer similar discounts on electronics, smart home systems, and gaming equipment.
But here is the thing – while Walmart always has slightly lower prices, Best Buy wins in the width of selection of home theaters and many other products. Now you have to ask yourself if you will go after the bottom dollar only or will you also need some options?
Walmart Black Friday 2018
Last year Walmart lured people in with absolutely the cheapest TV anywhere – 40-inch Hisense 1080p model for just $99. Nobody could beat this price.
iPhone XR, XS, and XS Max all carried $300 gift card upon new line activations.
Another tough cookie for competition! Best Buy savings on those phones came to only $150.
Walmart hit gold with pairing of Google Home Mini and Chromecast devices for just $45.
Did they lose money on this deal? Absolutely, but they got customers in the door and upsold them! Best Buy came close with both devices for $25 each. $5 sometimes makes all the difference.
Best Buy Black Friday 2018
Best Buy went all out on home networking devices, namely Linksys Mesh WiFi Router triple pack for just $179. Walmart couldn’t match this offer with its $199. Again, the difference is small, but every little bit counts on a day like Black Friday.
Best Buy is famous for many deals on big screen TVs and last year was no exception. While Walmart had the cheapest one, Best Buy had a better TV: 4K Toshiba 43-inch for just $129. This is for those of us who don’t only go for savings, but pay attention to quality too.
As we mentioned above, Walmart’s home theater projector offers just don’t stand a chance to Best Buy’s massive lineup of contenders. Think Epson Home Theater Projector for just $949 and try to beat that!
What should we expect in 2019?
Here are some predictions we would like to make:
- Walmart will win the smart phone fight again with its huge gift card offers for activation. Expect $300 and even $400 on older models.
- Best Buy will probably just offer direct iPhone savings for their line activation and it won’t be $300.
- Best Buy should dominate the Home Theater category again.
- Expect the best savings on speakers, subwoofers, and giant 85-inch 4K TVs from Best Buy.
- Both retailers will probably feature some great deals on video game systems, as seen by Amazon and Target so far.
- PlayStation 4 and Xbox One X will run pretty similarly at both retailers, but Walmart might decide to lower the price last minute by a few cents, really not enough to make a difference.
- All in all, both retail giants will come out with similar results at the end of the day, except for Walmart’s cell phone deals.
Walmart’s Black Friday Deals on Star Wars and Other Gifts
Holidays are coming and we are reminded of that every step of the way these days. There are crowds of people in every grocery store shopping for turkeys and cranberry sauces. There are dueling decorations – Thanksgiving vs. Christmas.
Then there are Christmas songs in every store that can drive one insane if lots of shopping is needed. And that’s not all – you need to send the cards, plan the turkey feast, wrap gifts, decorate the tree, bake the cake, meet the friends, and go to that weird office party. Did we mention the gifts you still need to buy for all the people who seemingly already have everything?
So where is time for fun? You can make some time for that if you act smart and figure out the shopping and the gift giving first. And this is where we come in with a helping hand.
Walmart, in its own interest of sales, is actually there to help us by providing ample gift ideas and deals for every budget and every taste. It is currently running 30 Days of Savings event during the entire month of November, and you can take an advantage of that. There are plenty of opportunities to find gifts every day that will make all your loved ones very happy.
We took a long and hard look at all the offers and found some stuff that you will be excited to discover for yourself. You might even get some jumps and squeals of joy after your gift will be unwrapped on Christmas morning. This is what is featured for today, so imagine what other days will bring:
LEGO Star Wars TM BB-8 75187 Building Set
We think it’s safe to say that everybody knows somebody who is obsessed with everything Star Wars. And every Star Wars lover, from 7 to 77, would love to get this hard-to-resist, oh so cute robot. This LEGO set is a lot more than just a figurine that they will build and display somewhere, even though it does come with a display stand. No, they will be able to interact with it and show it off to everyone!
BB-8 can become alive - by turning a wheel on its side you can rotate its head and open the access hatch to extend a welding torch.
While it’s not a remote controlled moving LEGO set, it’s the next best. People love the details, the character, and the head motion. Star Wars fans rave that a figurine like that would be a great addition to their collection.
You can get it at Walmart or Walmart.com for $89, which is $11 discount.
We are sure you have people on your list who are not into Star Wars. This is what else is featured at Walmart today:
- Huffy 12V Battery-Powered SWAT Truck 2-Seater Ride-on Toy for $249 ($50 off regular price)
- Belmint Shaitsu Foot Massager with Heat - $84 ($56 off)
- iHome Mirror with Bluetooth Radio - $50 ($30 off)
- Respawn 110 Racing Style Gaming Chair - $109 ($80 off)
Best Walmart Black Friday TV Deals
Just like last year, TVs will play a very important role for Walmart during its Black Friday sales both in-stores and online. 40, 50, and 58 inch 4K TVs will be sold for under $100, $150, and $200 respectively. How, you may want to know? A lot of those TV sets are from Walmart’s own Onn low-price electronics band or not the most technologically sound models.
There are some other offers too, but for different price points. Deals will be had on JVC, Philips, RCA, Vizio, and Samsung TV sets.
When is the best time for the best deals?
Walmart has had some action going on since October 25th, but the biggest block-busters and cheapest offers will be made available the night before Thanksgiving, November 27th, online. Some spectacular deals will start being live at 10 pm EST. All in-store shopping bonanzas will start at 6 pm on Thanksgiving Day, November 28th.
If you have to have a TV now, before the family comes for Thanksgiving feast, there are some great deals happening already, so you are in luck. Walmart is hosting “Buy Now” sale, where you can already get a deal better than any other time if the year.
Today, November 22, even more deals became available at Walmart.com. We would like to help you visualize all deals that are already available and what is still coming up on Black Friday itself. More deals and sales will be released on a daily basis between now and Thanksgiving, so check Walmart’s website and store often, especially if waiting for door-busters doesn’t interest you.
What TV deals can you get right now?
70-inch RCA 4K Roku TV - $549
This model at this price is an exclusive Walmart deal and you probably won’t see it anywhere else. This TV set is on the lower quality end, does good with high-definition capabilities, but 4K performance is not great. HDR can also use some serious tune-up.
60-inch RCA 4K Roku TV - $319
This is pretty much the same TV as the pervious one, just smaller. Yes, the price is good, but the specs - not so much. You will enjoy high-definition, but the rest of the features are fit for your basement entertainment room at best.
55-inch JVC 4K Smart TV - $269
This TV being a JVC can be expected to work better than anything by RCA, but it’s still not a Samsung, so be mindful of what you are getting and adjust your expectations accordingly. Other than that the set is really affordable.
32-inch RCA 720p Roku TV - $100
The TV was $130 before, so the savings are not bad at all. The small screen is great for smaller spaces, such as your kitchen. We like the HD picture on this device and don’t have many complaints about it.
What TV deals will be available a day before and on Black Friday?
40-inch 1080p Roku TV - $98
This deal is from Onn brand and since it is Walmart’s private electronics brand, you won’t find this TV anywhere else. The deal is definitely good on a TV that’s average at best. Most Onn TV sets are decent, but unremarkable and come on the lower half of ratings when compared to same size different brand TVs.
50-inch Onn 4K Roku TV - $148
This is another Onn device with similar qualifications as the previous one. The TV usually sells for $100, so the deal is not bad. Most people are pretty happy with the quality of the picture, but again, nothing is super special about it. It does have a decent HD picture, but does not support HDR, which limits its Ultra High Definition performance.
50-inch 4K Samsung Smart TV - $278
This set is a popular one and is featured by many stores as their Black Friday discount offer. It sports good HD and 4K quality, but does not support HDR, so make sure you can live without it if you want to consider this particular model.
55-inch Samsung 4K Smart TV - $328
This TV set does great at HDR, but it can’t be called flawless at it. This model and specs are offered at other retailers too, but typically a bit more expensive. All in all it’s a great TV.
58-inch Onn 4K Roku TV - $198
The price is very low for this size, but again, it’s Onn, so take it with a grain of salt. This offer can be considered a winner for the size category because it beats even a little bigger Insignia 58-inch, which is available for $200 at Best Buy.
65-inch Philips 4K Roku TV - $278
Another low price device will be available come Black Friday. Normal price for this TV is around $500. We think that the quality of this TV is decent, but not great. HD and 4K picture quality is far from perfect and its HDR is not very effective.
65-inch Vizio 4K Roku TV - $398
This model is similar to all other Walmart’s offers, something middle of the road in terms of quality. Vizio has been reducing prices recently, so this model might be available for similar price at other retailers.