Amazon Prime Vs. Walmart.com: Online Savings & Deals
It’s no secret: We spend our days hunting for the best deals. So when we saw mega retailers Walmart and Amazon going head-to-head with free shipping opportunities, store pick-up programs, and premium shopper perks, we had to dig in to see which store offered the best overall bang for your buck. This is our Amazon Prime vs. Walmart.com showdown.
Let’s Talk about Shipping Costs
Convenience is key for so many of us. If a store makes it possible to shop from your laptop, in your pajamas, while watching the kids, they are immediately at the top of the list. That’s where Amazon and Walmart come out on top. Both have user-friendly mobile apps and websites to browse whenever a few free minutes pop up.
If you sign up for Amazon’s Prime membership (and pay a $99 annual fee), you can get free two-day shipping on products fulfilled by an Amazon warehouse. This is valuable for those of us who forget to stock up on the essentials! Plus, Amazon Prime members get access to online photo storage, movies, music, TV shows, books and other goodies by being a member.
Walmart offers free two-day shipping on items leaving their warehouses if you spend a minimum of $35.
Winner: It depends.
If you take advantage of the additional Amazon Prime perks like photo storage, music, and TV shows, the $99/year price tag might well be worth it.
If you hardly use these services, you should consider the types of purchases you make. If the majority of your purchases are for general household goods, supplies, and food (and you typically spend above $35), then shopping on walmart.com will save you $99/year.
Saving You Time
Since both brands offer free 2-day shipping in some capacity, we’re going to take a look at some of their programs designed to save time.
If you don’t want to wait for a package to arrive at your doorstep, you can order from Walmart online, then pick it up in-store. Most items can be ready the same day you click the buy button. As a bonus, Walmart offers a discount for visiting them in person if you check-in using their mobile app.
One of the reasons we love Amazon is their easy and quick checkout process, and Walmart obviously took note. Once signed into Walmart.com, you can make purchases with as little as two clicks.
Amazon’s Dash Buttons remove all friction from ordering household goods and pantry items. Plus, you get a $4.99 product credit after using your Dash Button, making them essentially free.
Amazon is also experimenting with two-hour delivery (with additional shipping costs) and brick-and-mortar locations for quick shoppers who need an emergency stick of deodorant. The proposed brick and mortar store’s convenience is amplified by using an app to scan the merchandise and charge purchases to your Amazon account, so there’s no lingering in checkout lanes.
Winner: Amazon. Dash Buttons are actual lifesavers and two hour delivery in the future will revolutionize grocery shopping and immediate needs.
Both retailers are pretty amazing at helping us remember what we bought in the past and what we might like in the future. Look for the “reorder” options to make it simple to drop your favorites back into the shopping cart. Both sites offer pop-up suggestions when browsing on your PC. Watch the page margins for offers!
And what about prices? Both sites have amazing offers. Sometimes the best option is to do a quick comparison before adding an item to your shopping cart. Here’s a look at a few popular products from both retailers:
|Product||Walmart Price||Amazon Price|
|Swiffer Sweeper Wet Mopping Pad Refills for Floor Mop, Open Window Fresh Scent, 24 count||$7.97||$7.97|
|Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Multi-Surface Everyday Cleaner, Honeysuckle, 16 fl oz||$3.69||$3.69|
|Gatorade® Thirst Quencher Orange Sports Drink, 8 Count, 20 fl. oz. Bottles||$4.68||$4.99|
|Hamilton Beach Programmable 5 Quart Slow Cooker | Model# 33453||$24.94||$29.99|
|HUGGIES Snug & Dry Diapers, Size 1, 276 Diapers||$47.17||$42.39|
|Samsung 50″ Class FHD (1080P) LED TV (UN50J5000)||$477.99||$477.99|
|Herbal Essences Hello Hydration Moisturizing Shampoo, 33.8 oz||$5.98||$5.98|
|Doritos Nacho Cheese Tortilla Chips, Party Size, 15 oz Bag||$3.98||$4.28|
|Q-tips Cotton Swabs, 500 count||$2.98||$2.99|
*Prices as of August 2017. These prices do not reflect the use of electronic coupons or discount codes.
Winner: Walmart. While this is only a sample of products, many household goods and foods seem to be cheaper on walmart.com
Can I Return It?
Whether it doesn’t fit or isn’t what you expected, sometimes those coveted purchases need to go back to where they came from! Both Amazon and Walmart make their return policies simple and clear.
Amazon purchases must be shipped back to the seller. Start by printing a return-authorization label from the website, and place the item in its original packaging and shipping box. Then, send it off! New unopened items will be accepted for return within 30 days of purchase. Replacements and exchanges are also available.
Walmart’s return policy states that products must be in the original manufacturer’s packaging, and can be returned to a store location or by mail within 90 days. Some products, like pre-paid cell phones, have a shorter return period. And specialty products, like diabetic pharmacy supplies, are not returnable.
Winner: Walmart. Having the ability to return via mail or in-store is more convenient, especially if you live/work near a Walmart.
Amazon Prime Vs. Walmart.com – The Final Verdict
In our opinion, it really depends.
If you take full advantage of Amazon Prime’s suite of services, it pays for itself. Plus, the Dash Buttons, soon-to-be two-hour shipping option, and easy checkout are hard to beat.
If you mostly shop online for household items and typically spend above $35 anyway, head over to Walmart.com. You can save that $99 per year and spend it elsewhere!