And my husband is on the bandwagon too. My husband is a clearance maniac – he loves finding good deals on stuff that’s been marked down from its original price. He found he especially loved the clearance deals at the Defiance Ohio Walmart, which is not too far from us. But yesterday, that changed…
It turns out that the Defiance Walmart, which is only a few months old, by the way, changed their clearance prices overnight! They used to have some really good discounts, and it was fun to go there and try to find them. But now, they haven’t just changed the way they mark stuff down; they’ve taken actual clearance items that were already marked down and marked them back up!
Case in point: My husband had a Plantronics Headset that he bought last week for $5. It broke, so he was going to return it, but he forgot it at home. No problem, he thought, I’ll just buy a new one for $5 and return the old one another time. WRONG – unless he wanted to spend $21 on the new one! That’s right, they took a $5 clearance item and marked it up to $21 – more than quadruple the price!!! So he asked the lady in electronics if they raised their clearance prices, and she said, “I’m not going to lie to you. We did raise the prices. They took away our clearance budget.” Whatever that means. Not something I, the consumer, should be concerned with… except that they took all the fun out of clearance shopping at Walmart! And of course the people at customer service couldn’t help us return our headset since we didn’t have the broken one with us… their suggestion? Buy a new one for $21, then return the broken one later for $5 – thanks but no thanks! Here are some other examples of clearance items that they re-inflated: ATI Video Card from $50 to $115, Panasonic Cordless Phone from $30 to $69, and a US Robotics SkypePhone from $5 to $16. Each of these items had at least a 100% increase in price. I understand that the economy sucks and inflation and blah, blah, but I think Walmart should have kept these items on the clearance where they had them; then started their new clearance policy with new clearance items. I mean, come on, is Walmart really that worried about going broke?
The bottom line is, Walmart keeps finding ways to take away whatever fun is left in shopping. First it was by playing their little pricing games that get us to spend more and close down their competition, and now they’ve taken away their good clearance deals. Well, maybe their policies will bite them in the you-know-what come Christimas time when they don’t have any room on their shelves for the new Christmas products because no one wants to touch their crappy clearance items at their not-so-clearance prices!