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PSA: TIL Walmart lets third-parties list on their product pages

PSA: TIL Walmart lets third-parties list on their product pages

Just a little warning for those going console hunting this holiday because I didn't know places like Walmart let after-market third parties sell on their pages.

JohnnyChugs

So I was updating a guide on where to look for PlayStation 5s (you're welcome, we're going to be updating that and the Xbox Series X/S one frequently to try to help readers out), and I came across something weird. I was on Walmart.com looking up the PS5 product pages and came across a bunch of listings that had the console and two controllers... for around $1,000. I thought, "huh that's weird. Why are they selling at after-market prices on Walmart.com?" So I ran it by my colleagues to make sure I was looking at the right thing. No, I was not, they informed me. Apparently, now Wal-Mart lets third-parties list on their product pages with only the slightest indication that you are buying from a third-party (beyond the obviously absurd price).

Now, I'm not dumb, but I haven't shopped on Walmart in a while. I've certainly shopped on Amazon and Ebay and dealt with my share of third-party grief. The difference was with Amazon and Ebay, it was always understood that I was taking a risk with a third party. When I go to a major retailer website like Target or Walmart, I'm not looking to buy from a third party. I don't know who would be, but I guess I've just been out of the loop long enough to miss that apparently Wal-Mart is a marketplace for after-market sellers and pricing now.

So I just thought I'd put this together as a PSA. I know a lot of folks out there are still looking for PS5 and Xbox Series X/S consoles. Keep your eye out for shenanigans like that. Many may know that Newegg also lets you buy third-party or direct from Newegg through filters. Walmart.com now has filters that work similarly way. If you want to see Walmart stock, be sure to check the filters and remove third-party sellers from listing.

I would also recommend registering with Sony for a chance at buying a PlayStation 5. I was ready to write that process off as stupid in 2020, but it ended up being how I bought mine, and it was an incredibly stress-free way to go about it. Yes, I know, it sucks to cast your chance at a console to the luck of getting an invitation from the company. Still, if you get that invitation, this is the safest and most secure way to get a PS5 that I know of.

Otherwise, stay tuned to our Where to Buy PS5 and Where to buy Xbox Series X/S guides. We'll be updating these far more frequently to try to guide you to stock in a far more timely manner. Stay tuned and good luck with shopping this season. Let your non-internet savvy loved ones know not to get raked over the coals by garbage third-party sellers jacking up prices on Walmart.com.

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    October 21, 2021 4:04 PM

    Don't let someone you love get scammed by Walmart's shoddy website

    Read more: PSA: TIL Walmart lets third-parties list on their product pages

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      October 21, 2021 5:18 PM

      Target and Macy’s do this as well

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        October 21, 2021 5:23 PM

        Everybody does it now and I hate it

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          October 21, 2021 5:36 PM

          It turns all those sites into worse versions of Amazon.

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            October 21, 2021 11:16 PM

            My company is rolling out an e-commerce platform and there are so many decisions being made “because that’s what Amazon does”

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          October 22, 2021 9:37 AM

          I hate it too. This year I have been trying to buy directly from manufacturers websites instead of Amazon or other big chain e-commerce. Just bought a plasma globe for my daughter’s birthday from AuroraPlasmaDesign and it couldn’t have been a better shopping experience. I had a question about product availability and they responded promptly. I had another question about upcoming releases and time frames, and while I knew they couldn’t spill the beans, they gave me enough detail to make an informed decision to buy now instead of waiting due to my timeline.

          Got the globe last night, opened it up to make sure it wasn’t damaged in shipping. It was packaged exceptionally well. Thing is beautiful. So much better than the $15 one she got from a gift store a few years ago. She is going to love it. I want one in my office now.

          Compare that experience to buying anything on Amazon and it isn’t even close to the same.

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            October 22, 2021 9:49 AM

            I've been buying more directly from companies as well. Might take a day or two more, but the overall experience is usually better.

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      October 21, 2021 5:48 PM

      I just ordered some popcorn from Amazon, and it showed up in a Walmart box.

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      October 21, 2021 6:10 PM

      I ordered a mechanicial keyboard two Xmas' ago and it was from Walmart but via a 3rd party. I knew that going into the deal but they didn't ship it at all. The tracking number they gave me didn't work and through some sleuthing I found it was a bin code for those huge crates that go on the boats (???). I figure this jack off 3rd party orders these items from overseas and it they wait until they fill the entire bin up with goods and then ship it. They had fake reviews on Google pumping them up but an equal amount of real reviews 1 starring them for a similar experience.

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      October 21, 2021 6:59 PM

      A lot of sites do this, I'm not sure why this is surprising. Newegg, Walmart, Amazon, etc. Newegg is the worst, I see video cards for sale to see it's from some random third party seller in China.

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      October 22, 2021 8:23 AM

      Seen a few "everyone does this comments," but just to clarify I'm not just talking about order fulfillment, but a third-party actually being able to list and price at their discretion. Newegg, Amazon, and Ebay do that, but Walmart seems way less open and far more shoddy about it. Third-party listings fill the page pushing the Walmart's actual listings off the page, which like... even if it's out of stock, why would you let third party vendor listings take priority over your own?

      Whole thing is really stupid and shoddy to me.

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        October 22, 2021 8:37 AM

        Yeah, they've done this for a while and it honestly confuses the shit out of me.

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        October 22, 2021 8:56 AM

        I didn't bother to read what item was being purchased in this case but everything I've seen like that clearly states who is selling and shipping an item.

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      October 22, 2021 8:47 AM

      I unknowingly bought fake AirPods Pro from Best Buy online for my daughter's birthday earlier in the year. They were refurbished and came in a plain white box which I didn't think much of at first, but when she started having connection problems I tried to check the firmware and they don't even show up in iOS settings and now one earbud is off sync with the other. I tried contacting their support and was basically laughed at for trying to return fake AirPods; there was zero chance Best Buy sold me fake AirPods according to the 3 phone reps I talked to.

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      October 22, 2021 9:28 AM

      this all started with amazon doing this "third party" sales thing. now it's spread.

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