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Walmart+ review: Benefits, drawbacks and is it worth it?
The pros, cons and fine print of this new membership service.
Walmart is giving Amazon Prime a run for its money with the launch of a members-only subscription on September 15th. For $12.95 per month — 0r $98 per year — this service offers its subscribers perks like unlimited free deliveries, fuel savings and faster checkouts in the store.
So, what benefits does Walmart+ offer, and is it worth the switch from Amazon Prime? We took a closer look.
- Fuel discounts at Walmart, Murphy USA, Murphy Express and Sam's Club gas stations.
- Scan & Go feature allows you to scan items as you shop in-store and then pay through the Walmart Pay app.
- Unlimited free delivery.
- No streaming service announced.
- 15-day free trial, compared to Amazon's 30-day trial.
- Minimum purchase required for free shipping.
How much does Walmart+ cost?
Walmart+ costs $98 for a one-year membership.
Does Walmart+ have a student discount?
No, Walmart+ does not currently offer a discounted student membership like Amazon Prime does.
How do I sign up for Walmart+?
Head to Walmart and click the learn more button next to the Walmart Plus logo at the top of the page. There, you can sign up for a 15-day free trial to get a taste of the benefits and see how you like it. Click start 15-day free trial and follow the on-screen prompts to check if the service is available in your area.
Is Walmart+ available everywhere?
Not all services are currently available in all areas — when our editor tried to sign up for a free trial, only fuel discounts and Scan & Go were available, and not free unlimited delivery. Enter your address on the signup page to check eligibility.
Is Walmart+ worth it?
Walmart+ has a slightly more attractive price point than Amazon Prime, with an annual cost of $98 per year, or $12.95 a month – in comparison to Prime's price of $119 a year, or $12.99 a month.
Shoppers will also enjoy the membership's in-store perks, like discounts on fuel and the Scan&Go app, which allows you to pay for your items without waiting in line.
Can I get free delivery with Walmart+?
Yes, Walmart+ membership comes with unlimited free delivery on all orders totaling $35 and over.
How do Walmart+ returns work?
Purchases made through Walmart+ are subject to the same return policy as Walmart. As a quick overview, items purchased online can be returned either in-store or through the mail. Depending on the department, return windows vary between 15, 30 or 90 days.
Will Walmart+ offer video streaming options?
There have been rumors of streaming options, but Walmart has not confirmed yet. A small indicator of what might be to come is Walmart's launch of CAMP, which features free family video content starring the likes of Neil Patrick Harris, Drew Barrymore and LeBron James.
What other bonus features will Walmart+ offer?
After the launch, the retailer will be releasing a Walmart+ credit card, according to a report by Recode. Subscribers may also be eligible for early access to Walmart product deals.
If you're looking for a cheaper alternative to Amazon Prime, Walmart+ could be a great substitute. It's worth keeping an eye on other deals and membership benefits that the company will roll out over time, to see of the subscription is right for you.
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