Being well connected with the deal hunter community, I was quickly tipped off about something unusual happening earlier today. I started rapidly getting “deal alerts.” They were popping up one after another in quick succession, but all for the same store – Walmart.com. That isn’t so unusual in and of itself, being that retailers sometimes have major, store-wide sales. But these alerts featured suspiciously low prices, prices so low as to be laughable. Treadmills, electronics, computers, toys, you name it, were being sold for as much as 90% off retail. Even Black Friday doesn’t get that good. Clearly something was wrong over at Walmart.
True, I’m trying to run a company, but this smelled like a good story. I went to check out some of these unbelievable deals but it was as if I was playing a cat and mouse game with Walmart. A user would post a great find, but as soon as I would click on the link, the item page would be taken down. This happened over and over again, though in my defense, I was trying to do this on my smartphone with a spotty connection. Even so, time and time again, I read of others having great success, such as
- Purchasing dozens of new hit video games like Battlefield 4, Grand Theft Auto 5, Pokemon and others which normally go for around $60 each, for $18.
- Giant, high end big screen TVs normally thousands of dollars for only a few hundred:
- A $200 Lego set for $10.99
- A fully loaded, Acer computer system, which normally sells for close to $1000, for only $151
And the list goes on and on. It was entertaining seeing all the people brag about their conquests. Those with the most success selected in-store pickup. But many orders selected for shipping slipped through as well. Such as this order for a motherboard and solid state drive which sold for $20 each instead of their usual $260 and $200 respectively.