Walmart customers hit with added surcharges costing shoppers more for their own items
WALMART customers need to be aware of surcharges on their own items – they can really add up.
Like Amazon, Walmart partners with independent sellers through its marketplace business.
Sellers using the retailer’s marketplace can use Walmart to ship their items to the customer.
While the seller is still responsible for the products, the company even helps with some customer service issues if they arise.
However, potential sellers should know that the partnership comes with a variety of costs.
And those fees can ultimately make the product more expensive as sellers try to recoup their costs through higher prices.
WHAT FEES ARE BASED ON
Walmart adjusts prices based on the size and listing price of the item they stock and ship for you.
It also has different fees for different items.
Clothing, for example, carries a 50-cent surcharge, regardless of weight or price.
And all items under $10 have a $1 fee.
However, the biggest cost variable is weight.
Items one pound or more incur a minimum fee of $3.45, which increases for each additional pound.
The only exception is for items weighing 31-50 pounds, which cost less than items weighing 21-30 pounds.
A full breakdown of Walmart Marketplace fees and surcharges can be found on the Walmart website, along with a handy fee calculator.
MORE WALMART FEES
New Jersey Walmart buyers are now facing a new shipping surcharge.
Store deliveries in the Garden State now charge 42 cents for disposable bags.
To avoid the fee, you can choose to have reusable bags set up on your doorstep.
Some items, including fresh fruit and vegetables and raw meat, continue to be shipped in sacks and other plastic wrappers.
New Jersey is one of many states that restrict or levy the use of plastic bags.
Next month, Walmart will completely phase out single-use plastic bags in both Oregon and Washington.
Read about the closure of the popular department store after 41 years.
And see what changes are coming at several major chains.
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