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Like many other big retailers, the savings superstore sells everything from drones to diapers—and while some of their supply is worth stocking up on, you can find other items at better prices elsewhere. To help you navigate your next trip to the big box store, we've put together a comprehensive list of what not to buy at Walmart, all in the name of saving you money and making sure you get the best product possible. And for more on where the retail giant is offering the COVID vaccine, check out If You Live in These States, You Can Now Get Vaccinated at Walmart.

tv set on display at walmart

Though Walmart does sell HDTVs at a discount, they are only able to offer such deals because the quality of their product matches the price point. "Walmart's HDTVs are at 'low' prices because they are the lower-quality versions than those sold elsewhere," Lori McDaniel, senior content manager at Offers.com, explained to GoBankingRates. "[You can] get higher-quality at low prices at a warehouse store like Costco."

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When the experts at Tom's Guide put nine phone carriers to the test in 2017, they spent a lot of time debating which carrier would claim the top spot. However, one thing was always certain, and that was who would land at the bottom of their list: Straight Talk Wireless, the prepaid phone plan offered by Walmart.

"Straight Talk had the slowest LTE speed of any carrier we tested, and it also came in last when we tested customer support," they wrote of their decision. "Straight Talk's performance in other areas—smartphone plans, phone selection, and special features—wasn't strong enough to close the gap between it and other carriers."

Cellphone {Never Buy at Walmart}

Believe it or not, big chains like Walmart are often "charging WAY more for tech accessories than they need to," writes David Dritsas of Brad's Deals. Rarely is there an instance in which a phone case is cheaper at a big name store versus through an online retailer like Amazon. So it pays to shop around online before making your purchase. And to see where Walmart ranked with consumers, check out This Store Has the Worst Customer Service in America.

laundry cycle

There's a reason why Walmart isn't known for selling refrigerators and laundry machines. Not only does the store offer a small selection of appliances, but according to Consumer Reports, their prices hardly compare with bigger appliance-focused retailers like Best Buy and Home Depot.

vacuuming carpet

The retailers that have great deals on appliances (think Best Buy, Home Depot, and Lowes) are also where you should go to buy a vacuum. While those stores have extensive selections and good prices, Walmart has a small selection filled with goods that are unreasonably marked up.

Suitcases {Never Buy at Walmart}

It's important to invest in high-quality luggage that isn't at risk of falling apart in the middle of your trip. And unfortunately, that's far from what you can expect should you purchase your luggage at Walmart.

According to a survey conducted by Consumer Reports, the superstore ranks along with Target, Ross, Sears, and Burlington Coat Factory as one of the worst places to buy luggage. Instead, the survey participants recommended the bags found at REI, Luggage Pros, Amazon, L.L.Bean, and eBags.com.

Brown wood dining room table

"Walmart has relatively cheap wood furniture, but this is because it's a lesser quality than other furniture retailers," Carson Yarbrough, a savings expert at Offers.com, told GoBankingRates. "Wooden furniture from Walmart is more likely to break or deteriorate quicker, so buy your furniture elsewhere to save money and the hassle of replacing it in two months."

Itunes gift cards boring holiday gifts

Every once in a while—like on Black Friday or during an end-of-season sale—Walmart will offer some great deals on gift cards that are worth scooping up. But for the most part, you're going to find better savings on gift cards at warehouses like Costco or Sam's Club, where the cash cards are sold at a discount 365 days a year. And for the latest service being offered at the big box retailer, check out Walmart Just Got One Step Closer to 24-Hour Delivery.

high angle view of different batteries

When you need batteries, go to Costco—not Walmart. When Consumer Reports tested out 15 brands of AA batteries, they found that Costco's Kirkland Signature brand of AA alkaline batteries were the best-performing store brand batteries and that they weren't all that dissimilar from the Energizers and Duracells tested.

Middle-aged woman buying frozen fish at the grocery store

Walmart customers have many things to say about the store's grocery section—and for the most part, their comments are less than complimentary. When Consumer Reports surveyed more than 50,000 people about their food shopping habits and preferences in 2017, they found that Walmart was "by far the most complained-about purveyor of groceries" and that "about 74 percent of Walmart shoppers had at least one complaint about the national discounter." Among the most common complaints? The quality of meat and poultry.

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Seeing as Walmart customers don't have very nice things to say about the store's poultry and meat departments, it comes as little surprise that the produce department isn't all that revered, either. In fact, according to Consumer Reports' grocery store survey, Walmart ranked alongside Target at the bottom of the list of stores with the best produce. Both received abysmal scores for the quality and variety of the produce they offer.

Man buying supplements at the grocery store

If you buy your supplements at Walmart, make sure you aren't picking up the generic versions. In 2015, the New York State Office of the Attorney General released a statement revealing that several major retailers (Walmart included) were selling store-brand herbal supplement products that "either could not be verified to contain the labeled substance, or which were found to contain ingredients not listed on the labels."

In response, Walmart said in a statement in 2016 after another complaint, "Quality and customer satisfaction are extremely important to us and we want our customers to have complete confidence in the products they buy from us. While we don't believe there was anything wrong with our labeling, we made adjustments last year to provide additional clarity." Nevertheless, their track record isn't great.

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Walmart's store brand organic milk might not actually be organic, according to TheWashington Post. When reporters from the newspaper took a trip in 2017 to Aurora Organic Dairy—the farm that supplies the organic milk for Walmart—they found that "signs of grazing were sparse, at best" and that "at no point was any more than 10 percent of the herd out" feeding on grass. While most of the other organic milks that the Post tested had acidity levels that you'd expect from organic products, the Aurora milk had acidity levels eerily similar to non-organic versions. Buyers beware!

Maple Syrup {Never Buy at Walmart}

Walmart's generic syrup isn't bad. On the contrary, Consumer Reports gave the Great Value Pure Maple Syrup a "good/very good" rating when it reviewed a slew of store brand syrups.

But just because Walmart's sweet sauce is "good" doesn't mean you can't do better. Consumer Reports recommends shopping for maple syrup by price—and both Trader Joe's and Costco offer steeper savings. And for the latest news on retail, COVID, entertainment, and more sent straight to your inbox, sign up for our daily newsletter.

plastic forks and knives

Since you're going to throw these forks and knives away after they've been used just once, it doesn't make sense to overspend on them. And while Walmart's prices aren't bad, any dollar store will have them beat.

Diapers in Store {Never Buy at Walmart}

For name brand diapers, turn to Amazon Family. The subscription service—available exclusively to Amazon Prime members—offers up to 20 percent off baby products like diapers and formula. Not even discount superstores like Walmart can beat such steep savings.

Empty toy store

While Walmart's toys selection is impressive, its prices are another story. When Kiplinger compared the store's toy prices to several other similar retailers in 2019, they found that Amazon consistently offered better deals on the same products.

Man shopping for video games at the store

For the most part, you'll find better video game prices on Amazon than you will at Walmart. On a message board on GameSpot about this topic, user @shawnmck pointed out, "Amazon sells more games than Walmart does, so they can afford to offer a more substantial discount, such as cheap shipping."

Pile of Books {Never Buy at Walmart}

In the entertainment department, Amazon once again prevails over Walmart as the cheapest retailer out there. Erin Konrad, a spokesperson for CouponPal.com, explained to MarketWatch that entertainment—like books, music, or TV show box sets—are typically priced better at Amazon.

Pile of Magazines {Never Buy at Walmart}

If you still prefer to hold the news in your hands, then consider subscribing to your favorite magazine instead of buying it from a store like Walmart. According to a 2016 study from MagNet, monthly magazines offer subscriptions for an average of 63 percent off cover prices. That discount can't be beat.

wrapping presents

Any wrapping paper you find at Walmart is going to be of the same quality as the stuff you could find at the dollar store. But while Walmart charges pretty standard prices for their paper, the dollar store charges well, about a dollar.

Christmas cards {Never Buy at Walmart}

Spending a lot of money on a birthday or holiday card isn't worth the hit to your bank account since it's the words inside that matter most. It's best to just grab your cards at a dollar store where you know you're getting the best price possible. (Better yet, you can always make one from scratch, which both saves money and adds an element of sentimentality!)

Woman Holding Jewelry {Never Buy at Walmart}

Please don't buy jewelry at Walmart. Though the prices are tempting, the quality of the products leaves a lot to be desired. Plus, "what message does it send to your partner if you buy them a ring at the same place where you get discounted toilet paper?" Jennifer Heebner, market editor at jewelry industry publication JCK Magazines, explained to CBS News.

pet food {Never Buy at Walmart}

If you only need a single bag of pet food, then it's fine to pick it up at Walmart. But if you buy pet food on a regular basis, there are several subscription services that can help you save even more. For example, if you set up automatic purchases on Amazon, you can save anywhere from 5 to 10 percent per bag. That adds up!

Dusty Pink Bedding

Seeing as you spend anywhere from six to eight hours per night in your bed, you aren't going to want to buy bed linens that are anything less than the best. And while Walmart's prices are alluring, "the price for the quality is not good," consumer savings expert Andrea Woroch told MarketWatch. For bedding that is both cheap and comfortable, check out the sale section at a department store like Macy's instead.

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At Walmart, you can print your 4×6 photos for just $0.25 per print (or $0.19 if you want more than 75 photos). But while those prices are good, you can do better. Download the Shutterfly app, for instance, and you can print an unlimited number of photos for free.

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Electronic experts advise against buying expensive and high-end electronic goods at Walmart. "Walmart is known as a value-oriented retailer and not primarily known as a consumer electronics store," Brian Meiggs, founder of Millennial Money Guide, explained to GoBankingRates. "[I] recently went shopping for a drone, and the level of service and accessories was subpar at my local Walmart—not to mention the price was much higher at Walmart." And for the places that make it shopping online more difficult than it needs to be, This Online Store Has the Worst Customer Service in America.

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Walmart doesn’t always give you the best deals. | iStock.com

Walmart touts its “everyday low prices” and broad selection, but that doesn’t mean the mega-retailer is always the best place to spend your paycheck.

In 2014, Kantar Retail Research compared the price of a basket of goods at Dollar General, Walmart, Target, and several other stores. Surprisingly, Dollar General had the lowest prices overall, followed by Walmart. Target was the least wallet-friendly of all the retailers.

But price isn’t the only issue to consider before deciding whether to spend your dollars at Wally World. While the 11,000-store chain seems like a bargain-shopper’s dream, it doesn’t always offer good value for your money, even if the price tag seems low. If you need any of the following 15 items, you might be able to save a little or get more for your money by shopping elsewhere.

1. Groceries

Walmart sells more groceries than any other retailer in the United States, but that doesn’t mean consumers actually like shopping there. The store came in dead last in Consumer Reports’ 2017 ranking of America’s supermarkets. Though the prices are right, people were less impressed with the produce selection, bakery, and meats. The store is rolling out new services like curbside pickup, though, which could improve shoppers’ perception of the chain.

Next: Walmart doesn’t get great grocery reviews overall, but there are a couple of specific products you should steer clear of.

2. Organic produce

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Walmart doesn’t have the cheapest organic produce. | iStock.com/Elenathewise

You can eat organic on a budget, but maybe not if you shop at Walmart. An analysis by Kiplinger found that Aldi and Trader Joe’s usually had lower prices on organic produce than Walmart. And in a separate review of prices conducted in 2016 by Cheapism, Aldi beat both Walmart and Kroger on price for organic foods. Some items, like apples, were significantly more expensive at Walmart than at Aldi.

Next: Costco easily beats Walmart on this item.

3. Maple syrup

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Buy maple syrup at Costco or Trader Joe’s | iStock.com/showcake

Sometimes, generic “pancake syrup” won’t cut it for brunch. When you must have authentic maple syrup, head to Trader Joe’s, not Walmart. Among amber-colored syrups, Trader Joe’s 100 Percent Pure Vermont Maple Syrup tasted best and was the least expensive, at $1.06 per ¼ cup serving, according to Consumer Reports. For dark maple syrups, Costco’s Kirkland brand earned a “very good rating” and cost just 75 cents per ¼-cup serving. Walmart’s Great Value dark maple syrup earned a “good/very good” rating and cost $1.17 per serving.

Next: Nuts

4. Nuts

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Trader Joe’s has the best prices on nuts. | iStock.com/olgaman

Nuts for nuts? Then head to a store like Trader Joe’s rather than Walmart. The quirky California chain had better deals on nuts and seeds than Walmart, according to Kiplinger. Or fill up your bags at the bulk bins at your local grocery store or natural foods market because you can buy the exact amount your need and save on packaging waste, noted The Kitchn.

Next: Supplements

5. Store-brand supplements

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Supplements might not be what they seem. | Scott Olson/Getty Images

If you’re picking up your ginseng or St. John’s Wort at Walmart, you may not be getting what you pay for. An investigation by the New York attorney general’s office found that many of the store-brand herbal supplements sold at Walmart, Target, Walgreen’s, and GNC didn’t contain any DNA from the plants listed on the label. Walmart was the worst offender of the bunch, with only 4% of products testing positive for the labeled ingredients. Its ginkgo biloba supplements were actually powdered radish, houseplants, and wheat, the New York Times reported.

Both outside experts and those in the supplement industry questioned whether the results of the government’s study were correct. Nonetheless, Walmart said it would address the issue with its suppliers, though it’s not clear if any changes have since been made to the products sold under its Spring Valley brand.

Next: One of the most popular gifts on the market

6. Gift cards

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Other shops offer discounted gift cards. | Justin Sullivan/Getty

When you need a last-minute gift, it’s easy to pop into Walmart and grab a gift card. But there are ways to get a better deal on these pieces of plastic.

You can find discounted gift cards on sites, such as Card Cash and Raise, which serve as online marketplaces for people looking to unload their unused gift cards. If you earn rewards points on your credit card, you might be able to redeem those for gift cards, often getting more dollars per points than you would if you redeemed for cash. Members of Costco and Sam’s Club can also sometimes get discounts on gift cards.

Next: Gift wrap

7. Wrapping paper

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Head to the dollar store instead. | iStock.com

Spending big bucks on wrapping paper is pretty silly, as it’s just going to end up in the trash. If you need paper, tissue, or gift bags to make your next present look presentable, head to the 99-cent store.

“You’re better off getting gift-giving supplies like wrapping paper, tape, bows and ribbons at dollar stores where they are less expensive,” David Bakke of Money Crashers told Philly.com.

Next: Furniture

8. Furniture


The quality isn’t great. | iStock.com

If you’re in the mood to redecorate, don’t head to Walmart or Target. While their prices for furniture are on the low end, the quality is often not that great and their selection is limited.

“Yes, their furniture may be cheap, but if it only lasts a short time, you will spend far more money in the long run,” Kathy Woodard, a home decorating expert, told CBS News.

Antique and consignment stores may be a better bet if you’re looking for budget-friendly yet quality items, or simply save your pennies and invest in more expensive but built-to-last furniture.

Next: Cellphone plans

9. Prepaid cellphone plans

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Walmart’s phone plans are a bad deal, experts say. | iStock.com/imtmphoto

People looking to save money on their cellphone bills often switch to prepaid plans, such as Walmart’s Straight Talk. But getting your phone service through Walmart might not be such a smart idea. Tom’s Guide named Straight Talk the worst phone carrier in the U.S.

“[T]his is an instance in which you get less than what you pay for,” Philip Michaels wrote. The site reviewed nine different wireless carriers, including Verizon, T-Mobile, Boost, and Virgin. “Straight Talk had the slowest LTE speed of any carrier we tested, and it also came in last when we tested customer support. Straight Talk performance in other areas — smartphone plans, phone selection and special features — wasn’t strong enough to close the gap between it and other carriers.”

Next: Magazines

10. Magazines

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A subscription is much more economical. | Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Glossy magazines tempt shoppers waiting in the checkout line at Walmart, but splurging on the latest issue of People or Cosmopolitan is a waste of money. The average newsstand price of a magazine was $5.55 in 2015. Considering that you can often get an entire year’s worth of the same publication for around $10 or $12, buying a single issue at a time is basically flushing money down the drain.

Next: Batteries

11. Batteries

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Costco has them for cheaper. | iStock

When you need batteries to power up your remote or razor, don’t grab a pack at Walmart. Costco’s Kirkland brand AA batteries are the best deal, according to Consumer Reports, and the only brand rated to earn the “best buy” check mark. Even if you can’t give up your Duracells, you’ll get a better deal at Costco than at Walmart, according to Kiplinger.

Next: TVs and laptops

12. Electronics

A customer holds a 48-inch television at a Best Buy on November 27, 2015 in Skokie, Illinois. Many retail business across the country offer deep discounts to consumers on Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, which starts the holiday shopping season.

A man buys a TV at Best Buy. | Joshua Lott/Getty Images

When it’s time to upgrade your TV or laptop, your first stop probably shouldn’t be Walmart. While the chain sometimes advertises tempting prices on TVs, the models they sell are lower quality, according to GoBankingRates. For laptops, you can save money by shopping at stores like Newegg or directly from manufacturers, the site said. Customer service is often lacking, as this writer from Business Insider experienced when she tried to buy an Apple Watch at Walmart, and if you have questions about installation or how a product works, you may be out of luck.

Next: Appliances

13. Appliances

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The selection is limited. | iStock.com/starush

Most people don’t head to Walmart when their refrigerator breaks or they need a new dishwasher, and for good reason. The store has a fairly small selection of major appliances and generally doesn’t offer the best deals. You’ll find better prices at more appliance-focused stores like Sears or Best Buy, according to GoBankingRates. And if you’re looking for knowledgeable salespeople and a more personal experience, don’t overlook your local mom-and-pop merchants, according to Consumer Reports, since they offer better customer service than the chains.

Next: Camping equipment

14. Outdoor gear

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Walmart might not be the best place to get gear for your next camping trip. | iStock

Your trek into the wilderness can cost big bucks if you need to load up on camping supplies and outdoor gear like tents, sleeping bags, and backpacks. But the slim selection at stores like Walmart can’t beat the deals you’ll find at more specialized sites. The Sierra Club recommends the (unrelated) Sierra Trading Post for overstock and closeout deals from top brands.

Gizmodo suggests beginners rent gear from REI or other outdoor stores, especially if you’re not sure you want to invest in equipment. But eager explorers should head to stores like Walmart to stock up on cheap polar fleeces and other outer layers of clothing, Gizmodo said. Also worth noting: Walmart recently scooped up outdoor clothing and gear retailer Moosejaw, but its products won’t be sold through Walmart stores.

Next: Gear for your gadgets

15. Tech accessories

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Online retailers have them for cheaper. | David Becker/Getty Images

Walmart isn’t the best place to buy new cables or cases for your gadgets. Big retail chains like Walmart are “charging WAY more for tech accessories than they need to,” according to David Dritsas of Brad’s Deals. Stores make a big profit on these small items, which they hope you’ll buy on a whim or in a pinch. To save money, shop online at stores, such as Amazon and Newegg, he urged.

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Inside the wild and tumultuous history of Toys R Us, a once beloved children's brand that just closed its last 2 stores in the US

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Toys R Us has been trying to make a comeback for the past year, but just closed its last two remaining stores in the US after the coronavirus pandemic hit in-store sales.

The beloved toy store seemingly rose from the dead in 2019 after it was purchased by Tru Kids Brands, which went on to open holiday pop-up shops and relaunched a website in the toy retailer's name.

The revitalization efforts came after Toys R Us filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2017 and — after failing to find a buyer to help refinance the company's mounting debt — ultimately shuttered and liquidated all 700-plus stores in an emotional farewell.

Efforts to revitalize sales ultimately appear to have failed, as current pop-up stores don't actually generate any money for the brand — with toy manufacturers keeping all the profits — and the website only redirects users to make purchases on Amazon.

We took a closer look at the history of the historic toy company over the years. 

Toys R Us was founded in 1948 by Charles Lazarus after he returned from World War II.

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Lazarus was inspired by what was then the emerging post-war "baby boom" and sought a way to capitalize.

The company started as a baby goods and furniture store called Children's Bargain Town in Washington, DC.

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In the subsequent years, Lazarus began expanding into toys and the company officially adopted the name Toys R Us in 1957.

Over the next two decades, Toys R Us played a significant role in putting iconic toys on the map for American youngsters, such as Mr. Potato Head.

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Lazarus was able to corner the market by buying and selling so many toys that he could negotiate more lucrative contracts than his competitors.

In 1966, Lazarus sold the company to Interstate Sales to help finance a larger national expansion.

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According to Encyclopedia.com, he transitioned from chief executive to head the Toys R Us division, which was already thriving at profits of $12 million.

In 1969, Toys R Us developed its beloved Geoffrey the Giraffe character.

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The mascot became synonymous with the brand and its advertising campaigns over the decades.

Lazarus sold off struggling pieces of the business and got the company back on track.

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In 1978, it was able to file its initial public offering.

In 1983, the company opened a clothing store spinoff called Kids R Us.

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The Toys R Us empire was steadily expanding.

Lazarus eventually stepped down as chief executive in 1994.

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TED's Electronics

The company owners are scam artists. I ordered a used lens from them, which arrived damaged, and forgot to send back the case it came in when I returned it.

Because of a missing used cover (purchasable new for 50.00) they charged me 347.50. A 20% restocking fee, i immediately contacted the seller and was told in writing that as soon as they received the case they would process the refund. I shipped it out within 24 hours, they received it 4 days ago at this point and have been ignoring my emails since.

Mind you this was all for a USED lens and seller has yet to respond

Tip for consumers:
Don't, the savings comes at the cost of outright lies in customer service

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24-70mm GM Lens

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Wal-Mart fraud with Nikon gray market camera sales

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Oh come on. You only paid $2,674.19 for a camera every authorized dealer charges $3000 for. Buy a 3 year Mack warranty for $100 if you're that concerned.

6th Ave gives you a one year warranty, and most credit cards will double that warranty.

In all likelihood, you'll never need a repair, and Nikon accepts grey market bodies for repair despite what they used to do, they'll just charge you for it. With sales down so much, they seem to have decided they can no longer afford to turn away paying customers who need a repair.

Well, you have only yourself to blame. See the above, on what the last poster said. If the new price is lower than the $2996.95 that Nikon set as the price, it is a grey market camera. Also, at checkout, it will have said shipped by 6ave, and same on the description. I am looking at the same listing on Walmart right now, and it took me all of 3 seconds to find: Sold and Shipped by 6AVE Electronics. This is in no way Walmart's fault. You are accusing Walmart of fraud. If it was $2996.95, and not mentioned it was sold by 6AVE, you would have a case. But again, if you took the 30 seconds to read the description, then you would have known this is sold by 6AVE.

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