The Amazon vs Walmart battle is personal.
Marc Lore launched Diapers.com in 2005 out of a garage. It quickly grew and by 2010 Amazon’s CEO Jeff Bezos decided that he had seen enough.
Amazon flooded the market with free diapers in 2010 and 2011, which meant I didn’t have to buy diapers for years. Eventually Lore was compelled to sell Diapers.com to Amazon for $545 million, a much lower number than he felt it was worth, due to Amazon’s relentless price war.
Lore worked for Amazon for 2 years, before leaving under less than amicable circumstances.
He immediately set about creating Jet.com. The business model would be a combination of Costco and Amazon, but people balked at paying another membership fee, so he quickly removed Jet’s membership fee.
Meanwhile WalMart was tired of getting crushed by Amazon in the e-commerce space. They wanted Marc Lore to turn things around. In order to do that they wound up buying Jet.com in August 2016 for $3.3 billion and they made Lore their CEO of Walmart e-commerce.
Walmart tried to win by undercutting Amazon, but Amazon would not be undercut. Walmart experimented with pickup discounts, but Amazon matched those as well.
Walmart’s trump card was that they had brick and mortar stores. That convinced Amazon they needed to get into that business and they did so by purchasing Whole Foods in 2017.
Walmart launched delivery unlimited, which turned into Walmart+, allowing customers to get unlimited delivery from their local store on $35+ orders in exchange for a $98 annual fee.
Amazon offered the same from Whole Foods stores for Prime members.
And yet inexplicably, Walmart refused to offer free shipping from Walmart.com. One of the greatest pleasures of Amazon Prime is being able to grab a good deal and not needing to have $35 in your cart to get free shipping.
When I wrote about Walmart+ in October only 9% of DansDeals readers planned to pay $98/year for the service.
But when Walmart announced they would include free shipping with o minimum order that number jumped to 26%.
Walmart+ doesn’t yet offer the plethora of other benefit that Amazon offers like Prime Video and more, but they also charge $21 less per year.
You can check your Chase Offers on Chase.com or in the Chase app for $10 off for joining Walmart+:
For my offer, it says that it expires 12/11, but it will work for payments until 1/11 to allow for a free Walmart+ trial.
After you signup for a 15 day Walmart+ trial you will get a pop-up to extend your free trial to 30 days with 3 quick questions!
If you keep it after the trial, the program costs $98 per year.
How To Take Advantage Of Free Shipping On Walmart.com:
When you search on Walmart.com, you can sort items by deliver to home to exclude pickup items:
For example if you just want a box of delicious Great Value Cinnamon Crunch (OV-parve, search for “Great Value” under “Brand” here to find more kosher parve Great Value cereals!) for $2.93 you can order if with free next day shipping! You can find more Great Value cereals with free shipping here.
Some bugs are clearly still being worked out as even if you’re enrolled, it still says free delivery on $35+ orders:
But after you add it to your cart it will show free delivery:
Sample items that now have free shipping with Walmart+:
- Equate Moisturizing Hand Sanitizer, 60 fl oz: $7.46
- Equate Flushable Wipes, Fresh Scent, 5 packs of 48 wipes: $6.42
- (2 Pack) Equate 70% Isopropyl Alcohol, 32 Oz: $3.92
- Equate Ibuprofen Tablets, 200 mg, Twin Pack, 500 count: $13.98
- Equate Extra Strength Acetaminophen Caplets, 500 mg, 2×250 Count: $6.98
- Dearfoams Women’s Quilted Pile Closed Toe Scuff Slippers: $9.99
- Free Assembly Men’s Everyday Oxford Shirt: $6.90
- Lazer Men’s Flex Denim Skinny Fit Jeans: $10
- Fruit of the Loom Mens Breathable Cushioned Crew Socks 16 Pack: $11.97
- Crayola Color Chemistry Multifunctional Set: $14.97
- Mainstays 21-Piece Kitchen Utensils Set: $9.97
- Softsoap Liquid Hand Soap Refill, Refreshing Citrus – 50oz: $3.97
- Equate Clear Liquid Hand Soap Refill, 56 fl oz: $3.84
- Method Foaming Hand Soap, Pink Grapefruit, 10 Ounce: $2.98
- Save 50% on Men’s Clothing
- Slippers from $4.99
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- Women’s Clothing
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- Barilla Pastas & Sauces
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- Shop Toilet Paper Here
- Shop Paper Towels Here
- Shop Wipes Here
- Shop Tissues Here
- Shop Hand Soap Here
Will you signup for Walmart+? What items are you looking forward to ordering from Walmart with free shipping?