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Crazy prices at Walmart online?

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Crazy prices at Walmart online?

This has been going on for a while now. Toilet paper for $161? WTF is wrong with Walmart.ca?

This is just one example of pricing that doesn't make sense. There are many more examples of items that should be listed for a few dollars that show up in the hundreds of dollars.

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"sold and shipped" - not Walmart.
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SOLD & SHIPPED BY GEEKZILLA

It’s a third party seller, NOT walmart.
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The industrial toilet paper could be reasonable assuming it's a case.
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Yeah there are a lot of items on Walmart that are like this, from 3rd party sellers. I believe there has been a thread or two on this before on here. I'm pretty sure this is money laundering at work, lol.
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Walmart ruined there website last year by turning it into a worst version of ebay. more then half of what is listed on Walmart site is not sold by Walmart now.
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Same like Amazon third party sellers. Not sure why even bother with those prices. Maybe they need to have a minimum number of products or something.
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For those that can afford Rogers cell phone pricing, that's a good bargain...
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From my limited understanding with Amazon it is a common tactic to price ridiculous pricing when the item is not in stock / available. For whatever reason they do not want to sell the item (incorrect detail in the listing, out of stock, wanting to just source it from a cheaper option and not stock it, etc) but want to keep the listing active. If someone wants to pay the sky high price they'll absolutely source the product, but the likely outcome is that they will lower the price when they receive stock. I think, at least at one point, Amazon's algorithms favoured people with large number of listings when they determined who was the "buy" button but I am sure this is something they are always changing.

Walmart is now a large marketplace like Amazon, so likely you only notice this from third party sellers.
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carmaster wrote: Same like Amazon third party sellers. Not sure why even bother with those prices. Maybe they need to have a minimum number of products or something.
At least with Amazon you can filter it to Prime which means it's usually actually for sale instead of a "placeholder"
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This is the same thing third party sellers do on marketplace sites like Amazon and Bestbuy as well.
You see Kirkland items for instance, bought from Costco, BJ's and other price clubs and listed for exorbitant prices.
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You can filter out 3rd party sellers if you check "Walmart" under "Sold & shipped by":

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