Walmart hides its deals on electronics HERE...
MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Check the cabinets -- the glass or plastic ones underneath the display shelves.
That's where Kyle James, founder and blogger of RatherBeShopping.com, said Walmart keeps quality clearance items the store's either having trouble moving or trying to shield from theft. He said the merchandise nestled inside the cabinets is typically better quality and a deeper value than what's displayed on the marked clearance rack.
"There's a lot of really good clearance deals (in those cabinets)," James said. "I saw deals on external hard drives, Bluetooth speakers, and in many cases, it was cheaper than what Amazon was selling for it.
"I asked an employee how come that stuff is down there, and she said, 'It's just excess inventory, stuff we haven't put out yet.' I was amazed by it!"
To test his theory locally, savvy shopper Carolyn Michael-Banks and I visited several Mid-South Walmart stores. She is the owner of A Tour of Possibilities Memphis tour company and a member of the Metro Memphis Attractions Association.
We found in most cases, James was right about how Walmart's marked clearance rack in electronics doesn't offer very good deals. A lot of the stuff we found on the rack, we found for a lot less money on Amazon.com.
But at the Cordova, Tennessee, Walmart (577 N. Germantown Parkway), we found a nice pair of Sony headphones inside a plastic cabinet under the display shelves. It was marked as clearance -- and marked down from $79.99 to $60. Right there in the store, I checked my smart phone for Amazon's price on the same headphones. The best Amazon could offer was $72.50.
Under hidden camera, I asked a store employee why those headphones were squirreled away inside that cabinet:
"(Employee) Probably because of the price...the price amount. They don't want to keep them out on the floor."
"(Andy) Because it's a good deal? Oh, I see. You're talking about for safety."
"(Andy) For security?"
"(Employee) For security, yeah."
Just like James said, the Cordova Walmart had stored those headphones in the cabinet to keep them from being stolen.
Don't expect to find this scenario at every Walmart. For example, Michael-Banks and I did not find any clearance items tucked away in cabinets at either the West Memphis, Arkansas, Walmart (798 W. Service Road, West Memphis, AR) or the Whitehaven Walmart (5255 Elvis Presley Boulevard, Memphis).
But it's fun -- and a potentially huge money-saver -- to ask an employee and look for them. "As long as you know what to look for, you have an opportunity to get what you need, and that is what this has allowed us to do," Michael-Banks said.
"Definitely spend that time and ask them to open up that case and see what's down there," James added.
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