You ever run into Walmart Clearance Items in the store, the original price is $70 and it’s on clearance for $15, but it’s not an item you wanted?
You see-saw between whether to buy it or not on principle, because it’s such a good deal, but you don’t end up buying it because you have no room and no use for it.
You wonder what other items could be on clearance at other stores, that you might have a use for. But you dread the driving, parking and fighting through the crowd to get to another Walmart.
You could spend the time and energy to get there, and find nothing worthwhile.
There is actually a way to find and buy Walmart in-store clearance items online, without ever going into the store until you have to pick up the item.
I will you give the step-by-step guide on how to do this from your phone or computer.
How does Walmart Clearance Work?
Walmart routinely put items on clearance, for inventory they are discontinuing or getting rid of., It’s entirely up to the individual store manager when an item will go on clearance.
As a result the clearance items will vary store by store. A lot of the times, an item on clearance at one store, will be full price at a different store.
If an item does go on clearance, it is usually more than one store that has that item on clearance price.
In rare cases, items will be at clearance price across all Walmarts.
So if someone report she found a clearance item in store in another area of the country, you can check the online inventory and price of the Walmart’s in your area.
If only 5% of the stores have the clearance price for the item, chances are one of the 25 Walmart’s in your area will have it at the clearance price.
Finding and Buying Walmart Clearance Online.
Step 1: Finding What Walmart items are on Clearance.
You use to have go into the store to find the store clearance. It is much easier now with various social media channels. A lot of people will post pictures what they find on clearance. The best places for these posts are on Facebook pages, and Instagram hashtags.
Walmart Clearance Finders Group
Step 2: Finding the clearance items SKU on Walmart.com (If the SKU is not known)
If someone posts a picture of the item he/she found on clearance, you need to find the SKU for the item. The SKU(Stock Keeping Unit) for Walmart is an 8-digit number that identifies the item in Walmart’s system. Finding the SKU is important to make later steps of this process easier.
In the Walmart Clearance Finders Facebook group, people will usually post the SKU in the comments.
In this case, we will search for “Faberware 21 piece knife set“.
Then we need to match the search result with the picture that was posted on Facebook. Once you have found the item on Walmart.com. Go to the webpage of the item. The item SKU is the last 8 digit number in the URL.
Step 3: Check the Local Walmart’s in store prices via Brickseek
If the SKU was already posted by someone on Facebook or Instagram. You can search for the SKU directly at Walmart.com, and it will find the product right away.
The knives we’re looking for is listed as $19 online, but we know in-store it will be at clearance price at some stores.
If the product is not found by SKU search, it’s likely that the SKU is incorrect, and you need to search by product name as mentioned in step 2.
To check that there are local Walmart stores that offer the item at clearance price. Enter the SKU, and your local zip code into Brickseek. Which will display the price and inventory of an item at local Walmart stores.
One bimportant note about Brickseek. The inventory they display is usually wrong and outdated. but the prices they display is correct for the stores they list.
So if you see an item that show as in stock on Brickseek. Don’t go running to the store yet. Read our following steps, to make sure the store has it, and is holding it for you before you ever leave your house.
Step 4: Find local Walmart store with the clearance item in stock
The way to check if your local Walmart really has the item in stock. Click on the “Store Pickup” option.
You are looking for stores that have pickup available for Today, those are stores that actually have the items in stock.
Stores that show available for pick up for something other than Today, it means they do not have the item in stock.
The pick-up option only shows 5 closest stores, so have a list of zip codes for nearby places, that you don’t mind driving to.
For our knives, we found the Shawline Ct location indeed has the item in stock.
Before we go drive to the store, we need to verify the store has the clearance price for the item like Brickseek said. See next step.
Step 4: Find the local in-store price of an item on Walmart.com
Open a new tab on your browser, and click on the “My Local Store” link.
Enter the zip code of the store where you found available for pick up Today for the item you’re looking for, and click on that store.
Search the store by the SKU of the item. In this case, it’s 19581177 again.
We see that the price is listed as $5! (Score!)
But the item says it’s out of stock, you should ignore the out of stock indicator. We’ve found this to be inaccurate. If the product page says it’s available for pick up Today, it means that store has it in stock.
Step 5: Order Online and choose in-store pick up
Don’t go driving to the store to get the item yet. What you want to do is order it online, and select in-store pick up at the store where it’s available and at the clearance price. We found availability and verified clearance price in the previous 2 steps.
An actual walmart associate will go to the isles and find the item for you, so you won’t have to go searching for it. This also ensures that the item is really in stock, and not lost or stolen.
You’ll pay the full price for the product online, but when you pick up the item, the Walmart associate will scan the item to check out, they will see the clearance price, and refund you the difference.
Step 6: Go to the store, once the item is ready for pick up.
Once you get the confirmation that the item is ready to pick up, you can go head to the Online Pick up counter at the Store.
This is a special desk at most stores (it’s not customer service and return desk) and it rarely has any lines.
The associate will show you the item you purchased, and the computer at checkout will recognize the in-store price is lower than the price you paid online. You will be automatically refund the difference in the price, but not the differences in sales tax (more on this in a minute).
In our case, we will be refunded a total of $14.97 ($19.97 online price – $5 clearance price).
You’ll get a email notification that the difference in price is refunded back to your credit card.
Step 7: Get refund for the differences in sales tax
We did not receive the sales tax refund, for the differences in prices. We still paid $5 + $1.55 sales tax (based on original $19.97 price).
What you can do is: Once the associate has the item in hand, and you verified the in-store price is the clearance price, you cancel the transaction, and pay for the item there at the in-store pick up counter, or take the item and pay for it through the regular check out line.
If the Pickup desk person refuses to do this. You can politely thank them, then take the receipt and item to the customer service desk.
Return the item, and re-buy it. The price that shows up for when you re-buy the item, will be the clearance price, except now you’ll pay only the sales tax on the lower clearance price.
Congratulations, you just got a great deal.
Hopefully you can find use for it, or a person to give it to.
You could even sell it on Craigslist, eBay, or Amazon to some profit. We’ll show you how in future articles.
Any questions or suggestions or you found a great Walmart Clearance Deal? Let me know in the comment section below.