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29 Things You Should Never Buy at Walmart

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1. Televisions
> Reason to shop elsewhere: Uneven quality

In its effort to offer the lowest prices, Walmart’s stock of televisions mixes in a lot of “you get what you pay for” duds. While higher-end models are often available, you’re better off browsing and buying at a retailer that’s focused on selling home electronics and appliances.

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2. Major appliances
> Reason to shop elsewhere: Small selection and more expensive

Walmart’s selection of white goods like refrigerators and washing machines is more limited than competitors in this product category. You’re better off heading directly to Best Buy, Home Depot, or regional chains with better selections and competitive prices.

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3. Vacuums
> Reason to shop elsewhere: Small selection and more expensive

Like all home appliances at Walmart, the selection of vacuum cleaners can be smaller than what you can find at a retailer that’s more dedicated to the sale of such items. Prices aren’t always better at Walmart for these items, either.

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4. Laptops
> Reason to shop elsewhere: Poor quality or more expensive

Walmart’s dedication to its “Save Money” slogan can lead to a tradeoff in quality and durability. This is particularly true with its selection of laptops, especially for more expensive models peppered in with its ample selection of low-end clunkers. A good rule of thumb: Don’t buy electronics from a place that also sells fruits and vegetables.

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5. Drones
> Reason to shop elsewhere: Low quality, more expensive on the high end

Walmart’s website currently lists 38 drone models from several brands, ranging in price from $150 to thousands of dollars. But that inventory is slim compared to the many options available online that offer more brands at the same price range.

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