Special Report

29 Things You Should Never Buy at Walmart

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26. Name brand diapers
> Reason to shop elsewhere: More expensive

Amazon upped its diaper game after it acquired Quidsi (previously known as Diapers.com) in 2010 for $545 million. Though Amazon shut down Quidsi in 2017, claiming lack of profitability, the company ultimately came out as a dominant online provider of name brand diapers through its Amazon Family brand exclusive to Prime subscribers. Walmart hasn’t been able to beat these prices.

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27. Gift cards
> Reason to shop elsewhere: More expensive

Though convenient, gift cards aren’t very thoughtful presents — gifting cash or pre-loaded debit cards gives the recipient more freedom to purchase. On top of that, billions of dollars locked into these cards go unused every year, some of that winds up as free money to companies that issue these cards. But if you want to buy a gift card, membership-only warehouse retailers like Costco or Walmart Inc.’s Sam’s Club are better alternatives.

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28. Magazines
> Reason to shop elsewhere: Consider a subscription instead

Holding a paper booklet with words and pictures printed on it with ink may seem a 20th Century habit, but magazines still populate shelf space at the checkout line and airport kiosk. But buying them from Walmart (or anywhere, really) will cost you more than a print or digital subscription.

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29. Greeting cards
> Reason to shop elsewhere: More expensive

Greeting cards are better purchased at a dollar store, pharmacy, or specialty store like Hallmark, which will have a wide variety at comparable prices.

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