Consumer expert Clark Howard’s column appears here each Thursday in conjunction with Deal Spotter, a new weekly print section in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Retailer expectations of sluggish Christmas sales are creating a lot of opportunities for holiday shoppers.
Walmart has introduced free shipping on 60,000 items with no minimum purchase required. This new sales ploy even allows the purchase of big electronics items. Additionally, the prices at Walmart’s website are, in many cases, cheaper than at its brick-and-mortar stores.
But there’s both more than meets the eye and less than meets the eye to this deal.
On the positive side, you can score great deals on products that go well beyond the inventory in stores. But it’s not equivalent to Amazon’s free shipping. Walmart can take up to five days to get your shipment underway, not delivered to you. Amazon, however, will often have it to you the next day. Yet Walmart’s prices will probably undercut