Lots of us signed up for the annual Walmart+ subscription ($98) utilizing the $100 Swagbucks offer which would make it essentially free. Added to that are/were a number of stacks which were able to turn it into a real moneymaker.
Since that time, the Swagbucks offer changed to being typically $50, though sometimes we’ve seen it at $75 and currently it’s at just $5.
Unfortunately, the initial batch of Swagbucks sign ups with the $100 offer did not track automatically and required us to manually request credit from Swagbucks. I believe most subsequent signups under the $50 or $75 offers and some of the later $100 signups did track automatically, but that initial batch of $100 signups did not get any Swagbucks credit automatically.
When affected users file a support claim with Swagbucks, their customer service team typically does credit the user for the Walmart+ signup at the lower $50 amount, not the full $100.
Some readers had success getting the remaining $50 after repeated requests from support, whereas others had no such luck. Personally, I’m in the latter category with the many support requests (both follow-ups and new requests) just yielding a scripted reply from Swagbucks. Even documented screenshots showing my eligibility are to no avail, just getting bland replies from the support team who does not seem to have even read the details of my claim.
Walmart+ Vs. Amazon Prime
While I’ve struck out in getting the remaining $50 to credit, I am finding Walmart+ incredibly useful for online orders. My non-scientific comparison finds Walmart.com to be cheaper than Amazon on many low cost household items.
Amazon seems to have baked a shipping fee into the cost of low-cost items without calling it that; it’s understandable, but the ‘free shipping’ cost doesn’t actually reflect a typical competitive price in a store like Walmart or Target in the case of low-cost items. Conversely, Walmart.com pricing seems to be more similar to what you’d find in a budget store (maybe a bit higher than Walmart stores, but somewhat comparable), and you’re actually getting a “free” shipping service without the shipping cost baked into the price.
Currently, when making a purchase I’ll typically compare Walmart vs Amazon, and find myself completing the purchase at Walmart more often than Amazon. The free shipping benefit of Walmart+ is becoming as useful to me as that of Amazon Prime. (Prime does have numerous others perks as well, such as Prime Video, which many find useful.)
While the Walmart+ purchase was mainly done due to the deal, I’ll have a real decision to make at year’s end…
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