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Trade in used video games for Walmart credit

There are almost a billion video games sitting unused in homes across the United States. Starting next week, those games can be traded for eGift cards at Walmart.

Walmart already has the second-largest market share in the video game industry, and with more than 110 million gamers in the U.S., we see enormous potential in the $2 billion pre-owned video game business opportunity.

New releases will still remain the focus of our business, but we’re excited to give customers the option to buy used games in great condition.  When we disrupt markets and compete, our customer wins. Our strategy is to pay more for used games, sell new and used games for less, and give our customers the flexibility to spend their money how they want.


Customers will be able to apply the trade-in amount for their video games immediately toward the purchase of anything sold at Walmart and Sam’s Club, both in stores and online. And as you know, a Walmart gift card is pretty much cash…you can buy a new game, groceries, socks, TVs, a bike and more.

Starting this summer, customers will be able to purchase “Certified Pre-Owned” video games in our stores and on Walmart.com. This is a new category for us and something our customers have been asking for.

Trade-in for Wii, Xbox, PS4 and other games starts today for Walmart associates and trade-in begins March 26 for customers at more than 3,100 stores nationwide.

Learn more about how our video game trade-in works: news.walmart.com/videogames

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Your Gifting Questions, Answered: Win the Holidays with This Handy Guide

Some people are easy to buy gifts for: yourself, for example, or your BFF. Others are a bit more … challenging. Fear not, Dear Reader, our fictional in-house advice columnist, Liza, is here to show you how to use the Walmart.com Holiday Gift Guide to satisfy the most perplexing recipients on your list, actual or hypothetical.

Q: Dear Liza, I never know what to get my father-in-law for Hannukah. He is the type of person who, if he wants something, just goes and buys it himself. Guys are so hard to buy for! Help! Sincerely, Joy

A: I hear you, Joy. I once bought my Dad a gift card, which I thought was a pretty safe bet, and he said he never shopped at that store and gave it back to me! The nerve! Fortunately, with Walmart’s gift guide, you can easily search “Gifts for Him” and narrow it down using what your father-in-law enjoys. For example, if he is into tech, pick up Google Home. If he always mans the grill at family get-togethers, the Gift Guide has a ton of options, too.

Q: Dear Liza, I’m spending the holidays with my cousin, and he and his wife have a baby. Social contract dictates that I should bring it some sort of gift. What do I get a baby? Diapers or something? Sincerely, Nick

A: While babies do often wear diapers, there is – quite reasonably – not a lot of data on whether or not they like them. We do know that babies enjoy toys they can touch and that have bright colors. Here’s what to do: Go to the Walmart Gift Guide. Click on “Gifts for Babies and Toddlers.” Peruse the options for toys, activities, and pajamas. For example, the VTech Sit-to-Stand Learning Walker is great for children 6 to 12 months. You can have it shipped to you, or pick up in store. The little one will love it, and the parents will be so impressed, they’ll want you to babysit!
P.S. Parents don’t typically like it when you refer to their offspring as “it.”


Q: Dear Liza, We’re hosting Christmas this year, and that means I am in charge of stockings. This adds a new layer to my normal giving plan, especially because everyone in my family – all ages, from grandparents to kids – has a stocking to fill! Can you help? Sincerely, Noelle

A: I got you, girl. In addition to searching our Gift Guide by recipient (Gifts for Her, Gifts for Grandparents), you can also search by theme. One of these themes includes – you guessed it – stocking stuffers! Whether you pick up some makeup brushes for your niece or chocolate covered cherries for your grandpa, you can get everything you need to impress your family on Christmas morning. (Pro tip: If you’re working within a budget, the Gift Guide allows you to search by price as well.)

TL; DR: Whether you shop by recipient (e.g. your grandparents), hobby (the adventurer, the tech lover), or species (we have gifts for pets, too), the Walmart.com Holiday Gift Guide has your nice list covered this holiday season.

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Online Grocery Pickup: The Thanksgiving Test

We are heading into the busiest time of year as Thanksgiving approaches.

My husband and I are hosting Thanksgiving at our house this year. We’ve actually just started to take over that holiday and host it. I love hosting, because let’s face it: I like to have control over the menu and the food. I enjoy whipping up some of my favorites like pecan rum cake and mashed potato casserole to pair with a delicious ham or turkey. My husband’s favorite, though, is pumpkin pie.

I like to beat the crowd when it comes to grocery shopping for Thanksgiving, and I do that by using Walmart’s grocery pickup. They now offer mobile check-in, which makes my life even easier. I downloaded the app, ordered my groceries, and then went on with my day. I noticed they even had roasting pans, paper plates, utensils, and other items for hosting.

The mobile app alerts the associate when you arrive, so when I headed to the store the next day, I hadn’t even fully pulled into the parking spot yet, and I could see the associate coming out the door with all my groceries. The best part was, I didn’t even have to go in the store!

I ordered all my groceries for Thanksgiving that day. I was able to pick up my ham, turkey, stuffing, and everything I needed for our pumpkin pie, too. I saved time and stress, plus got everything I needed, including roasting pans. This last time I picked up our groceries, the attendant told me that because I regularly order gluten-free products there, he would request more from the vendor so that they always have what I need when I return. I was shocked by that; he really went above and beyond.

This year, I’ve decided to have my son assist me in the kitchen as we prepare for Thanksgiving dinner. He’s recently become very interested in cooking, so I decided it’s time for him to get in the kitchen and help me as he can now do more. The pumpkin pie is very simple to make, so that’s first on my list of teaching him. I’ve also been able to find gluten-free products at my local Walmart, which means my son and I can easily access foods we can eat. I picked up all that I needed at Walmart for a gluten-free pumpkin pie. My daughter is anxious to get started helping me as well, but for now I’ll let her have some fun with sprinkles and cookies until she gets just a little bit older. When her task involves cookies, though, she is perfectly content, although she may eat more cookies than she decorates!

As you are planning out your Thanksgiving dinner, be sure to give Walmart grocery pickup a try. I promise, you will never do grocery shopping the same once you do!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Editor’s Note: Walmart provided compensation for this content. All thoughts and opinions are those of the author. Read more from Kristy by visiting her blog, Mommy Hates Cooking.

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#FiveThingsFriday: Talking Turkey

ICYMI: An Oscar winner gives back, a Thanksgiving delivery in New York, recognition for reducing food waste, and the holiday shopping season kicks off.

Act of Kindness on Lane 7

Customer Sydney Gholston went into one of our Kentucky stores to purchase some Thanksgiving turkeys for the nonprofit she works for, but left with an unbelievable story to boot. While she was in line to pay, she struck up a conversation with a friendly gentleman who offered to pay for her order. The man? Academy Award-winning actor Jon Voight, who was in town filming a movie. It goes to show, you never know who you may run into in our stores!

Giving Back in New York

This week, we worked with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and several other companies to feed Thanksgiving dinner to more than 35,000 New Yorkers across the state. Each meal included turkey, stuffing, pumpkin pie, vegetables, cranberry sauce and potatoes. We were honored to be a part of this effort along with Wegmans, FreshDirect and The Coca-Cola Company.

Feeling Fancy?

One of the many reasons Walmart.com is great is the expanded assortment – the site offers additional items that aren’t available in store. But would you expect to find a Cartier watch or Prada pumps? You can now! These are just a small sampling of the luxury items you can find through our third-party Marketplace sellers. Earlier this year, our Marketplace had Air Yeezy’s for sale. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I need to go update my Christmas wish list.

A Food Waste Champion

Food waste is a big issue in the U.S., with an estimated $29 billion thrown away each year. This week, we were excited to see that Walmart was named to the inaugural class of the U.S. Food Loss and Waste 2030 Champions – an honor established by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Environmental Protection Agency to recognize businesses and organizations that have committed to reduce food loss and waste in their operations 50% by 2030. We’ve been doing a number of things to help reduce food waste, including finding a use for fruits and vegetables that might be oddly shaped or have minor blemishes; switching date labels on our Great Value nonperishable products to a “Best if used by” format; and donating extra food to local food banks. Our goal is to reach 0% net waste and donate 4 billion meals by 2020.

Delivering Deals and Turkeys

By now, we’re tucking into leftovers and looking over the great deals we scored from Black Friday shopping. I’m most excited about the 55” plush bear I picked up. Our associates were in stores this week working hard to make sure families across the country had the items they needed to put on a great Thanksgiving feast, and they were ready for you when you came out to shop. This week, we sold 150 million pounds of turkey and ham, and televisions were once again one of the most popular items shopped. The only thing left to do is grab a nap before Cyber Monday kicks off!

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At a Glance: Your Walmart Holiday Shopping Schedule

It’s time to put your holiday shopping game face on. And Walmart is ready to meet you – whether at our physical stores or from the comfort of your sofa via laptop or the Walmart mobile app. We’re offering more amazing deals, on a larger assortment of products, earlier than ever before.

Here’s a quick guide to what we have planned to help you win the holiday season:

Black Friday Jump-Start
Our in-store Black Friday events start at 6 p.m. local time on Thursday, but there’s no need to wait until you’ve gobbled down your Thanksgiving feast to start checking gifts off your holiday lists. The majority of Walmart’s Black Friday deals will be on Walmart.com beginning at 12:01 a.m. ET on Thanksgiving morning.

We’ve stocked our digital and physical aisles with more than 1.5 million televisions, nearly two million tablets and computers, and three million video games, including 11 televisions for $298-$398. Other deals include drones, mobile phones, fitness wearables, pajamas, toys, connected home devices, home and outdoor favorites, and more.

Up Next: Cyber Week
Having nearly tripled our online product assortment this year from 8 million to more than 23 million items, we’re excited to offer our largest Cyber Week assortment to date. Our annual Cyber Week online specials begin at 12:01 a.m. ET on Friday, Nov. 25.

Customers will find more top brands like Samsung, Google and Nerf from Walmart, and surprising finds like Michael Kors, UGG and Ray Ban from our marketplace sellers. Walmart.com’s smart recommendation engine helps surface the most relevant gift ideas for friends and family on customers’ holiday lists.

Free Shipping and Store Pickup
Walmart will offer free shipping on orders of $50 or more, as well as free pickup at Walmart stores. Last year, approximately 90% of orders placed between Thanksgiving and Cyber Monday shipped for free, and we expect that to climb even higher as we create more ways than ever for customers to save money in our digital and physical aisles.

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