Walmart Sued Over Deceptive Pricing Practices
Many customers turn to Walmart for its “everyday low prices.” But now, the retail giant is facing a lawsuit over its alleged price discrepancies.
Ohio resident Kevin Adelstein filed a lawsuit against Walmart in a federal court in Cleveland on Jan. 13, seeking class-action status.
The lawsuit alleges that Walmart violated state and federal consumer protection laws by charging higher prices for products in stores, while charging lower prices for the same product online.
Adelstein, according to the complaint, looked up various items on Walmart’s website that were advertised for sale in-store at a local Walmart in Aurora, Ohio.
But when he visited the store that same day to purchase those products, he claims the prices were higher than what the retailer had listed on its website.
Specifically, Adelstein’s claims a weedkiller was advertised for $19.97 online, but he was charged $21.77 for it in-store. Other lawn care products he viewed online were $7.88 more in the store than what was listed on the website, the lawsuit said.
Adelstein’s attorneys said Walmart’s records should show exactly how many people were impacted by the price discrepancies. They expect that thousands of customers have been affected by the disparity.
Walmart will match the online price for products purchased in its U.S. stores, according to its current Price Match Policy. But Adelstein says the issue is that consumers are not aware that they are being charged higher prices for products than what is listed on Walmart’s website.
Sources: Cleveland.com | Legal Newsline
3 comments on Walmart Sued Over Deceptive Pricing Practices
I have shopped at WalMart for years. I will continue to shop at WalMart, for groceries, and other merchandise including pharmaceuticals. I do not drive so their delivery option suits me just fine. When I am offered a ride to Publix or WinnDixie I take it. However it is shocking to see the price difference between those stores and WalMart. Even if there is a price difference as was mentioned in the article, WalMart is still the better option to me.
I have been ordering my groceries online, since I fell in a Bakersfield, CA Walmart parking lot.. When I receive the order, I sometimes receive 2 or 3 items that I only ordered 1 of. If you will notice on the website, the first items, in a category are reasonably priced, but as you scroll farther down the prices increase drastically. Sometime the packages are bigger, and it makes sense, and sometimes they are slightly larger in size, with an extremely larger price. If I wasn’t at high risk in several ways for dying from getting COVID, I would just return the items, and get my money back, but since I am. I don’t want to risk it. So they take advantage of that. I really can’t afford to be ripped off all the time. But I feel like I’m between a rock and a hard place!
Doesn’t gee. Sore ows, have stick in Walmart. He has in many businesses worldwide. This might be one of them.
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