The new Walmart Plus Membership is hoping to challenge Amazon Prime with their new subscription service, but we don't think it's the better value…
Walmart Plus Membership is Coming!
The news is buzzing today with Walmart's announcement to launch their own version of Amazon Prime later this month…. and they're calling it Walmart +.
When the service opens up, Walmart Plus members will get unlimited free delivery on $35 orders as well as discounts on fuel at Walmart gas stations. (And rumor has it more perks will be added soon…)
Starting September 15th, shoppers can sign up for a free trial of Walmart Plus and decide if it's worth the price tag (which is $21 less than the Amazon Prime Membership.)
How Much Does Walmart + Cost?
A Walmart + Membership costs $12.95/month or $98/Annually. The annual membership will save you over $57 if you decide to go that route.
Compared to Amazon Prime, it's a bit cheaper. Amazon Prime costs $12.99/month or $119 Annually. (Sign up for a Free Trial of Amazon Prime Here)
Of course Amazon Prime also comes with free Prime Video streaming service and a host of other perks… (See why I love I've kept my Amazon Prime Membership for over 8 years now.)
What Perks Does a Walmart Plus Membership Include?
- FREE Unlimited Delivery – Get more than 160,000 items delivered to you as fast as same-day, depending on where you live. Minimum purchase of $35 required. Includes Groceries!
- Fuel Discount – Up to 5¢ savings per gallon at Walmart Gas Stations
- Scan & Go App – Shop in stores using the scan-and-go app to scan items as you put them in your buggy, and pay using Walmart pay. No cashier needed!
- More Perks To Roll Out Later – They're going to have to add more perks to really compete for subscribers.
Which is Better – Walmart + or Amazon Prime?
For my money – I pick Amazon Prime hands down. BUT I can see why others might pick Walmart +. Here's why…
Walmart + is advertising free unlimited delivery…. but they require you to get your cart to $35 to enjoy this perk.
You ALREADY get Free 2-Day Delivery on $35+ orders at Walmart.com (see the example of Tide above) – without paying any kind of membership fee. So members are getting the same shipping perk as non-members and paying $98 a year for it? Amazon Prime members on the other hand can order a $2 bottle of shampoo and get free shipping – without having to shop around for $33 more to pad their cart total.
The one BIG benefit Walmart + will have over Amazon Prime is Walmart Grocery delivery…
If you like getting your groceries delivered, then Walmart may be the better subscription for you!
It looks like the Walmart Plus plan will include free grocery delivery – and that could be a really good reason to choose it over Amazon. (Amazon Fresh delivers groceries but it's only available regionally and the prices/selection of groceries aren't as reliable as Walmart.)
Walmart Groceries Would Be A Big Perk
But the press release wasn't clear on whether it would be included or not.
When I asked Walmart customer service about it today I got this response:
Walmart Plus Membership will offer a collection of benefits (including delivery from the store) designed to give customers time back in their days and money back in their wallets by making shopping everything Walmart has to offer faster and easier. I recommend that you sign up for Delivery Unlimited if it’s available in your area. This service will be part of Walmart Plus when we finally launch. To see if Delivery Unlimited is available in your area, go to walmart.com/grocery, choose delivery and enter your address.
But I had to clarify about those groceries because they were a little vague….
And then just clarify a wee bit more 😉
There we have it – groceries should be included, which makes this service pretty valuable after all.
Isn't This The Same As Walmart Delivery Unlimited?
Walmart Delivery Unlimited has existed for awhile – and this new “launch” is really just a name change with a couple new perks added in. Existing Walmart Delivery Unlimited customers will be transferred automatically to the new Walmart Plus Membership.
If you want a sneak peek of the Walmart Plus service – you can go ahead and sign up for a free trial of Walmart Delivery Unlimited HERE.
PPP Team Member Jamie tried Walmart Grocery Delivery during quarantine and had this to say:
I don't know how I never knew this existed – but Walmart's grocery delivery is pretty fantastic! I was able to order lots of cheap groceries for the week – like Fuji Apples 3 Lb Bag for $4.59, boneless, skinless chicken breast for $1.99/lb, Great Value Bread and Eggs for 88¢ each, and 97¢ cookies to keep the boys happy.
The free trial was great to get my first couple deliveries for free – but honestly that $12.95/month is looking pretty good right now while we're being quarantined. I expect there will be an opportunity to tip as with Instacart or similar programs that will add to the cost, but totally worth it in my opinion.
Walmart Grocery Delivery Unlimited is widely available – but isn't available everywhere. Go HERE to see locations near you.
So…. what do you think? Is Walmart Plus a better plan for you than Amazon Prime. Why or why not? We'd love to hear from you in the comments!
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