What is Walmart ShippingPass? 10 Things You Should Know
Heard all the hub-bub about Walmart’s Amazon Prime competitor called ShippingPass? Attempting to do to what Amazon did in terms of recruiting loyal consumers, Walmart is trying to lure in consumers with a 2-day shipping service on Walmart.com.
Here’s everything you need to know:
How much does ShippingPass cost?
At the moment, Walmart is offering a 30-day free trial of the service. At the end of the trial period, you will be charged $49 per year to remain a member. This membership has an automatic renewal function, thus you will be required to sign into your Walmart.com account and cancel prior to the renewal date.
What benefits does ShippingPass offer?
You get free 2-day shipping on all eligible items, which are mainly focused on bestselling items in the Baby, Clothing, Electronics and Health & Beauty categories. On all other items that Walmart specifically sells, you will receive free value shipping with a delivery date that’s usually in 4 to 6 business days. Be aware that items sold by third parties (Walmart Marketplace) or items with freight charges will not qualify at all.
How do I know if an item qualifies for free 2-Day shipping?
Walmart is adding a green ShippingPass logo on those product pages. You can find it underneath the price on a product page. For instance, look at the example on the right. If the logo is not present on the page and is sold by Walmart, expect to get free shipping.
How many items on Walmart.com qualify for 2-day shipping?
Walmart estimates about 1 million items are eligible for the 2-day shipping perk with ShippingPass (in addition to free value shipping on all other items that Walmart sells). Alternatively, Amazon offers Prime 2-day shipping service on roughly 30 million items.
Do I have to order by a certain time to get 2-day shipping?
Yes. You have to order by 11 a.m. Pacific Time in order to secure processing on the same day as the order. Otherwise, processing will likely occur the following day and you will receive the item in three days instead of two. Walmart is also specific on those being business days, thus holidays and weekends may push the order back even more. (Walmart specifically mentions they don’t deliver on Sundays.)
Did ShippingPass used to be different?
Yes. When Walmart started the beta for ShippingPass, the retailer offered 3-day shipping at a cost of $50 per year. Since then, they upgraded that offer to 2-day shipping and shaved $1 off the yearly subscription price.
Can I share my membership with family members?
No. Unlike Amazon Prime, you cannot share your ShippingPass membership with family members. Members of your immediate family would have to log onto your Walmart.com account in order to place an eligible ShippingPass order.
Do I need an invitation to join ShoppingPass?
Not anymore. With the wide launch of the free trial this week, Walmart is opening up ShippingPass to the public. You can sign up through the retail site as well as within the Walmart mobile application on iOS and Android.
Will Walmart prorate a refund of ShippingPass if I cancel?
According to the FAQ page, it doesn’t appear so. Amazon will do this for customers that cancel Prime, basically offering a prorated refund of the months that you won’t be using Prime. However, Walmart appears to keep your full yearly fee if you use the ShippingPass shipping perk on just one order (and simply allow the one-year subscription period to run out the clock). If you haven’t used it on any orders, Walmart will refund your subscription fee.
How does Walmart’s ShippingPass compare to Amazon Prime?
While ShippingPass is half the price of Amazon Prime, Walmart is still trailing Amazon significantly in terms of benefits. Focusing solely on the shipping benefit, the catalog of eligible items is less than 4% of what Amazon offers. In addition, Amazon finds ways to deliver on the weekend in many areas as well as offer same-day delivery in some areas or two-hour delivery in some large cities.
Outside of shipping, Amazon offers a vast array of additional benefits with a Prime subscription including access to Amazon Instant Video for a Netflix-like service, Prime Music streaming, unlimited photo storage, discounts on game preorders, early access to Lightning sales, access to the Kindle Lending Library and membership sharing within a household.