What is Walmart Merchandising Fee? Like we all know, Walmart is one of the largest retailers in the United States. Generally, items at Walmart are well priced and the goods and services are economically accessible to most customers.
Rising prices and inflation rates and other factors of course increase pressure on the pockets of the customers. Several fees and charges are added to your overall final bill at Walmart.
If you’ve read your invoice or bill in detail you might have noticed a merchandising fee being charged for some items. This fee may be charged for both in-store and online purchases. Let us try to find out more about this fee.
What is merchandising fee?
Simply put, merchandising fee is an overhead charge on the cost of some items in your cart. The fee is applied by the United States Customs and Border Control. This should give you an idea of the nature of the fee.
Merchandising fee is charged on items that have to be shipped into the United States from abroad. It helps to think of it as a shipping fee for such items sold by sellers that are based outside the United States, where the item has to be transported to the United States soil through air or water.
The ‘merchandise’ in the merchandising fee is the items or goods that you purchased from outside the United States. The fee is usually around 0.3464% of the total cost of the marked price of the items.
Walmart has always been known for its brick-and-mortar stores but with increasing e-commerce, more and more people are buying things online.
On the online Walmart marketplace, there are multiple sellers that are stationed outside the United States. If you happen to order an item from one of these sellers, you will get hit by the merchandising fee.
Merchandising fee at Walmart
When we are talking about merchandising fees specifically at Walmart, we can divide it into two sections. One will find that Walmart charges merchandising fees on both in-store-bought items and online purchased items. Let us try to understand how this works.
When you buy from the official website at walmart.com, you are likely to encounter sellers who are from outside the United States.
Buying items from these sellers means that the product will have to be shipped to the United States and will have to clear customs. Hence, merchandising fees will be levied on the item.
For such items, sellers charge a 0.34% merchandising fee at Walmart. The final amount will depend on the cost of the products you are buying.
When it comes to in-store purchases, merchandising fee is charged on select items such as batteries, T.V.s, etc. The rationale for a charging merchandising fee on items in-store is different than online ones.
For store purchases, the merchandising fee is charged to cover certain expenses. These expenses are incurred on those products which require some kind of additional facilities to dispose of since they cannot be disposed of in regular waste facilities.
In your bill, the in-store merchandising fee charged by Walmart is shown as a tax on the overall cost of the product.
Another logic for charging the merchandising fee is that it economically incentivizes the consumers to properly dispose of the products in an environmentally friendly way.
When do you have to pay a merchandising fee?
A merchandising fee has to be paid whenever you buy an item from the Walmart marketplace and the item is sold by a seller from a region that is outside the United States. The United States Customs and Border Control decides how much merchandising fee is to be levied on such orders.
If instead, you made your purchase from an offline Walmart store, you only have to pay a merchandising fee on certain items, usually electronics.
Like we explained earlier, this extra cost is levied to cover costs of disposing of resources that might be used in the manufacture of specific products.
The final bill that you get will include the merchandising fee in the grand total. The grand total will also include other taxes and charges.
Therefore, the final price that you pay at Walmart, regardless of online or offline purchase, will include the merchandising fee. Make sure to check the final cost and if you agree with it before paying.
How much merchandising fee will I be charged?
Because the merchandising fee is a percentage-based fee, the final cost will depend on the price of the item. But there are other factors too that influence the final merchandising fee that will be charged from you. Some of them are:
- The size of the item is definitely a factor in this regard. Bigger items will attract a bigger fee and vice versa. The bulkier your purchase is, the more fee you have to pay.
- Weight of the item is another important factor. Heavier items are charged more fees. Lighter items attract smaller fees.
- Fragility of the item also seems to play a role. If the item or items you ordered require extra care in handling or when being transported, you can expect to be charged a higher merchandising fee.
If you are unsure how much merchandising fee you were charged, make sure to refer to your itemized bill, it contains a full breakdown of the charges including the merchandising fee.
When do I not have to pay a merchandising fee?
You do not have to pay a merchandising fee in the following cases:
- If the item you ordered had to be returned back either to the seller or to Walmart. In this case, you can go ahead and apply for a refund from Walmart. If you did not initiate the refund yourself, there are still many reasons why it could happen including address mismatch.
- If the item you bought from the Walmart website is not sold by a seller stationed outside the United States.
- If the item you bought from the Walmart offline store does not require any extra resources to dispose of after the end of life.
Formal and Informal entries at Walmart
To categorize the different types of orders and goods sold, Walmart uses a two tier system.
- Informal entries: These refer to items purchased for end use and not for resale or commercial purposes. The price of the items can be upto $2500. In such a case, merchandise fee is generally $2 to $10.
- Formal entries: These refer to the more bulky or expensive purchases or the purchases that are meant for resale. In this case, the merchandising fee is capped at a maximum of $485.
The merchandising fees charged by Walmart serve different purposes depending on where you bought your items from.
When bought from the online store, it is a charge by the United States Customs and Border Control and will only be charged if you buy from a seller stationed outside the US. For store bought items, it covers disposing costs.
FAQs on Walmart Merchandising Fee
What is a merchandising fee on Walmart?
It is a fee charged to handle shipments from abroad to the United States soil for certain items bought from the Walmart website from sellers based outside the United States.
Why is Walmart charging me a merchandising fee?
You will be charged a merchandising fee online if any of your cart items are from sellers outside the United States. You will be charged a merchandising fee offline on certain items, usually electronics.
What is a merchandising fee?
It is a small fixed percentage charged on the item value. It is charged on the Walmart website when the item is bought from sellers stationed outside the United States.
On the other hand, it is charged on in-store purchases on certain items that require extra resources for disposing them of properly.
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