How To Use Price Scanning at Walmart To Save On Hidden Clearance

Jan 9, 2020 Mountain View / CA/ USA - People shopping at a Walmart store in south San Francisco bay area.
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Saving money is always the goal, especially when prices for goods are as ever-rising because of inflation. Walmart is known for its deals and discounts, and for being a one-stop shop for home goods, electronics, groceries and more. By scanning prices before you check out you not only can keep track of what you are spending, but it can help you find unmarked sales or clearance items.

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Is There a Walmart Scanner App?

While manual price scanning devices have been removed from many Walmart stores, there are a few platforms through which you can access Walmart’s Scan & Go system or a price scanning alternative.

Walmart+ Account 

Though you have to pay for a subscription to Walmart+ to become a member, one of the benefits included in membership is access to their mobile Scan & Go program. This also allows you to pay on your phone as you shop in-store.

Here is how to use your Walmart+ account for the Scan & Go feature.

  1. Sign in to your account in the Walmart app.
  2. When you are shopping in your local Walmart, open the app and click on “Scan & Go.”
  3. Scan your items in-store to check the pricing, or to see if there are any hidden clearance items. You scan any item’s barcode to either add to your order or delete if you are uninterested.
  4. Scan & Go also allows you to check out digitally. After you finish scanning and shopping you simply go to a self-checkout register and scan the QR code for your cart to finalize payment. Once payment is complete you will receive an exit pass and e-receipt.
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The Walmart+ membership subscription is $12.95 per month or $98.00 annually.

Using the Walmart Price Scanner Without a Walmart+ Subscription

There is a workaround if you want to be able to scan prices without paying for a Walmart+ subscription. Here are a few steps you can take:

  1. Turn your location setting on.
  2. Make sure the location in your app is set to the local Walmart store you are in.
  3. Connect to the Walmart store’s Wi-Fi.
  4. Scan items to check the price and see where the deals are.

Though you won’t be able to utilize the Scan & Go feature without being a Walmart+ member, you will be able to scan for prices and possibly find sneaky clearance items.

Barcode Scanner for Walmart App

There is a separate Barcode Scanner for Walmart app that is not part of the Walmart app but does allow you to scan prices while in your local Walmart store. The app is available on the Apple App store where it has a rating of 3.8 stars out of 5 stars. It is also available on Android devices through Google Play where it has a rating of 4.3 stars out of 5 stars.

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How To Find Clearance Items Without Scanning

You can use the Walmart app without being a Walmart+ subscriber to find clearance prices by following these steps:

  • Open the Walmart app when you are in your local Walmart store.
  • In the app you will see two tabs — select the “In This Store” tab.
  • Type the name of the item in the search field. This will let you know the price of the item in your specific location.

What Happened to Walmart Savings Catcher?

The Walmart Savings Catcher tool was in the Walmart app to automatically assess prices from top stores in their local area. If the tool caught a lower price on an eligible item you purchased from Walmart, you received the difference on a Walmart eGift Card.

Aside from Savings Catcher’s closure, according to the company, nothing else has happened to the Walmart app. The Savings Catcher had effectively lived out its purpose and was discontinued in 2019.

Final Take

Knowing what you are going to be paying for an item, whether it’s unmarked or is secretly on clearance, will help you keep within your budget before getting to check out. When it comes to scanning prices while shopping at Walmart it is good to know you have options to hopefully help you save some money.

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FAQ

  • Is there an app to scan items at Walmart?
    • You have a couple of price-scanning options when it comes to shopping at Walmart. You can become a Walmart+ member and take advantage of the Scan & Go feature, you can price scan in the Walmart app when in-store or you can download the Barcode Scanner for Walmart app in either the App Store or Google Play store.
  • How do you use the Walmart price scanner?
    • As many of the physical price check scanners have been taken out of Walmart stores your options now are mostly digital. If you have a Walmart+ membership subscription you can follow these steps:
      • -Sign in to your account in the Walmart app.
      • -When you are shopping in your local Walmart, open the app and click on "Scan & Go."
      • -Scan your items in-store to check the pricing, or to see if there are any hidden clearance items. You scan any item's barcode to either add to your order or delete if you are uninterested.
      • -Scan & Go also allows you to check out digitally. After you finish scanning and shopping you simply go to a self-checkout register and scan the QR code for your cart to then finalize payment. Once payment is complete you will receive an exit pass and e-receipt.
    • If you are not a Walmart+ member you can follow these steps when you are in your local Walmart store:
      • -Turn your location setting on.
      • -Make sure the location in app is set to the local Walmart store you are in.
      • -Connect to the Walmart store's Wi-Fi.
      • -Scan items to check the price and see where the deals are.
  • Is there a way to check prices at Walmart?
    • To check prices at Walmart you can use the Scan & Go feature in the Walmart app if you are a Walmart+ member. If you are not a member you can still use the Walmart app to scan items in your local Walmart store, or search for the items in the app under the "In This Store" tab.
  • What app do Walmart employees use?
    • Walmart employees have access to the Me@Walmart app.
  • How do I use the Walmart app to check clearance items?
    • You can either scan the prices of items or search for items in-store by using the Walmart app or downloading the Barcode Scanner for the Walmart app.
  • How do I look up a Walmart barcode?
    • You can look up the Walmart UPC Code by following these steps:
        • -Go to the Walmart website
        • -Search by the product name or product details
        • -Select the item that best matches what you are looking for from the search results
        • -When you are on the correct product page, select the "View Page Source" option
        • -Hit CTRL+F on Windows or Command+F on a Mac and search "UPC"
        • -The number listed after UPC will be the barcode you need.

    Cynthia Measom contributed to the reporting for this article.

    Information is accurate as of Dec. 16, 2022. 

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    Caitlyn Moorhead has written content for a variety of businesses and publications. After graduating from Central Michigan University cum laude, she moved to New York City where she wrote columns, articles and plays for several years before relocating to Austin, Texas in the fall of 2020.
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