• Tue. Nov 29th, 2022

Walmart joins eBay and Amazon to promote Certified Refurbished

BySamuel M. Craig

Jul 30, 2022

Walmart has announced a new program called Walmart Restored offering refurbished products like new — and they won’t be tucked away in a corner of the website. Walmart will show refurbished products in search results — and “online now and in select stores later this fall.”

Walmart said all restored Walmart products will be professionally inspected, tested and cleaned, and come with a free 90-day return window.

Walmart said it has previously worked with sellers and suppliers on Walmart.com who are committed to refurbishing premium products – the Walmart designation and program restored is new. “In a year where customers are looking for ways to save money, refurbished like-new products have become an increasingly popular way to cut costs without sacrificing quality,” he said. he writes in his ad.

Rival Amazon.com has offered refurbished products for years through Certified Refurbished on Amazon, which it renamed Amazon Renewed in 2017. Amazon severely limited who could sell through the program in 2019.

eBay has its own Certified Refurbished Goods program and has started to severely restrict who can sell through the program in 2020 (see the recent update on the program on this EcommerceBytes blog).

With supply chain issues, inflation and recession fears, refurbished products are a golden opportunity for online marketplaces. But sellers who don’t qualify for their certified programs must list their refurbished as “used” – will savvy buyers understand?

Ina Steiner

Ina Steiner
Ina Steiner is co-founder and editor of EcommerceBytes and has been reporting on e-commerce since 1999. She is a widely cited authority on marketplace selling and is the author of “Turn eBay Data Into Dollars” ( McGraw-Hill 2006). His blog was featured in the book “Blogging Heroes” (Wiley 2008). She is a member of the Online News Association (September 2005 – present) and Investigative Journalists and Editors (March 2006 – present). Follow her on Twitter at @ecommercebytes and send topical tips to [email protected] See disclosure at EcommerceBytes.com/disclosure/.