13 Things Walmart Won’t Let You Return

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One reason people shop at Walmart is its generous 90-day return window. This policy is applicable even without a receipt. However, it may come as a surprise to you that not everything at Walmart is covered under the return policy.

1. Firearms and Ammunition 

Walmart’s return policy does not include firearms or ammunition. Walmart also doesn’t accept returns of airsoft and air guns, BB guns, or crossbows.

2. Prescription Medications 

If you take prescription medications – chances are that you’ve heard about using Walmart’s pharmacy for some hidden savings. You can get some generic prescriptions for only $4 for a 30-day supply or $10 for a 90-day supply. However, buyer beware! You cannot bring prescription medications back as a return. 

3. Gas Powered Vehicles 

Some gas-powered vehicles are not eligible for returns at Walmart. You cannot return dirt bikes, go-karts, scooters and ATVs. 

However, you can return other gas-powered items. These items include lawn mowers, power tools, and chainsaws. Any gas-powered item should have an empty gas tank before it’s returned.

4. Gift Cards

If you receive a Walmart gift card as a birthday gift or in your stocking, you cannot return it for cash. If you’re not a fan of shopping at Walmart, there are ways to sell your gift card online. You won’t get the full face value of the card, but you can turn it into cash you can spend anywhere.

Hot Tip: Want to save even more at Walmart? The Walmart Moneycard is a great way to earn cash back on all of your Walmart purchases.

5. Diabetic Supplies

Medical professionals estimate that 1 in 10 Americans has diabetes. Diabetics are quite familiar with the supplies you need to control the disease. You cannot return meters, strips and other diabetic supplies at Walmart.

6. Test Kits

Just like you can’t return a blood glucose meter or blood sugar testing strips, Walmart doesn’t accept returns on home health test kits. These unreturnable tests include home diagnostics tests and pregnancy tests.

Have you stocked up on COVID-19 test kits but no longer need quite so many? Unfortunately, Walmart doesn’t accept returns on these tests either.

7. Used Tires

Walmart is a great place to get a deal on tires. However, you cannot return tires once they’ve been mounted or used in any way. If the tires are still unused and never mounted, they can be returned.

8. Trading Cards

We’ve all seen trading card packs near the Walmart checkout lines. The store carries everything from traditional baseball cards to card-based games like Yu-Gi-Oh! or Magic: The Gathering. But before you buy a new pack of cards, keep in mind that you cannot return them – opened or unopened.

9. Medical Equipment

This list has a common theme: anything medical or health-related cannot be returned to Walmart. In addition to prescription medications, diabetes supplies, and testing kits, hygiene products like bedpans, bath seats, and other personal medical items can’t be returned.

Other items like crutches, walkers, and slings can be exchanged within 90 days. If these items are unopened and unused, you can get a refund.

10. Breast Pumps

Like other medical equipment, Walmart’s return policy doesn’t cover breast pumps. Walmart sells dozens of different breast pumps, which can cost hundreds of dollars. Do your research before purchasing a breast pump because you can’t get your money back and buy a different one.

11. Electronics

Walmart allows you to return some electronic products. However, there are limitations on what you can return and the time window you have to do so.

You can return consumer electronics but you only have a 30 day return window instead of the typical 90-day period.

12. Prescription Glasses

Walmart vision centers are a convenient place to receive an eye exam and purchase prescription glasses or contacts. Walmart has a shorter 60-day return window for eyewear, including glasses and contacts.

13. Drones

One of the most popular gifts of the 2021 holiday season were drones. Drones make great gifts for friends and family who are hobby fliers – and Walmart carries a variety of drones at different price points. However, similar to basic electronics, dissatisfied users only have 60 days to make a return.