Do you think walmart should close down their lay-a-way?

United States
September 16, 2006 8:02am CST
I was watching he news last night, and they said that walmart was closing down their lay-a-ways, due to not having enough service through out the year. DO you think its crazy? DO you think it schould be open at least around christmas time?
15 responses
@UmmZahid (324)
• United States
30 Jan 07
it was a big mistake and a loss of money ...
@wahmoftwo (1298)
• United States
19 Nov 06
I don't use it anymore, but I did when I was first on my own and had very little money. I don't know how I would have gotten through those first Christmases without it. I hate that they are getting rid of it because I think a lot of people depend on it around the holidays. I think maybe they should have it only the last four months of the year or something.
@JoyfulOne (6243)
• United States
4 Oct 06
Gee, I didn't hear about that, how disappointing! I don't think they should close down their lay-away services. It's a good way to purchase something a little at a time. I've done it often myself throughout the years. If they have to do it for their own economic reasons, well, I guess they have to. It seems like they could at least have it open for customers before the school year starts, and throughout the Christmas season to help people out.
• United States
4 Oct 06
from what i understand layaway will stay open through this x-mas. i think they are closing it because a lot of people just use credit cards to get what they want. there arent a lot of people who use it other than x-mas or back to school time. and the part about them losing money is true. when people take stuff off of lawaway that has been there for a while, like cancel their lawaway, if the stuff has already been marked down on the floor they lose the difference...oh and as for the m&ms on layaway..thats just stupid, they dont allow perishable items on layaway...
• United States
3 Oct 06
I think it is a bad idea. We depend on lay-a-way to get Christmas present for our 4 kids. It is going to be a sad Christmas this year for them. I also depend on them during the year to get school clothes and winter clothes and summer clothes. I put stuff on layaway at least 4 times a year. Not sure what we are going to do next year. When they said they are losing money on lay a way my first thought was how? Every time I have tried to put something on or take something off there has been a line. And at Christmas you sometimes have to wait a half hour just to get your stuff out. What they need to do is evaluate each store and see which ones do a lot of lay a way business and which ones don't and close the ones that don't do a lot of business. I know the town where I worked at Wal-mart was a poor town and there weren't a lot of options to shop at. I'd say about 75% of the population of that town used lay a way at least once or twice a year just to get by. I guess they will be shopping more at the Salvation Army next year.
• United States
30 Sep 06
Yeah I heard that too. I think they are making mistakes. They probably loose money for closing the layaways. I usually use their layaways for xmas time and it sucks I cant do it anymore.
@MGarcia (331)
• United States
30 Sep 06
If they are going to close it down due to not enough service around the year, then yes I do believe that they should atleast keep it open around christmas time. Only thing is that there are people who shop early in the year and they won't be able to pay on it throughout that time if they took it away. Guess people are going to have to learn to save. :)
@sedel1027 (17868)
• United States
24 Sep 06
Until Mindy posted a few weeks ago I wasn't even aware that Wal-mart did layaway still. I am not sure how many folks really use the lay-a-way and they probably loose more money on it that it is worth. I have always viewed lay-a-way as another way to rip people off. Don't you save more money in the long run saving up the cash and going shopping since you can't get the items out of layaway until they are paid for??
@mai720 (329)
• United States
23 Sep 06
I've never really used the layaway. So it doesnt make that much of a difference. But yeah i think it should be opened around christmas for all the xmas shoppers.
@limboh (30)
• Austria
23 Sep 06
Of course not! Sometimes I like to put a pack of M&Ms on layaway
• United States
23 Sep 06
I did not agree with them until tonight. now I see what they meant. I went to walmart yesterday. I put down $77.0 worth of polly pocket, the bratz and 3 cabbage patch dolls for sharon. I already won 2 of the items over 5$ cheaper with shipping. i'll be removing them the next time I go in. I am also looking for all the items I put down. Why not save money. I am paying off mycredit report and could use the savings.
@mcc371 (918)
• United States
23 Sep 06
I think they will lose a considerable amount of money especially during the holidays as this is when people tend to spend more than their budgets and without layaways less money will be spent. I use the layaway for christmas to hide some of the larger items as my teens are nosy when it comes to my bedroom as they know I shop all year long I have to be tricky and not sure what i will do after this year.
• United States
23 Sep 06
personally were i live i dont care for walmart tomcuh were i live the price is to high i dont even like to go up there i would rather shop krogers or somewere
@chalmette69 (3011)
• United States
23 Sep 06
No, I hate that they are doing this, I put layways on all the time and it is going to hurt alot of people during Christmas especially people who don't have alot of money and put the stuff on so they can pay some at a time. This stinks.
@MINDY0882 (2304)
• United States
16 Sep 06
NO I DONT THINK THEY SHOULD CLOSE IT ALOT OF PEOPLE DEPEND ON IT I BELIEVE . MY NIECE WORKS THERE AND SHE TOLD ME THIS ABOUT THE LAYWAYS AND SOME OTHER STUFF I THINK IS WRONG I HAVE A POST /DISCUSION POSTED ON HERE AS WELL ABOUT IT