Wal-Mart shoppers now will be able to pay cash for online purchases. The world’s largest retailer on Thursday said it will allow shoppers to buy items on Walmart.com and then pay for them with cash at all of its stores in the U.S.
The discounter says it’s the first major retailer to offer shoppers the opportunity to purchase online without a bank account, or credit, debit or prepaid card.
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is trying to cater more to its customers who don’t have access to those financial services. After all, only about 15 percent of Wal-Mart’s transactions are paid using a credit card.
It works like this: Customers go to the website to select the item and place an order. During checkout, they can select the “cash” option and their shipping preference.
The shopper then has 48 hours to take the printed order confirmation to the cash register at a Wal-Mart store.
Can you spot a mystery shopper?
Hundreds of legitimate mystery shopper providers hire individuals to evaluate restaurants, banks, hotels, retailers, gas stations, etc.
What they do: Mystery shoppers provide written feedback on basic customer experiences, everything from the attitude of salespeople to merchandise display to restroom cleanliness.
How they’re paid: Varies by type and complexity of assignment. It could be as low as $5 for buying an ice cream at a Dairy Queen to $100 or more for making purchases at a luxury-brand shop.
Not all assignments require a purchase; some reimbursements are limited. Mystery shoppers must fill out evaluation forms accurately and promptly to get paid.
Where to find jobs: The Mystery Shopping Providers Association (MSPA) oversees the industry, which currently has an estimated 375 providers and 1.5 million registered mystery shoppers.
– from wire reports
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