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Walmart selling decoders?

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Walmart selling decoders?
Posted by willy6 on Saturday, January 27, 2018 3:07 PM

I was looking for decoders today and did a Google search and low and behold a link to Walmart popped up. I clicked on it and they do sell name brand decoders and a lot had free shipping.

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Posted by richg1998 on Saturday, January 27, 2018 3:22 PM

How about posting the link?

Well I just did a Google search for walmart dcc decoders and they are out there. I did not compare brands prices.

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Posted by CNR378 on Saturday, January 27, 2018 3:23 PM

Appear to be shipped and sold by other companies.

As an example on a mrc decoder it says: Sold & shipped by Trainz

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Posted by NWP SWP on Saturday, January 27, 2018 3:28 PM

I despise Walmart for that reason you look at their website and you not only see stuff they sell but what others sell through them, much in the fashion of Amazon or eBay...

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Posted by richg1998 on Saturday, January 27, 2018 3:28 PM

CNR378

Appear to be shipped and sold by other companies.

As an example on a mrc decoder it says: Sold & shipped by Trainz

Peter

 

I just saw the same. Kind of like Amazon.

Google Trainz.

They are definitly a DCC supplier. They joined up with Walmart

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Posted by zstripe on Saturday, January 27, 2018 3:30 PM

richg1998

How about posting the link?

Well I just did a Google search for walmart dcc decoders and they are out there. I did not compare brands prices.

Rich

 

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Posted by richg1998 on Saturday, January 27, 2018 3:33 PM

Not a big deal. Just a sign of the times.

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Posted by rrinker on Saturday, January 27, 2018 4:42 PM

 All major online retailers do this, they allow smalelr sellers to piggyback on their system. Amazo has done this almost from the time they stopped being JUST a book store, Newegg does it as well for computers and home electronics. No surprise Walmart is doing it as well. At least on Newegg there is an option when searching to restrict to only the items they themselves have, because they don't seem to do much to vet their partner sellers. Amazon is pretty strict but even then they can lapse - like the hard drive I got that was shipped in a box with NO padding at all, bare drive in an anto-static baggie. As expected, it was DOA. Return was no problem, however I specifically called out the packaging as the fault. Stressed this repeatidly witht he customer service rep. They sent out a replacement, even before I sent the bad one back, very good service. But the replacement came packaged (if you can call it that) the very same way. Luckily this one worked, but I'm still not sure I trust it.

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Posted by Lone Wolf and Santa Fe on Saturday, January 27, 2018 5:38 PM

    Right, any vendor can sell things on Walmart’s website. It just like any vendor can sell on Amazon or eBay. If a business model works why not copy it? Almost all successful businesses are copies of other successful businesses.
    If your local hobby store wants to stay in business they need to follow the trend. And the new trend is not having your own website but instead selling on popular websites.

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Posted by gmpullman on Saturday, January 27, 2018 5:56 PM

Walmart has been trying to aggressively "grow" their online presence. As others have mentioned they're using their site to allow other sellers to access their huge network.

A few weeks ago I bought a teapot from Amazon. The seller was some obscure name "Marketing Plus" or something like that. When the teapot arrived it had a Bentonville, Arkansas return address and the box inside was from Walmart.

Maybe a year ago I was looking for an out-of-production Broadway Limited steam locomotive. I found one on Ebay sold by Trainz.

I decided to Google the SKU number and "Trainz" and found the very same engine was being sold through Amazon, Ebay, Etsy and one other, maybe New Egg or Shopify.

The whole business is called E-Commerce multi-channel listing. There are dozens of services offering to set this up for sellers, for a fee.

I bought the Broadway locomotive through Amazon for $20 less than Ebay and included free Prime shipping. Sometimes, Amazon listings of certain items from independent sellers have ridiculous prices. I think these are phishers.

Doing a little Googling can pay off.

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Posted by hobo9941 on Saturday, January 27, 2018 8:32 PM

Most likely Walmart allows the item to be advertised on their site and takes a commission. Allows them to get into the model railroad electronics business with zero investment.

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Posted by riogrande5761 on Sunday, January 28, 2018 8:06 AM

NWP SWP

I despise Walmart for that reason you look at their website and you not only see stuff they sell but what others sell through them, much in the fashion of Amazon or eBay...

Why do you despise it like it is a bad thing when in actuality it gives buyers more options and if they combine resources and can offer us products for less...  common sense. 

Of course look at your total cost and compare.  Go with the cheapest, and Bob's your uncle.

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Posted by Doughless on Sunday, January 28, 2018 9:07 AM

hobo9941

Most likely Walmart allows the item to be advertised on their site and takes a commission. Allows them to get into the model railroad electronics business with zero investment.

 

Just like Amazon.  Just like any retailer really.  Its not much different than the old Sears catalogue of the early 20th Century.  

Amazon, Walmart, and Sears don't make anything.  They are simply a hub by which customers can get a look-see at products, then order them.

Sears had a catalogue.  Amazon and Walmart have websites.  Not much difference really.  

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Posted by yankee flyer on Sunday, January 28, 2018 10:03 AM

[quote user="Doughless"]

 

 
hobo9941

Most likely Walmart allows the item to be advertised on their site and takes a commission. Allows them to get into the model railroad electronics business with zero investment.

 

 

 

Just like Amazon.  Just like any retailer really.  Its not much different than the old Sears catalogue of the early 20th Century.  

Amazon, Walmart, and Sears don't make anything.  They are simply a hub by which customers can get a look-see at products, then order them.

Sears had a catalogue.  Amazon and Walmart have websites.  Not much difference really.  

 

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Many, many, moons ago when I took marketing I think they called it "drop shipping. The store are catalog company never acually touched the product. It was shipped direct from the manufacture. Just a variation.  

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Posted by PennsyNut on Saturday, February 3, 2018 4:00 PM

What I found interesting is that at the Wal-Mart site, the decoders are listed under Toys. That shows you what they are. IMHO when you shop W-M or Amazon or any online service, be very careful. I tried buying a PC on Amazon. Listed as new and when received, was used. I must say Amazon was great about it. I shipped the PC back to Amazon and they refunded my money. So it's caveat emptor.

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