There’s No ‘Baby Savings Day’ at SouthCoast Walmarts This Saturday
UPDATE 2: We received this email from the Walmart Media Relations team this afternoon: "On Saturday, Feb. 23, from 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. local time, select Walmart stores across the country will be inviting new and expecting parents to the largest in-store baby event of the year. It’s a hands-on opportunity to demo baby gear, talk to specialists, learn about Online Grocery Pickup and take home samples and coupons for their growing families. There will also be rollbacks on select baby items in-stores. Beyond the in-store event, there are additional savings online from Feb. 2 – 28. You can shop the online savings here, but please note items in-store and online may differ. More information, including a list of participating stores, can be found here."
UPDATE: Our friends at Lite 98.7 in New York reached out to Walmart's corporate offices, who confirmed that this event is NOT REAL (the six-week sale, however, is legitimate). They said the website touting the locations is not associated with Walmart, and that corporate will be sending out a memo to all stores letting them know they may get questions about these inaccurate reports regarding 'Baby Savings Day.' Read more about it here.
The internet is abuzz with stories about Walmart holding a special one-day-only "Baby Savings Day" at select locations across the country this Saturday. And here on the SouthCoast, both the Fall River and North Dartmouth stores were expected to participate.
Deep discounts, product giveaways, and in-store demonstrations were expected to be part of the big day of savings, which is expected to run only from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The only problem? "Baby Savings Day" doesn't appear to be a real thing, at least not in those SouthCoast stores.
The managers on duty at both the Fall River and North Dartmouth Walmarts had not heard anything about any special event this Saturday, and said there is no plan of any in-store promotion or demonstrations or anything of the sort.
In addition, managers at the Walmarts in Providence, Westerly, Cranston and North Smithfield, Rhode Island that were listed among the participating stores knew nothing of any such event. The same for the Walmart in Raynham, Mass.
The Plymouth Walmart, which is on the list, said they are having a special sale that day on baby items and that they are "trying to get the police and fire departments to come in and give some demonstrations," so that may be the closest shot someone on the SouthCoast has to taking part in Baby Savings Day.
Now, I was pretty skeptical about the whole thing when I saw the website with the list of participating stores; it wasn't from Walmart's own corporate website, but rather from a site starting with "i5.wal.co," which is highly suspicious on its own. Also, why wouldn't the Wareham and Fairhaven Walmarts be participating as well?
February is Baby Saving Month on Walmart.com, so there are already sale prices on everything you need for the little ones. How much more could Walmart discount those items?
Now I could be totally off here and Baby Savings Day could turn out to be a real thing, but I'm pretty sure if such a big event was happening in Fall River, Dartmouth or Raynham this Saturday, the store managers would know something about it four days out from such a major promotion.
Walmart's ads like to tell consumers to "Live Better," and you can live better this Saturday by sleeping in, because there's no "Baby Savings Day" that will require you to get out of bed and into the store, unless you want to head to Plymouth.