Walmart Online Return Policy & Process Explained

Short Answer: Walmart allows returns of most online purchases within 90 days. You can return Walmart online orders to stores or ship them back. However, certain items have shorter return periods, and third-party marketplace items have separate return policies. For more details of the Walmart online return policy, see below.

Walmart Online Return Policy

The Walmart online order return policy allows returns for most items within 90 days when accompanied by the original packaging and accessories. You can return Walmart.com orders online or at any Walmart store, customer service representatives said. There usually are no restocking fees when you return an online order, though you may need to pay for freight shipping when returning an oversized item by mail.

Walmart does not offer an extended return period for credit card account holders. Additionally, certain items are not returnable or have shorter return periods. Notable exceptions are most consumer electronics, which come with a 30-day return window. For more exceptions and information, see our full overview of the Walmart return policy.

Reasons for Return

You can return an online item to Walmart for any reason, whether it is defective or you simply decided that you do not want it. The return policy is generally the same regardless of your reason for return. If you return the item by mail, you will need to select a reason for return before printing your return label.

For defective items, note that you can choose to receive either a refund or a replacement. The best way to get a replacement is to request one by mail; in-store replacement will depend on item availability at the time that you visit the store to complete your return.

Returning an Online Order to a Walmart Store

Most online orders are eligible for in-store returns, including oversized items. Bring the item, proof of purchase, and the card you paid with to the customer service desk and let the associate know that you ordered the item online. (See our related article for Walmart’s in-store return hours.)

Note that jewelry and watches valued at $300 or over and many third-party marketplace items are only returnable by mail.

Packaging Requirements

You do not need to bring the box your order shipped in, but your return should include the item’s original packaging and accessories. Our article has more information about returning opened items to Walmart.

Proof of Purchase

When returning an online item to a store, you can provide your packing slip as proof of purchase. The associate can also look up your order using your email address. See our article for the details about returning items to Walmart without a receipt.

For quicker service, you can start your return by scanning your packing slip in the Walmart app. This will allow you to join the Express customer service line. The app will generate a QR code, which the associate will then scan to process your return.

Returning a Walmart Online Order by Mail

To start a mail return, log in to your Walmart.com account and view your order history. Since your Walmart.com account stores your purchase history, you do not need to upload additional proof of purchase.

Find the item you want to return in your order history and select “Return by Mail.” You will then need to choose a reason for the return, decide whether you would like a refund or replacement, and print the return label.

Packaging

Walmart will not provide a new box when you mail in a return, but you can reuse the shipping box from your delivery. Your return should also include the item’s original packaging and all of its accessories.

Return Labels

For most Walmart online returns, Walmart will provide a free return shipping label through USPS or FedEx.

You may be responsible for paying the return shipping on oversized items that require freight shipping. Walmart determines who is responsible for these charges on a case-by-case basis. If you are returning a large piece of furniture or an appliance, you will need to contact the customer service department at (800) 966-6546 to arrange the shipment and find out the shipping cost.

Returning Multiple Items

If you would like to return multiple items from the same original order, you can select all of the items when initiating your return online. Then, you will need to package the items in the same box, and Walmart will provide a single shipping label.

If you would like to return multiple items, but you originally ordered them separately, you will need to print separate shipping labels and package them in different boxes. The shipping labels will still be free of charge.

Walmart.com Marketplace Returns

Third-party Walmart.com marketplace sellers set their own return policies. The seller may allow you to drop off your return at a Walmart store, but marketplace items are usually only returnable by mail. You can find out the return options for your marketplace purchases in your Walmart.com account or by contacting the customer service department.

Walmart Online Refund Process

Whether you make your return at a Walmart store or by mail, Walmart will issue your refund to the original method of payment, unless the item is past its return period. After the usual return period, Walmart may deny the return or issue your refund as a store credit. Your Walmart online order refund will not include the original shipping charges.

Returns by mail take about two to three weeks to process. Your refund should be available within five business days after Walmart accepts the return. Walmart will issue your refund immediately when you return an online item directly to a store; however, it may still take up to five business days for your bank or credit card issuer to process the refund.

Customer Service Contact Information

To arrange freight shipping, find out more about a third-party return policy, or get more assistance with a Walmart online return, you can contact Walmart. The Walmart online returns phone number is the same as its regular customer service number: (800) 966-6546. Customer service agents are also available by live chat and email at Walmart’s website.