News From Terre Haute, Indiana

August 25, 2013

Walmart launching free layaway for holiday season


News Release

TERRE HAUTE — Layaway will kick off Walmart’s official start to the holiday season on Sept. 13. Through Dec. 13 customers can choose layaway for free.

“Times are tough and it’s not easy for many Americans — they are watching every penny,” said Mac Naughton.

Walmart’s free layaway means no opening fees and no gift-card reimbursements. Eligible layaway items include electronics, toys, jewelry, small appliances and select sporting goods. And new in 2013 are infant toys and automotive electronics such as speakers and stereos.

Walmart Facebook fans will enjoy a two-day head start this year with access to layaway on Sept. 11 and 12.

Walmart’s layaway will help customers purchase electronics from brands like Apple, Google, Samsung, Sony and more. A few of the top electronics the retailer expects to be popular layaway gifts include:

• Tablets such as the iPad, iPad Mini, Samsung Galaxy and Google Nexus

• Smartphones like the iPhone 5 or Samsung Galaxy 3 (prepaid only)

• PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles and new releases

• Big screen smart TVs

Walmart also expects toys to be popular for layaway, including:  

• Furby Boom

• Barbie Dream House

• Big Hugs Elmo

• Zoomer, a robotic dog

• Bikes and ride-on vehicles

• Children’s tablets and learning toys such as LeapFrog

Customers can start a layaway account in any Walmart Supercenter or store by visiting the Walmart.com Services Desk. Once a layaway account is opened, customers can make payments at any register in that store between Sept. 13 and Dec. 13. Walmart will also send payment reminders and status updates to customers via email.