These are the 50 top stocks that members of Congress own

Reps. Josh Gottheimer, Sara Jacobs, Van Taylor, and Susie Lee in front of Exxon Mobil, Amazon, Apple, and Microsoft lgoos.
  • More than 220 members of Congress held individual stocks in 2020.
  • We analyzed hundreds of congressional financial disclosures to find the most popular investments.
  • Apple was the most popular, with Microsoft, Disney, Alphabet, and Amazon close behind.

More than 40% of members in Congress, or more than 220 representatives and senators, own individual stocks, collectively holding at least $225 million in stock assets, Insider has found.

Those in Congress are prohibited from using insider information to profit from the stock market. But it is legal for them to buy and sell individual stocks — a policy that can result in potential conflicts of interest in legislators’ financial dealings.

Tech stocks were the most popular

Those in Congress favor tech stocks, Insider’s analysis showed. Apple, the top stock and one of the hottest investments in recent years, was held by 72 members, or more than 13% of Congress.

Microsoft, the second-most-popular stock, was held by 64 members, followed by Disney and Alphabet, tied with 45 owners. Close behind was Amazon, owned by 44 members.

Together, the five companies spent $48 million on lobbying in 2020, according to OpenSecrets. PACs linked to the five companies along with the companies’ employees made an estimated $89.9 million in federal political contributions during the 2020 election cycle, which includes the calendar year 2019.

 

Leading investments include big lobbying forces, from pharma to oil to defense

Pharmaceutical and biotechnology giants are also popular investments for elected officials.

Johnson & Johnson and Pfizer, the makers of COVID-19 vaccines, were the most-held pharmaceutical stocks in Congress in 2020, owned by 44 and 37 members, respectively.

Congress’ stock trades in particular are worthy of scrutiny. Despite a law requiring members to quickly and publicly disclose when they buy and sell stocks and corporate bonds, Insider found that many have failed to comply, often disclosing trades late, if at all.

Lawmakers’ personal financial interests sometimes intersect with their public duties.

Reps. Robert Wittman, a Republican from Virginia, and Steve Cohen, a Democrat from Tennessee, owned Exxon Mobil stock. Both lawmakers sit on the House Committee on Natural Resources, which is responsible for overseeing various elements of the fossil-fuels industry. Overall, 36 members of Congress owned Exxon Mobil stock in 2020, making it the 12th-most-owned stock in Congress.

Insider also discovered that some members of Congress held stocks that their committees have direct influence over, such as 15 members sitting on the House and Senate Armed Services committees who are simultaneously invested in defense contractors.

Shares of Alibaba, a multinational Chinese tech firm with ties to the country’s ruling Communist Party, were owned by 20 members of Congress, including Republican Sens. Tommy Tuberville of Alabama and Roger Marshall of Kansas, two outspoken critics of China’s government. Both senators this year violated the federal Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act of 2012 by not properly disclosing some of their stock trades.

 

How we analyzed Congress’ financial disclosures 

Insider this autumn collected and analyzed financial disclosures filed by each member of Congress, making them searchable and sortable whereas they previously were not. Covering 2020 — a year in which the world’s richest people witnessed their fortunes grow substantially — the reports provide the most recent comprehensive overview of each member’s financial assets.

They revealed at least $2.6 billion in wealth held by federal legislators.

Senate and House members file their disclosures in different formats. Insider used natural-language-processing software — including an algorithm that analyzes text — to help determine the most commonly traded stocks in the House.

Insider’s analysis did not include four members of Congress whose disclosures were uniquely complicated, incomplete, illegible, or long, comprising hundreds of pages of handwritten or scanned documents. Those members are Democratic Reps. Ro Khanna of California, Vicente Gonzalez of Texas, and Kurt Schrader of Oregon, and Republican Rep. Harold Rogers of Kentucky. A cursory review of their filings showed that Khanna, Schrader, and Rogers held extensive stock portfolios, and that they or immediate family members frequently traded individual stocks in 2020.

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Billionaire ex-Walmart exec Marc Lore is now the CEO of a food delivery startup that will cook gourmet meals outside your door

marc lore
  • Billionaire ex-Walmart exec Marc Lore is taking the helm of a food delivery company called Wonder.
  • Wonder operates mobile kitchens that prepare gourmet meals outside your door.
  • Lore has founded two successful companies, Quidsi and Jet.com, which he sold to Amazon and Walmart.

Marc Lore is officially taking the helm of a new venture: gourmet meals prepared right outside your door. 

The billionaire ex-Walmart executive announced Tuesday that he’s decided to go “all in” on Wonder, a food delivery startup he previously invested in. Lore’s title will be founder, chairman, and CEO of Wonder Group, which includes two separate businesses: Wonder, which operates mobile kitchens, and Envoy, a more traditional food delivery company. 

“At Wonder, we envision a future where anyone can easily access the world’s best food — anytime, anywhere,” Lore wrote in a LinkedIn post announcing the news. “And while we’re focused on providing delicious food at affordable prices in the present, we’re equally passionate about creating a future where our food is even more nutritious, and our company even more sustainable.”

Wonder is bringing something unusual to the food delivery space with its mobile kitchens. Rather than preparing the food at a restaurant or at ghost kitchens like the startup Reef, Wonder sources its ingredients from a central commissary — the meals are then “fired, finished, and plated in our mobile kitchens just steps away from your door,” Lore wrote on LinkedIn. 

Lore said that Wonder will offer everything from family-style meals to salads to burgers and steaks, and that it partners with “top chefs” to create proprietary menus.

Wonder began operating in stealth mode in Westfield, New Jersey, earlier this year, and CNBC reports that the company is currently operating 60 mobile kitchens. Starting next year, the company plans to expand to Westchester County, New York, as well as parts of Connecticut, New Jersey, and New York City.

Lore told CNBC that Wonder hopes to have a fleet of up to 1,300 mobile kitchens next year with plans for a national expansion in the future. 

CNBC reported in May that Lore and his brother, Chad, were investors in the company called Wonder and that Scott Hilton, another former Walmart executive, was leading as CEO. Hilton will remain Wonder’s CEO while Lore will oversee the entire group, according to CNBC.

Lore, who stepped down as the CEO of Walmart’s US e-commerce division in January, has been an entrepreneur since as far back as 2005, when he cofounded Quidsi, the parent company of Diapers.com — he sold the company to Amazon six years later for $500 million. After a short stint at Amazon, Lore founded Jet.com, an e-commerce competitor that he sold to Walmart in 2016 for $3 billion in cash, plus stock.

Since leaving his post at Walmart this year, Lore has also been focused on building a futuristic city known as Telosa, which plans to offer its citizens equal access to education, healthcare, and transportation. The ambitious endeavor — which Lore describes as a combination equality and capitalism, or “equitism” — is expected to cost $25 billion for the first phase, with the total cost surpassing $400 billion. 

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South Carolina jury orders Walmart to pay $10 million to a woman who lost part of her right leg after stepping on a rusty nail while shopping

A Walmart sign on a blue painted wall on a sunny day
April Jones sued Walmart in 2017, and last month, a jury in Florence County awarded her with $10 million.

Walmart has been ordered to pay $10 million in damages to a woman who sued the company after losing part of her leg when she stepped on a rusty nail in the store, according to South Carolina outlet, The State.

April Jones said she was walking in an aisle of a Florence branch of the store in 2015 when the nail penetrated her shoe and lodged itself in her foot. An infection soon followed and she eventually underwent amputations, including several toes and most of her right leg.

Jones has been in a wheelchair for six years. Anastopoulo Law Firm, the lawyers that represent Jones, said: “Her daily life was significantly interrupted.” 

She sued Walmart in 2017, and last month, a jury in Florence County awarded the damages to Jones.

Jones’ lawyers told The State that she would use the award to buy a prosthetic, make her home more wheelchair-friendly and cover her past and future medical bills. 

“The jury sent a message to Walmart that if you come into Florence County and injure one of their own, they will make sure that person is taken care of,” Roy Willey IV, one of Jones’s lawyers, said in a statement announcing the verdict. “We are forever grateful.”

Jones’ lawyers and Walmart did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment. 

Randy Hargrove, a Walmart spokesperson, told the outlet that the store works hard to ensure customer safety. He added that it does not believe Jones’ injuries resulted from stepping on the rusty nail. 

“We appreciate the jury’s service, however we do not believe the verdict is supported by the evidence or that Ms. Jones’ injury resulted from what was alleged in her complaint.”

In another recent judgment against Walmart, the retailer was told to pay $2.1 million in damages to an Alabama woman who had been accused of shoplifting, Insider’s Dominick Reuter reported.

That lawsuit, which was filed in 2016, stated that employees did not believe the claimant, Lesleigh Nurse, paid for her groceries. 

 

 

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CEOs from Walmart and other major retailers just told Biden the supply-chain crisis is getting better. His antitrust watchdog doesn’t believe them.

Walmart Black Friday
Black Friday at Walmart.

  • CEOs of major retailers, including Walmart, just told Biden supply-chain conditions are improving.
  • For an undisclosed reason, Biden canceled his briefing to reporters after his CEO summit.
  • The same day, the FTC requested information from some of those executives. They have 45 days to comply.

From delayed couch deliveries to expensive Thanksgiving turkeys, Americans across the country have been experiencing the supply-chain crisis firsthand.

At the White House on Monday, the CEOs of major retailers told President Joe Biden that conditions are improving. is administration isn’t so sure.

The same day that Biden met with with retail CEOs including those for Walmart and Kroger, his antitrust watchdog, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), announced the launch of an inquiry into the supply-chain disruptions that are causing harm to consumers and harming competition in the US economy, and it ordered nine major retailers, including Amazon, Walmart, and Kroger, for their internal documents regarding strategies for supply issues and pricing of goods. 

In between the two events, Biden canceled his planned remarks on the supply-chain crisis, raising eyebrows on Capitol Hill.

“Supply chain disruptions are upending the provision and delivery of a wide array of goods, ranging from computer chips and medicines to meat and lumber,” FTC Chair Lina Khan said in a statement. “I am hopeful the FTC’s new 6(b) study will shed light on market conditions and business practices that may have worsened these disruptions or led to asymmetric effects.”

Earlier that morning, Walmart CEO Doug McMillion expressed confidence on the supply-chain crisis, telling Biden that he’d seen “a lot of improvement.”

Elaborating, McMillon said Walmart actually had more inventory than a year ago, and the company is “seeing progress. The port and transit delays are improving.” He credited the Biden administration’s work easing the logjam of shipping containers at ports, saying there had been about a 26% increase in throughout over the last four weeks nationally, and 51% in southern California ports.

“Wow,” the president responded.

Supply shortages caused Turkey prices to surge around Thanksgiving, while Americans’ outlook on Christmas isn’t too hot either, with items including Christmas trees potentially in short supply. Insider’s Hillary Hoffower reported that lack of availability on a number of goods, accompanied by surging prices, is making Americans across the country grumpy. 

Biden expressed optimism during the meeting, saying the holiday season “feels a lot more like the ones we had in the past.” But his expression of surprise may have prompted the FTC to inquire further. The White House and FTC don’t seem to have all the information about this supply-chain crisis, and they want more answers.

The FTC did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

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Walmart’s Cyber Monday sale is officially underway — save big on LG 4K TVs, Beats headphones, and more (live updates)

Prices are accurate at the time of publication.

When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more.

Walmart Cyber Monday deals 2021 2x1

Cyber Monday is officially live and Walmart is your one-stop shop for all sorts of discounts on things like kitchen appliances, Bluetooth speakers, noise-canceling headphones, and video games. 

Every year, the retailer participates in the deal holiday by dropping its online prices on tech, entertainment, and home goods. So far, we’re seeing even bigger discounts than what was available during Walmart’s Black Friday sale as everything from Bose’s QuietComfort Earbuds to Ancestry DNA’s Genetic Ethnicity Test are on sale for some of the lowest prices they’ve been at all year. 

Below, we rounded up some of the best Cyber Monday deals at Walmart, along with additional details to help you navigate the sale with ease.

The best Cyber Monday tech deals at Walmart

Save $1,100 on the LG 77-inch C1 OLED TV

LG 77-inch C1 OLED TV

LG’s C1 is one of the best 4K TVs you can buy. The OLED panel delivers incredible image quality with an infinite contrast ratio.
Originally $3999.99 | Save 28%


Save $50 on the Beats Studio Buds

The Beats Studio Buds true wireless earbuds in their charging case being held in someone's hand
The Beats Studio Buds offer crisp and vibrant audio for the price.

The Beats Studio Buds offer great sound, an excellent fit, and decent noise cancellation for $150. They support instant pairing for both iPhone and Android users, but the iPhone experience is still more seamless.
Originally $149.94 | Save 33%
Originally $149.99 | Save 33%
Originally $149.94 | Save 33%
Originally $149.99 | Save 33%


Take 25% off the Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro

Galaxy Buds Pro

Samsung’s Galaxy Buds Pro are truly excellent wireless earbuds with effective noise cancellation, an ultra-compact wireless charging case, and good battery life.
Originally $199.99 | Save 25%
Originally $199.99 | Save 25%
Originally $199.99 | Save 25%
Originally $199.99 | Save 25%


Save 20% on the Samsung Galaxy Buds 2

the samsung galaxy buds live in sarah's ear

The Galaxy Buds 2 deliver incredible sound and noise-cancelling performance, but the app is limited to Android devices only.
Originally $149.99 | Save 20%
Originally $149.99 | Save 33%
Originally $149.99 | Save 27%
Originally $149.99 | Save 27%


Save $50 on the Bose QuietComfort 45

The Bose QuietComfort 45 wireless noise cancelling headphones being worn on a person’s head.

The QuietComfort 45 have a refreshed design with improved noise cancelling and better battery life.
Originally $329.00 | Save 15%
Originally $329.00 | Save 15%
Originally $329.00 | Save 15%
Originally $329.00 | Save 15%


Get $80 off the Bose QuietComfort Earbuds

Bose QuietComfort earbuds

The Bose QuietComfort Earbuds are the best overall wireless noise cancelling earbuds you can buy with good sound and stellar noise cancellation.
Originally $279.00 | Save 29%
Originally $279.00 | Save 29%
Originally $279.00 | Save 29%
Originally $279.00 | Save 29%


Take 50% of the Google Nest Mini

Best Smart Speaker Google Nest Mini

The Google Nest Mini is a compact and effective smart speaker that comes at an affordable price. Right now, it’s one of the cheapest smart speakers available, not to mention among the most useful with Google Assistant.
Originally $49.00 | Save 49%
Originally $49.99 | Save 50%
Originally $49.00 | Save 49%
Originally $49.00 | Save 49%


The best Cyber Monday home deals at Walmart
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Save 50% AncestryDNA Genetic Ethnicity Test

ancestryDNA Test Kit

The Ancestry DNA Origins + Ethnicity Test gets you access to the largest customer database, which means more detailed results and more family matches.
Originally $99.00 | Save 51%
Originally $99.00 | Save 51%


Take 25% off the Graco 4Ever DLX 4 in 1 Car Seat

Young girl sitting in the back of a car in a carseat

The Graco 4Ever DLX car seat transforms from a rear-facing car seat to a front-facing car seat to a booster seat, growing with your child until they hit 120 pounds
Originally $299.99 | Save 30%
Originally $299.99 | Save 30%


Take $50 off the Shark Navigator Swivel Pro Upright NV60 Vacuum

Women vacuuming the ceiling

Clean your home with ease using this Shark vacuum.
Originally $149.00 | Save 34%


Get 30% off the Tineco PWRHERO 11 Cordless Vacuum

Women vacuuming livingroom with child and dog playing on the floor

Replace your corded vacuum with the new lightweight and cordless PWRHERO 11.
Originally $199.00 | Save 30%


Save 50% on Lego Classic Bricks and Animals

An open yellow box containing Lego bricks for Lego's SPIKE Essential educational product.

A great gift for the creative builder in your life, this set includes 1,500 pieces for endless construction. Down to $30 for Black Friday, this an excellent price for a full set, especially when deals on classic LEGO kits are so rare.
Originally $58.00 | Save 50%


The best Cyber Monday fashion and beauty deals at Walmart
Take 20% off the Braun Series 9 (9370cc)

Man shaving neck with electric razor

The Braun Series 9 offers all of the latest features found in an electric razor to make it more comfortable to use, while also yielding a close shave.
Originally $299.94 | Save 20%
Originally $299.94 | Save 20%


Save $40 on the Chaps Mens Long Sleeve Button Down

Chaps Mens Long Sleeve Button Down

Made from an easy-to-care-for cotton blend and a dose of stretch, this men’s button-down shirt will keep you looking polished all day.
Originally $60.00 | Save 67%


Take 40% off the Oral-B Pro 1000

Oral-B Pro 1000 side-by-side

This budget-friendly and highly effective electric toothbrush is compatible with a wide range of replacement brush heads.
Originally $49.97 | Save 40%
Originally $59.99 | Save 50%
Originally $49.99 | Save 40%


FAQs

When is Walmart’s Cyber Monday sale? 

Cyber Monday starts November 29 at 12 a.m. ET. Black Friday, which Walmart also partakes in, took place on November 26. 

The retailer’s early Black Friday sale actually began November 3, and you can expect deals to linger on for the rest of the week after Cyber Monday.

What should you buy at Walmart during Cyber Monday?

A huge selection of Walmart’s catalog will be discounted for Cyber Monday, but the holiday often focuses on electronics, smart home, TVs, entertainment, and gift card deals. 

How we select the best Cyber Monday deals at Walmart:

  • We only choose products that meet our high standard of coverage, from brands we’ve tested and trust.
  • We compare the prices against other retailers like Amazon, Target, and Best Buy and only include the deals that are the same or better (not including promotional discounts that come from using certain credit cards).
  • We research price history thoroughly, to ensure that every deal we list is actually worth your time.

How does Walmart’s Cyber Monday sale compare to other retailers?

Despite being one of the largest retailers to participate in Cyber Monday, Walmart’s deals are often, at best, equivalent to its competition. It’s a great place to shop for all-time lows matching that of Amazon, Best Buy, and Target, but it doesn’t typically offer unique discounts that you can’t find elsewhere. 

If you are shopping with a deadline, though, Walmart is a great option for in-store pickup and curbside pickup.

Does Walmart have curbside pickup?

Walmart offers contactless curbside grocery pickup at eligible locations. Just park, and a staff member will shop for your items and then load your goods into your car.

If you’re hustling to get an item, Walmart also provides free same-day pickup as an option when shopping online. You’ll need to keep an eye out for product listings with the “Free Pickup Today” tag when browsing.

Should I get Walmart+?

Paid Walmart+ members get early access to select deals before other shoppers, so getting a subscription could help you snag a popular item. That said, early access is not available to those who use the Walmart+ trial.

If you want to try out Walmart+ free of charge, you can still get a trial to take advantage of other perks that are available year-round: free delivery, free shipping, fuel discounts, and scan and go. 

Since Walmart Plus’ launch last September, it’s become a major competitor against Amazon Prime Grocery Delivery.


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Cyber Monday is right around the corner, and you can already get early deals on OLED TVs, AirPods, and more at Walmart

Prices are accurate at the time of publication.

When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more.

Walmart Cyber Monday deals 2021 2x1

Cyber Monday doesn’t officially start until November 29, but Walmart has already launched several early deals, and we’re collecting the best ones here. 

Every year, the retailer participates in the deal holiday by dropping its online prices on tech, entertainment, and home goods. We expect even bigger discounts once Walmart’s Black Friday sale ends this weekend and the Cyber Monday event officially begins, but you can find several products with tempting discounts right now. 

Below, we rounded up some early Walmart deals, along with additional details to help you prepare for Walmart’s Cyber Monday sale.

The best early Cyber Monday tech deals at Walmart

LG’s C1 is one of the best 4K TVs you can buy. The OLED panel delivers incredible image quality with an infinite contrast ratio.
Originally $3999.99 | Save 28%


The Beats Studio Buds offer great sound, an excellent fit, and decent noise cancellation for $150. They support instant pairing for both iPhone and Android users, but the iPhone experience is still more seamless.
Originally $149.94 | Save 33%
Originally $149.99 | Save 33%
Originally $149.94 | Save 33%
Originally $149.99 | Save 33%


The Apple AirPods Pro look and sound better than previous-generation AirPods. Plus, they have noise cancellation built right into them and integrate perfectly with other Apple devices.
Originally $249.00 | Save 36%
Originally $249.99 | Save 28%
Originally $249.99 | Save 24%
Originally $249.99 | Save 24%
Originally $249.00 | Save 16%


Samsung’s Galaxy Buds Pro are truly excellent wireless earbuds with effective noise cancellation, an ultra-compact wireless charging case, and good battery life.
Originally $199.99 | Save 25%
Originally $199.99 | Save 25%
Originally $199.99 | Save 25%
Originally $199.99 | Save 25%


The Galaxy Buds 2 deliver incredible sound and noise-cancelling performance, but the app is limited to Android devices only.
Originally $149.99 | Save 20%
Originally $149.99 | Save 33%
Originally $149.99 | Save 27%
Originally $149.99 | Save 27%


The QuietComfort 45 have a refreshed design with improved noise cancelling and better battery life.
Originally $329.00 | Save 15%
Originally $329.00 | Save 15%
Originally $329.00 | Save 15%
Originally $329.00 | Save 15%


The Bose QuietComfort Earbuds are the best overall wireless noise cancelling earbuds you can buy with good sound and stellar noise cancellation.
Originally $279.00 | Save 29%
Originally $279.00 | Save 29%
Originally $279.00 | Save 29%
Originally $279.00 | Save 29%


The Google Nest Mini is a compact and effective smart speaker that comes at an affordable price. Right now, it’s one of the cheapest smart speakers available, not to mention among the most useful with Google Assistant.
Originally $49.00 | Save 49%
Originally $49.99 | Save 50%
Originally $49.00 | Save 49%
Originally $49.00 | Save 49%


The best early Cyber Monday home deals at Walmart

The Ancestry DNA Origins + Ethnicity Test gets you access to the largest customer database, which means more detailed results and more family matches.
Originally $99.00 | Save 51%
Originally $99.00 | Save 51%


The Graco 4Ever DLX car seat transforms from a rear-facing car seat to a front-facing car seat to a booster seat, growing with your child until they hit 120 pounds
Originally $299.99 | Save 25%
Originally $299.99 | Save 25%


Clean your home with ease using this Shark vacuum.
Originally $149.00 | Save 34%


Replace your corded vacuum with the new lightweight and cordless PWRHERO 11.
Originally $199.00 | Save 30%


A great gift for the creative builder in your life, this set includes 1,500 pieces for endless construction. Down to $30 for Black Friday, this an excellent price for a full set, especially when deals on classic LEGO kits are so rare.
Originally $58.00 | Save 50%


The best early Cyber Monday fashion and beauty deals at Walmart

The Braun Series 9 offers all of the latest features found in an electric razor to make it more comfortable to use, while also yielding a close shave.
Originally $299.94 | Save 20%
Originally $299.94 | Save 20%


Made from an easy-to-care-for cotton blend and a dose of stretch, this men’s button-down shirt will keep you looking polished all day.
Originally $60.00 | Save 67%


This budget-friendly and highly effective electric toothbrush is compatible with a wide range of replacement brush heads.
Originally $49.97 | Save 40%
Originally $59.99 | Save 50%
Originally $49.99 | Save 40%


When is Walmart’s Cyber Monday sale? 

Cyber Monday starts November 29 at 12 a.m. ET. Black Friday, which Walmart also partakes in, took place on November 26. 

The retailer’s early Black Friday sale actually began November 3, and you can expect deals to linger on for the rest of the week after Cyber Monday.

What should you buy at Walmart during Cyber Monday?

A huge selection of Walmart’s catalog will be discounted for Cyber Monday, but the holiday often focuses on electronics, smart home, TVs, entertainment, and gift card deals. 

How we select the best Cyber Monday deals at Walmart:

  • We only choose products that meet our high standard of coverage, from brands we’ve tested and trust.
  • We compare the prices against other retailers like Amazon, Target, and Best Buy and only include the deals that are the same or better (not including promotional discounts that come from using certain credit cards).
  • We research price history thoroughly, to ensure that every deal we list is actually worth your time.

How does Walmart’s Cyber Monday sale compare to other retailers?

Despite being one of the largest retailers to participate in Cyber Monday, Walmart’s deals are often, at best, equivalent to its competition. It’s a great place to shop for all-time lows matching that of Amazon, Best Buy, and Target, but it doesn’t typically offer unique discounts that you can’t find elsewhere. 

If you are shopping with a deadline, though, Walmart is a great option for in-store pickup and curbside pickup.

Does Walmart have curbside pickup?

Walmart offers contactless curbside grocery pickup at eligible locations. Just park, and a staff member will shop for your items and then load your goods into your car.

If you’re hustling to get an item, Walmart also provides free same-day pickup as an option when shopping online. You’ll need to keep an eye out for product listings with the “Free Pickup Today” tag when browsing.

Should I get Walmart+?

Paid Walmart+ members get early access to select deals before other shoppers, so getting a subscription could help you snag a popular item. That said, early access is not available to those who use the Walmart+ trial.

If you want to try out Walmart+ free of charge, you can still get a trial to take advantage of other perks that are available year-round: free delivery, free shipping, fuel discounts, and scan and go. 

Since Walmart Plus’ launch last September, it’s become a major competitor against Amazon Prime Grocery Delivery.


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I went Black Friday shopping at a Walmart and Target in Hawaii and was shocked by how few deals and people there were

People at Target
  • A writer based in Honolulu, Hawaii, visited a Target and Walmart on Black Friday morning.
  • She found it to be a very different experience than when she used to shop on this day years ago.
  • Overall there were few deals specifically for the holiday and not many shoppers in the aisles.

Over Thanksgiving break my freshman year, I convinced a group of new college friends to wake up at 3:30 a.m., pile into a minivan, and head to the King of Prussia mall. They thought I was crazy, but I know they’re grateful for the memory.

That may have been the last time I did the Black Friday thing. Over time, lacking access to a car, traveling over the holidays, and shifting spending priorities made this frantic shopping day less appealing. But this year I moved to Honolulu, Hawaii, and I thought it might be nice to look for deals in my new city.

Here’s what it was like.

I set off for Target a little after 6:30 a.m. on my bike. (I still don’t have a car.)

A bike outside leaning on a lampost in Honolulu, Hawaii
Target opened at 7 a.m., only one hour earlier than normal. They also had closed the main pedestrian entrance, and signs informed us we had to enter through the parking garage.

The outside of a Target early morning in Honolulu, Hawaii
Inside the mall parking lot, the situation was chill enough that one security guard just seemed to be scrolling on his phone.

The parking lot of a shopping mall in Honolulu
I got to the second floor entrance a couple minutes after 7 a.m. Groups of people were chatting as they rolled in, but there was little of the chaotic energy that I remembered as a kid trying to get the special edition Christmas ornaments at JCPenney.

People walking in a parking garage
The first thing I noticed was a ‘Mele Kalikimaka’ greeting when I walked in. I’ll admit I’m a huge sucker for locally-targeted advertising from national chains.

Decorations at a Target in Honolulu
Immediately, I got distracted by something I previously had no intention of buying — just as Target planned.

Target in Honolulu, Hawaii
I headed to the kitchen aisle. No Black Friday deals.

The kitchen aisle of a Target with shoppers
I chatted with some store employees in a quiet part of the store. They speculated that shopper volume was low because Ala Moana mall itself wasn’t opening until 8 a.m. But they also suggested I’d find more people in the toys and electronics section.

Toy aisle at a Target
They were right … sort of. (One shopper seemed to be capturing his experience on his GoPro.)

Shoppers in the toy aisle at Target
I was shocked to see this Play-Doh shelf cleared out just 11 minutes after the store opened.

A shelf of Play-Doh at Target
The game aisle was a bit more crowded than other aisles.

The game aisle of a Target
Seeing that board games were 50% off, I texted my coworker, a board game aficionado, to see what he recommended. None of his three recommendations were marked off, but the ones that were seemed to be selling fast.

The game aisle at Target
One thing I noticed right away: The fullest carts were the Target employees’ who were collecting people’s in-store pick-up orders.

A Target cart full of stuff in an aisle
I wandered over to the electronics section, where parts of it were cordoned off. There were massive TVs around the store, but when I spoke to a clerk, she told me few customers actually expressed interest in purchasing one.

The electronics aisle at Target
Meanwhile, Target had set up a little electronics market in the produce section.

Electronics set up on a table in the food aisle of a Target
The second floor overall seemed empty, to the point where I saw store employees just catching up with each other.

The cashier area of a Target
The areas where I wanted to find Black Friday deals the most were the food aisles. Because they’re almost all imported, groceries are extremely expensive in Hawaii. No sales — nor customers really — were to be found.

Food aisle at a Target
Around 7:45 a.m., I headed to Walmart two blocks away.

Escalators at a mall in Honolulu
I walked in and it was immediately clear that this was not Walmart 10 years ago.

A Walmart entrance in Honolulu
They had no signs advertising special Black Friday hours, but when I had looked it up online, it said the store opened at 5 a.m. this morning.

A sign showing Walmart's hours in Honolulu
When I asked about some of the deals, one store employee told me I should check the store flyer. (In Hawaii, everyone reads store ads to get deals.) But when I asked for a store flyer, another store employee told me they were out.

A fairly empty Walmart
Walmart was as quiet as I’ve ever seen it during the past year. It’s normally far busier on the Saturdays when I go grocery shopping.

The clothing aisle of a Walmart
Unlike Target, I didn’t really see anything flagging any deals for Black Friday, so I nixed this as a place to grab stuff off my list. One clerk I talked to seemed to suggest that the deals were already over and/or sold out.

A Walmart with three customers walking around
The one thing still happening: sales on laptops and giant TVs.

TVs on sale at Walmart
One thing that did seem to be unusual was the amount of security present. Maybe there’s normally this many walking around but I don’t notice because of the number of shoppers present. Between folks at the door and those walking around, I saw at least half a dozen.

A security officer in a Walmart
No food sales either!

The food aisle of a Walmart
Over the intercom, Target had played a message reminding people to wear masks in the store. Hearing that announcement reminded me that stores like Walmart and Target don’t serve as the social hubs that they did just a decade ago. Amazon Prime and the pandemic have fundamentally changed how we shop.

The clothing section of a Target
I don’t miss reading headlines of people trampling others to death over a TV, but I’m a bit nostalgic for the fact that an activity that used to bring people together (at least physically) now seems to have become a far more solo venture.

The food aisle of Walmart
As Walmart and Target continue to compete with Amazon — six months ago, the online retailer purchased land for a distribution center in Honolulu — it’ll be interesting to see if Black Friday continues to seem more like any other day during the holiday season.

A target aisle
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The 15 best deals still available from Walmart’s massive Black Friday sale: AirPods, vacuums, 4K TVs, and more

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Black Friday 2021 is officially here and deals are now live across all categories at Walmart. The retailer typically offers some of the best Black Friday discounts, and you can find tons of deals on products covering tech, home, fashion, and more. 

The best Black Friday deals often have limited stock, so act quickly if you see something you like on sale. Don’t be discouraged if the product you want is sold out, as we expect some items to get restocks throughout Black Friday, the weekend, and into Cyber Monday.

Insider Reviews tests products all year to produce expert reviews and buying guides. Below, we highlighted some of the best Walmart Black Friday deals available now on products we love and trust. Keep this page open and refresh it often to check out the latest and best discounts that are in stock.

The best Black Friday tech deals at Walmart

Apple’s AirPods Pro are the company’s flagship AirPods that come with the most features and the best sound, at least when it comes to the company’s earbuds.
Originally $249.99 | Save 36%
Originally $249.00 | Save 36%
Originally $249.99 | Save 24%
Originally $249.99 | Save 12%
Originally $249.99 | Save 24%


Compared to the Roku Streaming Stick+, the new Streaming Stick 4K provides an improved viewing experience by adding support for Dolby Vision. This advanced high dynamic range (HDR) format can provide better picture quality on TVs that support it.
Originally $49.99 | Save 42%
Originally $49.99 | Save 42%
Originally $49.99 | Save 40%
Originally $49.99 | Save 40%


The Bose QuietComfort 35 II are still excellent headphones and exist alongside the newer Bose 700 as a more affordable wireless noise-canceling option.
Originally $299.00 | Save 40%
Originally $299.00 | Save 40%


LG’s C1 is one of the best 4K TVs you can buy. The OLED panel delivers incredible image quality with an infinite contrast ratio. This deal price matches the lowest we’ve seen so far.
Originally $2499.98 | Save 28%
Originally $2499.98 | Save 28%


The Charge 4 hits a budget-friendly price point while offering stellar activity tracking in a smaller footprint than a smartwatch.
Originally $149.94 | Save 54%
Originally $149.94 | Save 13%


The Nintendo eShop is the best place to shop for digital copies of Nintendo’s games. This gift card is the perfect gift or investment for anyone with a Nintendo Switch. Better still, Nintendo’s eShop offers several sales throughout the year. This means, patient shoppers can double their savings.
Originally $50.00 | Save 10%
Originally $50.00 | Save 10%


The best Black Friday home deals at Walmart

Replace your corded vacuum with the new lightweight and cordless PWRHERO 11.
Originally $199.00 | Save 30%


The i3+ costs considerably more than your average robot vacuum, but it also does a lot more than the average robot vacuum. It develops personalized cleaning schedules and empties itself.
Originally $599.00 | Save 33%
Originally $599.99 | Save 33%
Originally $565.47 | Save 29%
Originally $599.99 | Save 33%


This blender comes with enough power to make it easy to crush ice so you can blend together all sorts of recipes.
Originally $84.00 | Save 18%


The Bissell SpinWave Robot Vacuum picked up all the pet hair on carpet in our tests and has a great assortment of mop attachments and accessories. The company is also committed to helping homeless pets and helps them find loving homes. 
Originally $399.99 | Save 38%
Originally $399.99 | Save 38%


This Walmart-exclusive pressure cooker is similar to the Instant Pot Duo and offers a range of cooking functions at the press of a button. The 8-qt container can make meals big enough to feed eight people.
Originally $99.95 | Save 41%


This is one of the cheapest smart vacuums we’ve seen to date – this far out from the official launch of Walmart’s sale. It’s tough to imagine this getting much cheaper during the deals event, so it might be wise to act quickly.
Originally $299.99 | Save 52%


Made out of high-quality durable stainless steel, this trash can features a foot pedal for hands-free operation.
Originally $39.97 | Save 27%


The best Black Friday fashion and personal care deals at Walmart

Made from an easy-to-care-for cotton blend and a dose of stretch, this men’s button-down shirt will keep you looking polished all day.
Originally $60.00 | Save 67%


This budget-friendly and highly effective electric toothbrush is compatible with a wide range of replacement brush heads.
Originally $49.97 | Save 40%
Originally $59.99 | Save 50%
Originally $49.99 | Save 40%


When does Walmart’s Black Friday sale start? 

Black Friday 2021 officially started on November 26. Sales will continue through Cyber Monday, November 29.

Walmart’s Deals for Days event launched November 3 and more early discounts arrived on November 22. Walmart stores were closed for Thanksgiving day; in-store and online Black Friday deals launched on November 26 at 5 a.m. local time.

How we select the best Black Friday deals at Walmart

  • We only choose products that meet our high standard of coverage, from brands we’ve tested and trust.
  • We compare the prices against other retailers like Amazon, Target, and Best Buy and only include the deals that are the same or better (not including promotional discounts that come from using certain credit cards).
  • We research price history thoroughly, to ensure that every deal we list is actually worth your time.

Does Walmart have curbside pickup?

For contact-free shopping, Walmart offers curbside pickup. All you need to do is place an order online and select your pickup time slot. A Walmart team member will do your shopping and load them into your car from there.

Alternatively, some items can even be ordered online and picked up the same day. All you have to do is keep an eye out for products marked “Free Pickup Today” when shopping. Same-day pickup items are made available within four hours of placing your order — you’ll get an email when it’s ready.

What Black Friday deals should you buy at Walmart?

Historically, Walmart’s Black Friday markdowns are on par with those offered by Best Buy, Target, and Amazon — and we expect this year has been no different. Outside of a few select doorbusters, we anticipate each retailer to price-match their competitor’s prices during Black Friday. Shoppers can expect big savings on several TVs, streaming media players, kitchen appliances, and more. 

Should I sign up for Walmart+ before Black Friday?

Paid Walmart+ memberships include a few extra perks this holiday shopping season. Subscribers received access to each phase of Walmart’s Deals for Days sale four hours earlier than other shoppers in the lead up to Black Friday. In addition, Walmart Plus continues to offer the same set of standard perks year-round, like free shipping, scan and go, and free grocery delivery.

The service costs $98 a year or $13 a month. Signing up for Walmart Plus is a good idea if you’re a frequent Walmart shopper, regardless of Black Friday.

If you’re not interested in early access to deals, however, you will be better off signing up for a Walmart Plus 15-day free trial right before Black Friday. The free trial gets you free shipping without an order minimum, meaning you can make as many impulse buys as you’d like without worrying about shipping costs. On the downside, the free trial does not grant you early access to deals.

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Walmart’s website malfunctioned and showed every single item out of stock, some Black Friday shoppers said

Walmart website could not put items into carts temporarily on Black Friday
Walmart.com could not put items into carts temporarily on Black Friday

  • Walmart shoppers said they temporarily could not put items into their cart during Black Friday.
  • Many big box retailers received fewer crowds during Black Friday compared to past years.
  • Walmart was not immediately available for comment. 

Shoppers reported having issues buying products on Walmart.com during the company’s Black Friday sales event. 

Downdetector, the metric-monitoring company Ookla’s firm for tracking site outages, received more than 300 reports of outages on Walmart.com around 3:30 p.m. EST. The website appeared to be working again around 4:30 p.m.

Some users were temporarily unable to add all items to their cart. Others said items would display being “temporarily out of stock” when users tried to make purchases.

Insider could not add multiple food, electronic, or children’s items to a cart on Walmart.com at around 4 p.m. EST.

 

Walmart traditionally offers deeply discounted Black Friday prices on electronics, food, and clothing. Though shoppers in the past camped outside the retailer to score Black Friday deals, Walmart is seeing fewer in-store shoppers this year at some locations, according to Insider’s Mary Meisenzahl and other reports.

Many big-box retailers received fewer crowds during Black Friday, per on-the-ground video and photo coverage.

 

Analysts had warned product shortages stemming from the ongoing supply chain crisis would result in less products on the shelf. Some stores offered fewer discounts to offset shipping delays: Adobe projected holiday discounts would range from 5% to 25%, down from the 10% to 30% average in previous years.

Despite supply chain issues, Walmart offered among the cheapest prices on items in most categories compared to competitors during the holiday season, second to Amazon.

Walmart was not immediately available for comment. 

This is a developing story. 

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