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How to Use the Walmart Price Check Scanner to Find Hidden Clearance

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Finding hidden Walmart clearance items is a treasure hunt in itself. But unless you’re a psychic, it’s impossible to know which items are ultra-cheap just by looking at the price listed on the shelf tag. That’s where the Walmart price scanner app comes into play.

Once you get the hang of doing a Walmart price check on your own, you’ll start finding hidden clearance items all throughout the store. And who wants to pass up a potential 95% off?

Follow these easy steps to learn how to scan an item at Walmart to find out its price in the store. With these price scanner tips, you’ll have a money-saving tool in your back pocket from here on out.

You can also back up your deal hunt with The Krazy Coupon Lady app, or text WALMART to 57299 and be the first to know about the best Walmart deals.


Download the Walmart app to access their free price scanner.

Two women standing in the toy aisle at Walmart, looking at a cell phone.

Unlike the Walmart Scan and Go feature, which is only available to Walmart Plus members, anyone can use the free Walmart price scanner tool. All you have to do is download the Walmart app to use it.


How do I scan an item to find out its price at Walmart?

Once you’re in the Walmart app, tap “Services” on your bottom menu, then select “Check a price” to open the Walmart barcode scanner. Then point the camera at the item’s barcode to bring up the product listing information and the price.

TIP: Make sure you have your location services turned on (or connect to in-store Wi-Fi) so that you get accurate prices.


Use the Walmart price scanner to find hidden clearance items in-store.

A person's hand holding up their cellphone, using the Walmart app to scan the price of a toy on a clearance shelf.

Here’s the thing — Walmart clearance prices are often cheaper than marked. Like, one out of every ten clearance items costs less than the price you see on its yellow tag. At least that’s what KCL deal hunters have found when shopping at our local Walmart stores.

The Walmart price scanner is the key to finding these items. Any time you stumble upon a Walmart clearance item, whip out your phone, open the Walmart app, and scan the item’s barcode. The app will instantly show you its real price.

Related: We assembled the ultimate guide to clearance sale schedules at all the top stores.


Don’t have your phone? Take your items to the in-store price check machine and scan everything.

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Not all Walmart stores have physical price scanners anymore. But if your store does still have one, you can use it the same way as the barcode scanner in the app.

Ask any Walmart associate if your store has a price scanner and where it’s located. Then, round up all the clearance items you want to scan and bring them over to the scanner to check prices.


You can also check Walmart prices at self-checkout.

A person scanning a LEGO toy at the self-checkout scanner at Walmart.

Without the Walmart app or an in-store price scanner, you can use self-checkout as a last resort.

As you scan each item, you’ll see the current price pop up on the self-checkout screen — regardless of what the yellow tag says.

Based on the price, you can make a game-time decision about whether or not you want the item. But if you don’t, you’ll have to get it removed from your purchase total. So, this can take some time. Overall, it’s probably best to use this option when there isn’t a long line of shoppers behind you.

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