Dec 18, 2009

To Our Soldiers Overseas: Happy Holidays from Walmart

The holidays must be a tough time of year for those separated from their loved ones by military service. But America’s largest retailer is making our soldiers holidays just a little bleaker – by unreasonably and substantially marking up prices to ship to APO and FPO addresses.

According to Stars and Stripes:

On a $120 purchase, charged $10.35 to ship to an APO address, compared with $2.10 to a stateside address. For most items, charged the same to ship to an APO address as a stateside address. And Target offered shipping on a $120 purchase to an APO address for less than to a stateside address.

That’s an almost 5x increase in shipping costs, even though they cost the shipper exactly the same as shipping domestically. That's Department of Defense policy--shipping to an APO/FPO address costs the same as shipping to New York--because DOD picks up the rest of the tab.

It certainly seems like Walmart is overcharging our service men and women overseas just to make a buck. And that's just not right.

All of us at the UFCW would like to thank our service men and women for their service, especially those overseas during these holidays. We wish them a safe and speedy return to their families, and a holiday spent at home next year.

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