Wal-Mart Doing Away With Layaway

By: Courtney Lassiter
By: Courtney Lassiter

Wal-Mart's layaway was created to allow customers to make a down payment to hold an item for up to 60 days, but a Wal-Mart spokesperson said layaways will soon be a thing of the past. All layaways will stop Dec. 8, 2006, even though that's prime holiday shopping for many.

Even with discontinuing layaways Wal-Mart rules the world in the eyes of Kaylee Jordan because majority of her wardrobe comes from the superstore. Kaylee receives those outfits from Grandmother Tina Jordan who buys everything on layaway.

"Her outfits come from Wal-Mart the whole thing right down to the tights and shoes,'' Tina said.

Kaylee gets new pieces for each season all courtesy of Wal-Mart layaway.

"We do like their fall clothes and winter, and we'll do layaway and back in the spring then at Christmas," Tina said.

But not this Christmas.

"It's awful that Wal-Mart is closing their layaway department we've gotta stop it," Tina said! “Maybe if they get enough people that they have interest in keeping it open (it will stay open), if not Dec. 8, 2006, it's over."

Layaway might be an old friend of Tina’s, but the layaway trend hasn't even started with some shoppers.

"I didn't even know they had layaway at Wal-Mart," one Wal-Mart customer said.

But those who do know of the service say that others may need it.

"You know, I would think a lot of parents use that (layaway) at Christmas time," another Wal-Mart customer stated.

Layaway is how Kaylee Jordan gets her Christmas presents, and many providers like Tina Jordan have used layaway for more than 20 years to buy gifts for special occasions like Christmas.

Click here to look at the official Wal-Mart Statement.

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