Today, Walmart announced that Walmart Pay, an antiquated and convoluted QR code-based way for Walmart shoppers (http://www.peopleofwalmart.com) to check out with their smartphones (Android, most likely, of course; although it actually does also work with real iPhones even if most of the iPhones are over at the much better-smelling Target as usual), is now available in the more than 4,600 Walmart stores nationwide.
As opposed to Apple Pay, where a user breezes through checkout by simply double tapping their Apple Watch Side button or iPhone’s Home button and holding it near the reader for a second, Walmart’s rather time-consuming and, frankly, depressingly-stupid solution goes like this:
1. At the register, open the Walmart app and choose Walmart Pay.
2. Activate your device’s camera.
3. Scan the unique QR code displayed at the register.
4. Wait for Walmart Pay to confirm connection.
5. Wait for the Walmart cashier to scan and bag your items.
6. When the cashier finishes, an “eReceipt” will be sent to the app.
7. Don’t look back or the glares from the Walmart shoppers you’ve just delayed even further will bore holes straight through your skull.
8. Grab your bags of plastic Chinese crap and run for your life!
And, that’s it, you’re done! 🙂
Of course, Walmart has now access to all of your personal information. Credit/Debit card number(s). Address. Phone number(s). Everything you purchased. Ever. Etc. Surely they are safeguarding Walmart shoppers’ private information with the utmost security. (wink, wink)
In contrast, Apple Pay keeps customer payment information private from the retailer. Apple does not track usage. With Apple Pay, your card details are never shared when you use Apple Pay – in fact, they aren’t even stored on your device at all. Apple Pay is one of the safest and most private ways to pay in existence.
Walmart does not support Apple Pay ostensibly because they want to ensure that people with actual disposable income continue to shop elsewhere.
Bottom Line: Walmart Pay is convoluted, antiquated, cheeseball garbage. Perfect for Walmart!
SteveJack is a long-time Macintosh user, former web designer, multimedia producer and a regular contributor to the MacDailyNews Opinion section who also basically called the iPhone over five years before Steve Jobs unveiled it.