Report: #905414

Complaint Review: Walmart in North Las Vegas, NV

  • Submitted: Sun, July 01, 2012
  • Updated: Sun, February 17, 2013
  • Reported By: rippedoffbyWalmart — Las Vegas Nevada United States of America
  • Walmart in North Las Vegas, NV
    1807 W. Craig Road
    North Las Vegas, Nevada
    United States of America

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I purchased a gold necklace for my Husband at the Walmart in North Las Vegas, Nevada.  It cost approximately $280.00 and it was bought as an anniversary gift for him.  Today (July 1, 2012) we took the same necklace to two different jewelry stores and was informed that the necklace is FAKE!  The only real gold in the necklace is the 10K stamped clasp!  The rest of the necklace can be picked up by a magnet.

 I am in total shock! This necklace has been on his neck since the day I gave it to him - has neverbeen taken to any jewelry store or repair shop - and it is totally impossible that it has been switched by someone else (we live alone and do not
have guests) - but the fact remains the same - he has NEVER taken it off since the day I gave it to him.

 I will do whatever I can to make sure that the world knows what type of quality jewelry - or should I say DOWN RIGHT FAKE AND FRAUDULENT gold that Walmart is selling to its customers.

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#1 Consumer Comment

Someone who understands

AUTHOR: sheila - ()

I'm currently going through the same thing with Walmart. I bought two ring sets and after having the rings checked I found that they were not gold as advertised.

Because of that I decided to do research and have found that this has happened to customer after customer. What's crazy is that most people have simply given up because of the time-frame. The law defines a breach of contract as "The violation of a contractual obligation.  One may breach a contract by repudiating a promise, failing to perform a promise, or interfering with another party's performance.” Walmart failed to deliver what was promised and therefore the time-frame (as long as within statute of limitations) would not matter.

It also seems that other consumers have given up perusing what is owed simply because they feel embarrassed that they expected the quality that was advertised.

Yet I refuse to give up. I am and have taken several routes to get this matter resolved. I bought my rings nearly three years ago and despite that I expect a refund. Walmart falsely advertised and sold me something other than what I requested. I am not embarrassed or ashamed. They should be!

It is obvious that customers who shop at Walmart are seeking a bargain because we don't have money to waste. Instead of honestly advertising Walmart has chosen to deceive several customers.

It's disgusting! We as consumers should not allow big corporations to get away with things like this. Standing up and asking for what is owed to us is not simply a matter of money, it is a matter of principle.

Why do companies get to get paid off of dishonesty? Why should anyone be able to deliver a quality less than what the consumer has paid for? If we continue to do nothing people will continue to practice in this manner.

I intend to fight Walmart to the fullest extent of the law if I have to. I don't care if they owed me $10 or $10,000 I would fight.

I'm glad there are others who have reported this matter because I believe this will help my claim against Walmart. Thanks for your post.


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#2 Author of original report

Answers to your questions and more. . .

AUTHOR: rippedoffbyWalmart - (United States of America)

I am the author of the original post - Walmart indeed sold me a fake necklace!  Answers to questions: YES, I have had the necklace tested with chemicals by a reputable jeweler, and more than one.  As I mentioned earlier when I got home after the surprise fake necklace discovery - I used a very a very strong industrial type magnet and CHECKED all of my gold jewelry - even the tiniest of pieces and NONE of them were even slightly attracted to the magnet, no matter what karat they were.  Answer to another question:  NONE of those stamps are anywhere on the necklace - considering it is a necklace the only place large enough for a stamp is on the clasp - which is interesting BECAUSE the clasp is the only part of the necklace that CHEMICALLY and MAGNETICALLY passed the test for being REAL GOLD.  As for the LAWSUIT thought - I AM THE ONE WHO DETERMINED THAT IT WOULD BE A WASTE, I never had any intention of even pursing that avenue.  Seriously - would I not be accused of switching the necklace myself and then pursing a fraudulent lawsuit?

You know, three hundred dollars may not seem like a lot of money to some, but I work my butt off and I consider every penny I make valuable.  I would have been better off buying a Rolex off of a bum on the street - at the very least I would have known for sure WHAT I was buying.

By the way, just for fun - I was in Walmart the other day and noticed they had red grapes on sale.  The sign stated that they were $2.68 per bag.  The little sticker on the shelf matched the barcode numbers and also said "red grapes" on it.  Well, because of the gold scam I do not trust Walmart so I asked one of their highly sophisticated employees if the grapes were $2.68 a bag like the ad stated or were they really $2.68 per pound.  The intellectual informed me (after checking the sticker as well) that yes INDEED the grapes were $2.68 PER BAG.  So yippee, I picked the biggest bag I could find.  Walking to my car I scanned the receipt and guess what?  I had just paid over $8.00 for a bag of grapes.

So you see, Walmart can obviously be trusted.
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#3 General Comment

Don't Really Know About The OP

AUTHOR: whprsnpr - (United States of America)

But, I do know about my issue. The way this came about was, on the day of this purchase, my wife and I both were at the jewlery counter. Because this was a gift to me, I was given the opportunity to pick the necklace I wanted.

I began by asking about this on then that one. The lady, who by the way, had a major flipping attitude, explained, the jewlery you are looking at is 10k solid Gold or 14k Gold plated. My response, "Where is the 14k solid Gold jewlery located" ?? She directed us to a completely different display case adjacent to the cheaper jewlery.

At this point, I found the necklace I liked, my wife paid for the purchase and we left the store. Not until the Christmas shopping season of 2012 did I discover the rip-off. Just for the record, the necklace I received as a gift, is without doubt, the exact the same necklace displayed in the photograph posted by the original poster of this RIP-OFF report.

Now, as I understand, WALMART reports record losses in sales both for January and partly into February. I can only hope, oh, and maybe even pray that this Chinese operation finally falls in it's a**. Not only would this help small businesses on our own soil, but also, it would serve to keep American dollars out of WALMART CITY, in the COMMUNIST country known as the Peoples Republic Of China.

I have begun a FACEBOOK campaign to bring this issue to all my friend's attention. If I have any say so in this matter, WALMART will be but a bad memory in the near future. WALMART, you really suck, have you noticed?
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#4 Consumer Comment

Expanding on Robert's rebuttal. here's some info on gold markings...


"GE or GF means Gold Filled. If you had a piece of jewelry marked 1/20 12K GF that would be only 1/20th of gold, and the rest is other metals. This may also be called Gold Overlay. Generally, this is of little real value to most gold buyers.

Gold Plated

There are several variations of gold plated jewelry. <p>

RGP,  or Bonded is Rolled Gold Plate. This is a thin layer of gold; bonded with heat and pressure to a base metal. The FTC says RGP must meet minimums of gold content by weight. It may have the appearance of real gold, but it is not.

HGE, HGEP, GP, or HGP is Heavy Gold Plated, or gold plated, and may be stamped as HGE, HGEP, GP, HGP, or not at all. This is gold electroplated to the surface of base metals. These items are of no real value to a gold buyer.

GS stands for Gold Shell. Again this is jewelry that contains only a small amount of gold, as a plating over base metal.

KP stands for Karat Plated. Sometimes silver is plated with a very thin layer of gold to make the cheaper metal appear to feel, and look like gold. Sometimes the plating is used to give gold accents to silver bracelets to make them more stylish.

Vermeil - Vermeil is a form of fake gold. It is Gold applied to a base of Sterling Silver to look and weigh close to gold. If some sells Vermeil to you as gold, you have been cheated.

Why do all these jewelry markings exist? Its simple, gold is expensive, and growing more so as currencies lose their value. Jewelry makers look for ways to produce inexpensive jewelry, and increase their profits. That is understandable.

Gold Overlay - Again, a slight layer of gold over cheap base metals.

Are any of these markings on the neckalace? 
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#5 Consumer Comment

Unanswered Questions for the OP

AUTHOR: Robert - (U.S.A.)

This post has been going on for a while and there is a couple of questions that are unclear, or at least missed in the various posts.

1. When you bought the necklace was it sold as solid gold or gold plated?  If it was solid gold, anything 10K or above should not stick to a magnet.  However, if it is just Gold Plated if the metal under the plating is ferrous(magnetic) then a magnet could stick.

2.   I have only seen you say this was tested by a magnet.  Did these jewelry stores do additional testing other than a magnet?  As you have done your research you would have found that there are ways to temporarily make gold magnetic, so it can not be 100% trusted.  A more trusted and common test is an acid test that will determine if it is real gold or not.  No reputable business will stop at just checking if it is magnetic.   You could even take it to a Pawn Shop or one of these Sell your Gold places as further verification.

If they do an acid test and it comes up as gold, it is very likely that it is just gold plated and it comes back to how it was sold to you.  If that even comes up as fake then you have a valid complaint.  Although after several years not sure if you have any legal avenues left.
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#6 Author of original report

Applause for Snapper!

AUTHOR: rippedoffbyWalmart - (United States of America)

Dear Snapper,
I agree with your post and find it humorous.  Are you still wearing your fake necklace?  My husband is still wearing his - remember it is the thought that counts.  Also, I just want to say that I find it interesting that a "FAKE" scientist would be submitting posts about "FAKE" gold - what do you think is up with that?

Take care.
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#7 General Comment

To The Scientist Ashlee

AUTHOR: whprsnpr - (United States of America)

I am having a difficult time understanding your claim to be an actual Scientist.
Anyone and everyone knows, Nickle is non-magnetic.

Shows to go ya, drinking the Walmart Kool-Aid is habit forming.
And can cause Drain-Bamage...
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#8 Consumer Comment

you're not a chemist asshlee

AUTHOR: The Outlaw Josey Wales - (United States of America)

just a want to be know it all, your rebutts are very poorly written and nonsense
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#9 Consumer Comment

correct josey

AUTHOR: Ashley - (U.S.A.)

I am a scientist, chemist to be precise. Sorry, ive been busy at work. I will try to rebutt more just for you.
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#10 Consumer Comment


AUTHOR: Karl - (USA)

It appears that at least one Walmart customer was not able to purchase ammo for his gun at a Walmart store with his Bank of America credit card. You can 'Google' this- WALMART DENIES AMMO PURCHASE YOUTUBE, and watch that video on the web for proof. Have a great day!
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#11 Consumer Comment

great your a scientist now asshlee

AUTHOR: The Outlaw Josey Wales - (United States of America)

 wonder where you been hiding, did you get you fail to pay your team rebutt membership????To keep you up to date, your members are now copying and pasting, the new trend. what this prove beat me.
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#12 Consumer Comment

one last addendum

AUTHOR: Ashley - (U.S.A.)

Gold is often alloyed with copper or silver, but that's unimportant. It can be alloyed with nickel, which is magnetic. Additionally, the plating on the jewelry may be 14k gold, and they still wouldn't be lying to you. Unless they promised a solid 14k gold piece.
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#13 General Comment

Thank You for the Thank You

AUTHOR: whprsnpr - (United States of America)

Indeed, times they are a changing.

My wife and I had considered doing a "Presto/Change O" because of this Rip-Off.
Thought better of it due to the obvious ILLEGAL nature.

I am a firm believer in the final judgement.

No one will be able to escape it, including Wally-World.

Happy New Year back at ya. May this year bring changes for all.

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#14 Author of original report

Kudos to WhipperSnapper!!!

AUTHOR: rippedoffbyWalmart - (United States of America)

Dear Mr. WhipperSnapper,

I am so sorry to hear that you have experienced the same "Fake Gold Scam" that I experienced at Walmart.  Your story is exactly the same as mine - same necklace, same fake gold , same K, and SAME store!  The only difference is that you were actually present with your wife when she purchased your necklace.  By the way, I actually called Walmart about this and was asked if I would bring the necklace back so they could "check" it!  Talk about ridiculous - like they would not claim that I "switched" the necklace after purchasing it and was pulling some sort of "scam."  Funny thing is - is that Walmart is the only scammer in this story!  I am still disgusted at the thought that they took my hard-earned money and betrayed my trust. 

Thank you for posting a response to the "Gold Expert."  She criticized me for purchasing jewelry at Walmart to begin with - and basically insinuated that I "got what I paid for."  I would like to believe  that if I bought tires for my car from Walmart - I would expect them to be "real" tires, and if I purchased a bottle of baby aspirin, I would expect them to be "real" as well, so what is the difference in being "scammed" when it comes to jewelry?

Yes, there is certainly a pattern here and you and I only know about it because of pure happenstance - for some odd reason we were both in a position to get our necklaces checked.  Imagine how many people are walking around wearing fake gold and not knowing it.  In our cases, it really is the old cliche of "It is the thought that counts."  By the way, interesting that I bought my husbands necklace for an anniversary gift, and your wife did so as well!

We live and we learn - maybe "gold expert" can too, and in the future maybe she will not be so quick to criticize and judge hard working and trusting people.

Happy New Year to you and yours!
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#15 General Comment

To The Alleged GOLD EXPERT From Missouri

AUTHOR: whprsnpr - (United States of America)

If I had to venture a guess, my bet would be, you are a WALLY-WORLD employee.

The lady who began this complaint process, described an event, most similar to an experience I have recently discovered.

In 2007, my wife purchased a gold necklace, from the Walmart in East Highland, here in Southern California. It was our wedding anniversary and I was most surprised to receive such a gift. You see, I was present when this gift was purchased and I pay close attention to details. My wife said to me, pick out a necklace and I did.

The necklace I picked was from the 14k section. It was 22" and looked very much like an anchor chain. I liked the style and she made the purchase. In 2007, the price of pure gold was no where near where it is now, none the less the price for the alleged 14k piece was right at $300.

Just about two weeks ago, while shopping for last minute Christmas gifts, one of those GOLD buyers in the mall asked if I were interested in knowing what I could get should I consider selling my necklace. I removed the piece from my neck, held the item in my own hands when the horror was revealed. The lady placed a magnent against my chain and instantly it was attracted. She explained, your necklace is gold plated and is worth NOTHING.

Attached to my necklace I have an 18k Gold St Christopher medallion. She offered $XXXX dollars for the piece, but I declined.

SO, Ms Expert in GOLD, if I may. 

This original report that you have obviously criticized as consumer stupidity. Now you can see a possible pattern that WALMART has developed. As I had suggested, "PAID CLOSE ATTENTION" advertised in the jewlery case as "14K" and in the end got screwed.

BTW, your suggestion of combining stainless steel and gold, not happening. Gold in any form except .9999 pure 24k is an alloy. Generally combined with Copper and Silver to obtain the alloy. IF a piece of gold jewlery is attracted to the principals of magnetic forces, it has iron it it, indicating electroplating has occured.

I suggest in the future, before you flame anyone who has a legitimate grievence, do your homework. You may also consider losing the DENIAL emotion which you obviously hold dear to your heart.

WALMART rips people off.
ESPECIALLY if you are one of their slaves.
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#16 Consumer Comment


AUTHOR: Karl - (USA)

is the title to a song that is available at this website.
Just type in 668678 at this site and the song appears as 'Consumer Comment #90' at Ripoff Report #668678.
Thank You
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#17 Consumer Comment


AUTHOR: Ashley - (U.S.A.)

I'm not angry at all. I'm not sure where you got that from my post. Did you misinterpret sarcasm for anger? I mean, you did go to wal-mart thinking it was a high end jewelry store. You did buy some cheap 10k gold jewelry and complain that its not pure gold from a store that prides itself on buying the cheapest goods they can get from china.

As for my typos, it can be difficult to type sometimes on a cell phone. Sorry if my typos have offended your sensibilities. You have illustrated one point though, when people realize their stupidity on this site they either A) start screaming that someone clearly works for that company or B) just starts throwing out random unfounded insults. I see that you are the type to just throw out insults. For the record, I am college educated and I work as a chemist in the food industry. I'm sure you eat the food I test on a daily basis, so just remember that.

Did you have any actual relevant points to make, or did you just come back to fling insults at me?
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#18 Author of original report

Maybe some Anger Management???

AUTHOR: rippedoffbyWalmart - (United States of America)

Dear Assley in Springfield,

You obviously have some extreme issues with your anger and especially yourself.  It is apparent with your continued use of typos that you are not an educated person - I am surprised that you can even use a computer - but then again, most four years old can.

I would highly suggest that you seek some counseling for your Anger, Bad Self Esteem, Bad Marriage or whatever psychological, physical, or behavioral problems you may have.

I assume that it is going to take a very large hammer to knock that nasty chip off of your shoulder. I sincerely hope that you find the medical help that you need, and also that along the way, you might actually find a friend or two.

You do have my sympathies.  Best of luck to you, but more importantly - best of luck to the unfortunate individuals who may have the bad luck of coming into contact with you.

Reading your words are bad enough, being in your presence would be unbearable.

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#19 Consumer Comment


AUTHOR: Karl - (USA)

is available at this website.

Just type in 682363 at this site and it appears in the consumer comments section at Ripoff Report #682363. Thank You
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#20 Consumer Comment

Whoa Ashlee

AUTHOR: The Outlaw Josey Wales - (United States of America)

 Slow down a bit, sounds like your about to blow a blood vessel. Count to 10 and recite the Team Rebutt code of conduct. Luv u
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#21 Consumer Comment


AUTHOR: Ashley - (U.S.A.)

I am so glad you posted a random meaningless article from a non-verifiable expert. That clears thins up. Gold has been super expensive for decades. When did you buy it? Face it, you bought cheap 10k gold jewelry from WALMART if you wanted quality you should have gone to an actual jewelry store. I cant believe anyone would buy jewelry at walmart and b*tch about the quality.
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#22 Author of original report

Experts on Gold Jewelry - Not just my opinion!

AUTHOR: rippedoffbyWalmart - (United States of America)

Just for fun - here is a portion of an article about real or fake gold:

"Authentic gold jewelry will be non-magnetic in almost all cases.  If you have a strong magnet, try picking up your jewelry with it.  The only time you should get a response is with chains, which often contain steel in the clasp, or a slim line of steel running through the body of the chain to stabilize it.  Generally however, magnetic jewelry is not real gold...

Disreputable jewelers may sometimes stamp plated items and try to pass them off as real gold.
.. Solid gold pieces will usually contain stamps as well. European jewelry manufacturers will often stamp pieces with the numbers "417", "585", or
"750", indicating 10K gold, 14K gold, and 18K gold, respectively. US jewelry makers will generally use "10K", "14K", and "18K" to indicate the same thing

Article Source:

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#23 Author of original report

Gold Lessons - Fake Necklace

AUTHOR: rippedoffbyWalmart - (United States of America)

Of course, demeaning comments about my post are always welcome.

First - the necklace was bought BEFORE the "gold boom" and at $280.00 I would have expected it to have been of some quality.

Second - what in the world does "heat" have do with anything?

Finally, sarcasm and hatred is not what I expected when I posted on this site - I certainly thought that there might be some understanding and helpful human beings left in this world.
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#24 Consumer Comment

Could it be the heat???

AUTHOR: The Outlaw Josey Wales - (United States of America)

 Ashlie babe maybe it hte heat, sure is hot with all the rebutts, luv u
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#25 Consumer Comment

Ferrous metals

AUTHOR: Ashley - (U.S.A.)

Magnets will only pick up items that contain iron. Remember where I said that its 10 parts gold and 14 parts other metal? You other jewelry contains 14 parts other metal that isn't iron. It could be brass, nickel, tin, aluminum.... there's hundreds of things it could be that isn't iron. It just happens that your husband's necklace does contain iron. All your magnet test proves is some jewelry is gold and iron, and some jewelry is not.

What proof do you have that your husband's necklace is not 10k gold? Just the magnet test? you bought it for $280. There won't be very much gold in it at that price. Gold is what, around $2000 an ounce? You MIGHT have 1/8 an ounce of gold in that necklace. Its very likely stainless steel with the bare minimum gold to call it 10k gold. Have you tried confronting walmart about the issue?

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#26 Consumer Comment

Ashlee babe

AUTHOR: The Outlaw Josey Wales - (United States of America)

 As a member of Team Rebutt of course you know gold, ad everything else. Luv u
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#27 Author of original report

Fake Gold Necklace

AUTHOR: rippedoffbyWalmart - (United States of America)

Thank you for the alchemy breakdown on gold.  However - the fact remains clear - Walmart employees should also know this - don't you think?  $280.00 for a necklace that is now worthless is unacceptable and your opinion on what I know about gold is irrelevant.

The term "Buyer Beware" does mean something - and I assumed that the Walmart employee knew more about jewelry than I did.

The bottom line is still the same - the clasp is real and the rest of the necklace is fake!  I am not the only one who has been fooled, and I did not throw chump change around.  I would have been better off buying a necklace from the 25 cent gumball machine - at least then I would have known for sure what I was paying for.

By the way - NONE of my other gold jewelry can be picked up with a magnet - 10K or NOT.
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#28 Consumer Comment

Don't know much about gold do you?

AUTHOR: Ashley - (U.S.A.)

10 karat gold is the absolute minimum amount of gold that can be in jewelry and still be called gold jewelry. 24 karat gold is pure gold, 10 karat gold is 10 parts gold and 14 parts other metals. Just because you can pick it up with a magnet does not mean there's no gold. What you have is a gold alloy that is more other metals (like stainless steel or nickel) than gold. Walmart isn't ripping you off, you just bought some super cheap jewelry that barely has any gold in it.
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