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How does Amazon compare to Walmart for school supply savings?

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

The school bell will be ringing before long, so FOX 12 put some big retailers to the test to find out if shoppers can save money and avoid the crowds.

A local second-grade school supply list was used to choose items and see if Walmart or Amazon had the best price.

The online retailer did offer a couple of better prices. The same package of 24 pencils costs $3.98 at Amazon compared to $4.96 at Walmart. The price of a three-ringed binder online was less than a third of the cost at the big box store, with a cost of $2.43 on Amazon versus $9.31 at Walmart.

However, those two items are where the better deals at Amazon ended.

Many of the items on the back-to-school list were considerably less expensive at Walmart.

A notebook at Walmart was just $0.17 while the lowest price for an individual notebook was $1.36 on Amazon. At $3.49, Art class staple Crayola Crayons were seven times the cost on Amazon as they were at Walmart, where the classic 24-pack of colors cost $.0.50.

Comparing the entire list of items, the trip to Walmart would cost a back-to-school shopper $47.91, more than $20 less than the total cost of $69.35 for someone buying through Amazon.

FOX 12 did use prices from Amazon that included the company's Prime service, the $99 annual program that allows for most products to be shipped in two days without any extra charge, as well as other benefits.

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