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The Walmart Internet Equipment scam was just one of many big-ticket Internet equipment scams that worked, according to a new report from the Center for Responsive Politics.
The report shows that the companies that actually sold these equipment were often more aggressive than the retailers that actually advertised the products, and some of them had incentives that incentivized companies to make sales of the devices more than what they were promised.
The Center for the Digital Economy estimates that online sales of internet equipment and software totaled $1.9 billion in the first half of 2018, a number that has grown in the past year.
According to the report, Walmart, the nation’s largest online retailer, received more than $1 billion in rebates, incentives, and freebies from online vendors over the course of the scheme.
Walmart’s incentives, according with the Center, were mostly for items that are “essential” for online shopping, such as video games and audio/video equipment.
But the company also gave a huge amount of money to online vendors that were not technically required to get that equipment through the traditional channels.
Walmart has said that the incentives were for a limited number of items and that it is still evaluating the incentives for the other equipment purchases.
Walmart told Business Insider that it would review the Center’s analysis.
A spokesperson for Walmart told the Center that the company was “reviewing the findings.”
“The incentives were only offered to customers who qualified for them and we’re reviewing them, too,” the spokesperson said.
“It’s important to note that the incentive program does not incentivize sales of all items.”
The Center also found that the equipment companies were incentivized to promote the products they sold.
For example, the company that provided the Internet equipment was “in charge” of promoting the equipment on its website and on its social media accounts.
In addition, the Center found that some of the incentives did not actually exist, and that companies like Walmart that offered rebates or incentives actually used the incentives to buy their own inventory of the equipment instead of making sales to other vendors.
For the first six months of 2018 alone, the Department of Justice issued an average of 11 subpoenas to retailers for records about the sales of Internet equipment and related equipment.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the FBI investigated some of these transactions, and Walmart has agreed to pay a $20 million civil fine to the Department to settle its investigation.
The investigation into the Walmart Internet equipment scam, which began in the fall of 2018 and continues to this day, was conducted by the Center on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties.