Walmart was accused by the CEO of MyPillow, Mike Lindell, of “canceling” him by pulling his company’s pillows from the retailer’s shelves. A Zoom meeting was described by Lindell, in which he said a Walmart representative told him the company would start selling MyPillow products only online and not in stores.
“They dropped MyPillow, and it really hurt my employees because they were our biggest distributor. They were by far and away number one,” said Lindell. While describing his pillows as “one of the top-selling products in the history of Walmart,” Lindell called Walmart “absolutely disgusting.”
Lindell heard MyPillow products would not be sold in Walmart stores about two weeks ago after returning from flying “all over the country” to deal with “the election stuff,” he said. He got on a Zoom call with a Walmart representative in which he proposed lowering the price of his pillows, Lindell said. But the representative didn’t get back to him for a week, he said, after which his company was told Walmart was going to “drop MyPillow.”
“I tell them what I’m offering them, and I’m saying: ‘Why are you doing this? Why are you kicking us out and canceling us?’ When we were your biggest product, the biggest of all time!” said Lindell.
Walmart representatives also told Lindell that his pillows didn’t meet the retailer’s customer-satisfaction criteria, he said. “Ratings” for each product Walmart sells could be found on their website. The MyPillow Classic Bed Pillow had 3.3 stars, based on 2,084 reviews, as of press time.
“I said, ‘Shame on you, Walmart. You have over 10,000 vendors from China. I make all my pillows in Minnesota. I was so upset. I shut the computer,” Lindell added. He also said that Walmart would “never get to sell MyPillows again.” “What they did is inexcusable! It’s cancel culture, and you don’t get to come back,” he added.
It was also confirmed by a Walmart representative that MyPillow products would no longer be carried in stores but would continue to be available online. Similarly, other retailers have also distanced themselves from Lindell, including Costco, which pulled MyPillow’s products in April 2021, as did Bed Bath & Beyond, QVC, JCPenney, and Wayfair.
Lindell also said in February that one of his banks had cut ties with him, citing him as a “reputation risk.” Lindell continues to be highly involved in pushing former President Donald Trump’s false claims of voter fraud. Recently, he tried to secure a spot to publicly testify before the House panel investigating the Capitol riot but said the panel didn’t want to talk to him.
Lindell is now bankrolling a nationwide effort to stop the use of electronic voting machines. But he is also embroiled in a $1.3 billion lawsuit filed against him by the voting-technology company Dominion and a suit filed by the voting-systems company Smartmatic.