Have you walked into a retail store recently? Well if you have, I’m sure you’ve seen the Christmas decorations and ads for upcoming holiday sales. Yeah… can you believe it’s almost that time of the year? Soon they’ll start pumping holiday music over the loudspeakers while you’re scouring the Earth or the latest video game system or cell phone for your kid. But what happens if you get the wrong item? Are you going to be able to return it? With different stores offering different return policies, it can be confusing and frustrating. Don’t be a Scrooge about it, because I am here to help.
Different Items Can Have Different Return Policies
As you know, retailers can have different return policies. Did you also know that different items have different policies as well? For example, several stores have different policies for things like computers, cameras, giftcards, tablets, cell phones, and more.
Here are some retailers who have different policies for items like the ones I’ve just listed. Follow the links for their return policy.
If you intend to make a purchase from these (or ANY retailer for that matter), be sure to visit their website and check their return policy. Also, whenever purchasing an item, you can ask the clerk what the return policy is so you know exactly how long you have to return it. Keep in mind that some items can’t be returned once they are opened and used so if you’re not 100% sure you have the right gift, don’t have the gift recipient open the item.
Keep Your Holiday Receipts Organized
Most stores need a receipt in order for you to exchange or return your items. This is a perfect reason why you should keep your receipts organized and easy to find. That way when little Billy doesn’t like that video game you bought him, you know exactly where to find the receipt so you can return it.
- Tip: We mentioned return policies above. You can usually find that policy written on the back of your receipt.
Did you buy a protection plan for any of your gifts such as video game consoles, cell phones, computers, mp3 players etc.? Keep those in a safe place as well because, not only did you pay for the protection plan, if something were to happen where the item breaks you won’t be able to exchange it for a new one without proof.
Some deals aren’t really deals until you send in the mail-in rebate to the company. So that $100 phone that was supposedly free, isn’t until you send in the rebate. Do yourself a favor and send in the rebate as soon as possible because with the holidays coming up quick, you may just forget about it.
- Stat: According to Business Week, 40% of all rebates never get redeemed so send in those rebates asap!
Black Friday Purchases
Are you going to join the brave masses on Black Friday ? Waking up in the wee hours to stand in line then race through the stores? Well if you are, be aware that some stores won’t allow you to return your Black Friday items after the Christmas holiday. Some stores have issued only a 14-day return policy on certain items, so make sure you are getting the right one.
- Stat: According to About.com, last year 212 million shoppers visited stores and websites over the holiday weekend – an increase of over 17 million from 2009. The average amount spent by a consumer in 2010 was $365.34.
Keeps these tips in mind while your shopping during the holidays to avoid the headaches of waiting in line for hours only to find you can’t return the item. I will leave you with some footage from a Black Friday event at Target. Happy Holidays!