Tips for Returning Gifts
Posted on Tuesday, January 1st, 2019 at 7:00 am
The holidays are over and it is time to try and return gifts that are not suitable for you. The process of bringing in a return, and standing in a line, can be unpleasant. Here are some tips for returning gifts that will make things a little bit easier.
What are you allowed to return?
The first thing you need to do is figure out what a store will accept as a return. Some stores only accept items that are damaged or defective. This means you can return a gift that was defective or missing some parts.
Other stores are more open to what kinds of things they will accept as a return. Many stores will allow you to exchange a sweater that was the wrong size for one that fits you. Some stores don’t require people to give their reason for a return – they simply accept all items that they currently sell.
Do you need a receipt?
Some stores will not accept a return unless it comes with a receipt (either a gift receipt or a regular one). Hopefully, your friends and relatives have kindly included a gift receipt with your gift. If not, you may face some difficulty when trying to return that gift.
Where can you return the gift?
In general, if the gift was purchased in a brick-and-mortar store, it is possible that you can return it if you physically bring it to that store. If the gift was purchased online, you might have to send it back to the vendor through the mail. Find out if you have to pay for shipping.
Very few brick-and-mortar stores will accept returns that were purchased from the store’s website. The item might be something that the physical stores do not carry.
How is the money refunded?
The store accepts your return. Where does the refund go? The store might refund the money onto the credit card that the purchase was made with. Or, it could give you a gift card for that amount.