Five Tips for Gift Returns

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Five Tips for Gift Returns

The weather outside isn’t the only thing that’s frightful––the malls right after Christmas can be pretty scary, as well. This week, stores will be teeming with post-holiday shoppers eager to return or exchange gifts that didn’t fit, didn’t work or both. Before heading out to take something back, here are five tips to ease the process.

1. Several online retailers offer free returns in-store, and many offer extended return periods for holiday purchases. Before relegating unwanted gifts to the white elephant pile for next year, double check stores’ return policies.

2. Check your receipts from holiday purchases. Most stores offer a price adjustment within 7 to 14 days, so you may get money back even after the gifts have been opened.
Check out this video for more on price adjustments.

3. If you’re returning a gift to buy something else, check first for an offer to help save even more on your new purchase.

4. Play it safe and make your returns soon. It’s okay to wait a few days, but wouldn’t it be nice to get them out of the way before the New Year?

5. Many electronics stores charge a restocking fee for opened boxes. If you’re unsure about a gift, refrain from opening it. Research the product online first, then decide  whether to keep or exchange it.