This is the season of shopping. With these purchases come the possibility, and most likely the necessity, of visiting the return counter in order to return or exchange an unwanted or broken item. The lines for such services can be quite long at this time, leading to many frustrations. These feelings of vexation may be exasperated upon finding out that a store’s return policy does not allow you to return the item that you wished to.
Having already spent a significant amount of one’s day in line, no one wants to get to the front only to find out that they have wasted their entire day on a useless endeavor. Perhaps you took the day off in hopes of getting your money back and are now left with a reduced paycheck and no monetary compensation, thus forcing you to visit the payday loan office in order to take out a payday loan. To avoid finding yourself in such an annoying, and possibly financially draining situation, you should be sure to have a clear understanding of a store’s return policy before getting in line, and even before making an initial purchase if you have the opportunity.
Return policies vary from store to store, and keeping track of what can be exchanged can be a daunting task. There are a few general rules to follow that can help ease this task. The first thing to remember about return policies is that larger businesses tend to have more lenient return policies. Major retail stores, in hopes of keeping customers happy, often allow for returns of most items for either a full refund or an exchange of something of equal or lesser value.
Because they know that they will be overwhelmed with crowds hoping to trade unwanted holiday gifts for something else, they also try and make this process as fluid as possible. Return policies will almost always be printed on the back of receipts and posted around the store, especially near the return desk. Keep in mind that the policy for returning clothing will differ from the policy for electronics and other items that can no longer be sold once the packaging has been open. The normal time period is around 30 days, although this may differ according to the store.
Smaller stores will have widely varying return policies ranging from none whatsoever to the same leniency as those of large retailers. These should always be viewable by the customers in store and on receipts, but if you find them in neither of these places feel free to ask the sales clerk. Knowing a store’s return policy may play be significant factor in whether you choose to make a purchase there or not. If you are unsure of your niece’s preference in clothing and are taking a gamble in buying her a pair of jeans, you will not want to go to a store with an ‘All Sales Final’ policy.
With the amount of money spent at this time of year, no one wants to be left with unwanted items that cannot be exchanged. This frustration can be even greater if you had to seek financial assistance from a payday loan or some other source to make the purchase in the first place. By being aware of a store’s policy, you can avoid such problems and have an enjoyable holiday.