6 Tips For How to Return (Almost) Anything


Just about anything ugly or ill-fitting can be returned if the giver was nice enough to include a gift receipt, but what if they assumed you’d just loooove their present and didn’t include one (and you don’t have the heart to tell them otherwise)? This makes it harder, but not impossible. Try these tactics.

Don’t bother asking for cash. Without a receipt, you’re likely to be offered the chance to exchange the item or get store credit. If it’s a store you never shop at, Kendal Perez of HassleFreeSavings.com suggests taking the credit on a gift card, then selling it on a third-party gift card marketplace. You’ll have to sell it at a discount, but you can get cash out of the deal.

Do some researchConsumerWorld.org just published its annual return policy survey. Take a look to make sure you don’t miss the return window (some stores have tightened them up this year). Make sure your item is eligible, too; some stores won’t take back items ordered online.

(MORE: $9,000 Off?!? Automakers Get Serious With End-of-Year Incentives)

See if they can look it up. Macy’s puts a unique UPC code on items so they can be traced without the receipt. Other stores like Target can look up purchases made in the past 90 days, but you might need the credit card information of the card used during the original transaction. (You might be able to get away with peeking in your mom’s wallet, but probably not a friend or co-worker’s.)

continue reading »

More News