The holidays are over, the gifts have been exchanged and now it's time to return the things you don't want.
It's funny how some retailers are often happy to take your money and make it so easy.
That is not always the case when it comes to returning your items and getting your money back. So when returning items to the store, you should first educate yourself on their policy if you don't already know it. You can always find those policies on the Internet.
Just go to the retailer's website and do a search for return policy. By doing this before heading to the store to return your item, you will have everything you need to return the product. Like the original receipt or credit card it was purchased on, if you are within their time frame to return it and so on.
Plus, I have run into situations where the person helping you at the counter may not even know their store's policy. So educating yourself ahead of time can help make returning stuff easier.
A lot of stores have changed their return policies especially when it comes to computers and TV's.
For example, Costco probably has one of the best return policies around. Costco use to have a lifetime return policy on all products. That is still the case with one exception; consumer electronics have a 90-day policy now. Plus, with Costco you don't need your original receipt to return something. All you need is your membership card and they can track all of your purchases, making it easy for you to return your items.
Stores like Walmart, Target, Home Depot and Sears offer a 90-day return policy in general, but watch out for consumer electronics. Often times, those have less than 90 days. For example Walmart offers only 15 days to return those items. There are some exceptions. For the holidays, they have extended that time frame. But again in general it is only 15 days.
I love stores that make it easy to return stuff like Zappos, REI, Kohl's and Nordstrom. They have no time limit on when you can return something. Many stores have exceptions for the holidays.
I found a pretty accurate list of a lot of retail store's policy on returns including some online retailers too. Check out Returnguru.com for the full chart of store returns.
Last but not least, if you have something you want to return, don't blow it off most stores do have a tight time frame.