Are you one of those people who never returns anything no matter what? You reason it’s too much trouble. My husband is one of those too. Me, not so much. There is an art to returning.
· Make sure you know what store it came from
· Have the receipt with you if possible
· Return on weekday mornings, possible Tuesday or Wednesday if possible.
· Know the return policies. Some prohibit returns after 30 days, others as little as seven.
· If it was a gift. Say so. Gifts are usually only exchanged for store credit.
· Have an excuse. Didn’t fit. Allergic to wool. Unflattering color.
· Some items break after initial use or shortly after. The product may have a guarantee that allows you to return it. I returned a gardening tool three times that had a lifetime warranty.
· Items with warranties should have the warranty and receipt stapled together and kept in an accordion file. Warranty does you no good when you do not have proof of purchase.
· If there is a possibility of someone returning your gift item, shop at a store with a good return policy such as Kohls.
· Be realistic. Most stores will not accept anything worn or missing tags. There’s no way to resale it or identify it as theirs.
· If you cut off the tags, you can bring them.
Some items you can't return because it is past time. Anything bought with rewards, coupons, or other discount method can't be used for a cash refund, only store credit.
· Regifting is always an option. Make sure to bestow it upon someone not related or wait a year before Regifting. This way your regifting is less obvious. My grandmother used to put notes on her various gifts who they came from to avoid regifting them back to the same social circle.
· Donate them. Why allow the unused gift to take up space in your closet? You can also write it off a tax deduction.
· Recycle it. A velvet smoking jacket isn’t something you always want, but it can make a nice throw pillow or tiny jacket for your dog.
In the end, it’s the thought that counts. Most people forget what they gave you a month later. Instead of storing the item, only to bring it out whenever the friend or relative visits, do something useful with it. In the end, a gift should make the person happy even if they have to exchange it for something they do want.