The hustle and bustle of the holiday shopping season is almost behind us for another year. While that is a relief for many shoppers, retailers are gearing up for the last minute rush as well as post season returns. With 19 percent of people expected to return a gift after the holidays, understanding return policies becomes quite important. If you still have gifts to purchase or intend on returning gifts received, you might want to learn more about return policies before making your move.
Follow these tips to ensure everyone gets the most from their gifts this holiday season.
* Keep items and packaging intact- If you receive a gift that you will not be using, make sure you do not lose any of the components included in the packaging. Something as simple as a missing warranty card can give a retailer reason to refuse the return.
* Gift returns for online products- Returning a gift that was purchased online requires the individual returning the gift to do a bit of homework. There may be a certain procedure that you have to follow in order to receive credit for the return. Avoid simply putting it in a box and sending it off, as you could end up minus the gift and the credit. Look for return instructions and if you have questions take the time to make a call to ensure you have all the required paperwork and correct shipping address.
* Keep and give receipts- Whether you are the gift giver or on the receiving end you should always keep whatever receipts issued at the time of purchase. If you do not have a receipt, you may find you are unable to return the product or you might have to settle with a store credit for an amount less than the purchase price.
* Rebates and returns- Many electronic products come with rebate offers which require the return of the UPC code on the product. Before you begin cutting codes and filling out rebate forms, make sure everything is in good working order and that you are certain you will keep the product. Once you remove UPC codes you will more than likely be unable to return the product.
It is almost impossible to buy all the right gifts for the people on you list. We all want to give a gift that will make our loved ones happy, however if for some reason that gift doesn’t work out they should have the option to return the gift and find something more fitting. Give your family and friends the option to return gifts by paying attention to return policies before making your purchase. On the other hand, if you are on the receiving end of a gift that simply isn’t working out, do your research to make sure you aren’t losing both the gift and any credit that may be issued upon return.