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Check Return Policies If Shopping For Christmas Early

This tip is regarding returns to stores. If you are like me you like to shop early for Christmas. I went into a shop at the end of October to purchase a gift for my sister-in-law. I just happened to think and ask about their return policy. They said 30 days. I told them that this was to be a Christmas gift, which would be longer than 30 days before I gave it.

What if she couldn't wear it? They told me that would just be to bad. No returns 30 days after the receipt. Even if it was unworn, all tags still attached and in the exact same bag as I left with. NO deal. I walked out of that store empty handed.

Most places at least offer a gift receipt so the recipient can return it if need be. Be aware of strange policies. You might get stuck with something no one can wear.

By Connie H. from Smithville, TN

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November 12, 20080 found this helpful

I also have done early Christmas shopping. Last week when I bought some clothes for Christmas gifts at J.C.Penny I told the cleck the items were for Cristmas gifts and what would happen if the items did not fit and they had to be returned. She said no problem I will give you a gift return slip which she did along with my purchase receipts. L.L.Bean also gave me gift return receipts.

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November 24, 20080 found this helpful

I wanted to give everyone a heads up that if you tend to give gift cards

around the holidays, you need to be careful that the cards will be

honored after the holidays. Stores that are planning to close after

Christmas are still selling the cards through the holidays even though

the cards will be worthless January 1. There is no law preventing them

from doing this. On the contrary, it is referred to as 'Bankrupcy

Planning). Below is a partial list of stores that you need to be

cautious about.

Circuit City (filed Chapter 11)

Ann Taylor- 117 stores nationwide closing

Lane Bryant, Fashion Bug ,and Catherine's to close 150 stores nationwide

Eddie Bauer to close stores 27 stores and more after January

Cache will close all stores

Talbots closing down specialty stores

J. Jill closing all stores (owned by Talbots)

Pacific Sunwear (also owned by Talbots)

GAP closing 85 stores

Footlocker closing 140 stores mo re to close after January

Wickes Furniture closing down

Levitz closing down remaining stores

Bombay closing remaining stores

Zales closing down 82 stores and 105 after January

Whitehall closing all stores

Piercing Pagoda closing all stores

Disney closing 98 stores and will close more after January.

Home Depot closing 15 stores 1 in NJ ( New Brunswick )

Macys to close 9 stores after January

Linens and Things closing all stores

Movie Galley Closing all stores

Pep Boys Closing 33 stores

Sprint/Nextel closing 133 stores

JC Penney closing a number of stores after January

Ethan Allen closing down 12 stores.

Wilson Leather closing down all stores

Sharper Image closing down all stor~s

K B Toys closing 356 stores

Loews to close down some stores

Dillard's to close some stores

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November 24, 20080 found this helpful

Also, some of the shopping channels such as ShopNBC, QVC and HSN have return policies until 1/31/09. I've found a lot of great bargains there and this return policy even works with Clearance (which is where I shop).

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